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Old 07-06-2020, 05:08 PM   #61
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I want to thank everyone for the input. I finally got the never up to do this. It ended up being one of the most simple improvements!

Tools:
Phillips screwdriver.

Parts from a big box store:
1. Self-drilling pan head screw -#10 x 3/4in. Zinc - Pack of 3 screws.
2. Fender 3/16 x 1in. Stainless - Pack of 3 screws.
3. Flat Washer 1/2in. Stainless - Pack of 3 screws.
(Use only one piece of each. Rest? Use for a fellow Airstreamer)

The fender washer fit mine perfectly and required no alteration to seat snug. Stack second washer on top of the fender washer. Screw in the self taping screw.

Time from start to finish:
10 mins. Included lubercating the mechanisms while everything was open.
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Old 07-06-2020, 05:18 PM   #62
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Ya, it is pretty simple to do!

Is there a thread which covers more of these mods?
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Old 07-06-2020, 07:57 PM   #63
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Ya, it is pretty simple to do!

Is there a thread which covers more of these mods?
Yep... Loads of stuff over here: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f14...ad-166085.html

Read the entire thread... it will take a while, but should get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy!

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Old 07-06-2020, 07:59 PM   #64
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I forgot to add, my purchases cost $3.58 plus tax. And, I have enough to do two locks. If you got stuff laying around, it is even lower investment.
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Old 07-06-2020, 08:00 PM   #65
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I forgot to add, my purchases cost $3.58 plus tax. And, I have enough to do two locks. If you got stuff laying around, it is even lower investment.

You're awesome !!!
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Old 07-08-2020, 07:21 AM   #66
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I want to thank everyone for the input. I finally got the never up to do this. It ended up being one of the most simple improvements!

Tools:
Phillips screwdriver.

Parts from a big box store:
1. Self-drilling pan head screw -#10 x 3/4in. Zinc - Pack of 3 screws.
2. Fender 3/16 x 1in. Stainless - Pack of 3 screws.
3. Flat Washer 1/2in. Stainless - Pack of 3 screws.
(Use only one piece of each. Rest? Use for a fellow Airstreamer)

The fender washer fit mine perfectly and required no alteration to seat snug. Stack second washer on top of the fender washer. Screw in the self taping screw.

Time from start to finish:
10 mins. Included lubricating the mechanisms while everything was open.
I did this yesterday. Easy Peasey. I also attached an additional handle for closing door. Thanks! - Brad
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Old 07-11-2020, 12:47 PM   #67
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Added handle from Ace hardware.
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Old 07-11-2020, 06:32 PM   #68
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Thanks For The Correct Fix

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Here is a fix for the handle

I want to thank Dennawayne for the correct fix for this door issue. The hardest part was finding a #7 drill bit. A couple of hours the wife and I worked together and we accomplished a permanent fix.

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Old 07-11-2020, 07:24 PM   #69
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I agree that Dennawayne’s fix is a bit better because of the tapping and used of a machine screw but I’m betting like FishbyFly that a self tapping #10 with red locktite will suffice for the life of my door. Time will tell. Dennawayne’s washer combination was the genius part of the fix. -Brad
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:22 AM   #70
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Here is a shot of the SS Tek screw that I used to with a SS fender washer. Please measure your handle to make sure that what ever method you choose doesn't cause your drilling process to go right through the handle! There may be different thicknesses of handle shafts out there.

You have to work these forward and reverse several times to clear out the cuttings. A shorter screw would do as well but I had these ones lying around. These are generally used so sheet metal applications but I made it work for the door handle mod.

Go easy with it as well since you are cutting into soft material and you want to keep the new threads in the end to secure the screw.

You can also run a drill bit into the hole first to get the hole diameter closer to the drill point diameter on the screw.

The drilling and tapping method demonstrated by RFP is a good choice if you are not familiar with these screws or have never used these before.

Please don't do this if you are not 100 percent comfortable with this process! Last thing you want to do is destroy your door handle.
I guess using a self tapping screw is if it holds you are good to go, if it fails you have messed up.

Drilling and tapping is the fix.
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I think my 20 year old trailer has a different interior handle, but the PO has done the screen door angle cut or a dealer has because it's cut.
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Old 09-13-2020, 01:54 PM   #72
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We broke the handle off our 2007 Classic the other day and have been using a screwdriver to open the door. I figured out pretty much everything here on my own by fiddling with the door and watching the mechanism. Helps I've fixed a few door handles in my time.

