I took the new-to-me 71 Safari from its storage location 45 minutes from my house to a parking lot near my house to meet a guy who is selling an electric trailer mover. The hope is the trailer mover will allow me to get the trailer into my very tight driveway and then into my fairly spacious garage where my tools are so I can actually work on this thing.
Didn't occur to either me or the other guy that old Airstreams don't have their batteries on the tongue. Tried to open the battery door compartment, which was operable when I bought it 9 days and 500 miles ago, but it wouldn't play ball. The key would turn but the mechanism won't disengage. Sprayed some silicon lube in it, didn't help. To get to the battery from inside would require me to disassemble the closet, and I'm not quite ready to do that. I want to make sure I can get the trailer into my garage so I can put things back together before I take everything apart.
So we left without a deal, but if I can figure out how to make it work I still want to try this trailer mover out.
So first question: how do I get this door open? Do I need to drill out the lock? Or is there some trick to it?
Then on the way back to the storage lot, the main door flew open on the highway and cracked the interior door frame. Ratchet strapped it shut, stopped by home despot and grabbed some foil tape and window gaskets, and did my best to make it somewhat water resistant before the big nor'easter in two days.
So next question is whether the door needs to come off to be fixed or whether a decent aluminum welder can fix it while it's still on the trailer. I'm lucky enough to know a few good welders but it's still a whole new thing to deal with before I can take the family camping as promised this summer.