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Old 02-05-2009, 09:11 AM   #15
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How/Where to Attach New Hinge

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Remove the "J" hinge from the door.

Put the door back in place, but upside down.

Install a piano hinge at the bottom of the frame and attach it to the door as well.

Takes 10 minutes.

No more bad words, and no more ill fitting hinge.

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What a great fix. I have this exact problem to. My "J" is bent, coming loose and not securing the door very well. I want to fix before I lose one or more.
Are rivets the best way to attach new piano hinge? Does anyone have a close up photo of this already done. I hope I have room without having to put under rub rail.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:10 AM   #16
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What a great fix. I have this exact problem to. My "J" is bent, coming loose and not securing the door very well. I want to fix before I lose one or more.
Are rivets the best way to attach new piano hinge? Does anyone have a close up photo of this already done. I hope I have room without having to put under rub rail.
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You can use Olympic rivets.

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Old 03-08-2009, 09:38 PM   #17
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Okay, having same problem with one more challenge.....Can add the piano hinge to the bottom but the PO did not have the key and tried to drill out the lock....well guess what it now has some part of it still stuck in and you can't get it out. I took the whole door to a lock smith and was told to just replace the door...yeah like that is so easy on a 1974.....anyway what could be a solution to this problem?
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Okay, having same problem with one more challenge.....Can add the piano hinge to the bottom but the PO did not have the key and tried to drill out the lock....well guess what it now has some part of it still stuck in and you can't get it out. I took the whole door to a lock smith and was told to just replace the door...yeah like that is so easy on a 1974.....anyway what could be a solution to this problem?
We have the replacement locks.

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Old 03-09-2009, 06:41 AM   #19
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Won't work on a 1966

Though I'm sure there is a fix (and I'm still looking for a good one) I don't think this "J Hinged" thing will work on a "1966" trailer (which Rog0525 profile says he has). On the 1966-1968 (I know 1966) there is "no" hinge to remove or replace. I know on the 1966 model (I own three of them) the top "lip" of the door slides into a channel in the frame holding it into place, the door lock (at the bottom)then holds the door shut. This is the "BIG" problem with that style. On a 1966 even a "J Hinged" door would be nice! I have seen people attach a cable from the frame to the door (does not hold it in place, just keeps it out of the ditch if it comes un-done going down the road).

That fix works very well on the 1969 trailer on that did use the "j hinge".
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access doors.

64 to 68 access doors, do not have a hinge.

The door fits in a small slot at the top of the door frame.

Unfortunately, there is no fix. To open that access compartment, the door must be removed.

A hinge cannot be used, that would also allow the door to seal correctly.

My earlier posts were referring to 69 and newer access doors.

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