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Old 05-19-2024, 01:44 PM   #1
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2024 Rear Hatch squeak when unlatching

Our rear hatch has always squeaked loudly when unlatching or re-latching. Pretty embarrassing really when you're showing someone your Airstream. Unlocking/re-locking with key was fine; opening and closing the hatch was fine; it's just when you turned the big handle to release the latches that makes noise.

I asked our delivering dealer a few months ago and they said "Yea, they all do that. It's normal". They said it's the metal on metal of the pins going in/out of the holes. Although I've found that no amount of lube on those pins will stop the screech noise.

I couldn't take it anymore and decided to tear into it today. I found it's from the rods rubbing on a rubber bushing guide. A small swipe of silicone grease solved the problem.

2 screws to remove the handle and 8 screws to remove the cover panel and you have access. Easy.
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Old 05-19-2024, 01:57 PM   #2
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Good to know, thanks for posting the pictures
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Old 05-19-2024, 02:33 PM   #4
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Wow! Airstream adapted my DIY shelf latching mechanism for my truck bed for their $6000 rear hatch. Note: Mine does not squeak.
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This thread poses a newbie question. Does the rear hatch not latch automatically when it is shut? Or does it have to be held closed and pinned shut by turning a handle? Curious.
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Hold shut and turn the handle.


I ended up removing the interior handle, got in the way of raising or lowering the screen with the hatch shut.


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Good to know. Thank you.
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I ended up removing the interior handle, got in the way of raising or lowering the screen with the hatch shut.


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I never thought about that but also never tried to shut the screen with the hatch closed. Why would you want the screen down with the hatch shut?


I THINK the hatch is supposed to able to be opened from the inside no matter if it's locked or not, although I haven't tried that either.
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So I just went out and checked... yep, no way the screen goes down with the hatch shut as the handle is in the way.

And, it unlatches (with no squeak I might add ) and opens from the inside when it is locked on the outside.
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"Removing the inside handle" There were too many times when we had the hatch open, screen down to keep bugs out and then late in the evening going out to close the hatch. I never wanted to let the "crew" of mosquitos hanging on the screen to have a chance to get in before I could get the hatch closed. Then if I wanted to open the hatch window to let a breeze through... I couldn't get to the window arms. Now I can inspect the screen, hit the bugs with Windex before raising the screen. Additionally, trying to open the hatch from the inside we had to crawl under the table to get to the handle. Never did try using the inside handle with the outside locked, I assumed it was locked.



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Old 05-19-2024, 08:15 PM   #11
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Excellent points.

Since all of our camping so far has been winter and early spring, we've not dealt with bugs at all. New experiences coming soon.

I always have a Phillips screwdriver so I may be pulling our handle someday soon if faced with the same dilemma.
Or maybe I'll use our handheld vacuum and vacuum them off before closing the hatch.
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Great Advice shared with??

Perhaps the dealer needs to be advised of this solution and to share it within the AS dealership network AND JC to allow the solution to be implemented at the factory instead of by the customer? I know JC has a third party that reads the notes in this Forum, but not sure if we ever receive the courtesy of any responses, like “thank you”.

P.S. Anyone out participating in the Springtime in the Rockies Caravan and getting excited about the start date in Estes Park this week? If so, be prepared for some disappointed Denver Nuggets fans who just lost game 7 of the NBA playoffs in “ugly” fashion.
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