Just completed a great two 1,400 mile round trip with my wife and son from our home near Sacramento up the coast (Northern California and Southern Oregon) and then across the coastal mountains and down past Mount Shasta before returning home. Note - 59 - 63 degree temperatures along coast - rember that as you read the following paragraph!
Everything on our mostly renovated Sovereign
worked great. Except...on today, our final day, the Central Valley temps were 110 degrees as we drove down Highway 5. After stopping at a rest stop for a while (and carrying our 80 lb collie across the blacktop to a shaded area to pee), we rolled back onto the freeway at around 60 mph. Another Airstreamer caught us and told us our door was open.
Pulled over to the shoulder and sure enough it had swung wide open. The doorknob was in the locked position and the deadbolt was sticking out in the locked position too. The door was bent out at the top and bottom by 3" each and the aluminum puckered in the middle where the knob and deadbolt are.
My son and I bent the door into a semblance of its old shape and got it closed and key locked it. I then tightly tied a rope around the knob and grab assist handle in front of it...and also from the grab assist handle to the exterior hinge at the rear of the door. That got us home ok.
My questions for this stellar group:
* Has anyone had a door on an older Airstream deform or pop open even though latched?
* Could the 110 degree (F) temps have cause it?
* How do we bend the door back to its original shape and hopefully remove the pucker which was caused?
* Has anyone installed latches or deadbolts on the top and bottom leading edges of their doors? (note, my wife desires any solution to look good on our vintage trailer and I am not thrilled at needing four keys to open the door).
Brilliant suggestions here would be welcomed. Thanks much!