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Old 05-17-2010, 09:30 PM   #1
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Can I swap doors?

The small door on my door w/in a door setup on my 64 tradewind is bent, probably repairable (but not by me). I have found a door from a 64 safari, are the small doors interchangeable?
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The small door on my door w/in a door setup on my 64 tradewind is bent, probably repairable (but not by me). I have found a door from a 64 safari, are the small doors interchangeable?
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Yes and no.

There are two types of the inner door.

One is flush with the outer door when closed, and the other sticks out from the outer door about 1/2 inch.

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Old 05-18-2010, 07:02 AM   #3
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the small door has 2 rectangles a larger one that overlaps the main door by about 1/2" and a smaller one that is inset. Dont know if that makes sense.
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the small door has 2 rectangles a larger one that overlaps the main door by about 1/2" and a smaller one that is inset. Dont know if that makes sense.
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Kevin.

I have no idea what your trying to explain.

Sorry.

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the small door has 2 rectangles a larger one that overlaps the main door by about 1/2" and a smaller one that is inset. Dont know if that makes sense.
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Kevin,

If that picture is your existing door, you have an overlap door not an inset door. What type of door is on the other trailer? I don't know if the doors were originally made on a jig or not, perhaps Andy does. If so, then the replacement door should fit. The two doors on my Liner are not the same. A lot of things about Airstreams are unique to the individual trailer.

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I think what Andy is getting at is the 1964 is a unique year. The door with in the door on some models is flush with the face of the door when closed. On earlier door, the door within overlapped the main door and actually is on top of the door surface. That is the difference between inset and overlay.
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Ok I get it mine is an overlay (Bill is right) If the Safari is also an overlay will it fit or do I just need to get my hands on the actual door and measure? (not so easy at 1000 mi away) Thanks for all the input.
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Ok I get it mine is an overlay (Bill is right) If the Safari is also an overlay will it fit or do I just need to get my hands on the actual door and measure? (not so easy at 1000 mi away) Thanks for all the input.
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Kevin,

Again, it may fit. Measurements would help, but the only way to be sure is to actually fit the door in place. The outside and inside panels are flat and you may be able to modify the size of the frame to fit your trailer. I had to replace the outside panel on both doors on my Liner, not a problem except for finding someone to make the bead on the edges.

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Here is a picture of two 1963 doors of both types of hinges... Hope that helps!
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Why not just switch the entire door?
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Why not just switch the entire door?
I can do that as well, but will the whole door from a safari fit the tradewind? Also my main door fits well(so rather leave well enough alone if possible) and since my hinge is like the one vinstream shows on the door not attached to a trailer (lowest door in the photo) it would be much easier (I think) to replace just the small door as the hinge rivets are easily accessible. What do you think?
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That lower door is an overlay. Is that what you have? Another silly question... where is your trailer built and where is the donor trailer built? Coming from the same factory could improve the chances of a direct swap
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Thanks to this thread I now know its an overlay. Mine is an Ohio girl I'll have to find out where miss Safari is from or better yet since you said" improve your chances" and Bill said"may fit" I think I need to actually get my hands on this baby and see if it fits.
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Thanks to this thread I now know its an overlay. Mine is an Ohio girl I'll have to find out where miss Safari is from or better yet since you said" improve your chances" and Bill said"may fit" I think I need to actually get my hands on this baby and see if it fits.
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Frank makes a good point, you have a much better chance if both trailers came from the same factory.

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The guys that made the doors in this era were very proud of their work for it was very highly skilled compared to some of the other tasks involved it constructing these rigs. Pretty much one guy made every one. Most of the doors were signed as they were put together. This pride in craftsmanship is working in your favor in terms of consistency. I bet it will swap right out and people will not believe your story of how it was done.
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thanks for the input I will find out where it was made since the same guy would have to travel a lot to build doors in CA and Ohio!! I see your point about the importance of origin of mfgr. Also it looks like there are only 5 rivets on each hinge holding the small door on. They look like pop rivets, but maybe stainless steel? If anyone knows about these guys dont be shy. I know kind of getting ahead of myself since I dont have the door yet!
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Kevin...the donor trailer is an Ohio model...
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Kevin...the donor trailer is an Ohio model...
How did you know about the door?
Seriously I'll call you in a day or two
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heres a pic of the door...

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heres a pic of the door...

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Is the deadbolt available?

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