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Old 12-18-2010, 09:23 PM   #15
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I see what you mean, that piece is guaranteed to cause problems with the door. I can't imagine that it's original equipment.

It looks like it's supposed to hold down something on the the side of the frame, but I can't imagine what that might be. This is where you need your x-ray vision, TG.

ps: when you want to get clear close-ups, use the "macro" function on your camera. It's almost always the feature that has a little flower as its symbol. Much clearer results.
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:42 PM   #16
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I bought a new latch assembly from Out of Doors mart for my TW. The PO had a hook and eye ring. The roller latch was much better.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:55 AM   #17
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John It appears that you and I and a few others have had a mod done to our trailers by a/s dealers many years ago. Chuck is right this is not the right set up. The striker plate we have and the same one that Ganglin shows a link to at OODM is the correct part. However the black catch is not. OODM's site lists a different type of catch being the correct one. It is a roller catch.
This is the link to the striker plate and it explains the right catch and shows the wrong one(what we have).
Door Striker- White Plastic 201246 [201246] - $1.99 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!
This is the link to the catch. The roller type.
Screen Door Catch Single Roller 380329 [380329] - $10.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!
I am having the same trouble as you. Yesterday I installed the same catch you have and with the new screen door gasket it just won't hold at all. I am going to see about ordering the right parts from my prefered source: Inland RV in California. The links I provided show the parts in question from OODM but I prefer to order from INLAND RV.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #18
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Ok, here it is:

a thought: the build date on my trailer is 6/72...fairly early in the production run, I would think. Maybe at some point they ran out of this part, and a clever work-around was concocted. You're not going to hold up production of a 50,000 dollar trailer (today's $) for the sake of a .39-cent part, right?


Then again...in these pics, you can see a little hole to the right of the roller-catch. why is that there? It doesn't go through to the other side. (that rail is hollow). maybe what I have is the work-around?
Kind of doubt it; it really doesn't look like the black hold-back latch was meant to mate to that white striker. maybe something else was once riveted there? its about the right size for a 1/8th pop rivet.

I bet one of the old-timers at the factory could tell you...and thats probably the only way to know, for sure.
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:46 PM   #19
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I think the original latch is like the one on the exterior door, just below and to the left. It's the same as the one on the screen door of my '74 Argosy. Thus the 2nd hole.

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Old 12-19-2010, 09:55 PM   #20
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I believe the black latch is the original (that's why you have the two holes). ODM shows the roller latch since you can't buy the black one any longer, as an individual piece, and the roller is shown as the replacement for the black. The roller latch likely came into play when they changed out the cabinet latches which before 74/75 also used the black latch on the inside of the cabinets.

If you have the black latch and white striker plate - the door isn't sprung and you use the proper open cell foam gasket, it works perfectly. At least it does on my 71.

(you can still get the black latch if you order the entire pre 74/75 cabinet latch assembly from ODM or Inland).
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It just seems odd to me that the 2 halves of this mechanism are different colors/materials. The black latch obviously wasn't meant to work this way, without some corresponding actuator on the other side of the door (like is the case when used as part of the cabinet latches.) Those things really make it seem like an afterthought/work-around, to me.
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With the black latch you open the slide in the screen and reach in to the latch and slide it back. When you close the door you just shove it shut and it latches. I also just pull the door open if my hands are full - but try not to do that anymore than possible. If you start out with the black latch it seems very natural.

That black latch was probably just very handy for a lot of things. On the 71 it holds the bumper hatch closed - the main door open - the screen to the door - the screen door closed and, until I changed the rock guard on the front window - two of them held that closed....
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With the black latch you open the slide in the screen and reach in to the latch and slide it back. When you close the door you just shove it shut and it latches. I also just pull the door open if my hands are full - but try not to do that anymore than possible. If you start out with the black latch it seems very natural.
it sounds awkward as heck. with the roller, you just pull it open; don't have to "try not to do that", because it doesn't seem inherently hazardous to the door/latch system.
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That black latch was probably just very handy for a lot of things. On the 71 it holds the bumper hatch closed - the main door open - the screen to the door - the screen door closed and, until I changed the rock guard on the front window - two of them held that closed....
Right...I have them in all those places, too (except the screen door). Hence my theory. there were plenty of them around. "hmm....lets see if we can "make" this work, because its what we have on hand".
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Mopar John I ordered the roller catch (like Chuck & Twinkie have) and a new striker plate ( white plastic part like yours). I installed them yesterday and it works great. It holds the screen door shut tightly and takes a gentle pull to open it from outside. When the screen door is attached to the exterior door both doors open and close easily. If you really want a good fit order the same part and you'll be happy.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:56 PM   #25
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Our daughter's dog figured out that she could nudge our screen door open last summer. Thank goodness she's not a runner.

Now we just need to teach her how to open it from the outside!
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