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Old 09-15-2006, 10:35 AM   #1
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Repairing Main Door Holdback latch and blue trim

I have a 1979 31 foot Soverign. I need to fix or replace the holdback latch that holds the main door open. The tension spring seems to be broken thus releases the door and will not hold the door open. Can I just replace the spring? It looks like I will need to drill out the rivets? What is the size/specifications of the rivets I will need to replace it and where can I get the spring or latch?

Also...what do most people do to replace the blue trim. Some is painted on and some was a blue plastic. Is the plastic stuff still available? What should I do about the area that is painted?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:21 AM   #2
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I just got the blue plastic from Inland RV. there are a few sizes, well priced etc. I would do business with them again. Tim
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Old 09-15-2006, 06:15 PM   #3
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i just today was told via e-mail by andy at inland rv that the red and blue pinstriping is no longer available. the wide (beltline)and narrow (rub rail) are available. i guess they are both blue?? come in 50 foot rolls --the rub rail is $40. a roll and the wide is 50 foot and costs $30. a roll..... my unit is a 1978 and all of it needs replacement.
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Old 09-15-2006, 08:50 PM   #4
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Another source for trim is:

"Noticed this place while returning from vacation. They sell parts and will sell beltline by the foot instead of buying a 50' roll.


The paint is I believe is generally replaced with a Royal Blue and for the life of me I can't remember the brand.

Someone else will surely tell you since I got it from the Forum.

Another thought on the paint is to take the beltline to a Lowes or HD - or anyplace with paint matching - get a quart of the best exterior quality metal paint matched to the beltline.

We are eventually going to use Behr premium satin exterior from HD to do that paint portion of the restore.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the responses.

Is the "beltline" the wide blue strip at the lower portion of the exterior?

Any thoughts on the holdback latch...or maybe I just need to dig in and see what happens.

Thanks again,
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:37 AM   #6
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You can see the parts at Andy's site www.inlandrv.com it is part number 18777.


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