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Old 12-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Access door "hinge"

I'm looking for the "J" or "L" (depending on your penmanship ) shaped piece of aluminum that is riveted to the top of access doors, and slips into the upper door frame to make a "hinge". I tried emailing Andy at Inland RV, but got no response. Does anyone know of a source, or even the "technical" name for the stuff? I need enough for a fridge access door around 18" long.

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Old 12-29-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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Something you may consider is instead of the factory hook arrangement, switch to an aluminum piano hinge. I have noted several on the forum who have done that as part of a restoration, and I plan to do the same when it is time on our 1970. I find the hooks difficult to get into the slot sometimes, and they bend if you don't have it positioned correctly.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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I'm looking for the "J" or "L" (depending on your penmanship ) shaped piece of aluminum that is riveted to the top of access doors, and slips into the upper door frame to make a "hinge". I tried emailing Andy at Inland RV, but got no response. Does anyone know of a source, or even the "technical" name for the stuff? I need enough for a fridge access door around 18" long.

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I've been searching Hi and Low for the technique to make that part. It appears to be a rolled piece but with the inside lip, none of the standard tooling will make it. Like Craig said, I will probably use aluminum piano hinge but I just can get that dang rolled shape off my mind.

I know I'm off on another stupid quest...
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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Like this hinge?
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I think they are also referred to as hurricane hinges....like this

http://www.lilbear.teardrops.net/parts.html
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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We went to a piano hinge and reversed the way it hinged (hinged at bottom instead of top) I think per Andy's recommendations. Don't have to hold the door up while rummaging around in there to find something, and get my fingers when the door swings down unexpectedly. Door is also securely riveted to the trailer.
Not what you're asking, but what we did. Those hinges are apparently very hard to find in good condition.

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Thanks for all the responses. I agree they aren't ideal. This is for the fridge access door, so hopefully won't be open and shut all the time. I will just get some alu piano hinge then...
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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I'm looking for the "J" or "L" (depending on your penmanship ) shaped piece of aluminum that is riveted to the top of access doors, and slips into the upper door frame to make a "hinge". I tried emailing Andy at Inland RV, but got no response. Does anyone know of a source, or even the "technical" name for the stuff? I need enough for a fridge access door around 18" long.

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Turn the door upside down.

Then install a piano hinge at the bottom.

That's a "forever" fix.

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Old 02-06-2014, 08:28 PM   #8
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