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Old 02-16-2014, 07:41 PM   #1
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I was hoping for some direction on replacing my interior cabinet latches. The ones I ordered from VTS didn't work and I need to return them. There are some mentions about metal latches to replace the plastic - any assistance on where to find them is appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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Andy at Inland RV should have the correct one for you.

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:41 PM   #3
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I was hoping for some direction on replacing my interior cabinet latches. The ones I ordered from VTS didn't work and I need to return them. There are some mentions about metal latches to replace the plastic - any assistance on where to find them is appreciated! Thank you!
InlandRv.com does carry the correct (plastic) replacement latches. They came in both white and brown. Not sure if Andy still carries both colors or not. To my knowledge no metal type latches were ever made that would be a one on one replacement. Hope this helps, Ed
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I was hoping for some direction on replacing my interior cabinet latches. The ones I ordered from VTS didn't work and I need to return them. There are some mentions about metal latches to replace the plastic - any assistance on where to find them is appreciated! Thank you!
You list your Airstream as a 1966, which did use a metal cabinet latch.

Because of it's problems, Airstream switched to a plastic latch for the 1967 to 1970 models, both in white and brown.

We own the original Airstream mold for that part.

To modify your cabinet doors, is about a 5 minute or less job, so that the plastic latches can be used.

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Andy's got a point: In your profile, you note a 66 Airstream, but your thread title indicates a 67. Different products.

Might be best to include a couple of pictures of the latch you're looking for.


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Andy,

As always, you are correct! The 1966 metal latch can be a pain in the butt, but they do look really cool and classy. Lucky for me, I've got a couple of extra's that are under lock and key, well actually lost in my garage.

Has there ever been any thought to making a run of them?

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Andy,

As always, you are correct! The 1966 metal latch can be a pain in the butt, but they do look really cool and classy. Lucky for me, I've got a couple of extra's that are under lock and key, well actually lost in my garage.

Has there ever been any thought to making a run of them?

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The issue is always the cost of new tooling or molds.

When you learn what that costs these days, and how many you would have to sell at a ridiculous price, you decide very quickly to have another cool one, and forget it.

Many owners would like to rebuild back to original, but they balk very quickly when the part isn't going to cost like the original, but now the current.

Typical comment is "ARE YOU SERIOUS?"

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