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Old 11-26-2003, 11:38 AM   #1
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1985 Excella door latch

My 1985 Excella 31' door latch has broken. The internal latch sub assembly has cracked between the spring loaded bolt and the plate that pulls the latch open via the outside door handle or inside rotating handle. Airstream says the mfgr of these door latches is no longer in business since 1990.

Any ideas on getting parts?
The new latch is smaller and will require some patching on the door.
The thin plate might be welded but a new or used plate would be preferred.

Thanks for any ideas.

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Old 11-26-2003, 11:53 AM   #2
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The original Keeler Brass lock has not been available for years, nor has any repair parts.

It is necessary to replace the lock with a Trimark lock kit, which contains an adapter plate for the exterior.

Other than that, Airstream has no other solution.

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Old 11-26-2003, 02:15 PM   #3
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If your latch is like mine, the two ears on the Bolt Plate sub-assembly have broken off. I have a friend who works wonders with welding equipment and he was able to braze two ears onto the assembly and I reinstalled it with no problem.

Take the latch apart and take the sub-assembly to a welder and ask if they can fix it. Attached is the exploded view of my latch. If it is similar to yours, you have an option. The other one is to get the kit for $85 to $115 depending on source and then paying a mechanic to "modify" the door latch opening so the kit will fit.

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Old 11-26-2003, 02:28 PM   #4
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On ebay

Don't know if you would want this or not. The inside door handle for a 1985 Excella is now open for bidding on Ebay. The item includes no lock or insides, just the inside handle and plate.

Yep, slow day at work today.

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Old 11-26-2003, 03:35 PM   #5
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Thanks to all for info.

I was able to disassemble, have the machined latch section welded to the sliding plate.
Cleaned and relubricated it seems to work better than ever.

I appeciate all your comments.

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