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Old 02-08-2017, 04:24 PM   #1
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99 Safari Bathroom Sliding Door Missing

I purchased my first Airstream and it did not come with the mid bathroom sliding door. The track and rollers are still present along with screws hanging down from the rollers when the door was removed.

Was there an inherent design flaw with this type door? I notice the wall that the door covers when open is as flimsy as it gets, and I can't figure out how the door would have been latched for transit or for use.

I was contemplating replacing the wall and door with Aluminum, but still looking at alternatives. Anybody with a slider wish they had something else?
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:08 PM   #2
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Why not a curtain?
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:21 PM   #3
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Definitely possible, but we would prefer a door, sliding or hinged. Truth be told, I am interesting in getting into a mild project to "make it ours" and this might be the perfect opportunity to have a weekend project.
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My 2001 had the same door, I think. The bathroom was all on the road side. The door was nothing but a rectangular piece of plywood or OSB or something with a wood grain vinyl on it. Mine was secured in the open position by a clear plastic strap with a snap that clicked on its mate inside the bathroom wall. It should be easy to duplicate.

I had a problem with the wall adjacent to the door pulling away from the wall that went beside the fridge. I ended up gluing it with Gorilla Glue and it never moved again.

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I have a small problem with the wall pulling away from the aft side. Same street side set up that you probably had. I don't think I would be happy with just hanging the same quality door up. Going though the thought process now on building a new wall and door from aluminum.
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:20 AM   #6
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What Al said! been that way since my '89 and same in my '96
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:21 PM   #7
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My solution included rebuilding the wall between bath and dinette so the sliding door is not in a pocket between two flimsy walls but on one side of a sturdy wall. Birch plywood is the finish for all the new woodwork and casework. Interior is complete now.
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:44 PM   #8
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Very nice, where did you get the hardware for slides?
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Interior is complete now.
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Nice work Jim.
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Nicely done!
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Nice work. Would also like to hear where you obtained your sliding door hardware. Also, where did you get the aluminum trim?
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Thanks for the "atta boy"'s I ordered the sliding door hardware online from Woodward's Hardware. 3/4" aluminum channel came from Lowe's. I installed a slide bolt on the dinette bench to secure the door in the open position while towing.
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