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Old 02-04-2004, 10:57 AM   #1
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doors won't roll up all the way

Two or three of the tambour doors won't roll up all the way, another one won't stay up!
I seem to remember a thread detailing how to adjust and lube this kind of door. Just can't find it right now!
So. Any suggestions on lubing, adjusting?

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Old 02-04-2004, 11:12 AM   #2
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Use the Forum search engine (upper right hand button), and enter tambour.

There's a bunch of threads that deal with your question.


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Old 02-04-2004, 11:12 AM   #3
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Search "Tambour Doors"

There are many tips but they are simply that.
What happens is the rigidity of the door weakens over the years and the tambour will not slide in a straight line through the track. The small "slats" tend to try to fold and it cause the door to become wavy, rubbing on each side and binding in the track.

You can try to remove the door and trim the cloth from the rear of the door. Trim it from the edges that slide in the track. only problem with this practice is that the slats are made of pressed board. they will dampen or become soft and deteriorate.

Also, there is probably a lot of dust in the track from use. If you can get all of the dust out of the center of the scroll, that will help.

You will learn to teach everyone using the doors to be careful and maybe assist the door opening by using two hands. One near door handle and one in the rear of the door to help rigidity.

Its an Airstream thing.

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Old 02-04-2004, 11:31 AM   #4
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I don't have this issue with this coach, but I have some friends that did have this type of issue. They used birthday candles to fix the binding. Open the door all the way, clean the track of dust and debris. Take a B-bay candle and using the flat end rub it in the groove of the track on both sides. Then open and close the door a few times. You may need to do it more than once to get them slipping. The wax will not cause the material to swell up like a liquid lube will, and should reduce the binding that is causing the problems that you are experiencing.

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