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67wanderlust 12-13-2004 12:09 PM

Installing new L100 lockset
I just purchased a 1967 Sovereign that was missing the original door handle and lockset. I ordered a new Bargeman L100 extended bolt but was wondering how to make this fit. I was told I would need to put an additional plate on. Can anyone help with making this new lock fit?
Steve Pavey

Rog0525 12-13-2004 01:01 PM

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The L100 that was used by Airstream was not the standard issue. See the attached image. Note that the plunger is altogether different. Maybe someone has had luck in modifying it to fit, but just letting you know that the correct unit is available.
I borrowed the lower image from Inland RV for illustration purposes. I don't think Andy will mind.

eljay 12-13-2004 01:19 PM

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So the inland unit is the better choice? We will need to replace as this is what we have. Quaint :rolleyes: but functional.

Rog0525 12-13-2004 01:42 PM


Originally Posted by eljay
So the inland unit is the better choice? We will need to replace as this is what we have. Quaint :rolleyes: but functional.

LJ, I'm not saying it is a better choice or the only choice. It was an exact replacement for the lockset on my '66 Ambassador. A standard Bargeman didn't fit.

eljay 12-13-2004 01:57 PM

Chances are that if it fit your 66, that it will fit my 66. My opinion is that it is better if it does not require modification of piece or trailer.

BURNZEE 12-13-2004 07:33 PM

Has anyone had a problem locking the door after the knob was installed? I have just purchased one for my 66 Safari and when I tighten the screws down, it will no longer lock. Loosen the screws and it locks. How can I make it a tight installation and still lock it up?

66Overlander 12-13-2004 08:11 PM

BURNZEE, I had the same problem that as I tightened the screws the lock got harder to operate when I installed a new L100 (also from Inland RV) in our '66 Overlander. I had to carefully play with the tightness of the screws to get the lock to work properly with the key, but yet still seem to be tightly installed. With some work you should be able to do the same. If you are concerned about anything loosening up, use some Locktite on the screws (although I didn't and it is still tight after one season of usage).

I should point out that I also had to inject some LockEase into the tumbler to get the lock to work smoothly with the key, even before I tightened the screws. It was very stiff as received from Inland RV. Anyway, after the LockEase and screw troque adjustments, our new lockset works fine.

And to 67wanderlust's question, the only item I had to modify to make the new L100 work on our '66 was the original gasket, which I trimmed slightly to reuse with the new lockset. Other than that it was a direct "bolt in". I think perhaps the plate mentioned is required to make some locksets fit later era (i.e. 70's) Airstreams. I can't imagine there being any difference in the installation of the L100 in a '67 vs. '66 Airstream.

67wanderlust 12-15-2004 02:51 PM

Door Bolt Plate and Gaskets
I proceeded with installation and encountered a similar problem as others with tightened screws inhibiting free movement of the bolt. With some silicone lubricant it works better along with slightly loosening the screws.

What type and size of gasket did you have between your outside door and plate? Do you think I could cut my own from 1/8" thick EPDM rubber? Do you use Vulkem or Parbond around the door plate outside?

Also, I cannot lock the door because of the fit of the plate along the door frame. I'm not sure if it is original. It is a plastic insert. When I remove the insert the bolt moves free enough within the door frame for me to lock it, but it doesn't look pretty. I'm wondering if this is the plate I was told I need to refit.

Thank you for your help so far.

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