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Old 07-30-2010, 07:45 AM   #15
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I'm thinking your 2009 INT is a front bed.

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Nope, rear bedroom. I usually sit beside the window that is blocked and can't see anything. The wife on the opposite side is always pointing out birds, animals, etc. that I can't see!
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:15 AM   #16
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It was due to the advent of the permanently mounted awning. You can't open the non-suicide door all the way if there is an awning arm in the way. This type of awning wasn't invented until the 60's...earlier awnings used free-standing poles, so there wasn't anything in the way of the door.
hmm... i have an old school awning on my 62, but i have a non-suicide door...?
am i missing something?
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:24 AM   #17
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hmm... i have an old school awning on my 62, but i have a non-suicide door...?
am i missing something?
no, not a thing. works out fine, that way. If you had a "new-school" awning, you wouldn't be able to open the door all the way.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:22 AM   #18
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no, not a thing. works out fine, that way. If you had a "new-school" awning, you wouldn't be able to open the door all the way.
but to say that the door change was due to the new awnings... that was not the situation in my case. was the awning style an 'option'? does anyone know of a trailer 62 or older with a 'factory installed' permanent awning?

my argument (for arguments sake - to play 'devils advocate here) is that perhaps 'awnings' are not the reason for the change ...
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you say you have a "non-suicide" door, on a trailer that was built before permanently mounted awnings were invented...

So, I don't know what you mean when you say " that was not the situation in my case".
The factory didn't install awnings during that era; they were aftermarket accessories.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:38 PM   #20
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Well that can't be the reason. The door on my 28 International covers one of the dinette windows, almost completely!

When I save up a few pennies, I am going to have a new door put in that opens normally. I can deal with the awning arm, but sure miss the window in the dinette.
Have you thought about adding a window to the door so that when it is open you can see through it? I would think that would be easier and cheaper, plus it would add a window when the door is closed.
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:08 PM   #21
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Yep...this is my thought too. We have a '64 GT with the hinge on the right and if it had a mounted awning the door would only open 90-degrees (without modification). This is one of the main reasons we use a rope/pole awning - who wants to have their door sticking straight out from their trailer?

I know there is a way to modify a ZipDee or other older attached awnings like A&E and CareFree that you can detach an arm from the trailer and stake it to the ground - but I think that was a later design solution.

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Shari, My Safari has spring clip type retaining pins on the bottom of the arms that can be removed. Then awning arm fits into a foot that is then able to be placed on the ground and staked in place to keep the awning from rolling back up toward the trailer. I have not yet tried it out but I did get the two feet with the trailer back in '04 when we got it! Ed
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:53 PM   #22
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That's cool - those attachments are what I was talking about - but, from what I understand they are pretty hard to come by. Not all awnings work the same or have them. No worries - we love our pole awnings!

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but to say that the door change was due to the new awnings... that was not the situation in my case. was the awning style an 'option'? does anyone know of a trailer 62 or older with a 'factory installed' permanent awning?

my argument (for arguments sake - to play 'devils advocate here) is that perhaps 'awnings' are not the reason for the change ...
This may seem silly but most people are right handed and use their right hand to grab the handle when entering while opening the door with their left hand, ergo, the door opens right to left like home doors do.

any thoughts?
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I'm just hoping my family members have enough sense not to leave the door open when the heater's on! Best wishes, John
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... or it could be that Airstreams are so totally cool that they wanted it to be unique and awnings and what hand you reach out with have very little bearing... just saying, could be.

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I mean does this guy look like someone who would build a product just like everyone else's?
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:44 AM   #27
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Was there a rack on the back to carry those armchairs when traveling?
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So, I don't know what you mean when you say " that was not the situation in my case".
The factory didn't install awnings during that era; they were aftermarket accessories
Right so the argument that the doors were one direction to accommodate an awning is moot; i see 62's with suicide and non-suicide doors; so (permanently mounted awnings) cant be the reason for the door direction switch.
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