Originally Posted by steilkurve
Latch is working fine. Purely preemptive maintenance. So your advice is don't do anything until you absolutely need to?
I never lubed the latches from 2006 to now. Each door is hand fitted and can be tight or easy.
Don't use WD40 or some dust attracting oil. It will cause more trouble over time. It is the fit of the hinges to the frame of the door that make each Airstream different. My advice would not make everyone happy.
There is a Thread with a person at Airstream BENDING the door to fit each trailer as it moves down the line. A real inspiration to watch handy work at its best!
We had an upper door hinge failure on this last Off the Grid 4,373 miles. It may have been from the factory and only ONE bolt held the top hinge. The other was loose and no nut to tighten behind the frame.
It is a long story how I did a temporary fix it to finish our trip by experimenting how I imagined the door was attached... but in two weeks, Las Vegas Airstream is fixing it and I will understand more.
The lower screen door had worn spot from the beginning at the bottom edge rubbing against the frame of the door. Probably a misfitted door and damaged hardware from the beginning. I will know soon enough.
The dead bolt needed pressure pushing into the door to get it to smoothly lock the trailer to close and then to unlock. That was a FIRST CLUE, but never imagined hinge issues. The dead bolt was smooth when aligned to the frame slot.
The access to OTG Repair is not even possible. With some thinking and making what we had... work... the locking mechanism is snug, as it always has been, but the door is not 100%.
YOU may want to see if your door hinge bolts are snug. They are behind the adhesive cover that peals off, but can be replaced. I know more about doors, hinges and the dead bolt lock now that I wanted. In several weeks... an expert of sorts.
Good luck on whatever you need to do and get what you want to happen. Check the hinge screws. Takes a lot of torque to secure the bolts and the hardware is... well SUCKS. We found it on the floor and had to pull back the aluminum to find the loose nut... but found the entire bracket came loose and fell between the wall.
So a tight dead bolt is not much of an issue. There ARE nastier things lurking out there and after 14 years of Airstreaming... found this one and it was a doozie.