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Old 06-06-2021, 12:48 PM   #1
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Ever Feel Trapped in Your AS?

At 5:30 AM, during the second day at Victoria Bryant SP, I was attempting to take our dog out for her morning walk but the door would not open. That normal click was gone when you lift the handle with no resistance. I tried and tried and then my wife woke up wondering what in the world I was doing. I said, "I think we are trapped". I turned the lights on and examined the door. There are 3 screws that connect the door handle, 2 on the left (blocked by screen door) and one on the right just above the door lock. The screw above the door lock was missing and not to be found. I played with the door handle knowing that it must catch the release mechanism but didn't know-how. My wife and dog were both getting a little anxious and to be honest so was I. I did not want to use the emergency exit and did not want to call 911 knowing that they would just tear the door off. After a little more time, I realized what had happened the night before when closing the door and locking up. With that screw missing when I pulled the door shut, the handle was allowed to be pulled away from the door releasing it from the locking mechanism. I pulled on the handle and could easily separate it from the door about a 1/4-1/2 inch. I got my flashlight and started to play with the handle moving it back and forth finally getting it to catch and release the door. We all had a sigh of relief. I know AS rivets, nuts, bolts, and screws will come loose with travel and usually do a check for tightness every so often. Guess what I missed. Lesson learned.
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. . . did not want to call 911 knowing that they would just tear the door off.
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The door probably could have been opened by anyone from the outside, including someone walking around the campground IMO. Adrenalin can mess with one's thinking clearly at times IMO.

Glad you figured it out . . . thanks for the tip. Good recent suggestion for the thread , , , there are quite a few posts all over on this.

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