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Old 03-01-2011, 05:23 PM   #1
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Exterior Door Problem

My parents have an Airstream Overlander (circa late 60s, early 70s). The exterior door handle (a lever-type handle) came off, and it looks like the circular part may be stripped, so I'm not sure even getting a new handle is going to fix the problem. We can't figure out the best way to proceed, and obviously want to minimize creating any more damage.

Advice???

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Old 03-01-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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Hi Debby,

I suggest taking a digital picture of your handle and problem and posting them here along with the serial number of your trailer to help us positively identify the year.

You could also email the pictures and serial number to www.inlandrv.com , www.outofdoorsmart.com , or www.vintagetrailersupply.com to see if they can provide parts and advice on how to fix it.

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Old 03-01-2011, 06:40 PM   #3
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Handle?

Can you post a photo? Which is the handle you have?
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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Thanks so much! It is either the top one or the one on the right. I will take a picture (of what is left!!) tomorrow and post it. Thanks to you both!
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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Thanks so much! It is either the top one or the one on the right. I will take a picture (of what is left!!) tomorrow and post it. Thanks to you both!
It's unlikely to be the one on the top or right as that model (L66) was never used on Airstream's. A similar handle (L77) was used on Airstreams in 59 & 60. Mid to late 60's trailers used the L100 or L200 which i believe is still available through Vintage Trailer Supply. 1970 & up for quite a few years used the "KT" lock, however it is obsolete & commands high prices on ebay.Colin
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:04 PM   #6
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Posting the Photos

Thanks to all for your attempts to help--much appreciated.

Here is a little more information: It is a 1968 Overlander.

I am attaching photos of the handle (which came off) and the remaining opening (that I think is stripped).

I appreciate your advice!

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Old 03-02-2011, 03:37 PM   #7
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Thanks to all for your attempts to help--much appreciated.

Here is a little more information: It is a 1968 Overlander.

I am attaching photos of the handle (which came off) and the remaining opening (that I think is stripped).

I appreciate your advice!

Debby
Debby.

That lock was used starting with the 1969 models, but someone could have installed it on your Airstream.

That lock is call a Bargman L-100 SPECIAL.

The "special" means it has been modified with a longer striker bolt, because of the thick cast entrance door frame.

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Old 03-04-2011, 10:26 PM   #8
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Thanks Andy and others! Here is my next question: How do I get what is on there off in order to be able to install a new lock?? Right now we can't get into the trailer or get the current configuration off??

Thanks again!

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Thanks Andy and others! Here is my next question: How do I get what is on there off in order to be able to install a new lock?? Right now we can't get into the trailer or get the current configuration off??

Thanks again!

Debby
Debby.

Send a "little" kid, into the trailer thru an access door.

The lock is held in place with a couple of screws that can be removed from the inside, once the door is opened.

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WOW, not sure we can locate a "little" kid or even a "little" adult! Are there any other options??
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WOW, not sure we can locate a "little" kid or even a "little" adult! Are there any other options??
Smashing a window, is the other option.

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WOW, not sure we can locate a "little" kid or even a "little" adult! Are there any other options??
Have you tried leaning against the door to take the tension off the latch, and turning the remaining piece with a pair of needle nose pliers?
When our door lock stranded us outside, I was able to get the window next to the door open, push out the screen, and hook the inside latch with a stiff piece of wire. I opened the door by pulling up on the wire.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:53 PM   #13
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Door lock problems

I have a 1972 27' Overlander that we cannot get the entry door open. We put key in cylinder and turn it, lift handle and latch does not release. Had a locksmith out and he suggested drilling lock mechanism out or trying to pry door far enough out(there is quite a bit of play) to slide something in and release latch. Any help or ideas will be appreciated.

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Old 05-18-2011, 02:03 PM   #14
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I have a 1972 27' Overlander that we cannot get the entry door open. We put key in cylinder and turn it, lift handle and latch does not release. Had a locksmith out and he suggested drilling lock mechanism out or trying to pry door far enough out(there is quite a bit of play) to slide something in and release latch. Any help or ideas will be appreciated.

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There is a very easy way to get into the trailer.

Please call for the instructions at 800-8777311.

I will not post the info because a thief would grab it immediately.

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