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Old 08-31-2019, 06:49 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by leedav View Post
My door opens the other way. Is it a homicide door?

That is what I call a smart door. When the latch fails at highway speeds, the airstream keeps the door closed.

Hey, that sounds like a really smart way to design a travel trailer! We should make a whole line of trailers designed to stream through the air like that. Wonder what would we could call it?

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Old 09-02-2019, 06:36 PM   #22
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Y'know I seriously doubt the airstream has better aero characteristics than a brick. I read all about how the resistance is low when you get rolling and only a few more HP for a bigger trailer and blah blah blah. I got 13 mpg with the Bambi. I get 9.8 with the 23. I bet the Bambi was still in the turbulent wake of the TV and the 23 has a big air suck behind it. Not to mention all the stuff sticking out the top. Wonder if a flapping side door would help or hinder...

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Old 09-04-2019, 12:01 PM   #23
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My trusty door wedge. I wouldn't roll without it. I believe what happens is the trailer frame twists and rocks as you travel, and that has the potential of allowing the door to open when moving. I can't tell you for sure (since I always use this baby), but it has likely saved my trailer many times over the years. Cheap insurance is the way I look at it. (also keeps the young'uns out when parked at the house)
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:33 PM   #24
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Thus ends the reading of the lesson 😇 Well done!
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Old 09-04-2019, 07:26 PM   #25
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Goddess of Bungee gave us her solution.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:30 AM   #26
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I am so with you on the bathroom light switch being under the towel ring. And how many times have you flipped the gas water heater switch instead? I wonder if the designers are having fun???
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Old 09-05-2019, 06:17 PM   #27
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I would expect the door dead bolt to hold since it is not spring loaded. Higher chance of other disasters than dead bolt failure.
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Old 09-05-2019, 08:08 PM   #28
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The wedge is pretty cheap insurance, just in case. Would you spend $5 to save $3000 and time and hassle and stress?

For example:
Trust me, the door will come open under certain circumstances even with the lock and deadbolt engaged. Cost me over $3,000 to replace the door when it opened going down the highway. I religiously use the notched piece of wood in the door handle now. It is foolproof
And another convert testifies here:
We were warned about the door coming open. Didn't believe it till it happened to ME!!! Last year after stopping for lunch, I locked the trailer and got back on the road. within a half mile of getting on the interstate I looked back to see the door open and something fly out. The interstate was very bumpy and I had just gotten up to speed. We have the dead bolt lock and the door still came open. Jim was able to repair the door after reading the on line posting here about door repair ( big thanks to all who posted, esp. the photos). Door is not flush but it works.
Not all Airstreams come equipped with a deadbolt, especially older trailers, although you can add one to the door frame in some cases. However, this requires drilling out a sizable hole in the cast aluminum door, and with age, this cast aluminum can become more brittle, risking permanent damage to the door itself, to say nothing of structurally weakening the door where it is drilled out.

The root problem, of course, is the design of the suicide door itself, IMHO, a inexcusably daft and damnable decision. There are reasons AS went with such a design, but not good ones, and not ones that would outweigh the castastopic damage that ensues upon latch failure. For more on this, you can read my earlier post here.

The ultimate solution is for AS to tweak the floor plans to eliminate the suicide door on all models, as they have finally done with the FB models. RB models can also have intelligently designed fail-safe doors that will not catastrophically fail.

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