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deauxrite 01-11-2014 06:38 PM

Door Hinge Pin loose
 
The upper hinge pin on the main entry door is constantly "creeping" up out of the hinge. How do I stop it from coming out and causing a big mess?

switz 01-11-2014 06:50 PM

Is there any way to use safety wire to secure it?

Since my unit is on the line assembly 210 miles from here, I can't go look easily, but could one put a set screw in the housing to lock against that pin?

perryg114 01-11-2014 06:50 PM

Peen the end of it with a center punch.

Perry

deauxrite 01-11-2014 07:10 PM

Peen
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by perryg114 (Post 1402346)
Peen the end of it with a center punch.

Perry

Thanks for the reply.

The hinge appears to have been peened around the pin. Should I peen the area that has already been peened or the pin itself?

deauxrite 01-11-2014 07:51 PM

Wire
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by switz (Post 1402345)
Is there any way to use safety wire to secure it?

Since my unit is on the line assembly 210 miles from here, I can't go look easily, but could one put a set screw in the housing to lock against that pin?

Thanks for the reply

I may have to try the set screw..I don't think that it can be wired..maybe short term to get it someplace where I can really work on it.

perryg114 01-11-2014 07:57 PM

A set screw can work but you need to remove the pin and get a bottom tap and a set screw.

If you peen it you need to mash the aluminum into the steel pin. Works better when both materials are the same.

You might also be able to drill through hinge and pin and install a roll pin. It depends on how good of a machinist you are.

Perry

dkottum 01-11-2014 09:06 PM

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The last few years Airstream has installed a slotted pin and snap ring on all new trailers to hold the pin securely. These are direct replacements and available from Airstream for your trailer.

overlander63 01-11-2014 09:15 PM

The ten cent solution is to drill a #30 hole horizontally into the top part of the hinge, through the mount, front to back, and tap a 1/8"x1/2" roll pin into the hole with a small hammer. It'll take a minute and a half, and will never work up and out of the hinge again. It is the ten cent solution because that is what a roll pin that size usually costs.

kswelsh 01-11-2014 10:52 PM

We had the same problem, tried Locktite and it didn't work. We ended up having the Airstream dealer replace the pin with the new version the last time we had it in for service. We kept having to beat it back in place every time we stopped. Hope the new pin stays in place.

goshawks00 01-12-2014 12:24 AM

[QUOTE=overlander63;1402415]The ten cent solution is to drill a #30 hole horizontally into the top part of the hinge, through the mount, front to back, and tap a 1/8"x1/2" roll pin into the hole with a small hammer.

Worked for me ....

Snedwid 01-12-2014 01:52 AM

My 2010 had that problem and the dealer fixed it with a BFH and a center punch. It hasn't been a problem on the new one.

deauxrite 01-12-2014 07:37 AM

I am on the way to the nearest Big Box Hardware store for a drill bit and a pin.. I will post my results in a day or two. Thanks for all of the replies!

dznf0g 01-12-2014 07:43 AM

I replaced with a pin kit like Doug mentions in post #7 through AS dealer.

deauxrite 01-14-2014 08:52 PM

Fixed
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by overlander63 (Post 1402415)
The ten cent solution is to drill a #30 hole horizontally into the top part of the hinge, through the mount, front to back, and tap a 1/8"x1/2" roll pin into the hole with a small hammer. It'll take a minute and a half, and will never work up and out of the hinge again. It is the ten cent solution because that is what a roll pin that size usually costs.

This is the solution that I used and it is working fine..though not for the faint of heart when you start drilling holes in places that do not have holes. The material is much harder than I expected, but a new drill bit took care of that. The roll pin fit is very snug and the hinge pin is now secured.

Thanks all for the input and the expertise.


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