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Old 06-14-2021, 11:25 AM   #1
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Door handle

I have a Ď69 Ambassador. Has anyone changed the door handle to the modified trimark sold at inland rv? I have one, with no instructions. Inland canít answer phones due to COVID, I guess it spreads though phones? Anyway I have no directions. It doesnít look that hard but it would be great to see what others did, and maybe some directions. Thanks
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Old 06-15-2021, 05:04 PM   #2
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Is there any way to get ahold of them? They donít take phone calls, donít answer email, or messenger. If someone lives near the dealership, Iíd pay you to get the instructions and send them to me. Lol
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The instructions aren't that critical. You have the latch assembly in hand, and this will show you where the door latch should go, and where the new hole needs to be created for the deadbolt. There are plenty of folks who have retrofitted a more modern latch assembly to an old door without any kind of instruction, template, or kit. You really can eyeball your way through the process.

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Belegedhel is right. You just gotta dive in and do what it takes to make it work.

My son's 69 Globe Trotter likely had the same Bargman lock that your trailer likely had. The 69 model year has cast aluminum door frames (verify this on your trailer) which is quite thick requiring a rather long 3 1/2" set back, center of door knob to end of lockbolt.

Rebuilt Bargman locks are expensive. People buy them to keep the trailer original. I have a 75 Overlander 27'. It had a KT level style lock on it that Airstream used through the 70s. KT locks are problematic also.

So I removed the Bargman lock from the 69 and sold it for parts. Then I removed the KT lock from the 75 Overlander and installed it on the Globe Trotter. I'm hoping it will last a while, see photo.

Then I installed a new Korhee RV lever style lock ($50) on my Overlander. Changing locks is a job, but can be done by us armatures. It requires making a patch on the door skins, inside and out. It requires positioning and cutting a lockbolt hole in the door frame. And sometimes it requires three hands.
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Iím sure I can do it without the introductions. I am actually just irritated that Inlands customer service is so horrible. LOL
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Inland used to be an excellent vintage Airstream parts supplier. But they have gone downhill over the years. I too have had bad experiences from them. They will get what they deserve; less business.

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