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Old 11-19-2003, 09:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy How many times have you hit...

...your head on the door frame of your Airstream? I tell you, I'm like 5'11" and if I don't draw blood off the top of my head at least once a day, my wife wonders what's happening!

Am I the only klutz? I'm thinking about putting some kind of flexible plastic strip or padding up along the top of the door....

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Old 11-19-2003, 10:00 PM   #2
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Don, somewhere I saw a photo of an A/S door that had the top of the door's interior "padded". It matched the interior fabric. For the life of me, I just can't recall who or where..(It might have been on here.)
btw, I've done the same thing and, gawd..it hurts like the DICKENS~!~

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Old 11-19-2003, 10:39 PM   #3
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It is in my photos section (click on "photos" below).

I came back from an rv show with the inspiration to do this little job. We had some scraps of fabric left over from the couch re-upholstery, and a piece of plywood and some foam was all that was required.

Once installed, I realized it would not keep me from konking my head on the frame itself - yet somehow it does. I suspect it is a subconscious thing, the brain may see the door as "thicker" and cause me to duck earlier. All I know is I don't bang my head there anymore.

Now, if I bang my head on the plastic cabinet latch over the bathroom sink one more time, that cabinet is history!

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Old 11-19-2003, 10:56 PM   #4
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The pad that is on the current models would probably fit older Airstreams as well. Both mine have been well paddded with a white vinyl-covered pad.
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:45 PM   #5
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I haven't hit my head, but...

I have split my knee open a couple of times!!! It happens when I don't "think" I need to put the step down, but I should have. I turn sideways to step down and when I do my "high" leg (usually the right one) bends down and my knee runs down the door frame edge....Ouch!!! Where's the first aid kit...

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Old 11-20-2003, 12:14 AM   #6
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Talking That's the one..

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Thanks for saving me...You did an excellent job there~!
Shari...
I have not had that problem yet..I bet it does hurt.
On a different note, I can't tell you how many times I've pinched my finger on that silly table~!! Or is it just me?? lol, it still hurts like the DICKENS~
Now I need to figure out how to make a "matching" door pad..

Come to think of it..I could use a similar pad over the bathroom sink...lol

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Old 11-20-2003, 04:51 AM   #7
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The pad on the newer ones will work on older ones I do believe. It is simply a vinyl convered foam piece with a thick Cardboard backing I do believe. It is glued in place. When tacking such a piece in - simply tape up the corners to the ends so that the glue has a chance to dry and after 24 hrs or so take the tape off and away you go. For a DIY - using velcro would probably do the trick if you use the commercial or sewing grade instead of glue - I believe on mine its a white silicon based glue that they used to re-attach mine (It had to come off to replace the door)
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Old 11-20-2003, 09:37 AM   #9
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I believe on mine its a white silicon based glue that they used to re-attach mine (It had to come off to replace the door)
Hate to pick on nits, but I hope you meant "silicone" based glue. Lots of folks get "silicon" and "silicone" crossed up.
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:27 AM   #10
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I was thinking about a semi-soft plastic strip below the door frame. Pardon my lack of graphics skills, but a cross-section might look something like this. Inside the coach would be on your left.

I've shown rivets, as the trailer gets too hot and glue tends to give up in Arizona.

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Makes sense to use the rivets for the reasons stated.
I've tried to use velcro and, in every case.."It fails to hold for any reasonable length of time".
I've tried the commerical grade type of velcro JodyJeep..With mixed results.
Since I have lots of rivets left over from other projects..I may try the rivet..Heck, the worst that can happen is..I can always blame it on A/S factory..lol

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Old 11-28-2003, 09:52 AM   #12
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Well, here's what I'm gonna try...

I got some plastic chrome car door edge trim to put on that edge. My theory is that (a) it might give a litte teensy bit when I hit it and (b) at least it's smooth and rounded so it might not take a gash out of my head.

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Old 11-28-2003, 11:17 AM   #13
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I've wacked my head a few times like that, usually coming in. Not enough to draw blood but lucky for me I still have a good head of hair. Hate to see what would happen to a balded head. Can't really see where the cushion would do much good on coming in, I would usually step right up into the door frame. The rubber squeege deal looks like it would work better to me.

On a similar subject, how many of you have walked into an swung out open window frame? I hit my head twice in one day on them, the day I sold it for some strange reason, not entirely related though. I guess she was extracting some vengeance from me.

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Chas, the one that gets me is the one without rounded corners, in the front above the A-frame. It's in just the right place to put a hole in your head while working on the gas bottles or the hitch system. I used a file to make a smooth curve out of those sharp corners. At least I now get a bruise, rather than a deep gash. These little things are so important in making things run smoothly. Nick.
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