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Old 10-23-2021, 02:59 PM   #1
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Door Curve on my 2019 27' International

My door into our 2019 27 foot International had the upper hinge come loose and Las Vegas Airstream did the work and secured it. A job well done by Steve doing Service Work. He explained HOW it was done.

Curious as I am, I thought I would make some measurements of the Door Curve. Yes... curiousity may Kill the Cat, but I am a Neanderthal. I do not shed as much, either.

The center panel line on the inside door is the CENTER where I measure the maximum curve. It has rivets running from left to right towards the lock assembly.

My inside door from the edge above the window, where you find a rivet, to the bottom edge is 86 3/4 inches. If your door is nearly or exactly this measurement, we are using the same numbers as follows:

(The position I took measurements are as you see in the door photo to the left of the window frame. This is the 48 inch level.)

I used a 28 inch level, centered at 14" to get: 1/2 inch from edge of level to the contact line of the two inner door panels.

I used a 48 inch level, centered at 24" to get: 1 5/8 inches from the edge of the level to the contact line of the two inner door panels.

Then... I took a 10 foot board to get 3 1/4 inches from the EDGE to the contact line of the two inner door panels.

MY front door, with some tape along the inside frame, is now snug and should prevent dust any any moisture from entering. The Dead Bolt secures easily with a slight push inward. This means the door is sealing to the Door Frame.

Why do I find these things to test, measure and offer them on the Forum?

My door now fits 'perfectly'?, if that is even possible. It took work at the bottom to file down excess metal trim on the door skin that contacted the lower frame from the right side and towards the door opening. There was a long cut groove due to the door not fitted well. Took some time, but almost have it finished.

If your door has issues. Do some investigation, first. Describe what you have noticed. We are not there looking at your door. These measurements may vary for a perfect fit. These measurements may be close for everyone without any excess tension.

I would like to hear, as do others about your experience.
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Groove worn into bottom of doorframe

I first noticed black dust along the bottom of doorframe. Upon inspection I noticed a groove beginning to wear into the doorframe at the bottom. The trim strip attached to the bottom of the door was the culprit. After filing for a while, I just took a plastic builders shim and inserted it between the doorskin and the trim. This wedges the trim so it doesn't run anymore.
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:45 AM   #3
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Sand Down the... door frame edge

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I first noticed black dust along the bottom of doorframe. Upon inspection I noticed a groove beginning to wear into the doorframe at the bottom. The trim strip attached to the bottom of the door was the culprit. After filing for a while, I just took a plastic builders shim and inserted it between the doorskin and the trim. This wedges the trim so it doesn't run anymore.
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Let me guess. If you let the door swing to close, it comes back like a spring is attached a couple inches.

Good: The door gasket and frame are making good contact and you push the door to shut, snug and hold to engage the Dead Bolt.

Bad: At the bottom of the Frame, you may see a thin line groove cutting into the aluminum. It is a straight line, and road vibrations will cut the groove deeper and wider closer to the hinge. The door is cutting into the frame to reduce the tension. (Doors are not made perfectly to fit. They are made and attached as needed.

I discussed this some time ago in a Thread. You need to sand down the aluminum edge that is making contact. Mine was 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Used a belt sander as a file or sandpaper would take me more time than I have to... spare. I am old.

Use the paper strip... trick. Start at the bottom left side and move the paper towards the frame. When the paper stops... you know where to start sanding down the sharp edge of aluminum trim.

If you do not care about EXCESS STRESS on the two hinges... fine with me. I figured it out after my top hinge came loose. That is obvious as well. Not very secure.

Anyone... if you look at the bottom flat edge as you step into your entry... look for the cutting into the flat area. You will see it. This is trouble. If you do nothing... be prepared to fix more than sanding in the future. Your hinges will not be happy.
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