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Old 04-13-2020, 04:19 PM   #1
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Foam entry door “travel lock”??

Has anyone seen this before? One of my clients sent me the photo and said she had seen it on here. Search came up empty. It’s a cool concept that I would buy into (literally) if they were available. I’ve got lots of polished trailers leaving my shop with less than stellar door latches.
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Old 04-13-2020, 04:30 PM   #2
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A very common devise sometimes refereed to as a "Wally Lock"
Mostly used on vintage trailers because of the suicide door and having a door latch of questionable integrity. If the door opens in transit (and they can) serious damage can be done to the trailer.

I made one when I had a vantage trailer.
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Old 04-13-2020, 04:52 PM   #3
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You can make it out of wood and glue a foam or felt strip to the contact side.
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:00 PM   #4
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A very common devise sometimes refereed to as a "Wally Lock"
Mostly used on vintage trailers because of the suicide door and having a door latch of questionable integrity. If the door opens in transit (and they can) serious damage can be done to the trailer.

I made one when I had a vantage trailer.
I’m painfully aware of what can, and does happen with the doors. I was looking for info on whether there is someone making these commercially. I have the skills etc to make these, but my time is worth significantly more than what they should cost if someone manufactured them.

If nobody does sell them, I’ll make some up.

Thanks for the info guys!
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Where is that thread which gives the Biblical description of this device, and the rending of.garments and gnashing of teeth for failure to use one?.
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Old 04-13-2020, 09:00 PM   #6
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There are a couple of those threads, and I recently PMed one of the guys who said they made them but I never heard back.

As an elderly toolless female, I need to buy one, not make it.

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Old 04-13-2020, 09:04 PM   #7
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The “thingy” shown in your first post fits great on most of the 60s. I found on the 55 I had to do a little modifying. I did as Glen mentioned, glued a piece of foam, or felt, on the back edge to keep from scratching the finish. I have made and given dozens away to campers I’d met. They give an ease of mind concerning the door flying open while traveling.
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Bubba, did you just cut them out of plywood and glue felt to it? I might whip a few up. I’ve got a ‘65 out for polishing right now, and I want to make sure it comes home the 4.5 hour drive with it’s new shine being the only thing worth discussing, not the big dent in the side...
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Here is one thread on the subject, The prophecy of the wedge...

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f48...ge-200171.html

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Bubba, did you just cut them out of plywood and glue felt to it? I might whip a few up. I’ve got a ‘65 out for polishing right now, and I want to make sure it comes home the 4.5 hour drive with it’s new shine being the only thing worth discussing, not the big dent in the side...
You can cut them out of hardwood ply plywood, light sand and get a rattle can of lacquer to seal it. You can also paint if you want. Once dry, glue a piece of felt to the back. I use hardwood for those. Mainly because I have small wooden projects I mess with and I have scrap mesquite, cherry and walnut left over. Different style door grab bars over the years may require some wedge modification. Good luck
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The Fiamma Safe Door security lock was the best solution. Locks in the open or closed position. Added benefit of having another locking mechanism to secure the main door.
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We tied a bright colored bungee around the door knob of our '67 and hooked it to the hand hold. Can see it to verify in my rear view mirror.
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Just googled the Fiamma lock, and it requires drilling holes in the doorframe.
NOT FOR ME--no holes in my coach! It's hard enough keeping water out of all the accidental openings in ones coach, so drilling more holes on purpose is simply not going to happen.

If worse comes to worst, I will use a bungee--maybe that is the safest anyway, although not very elegant for an Airstream!

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Yes; it does require drilling two holes into the door frame edge. I used Sikaflex 221 along with two large rivets. The mounting plate is pressed against the door jamb and is very secure and water tight.

Like I said, it is functional and secures the door. Works for us.
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I’ll check that Fiamma out Steamy. Thanks
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Has anyone seen this before? One of my clients sent me the photo and said she had seen it on here. Search came up empty. It’s a cool concept that I would buy into (literally) if they were available. I’ve got lots of polished trailers leaving my shop with less than stellar door latches.
Here is the article and a pattern of sorts: http://www.airstreamcentral.com/arti...tch/Page1.html

it wasn't foam - but nicely finished wood. Freshair recommended birch ply I think.
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Has anyone seen this before? One of my clients sent me the photo and said she had seen it on here. Search came up empty. It’s a cool concept that I would buy into (literally) if they were available. I’ve got lots of polished trailers leaving my shop with less than stellar door latches.
Seen it? Yes. But they're not commercially made. Most folks make their own. The reason being that the outside handle varies so much between models.
Most are simply plywood cut and painted.
I think it's brilliant!
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I’ll check that Fiamma out Steamy. Thanks
When I first purchased this for our Bambi, it was available through Fiamma USA. When I went to purchase another one for our 23FB, I was able to purchase it using Ebay from an RV supplier in the UK. I had never purchased from an overseas vendor but it was delivered without a hitch.
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Thanks Steamy. I’ll see if I can get one this side of the pond first, but otherwise the UK is fine. All our blinds come from there...
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Just googled the Fiamma lock, and it requires drilling holes in the doorframe.
NOT FOR ME--no holes in my coach! It's hard enough keeping water out of all the accidental openings in ones coach, so drilling more holes on purpose is simply not going to happen.

If worse comes to worst, I will use a bungee--maybe that is the safest anyway, although not very elegant for an Airstream!

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It does not fasten on the surface of the coach. It fastens to the door jam. Should not leak.
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