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Forum topic by willhime posted 11-27-2018 07:53 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2018 07:53 PM

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I’m renovating a 1960 avion trailer (airstream’s competitor). The entrance door wasn’t closing all the way so I removed the door’s curved piano hinge so I could countersink all the mounting screws thinking the previous pancake screws were the problem since they sat proud of the hinge. After drilling countersink holes, I tried using tapered flat head screws but discovered that because the hinge metal is only 1/8” thick and butts up to the aluminum U-channel rib that acts as a jamb, the taper doesn’t allow the screw to sink all the way in. So I attempted various other flat head screws with threads that go all the way to the top. The problem is that the jamb U channel is only 1/8” thick so once the screw goes through the hole it’s just suspended in air. Options I’ve been considering:

1. Getting the external mitten looking hinges that airstream uses for their doors.

2. Pulling back the inner wall panel that covers the space and trying to put a piece of wood inside the U channel to give the screws something to bite into (least favorite option since the interior panels are all already painted).

3. Cutting out the face of the U channel jamb and putting a piece of wood in that way so I don’t have to remove any panels.

4. Using some sort of anchor bolt, treating the channel like drywall.

I know this is an odd thing to post on the site but I got saddled with doing all the cabinetry, flooring, and interior, then ran into this after buying a nice door handle and electric deadbolt. Finding out that door wouldn’t close properly enough to install them was a nice little treat I’ve been trying to troubleshoot for a week now.

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#1 posted 11-27-2018 07:57 PM


Self tapping sheet metal screws?

Best of luck!

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#2 posted 11-27-2018 08:02 PM

+1 on the rivets.
Maybe also use some adhesive behind it when you do.


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#3 posted 11-27-2018 08:21 PM

Aluminum pop rivets….Should get you the thinnest heads I’d think. And if you’re going into metal on the camper they are strong.
look on Amazon and order a stainless hinge that is a bit thicker. They sell different gauge ones. That might work. It’s predrilled with countersunk holes. Small screws though but lots of them so It might work.

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#4 posted 11-28-2018 05:56 AM

Yeah. I guess rivets make the most sense since the existing screw holes are somewhat too big now due to decades of different owners drilling and redrilling screws to accept any more screws. My non practical side wants to build a custom wood door and somehow mount my own jamb onto the trailer somehow but if I kept the original jamb ribs of the trailer I’d lose about 3” or horizontal space from an already small width jamb opening.

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#5 posted 11-28-2018 02:54 PM

Just a thought:

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#6 posted 12-01-2018 08:47 AM

+1 on the Rivnuts

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