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Old 11-27-2018, 10:07 PM   #1
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Orphaned Tradewind door

I got involved with replacing the screen in the door of a 1951 Tradewind. It looks like it may have had some creative/innovative mods though. What looks particularly strange to me is the method used to secure the 'center' solid panel that covers the screened area in the door when the trailer is closed up.

This door as currently configured has two slots in the screen to allow two blades attached to the inner panel to go through the screen and be secured with an upper and lower transom catch on the leading frame when the panel is closed. Can this be original?? The original lockset is missing but I wonder if that was the original method?

Can anyone tell me how the original system was set up?
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:45 PM   #2
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These might work: https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com...-p/vts-399.htm


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I got involved with replacing the screen in the door of a 1951 Tradewind. It looks like it may have had some creative/innovative mods though. What looks particularly strange to me is the method used to secure the 'center' solid panel that covers the screened area in the door when the trailer is closed up.

This door as currently configured has two slots in the screen to allow two blades attached to the inner panel to go through the screen and be secured with an upper and lower transom catch on the leading frame when the panel is closed. Can this be original?? The original lockset is missing but I wonder if that was the original method?

Can anyone tell me how the original system was set up?
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:14 AM   #3
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Did you mean 1961 Tradewind? AS started making Tradewinds in the latter 50s. Regardless, the door within a door had two tabs on the door within a door that fit through the screen edge and outer door. That is original. It was held closed by two sliding bar latches. What Wkerfoot indicated will work. I think they still make some latches that look original. They weren’t solely used in Airstreams, but screen doors in houses and other doors that required latches. This method of keeping the inner door secured while traveling makes me nervous. Good luck
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. While I was replacing the screen in the door, the trailer melted in the Woolsey fire! Now I have an outer door that doesn't fit anything I have.
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