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.