I want to do the fix... but I have another issue as well. The door lock on the handle portion - not the deadbolt - doesn't always unlock properly from the outside. You can't turn it with a key or only after several frustrating minutes. It works fine inside and everything and I find no hang ups, so it must be in the tumblers. However, lubrication doesn't seem to help though I haven't tried graphite yet. We ended up taping that lock open (so we wouldn't forget!) and have been using the deadbolt for the past year as a new lock is cost prohibitive at $178 for just the outside piece.

Add to this that the inside handle broke off same as everyone else's, we now have a double-wammy that I HAVE to fix. At $178 for the inside piece and $70 for the inside handle, I'd love for someone to tell me there's and easy fix for the handle lock that won't turn with the key. I could buy just the outside piece but my inside handle plate is actually warped and I expect the whole plate to break eventually, so replacing the entire assembly makes more sense if it can't be fixed.

Any ideas folks?
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Old 09-13-2020, 02:03 PM   #73
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The lock that's giving you grief is notoriously fiddly. The one on our trailer drove me nuts until I discovered if I will only put some pressure to the right as I'm unlocking it works perfectly... Every time. Worth a tr
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I wondered about that but when you're standing outside in the rain for 5 minutes you start to get this idea that you might not get in... and for a guy like me, that means I might have to break the window next to the door where I can reach the lock. I definitely can't see myself getting in any other way at this point.

I'll try your suggestion and see if I can get consistent at it. I really don't want to spend $250 bucks on a door latch!
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I wondered about that but when you're standing outside in the rain for 5 minutes you start to get this idea that you might not get in... and for a guy like me, that means I might have to break the window next to the door where I can reach the lock. I definitely can't see myself getting in any other way at this point.

I'll try your suggestion and see if I can get consistent at it. I really don't want to spend $250 bucks on a door latch!
I really hope it works for you. I've been doing that for so long, it's just automatic. I like "fixes" like this, easy and free!
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Old 09-13-2020, 05:43 PM   #76
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I really hope it works for you. I've been doing that for so long, it's just automatic. I like "fixes" like this, easy and free!
So I just tried it and I got the key to work 20-30 times but I had to wiggle it in and out. The sideways thing didn't seem to work. It's definitely a tumbler catching. But after doing it all those times, it stopped hanging up just as I called my wife out to see what I was doing.. LOL!

I think I'll add some graphite lubricant to my shopping list and see if that helps. I will be doing the other repair anyway so I can get it all at once.
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So I just tried it and I got the key to work 20-30 times but I had to wiggle it in and out. The sideways thing didn't seem to work. It's definitely a tumbler catching. But after doing it all those times, it stopped hanging up just as I called my wife out to see what I was doing.. LOL!

I think I'll add some graphite lubricant to my shopping list and see if that helps. I will be doing the other repair anyway so I can get it all at once.
When I was messing around with the lock, trying to figure out just why it was being obstinate, I took the tumbler assembly out. I couldn't find a single thing that mght be "catching" on something. It's still a mystery to me, but my "solution" continues to work perfectly, so I'm happy.
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When I was messing around with the lock, trying to figure out just why it was being obstinate, I took the tumbler assembly out. I couldn't find a single thing that mght be "catching" on something. It's still a mystery to me, but my "solution" continues to work perfectly, so I'm happy.
So I did the fix with the screw and washer and it worked, but now the door lock rubs and won't lock without great effort. Apparently the screw head is in the way. I'm going to have to find a feathered head screw that fits in the hole but doesn't stick out as much. Doesn't help that my entire plate on the inside is slightly bent from years of pulling on the handle (apparently).
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Old 09-14-2020, 05:49 PM   #79
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Just did this mod today using parts laying around in the garage. 15 minutes is all it took. But... I decided to play with the door latch a bit. Its always been hard to close from the inside so I took a look at the latch when closing and noticed it was closing on the striker bolt hex head. Easy fix I thought.
Took the striker bolt out to add a washer and the striker nut fell into the door frame channel. After removing the inside trim molding and prying the aluminum out a bit I was able to locate the nut plate and move it into position for the striker bolt. Added some insulation stuffing into the frame to keep the nut plate from dropping in the future. Isn't there some sort of factory retainer to keep the nut plate from dropping?
I adjusted the striker to fit the door latch correctly and the door opens and closes perfectly. After some screen door frame aluminum removal, it no longer rubs on the striker when opening/closing. All in all a few hours work with a high satisfaction factor.
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