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Old 12-12-2016, 09:24 PM   #1
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1971 Overlander airstream door insulation

I'm in the process of renovating a 1971 Overlander. After several attempts to add insulation to the entrance door... and much study, I think I finally have it installed correctly
I started by ordering the vintage airstream door insulation strip... a triangle shaped rubber strip with periodic air holes... we installed it with contact cement and the pre glued strip. It looked great! Only problem was... the door wouldn't close,,, if we really slammed it and pushed hard, it might close and stay closed...
after much thought and contemplating, I decided the strike plate was worn too thin... so I ordered an new, reproduction plate, and installed it.. it
Looks great! But... the door was harder to close...
now, I'm buffaloed... we thought it might just take time to break in... but I knew all the slamming would damage this "single hinged" door?...
My first trip in my finished renovation will be to FL to join friends, and paddle with manatees... fun! Right! But this is also black bear territory. So I really want the door to close and lock...
finally, I realized that this weather stripping wasn't going to cut it... so we pulled it back off... hated to loose the $1.50 per foot weather strip, but the door closed fine, without it...
After much research, I found an article that said that some of the older models used the reproduction window weather strip for the door, too... what the hell... so we got the concrete cement again, and installed it on the lip of the door... great! It look terrific and the door closed easily. But... it wasn't such a tight fit... so I did more research and found a very few models also installed the window weatherstripping on the door frame..
well... alrighty then... we got out the concrete cement and glued on a second weatherstrip on the camper frame... poof! Magic! It closes easily, and seems to be a good seal..
I thought I'd post a few photos... maybe this will help someone else... lol

Can't wait to get Miss Dixie on the road soon?.
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:01 PM   #2
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Following :-) Thanks for sharing!
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1971 Overlander airstream door insulation

Thanks for sharing ,Very helpful information
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