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Old 10-21-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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1969 27' Overlander
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Replacing Door Handle/Lock

This is my first time posting here, but everyone seems to be pretty knowledgeable. I just picked up the 1969 overlander that someone (a bum) was living in for five years..It is trashed! It was my grandparents a long time ago, and i'm happy its back in the family. My problem is that the door handle is completely missing the mechanism is inside, but no handle. I do not want to pay $200-$400 for a new handle, so I wanted to know if I could replace with a newer flat handle that they use today, and just modify the door? let me know what you think, or if anyone has had the same problem. Thanks!!
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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I can possibly help you. I sent you a private message and an email.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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If you don't want to replace the handle with an "original" that will cost you $400, the next best bet is to get a modern RV latch, modify the door, and install it. You can buy a chromed latch, with a built in deadbolt for less than $40. You will have to cut the door some to accommodate the new mechanism, as well as the frame. The new latch will be smaller than the original, so you will also need to patch the hole left behind.

If you want such a replacement latch, with the patches, rivets, etc., included as a kit, I believe I have seen them offered by Inland RV for around $130.

I took the hardest route possible, and completely reskinned my door before installing the new latch. I don't recommend this route.

good luck!
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