Originally Posted by Janet's Husband
Trailer under discussion 1977 20' Minuet.
I believe my door is sprung, not what I would call the best fit.
If the door is sprung can it be repaired, and how would one go about doing this?
If it can't be repaired, would a standard size Argosy or Airstream door fit the Minuet?
I have a 1977 20' Minuet and also a 1974 31' Sovereign
When I got the Sovereign
, the door was sprung due to the PO fitting a dead bolt and drilling in to the door for the bolt.
I took the door off the Sovereign
and swapped it with the door from the Minuet - it fits perfectly, so I am sure that it would work in reverse!
To remove the 'spring' from the door is not too difficult - I posted this previously (about a year ago).
What you have to do is remove some of the rivets which hold on the inner door skin - leave the top and bottom most rows of rivets in place and just remove the ones up the sides (you could probably leave the middle row as well as these hold the 2 skins together).
The next step requires 2 people - 1 inside the trailer and 1 outside.
The outside guy closes the door and pushes the top and bottom into place so that it fits properly and holds it there.
The inside guy has a drill and some pop rivets at the ready.
Any holes that do not line up on the skin, with the holes on the frame, need to be re-drilled and riveted. Once all of the rivets have been replaced, your door should fit perfectly.
I hope that I have not missed anything - you might want to search for the original post with my user name just to check.