Well I guess I’ll be heading towards home tomorrow. I’m having a lot of trouble with my camper door. It’s trying to fall apart, and if it succeeds, I’d rather be home than in bear country. I guess it started back at the beginning of my trip when the camper roof latch popped off going over a big bump, and the door came open and flapped around for awhile, and the piano hinge got hyper-extended. I’ve been having minor problems wth it not wanting to shut every since.
The problems have been getting worse and worse, and last night I noticed that it was hanging more than halfway off the hinge! In hindsight, perhaps it was not such a good idea to keep trying to slam it shut. And the kicking probably didn’t help either. Every time I open the door, it comes apart for more than halfway up, and I have to push it all back together in order to get the door shut. It’s only a matter of time before that whole strip is going to come off, and then I won’t have any way to keep the door on the camper.
It’s not the hinge though. The door is nothing but a square of 1/8″ luan plywood sandwiched between an inch of styrofoam, with 1/2″ aluminum C-channel all around the outside. The hinge is screwed into this aluminum C-channel, and it’s the channel that’s coming off. I thought at first I could just screw it back on, or even drill new holes for screws if I had to. But I can’t figure out what’s holding that channel on….maybe glue?? There aren’t any screws, and I don’t really think that screwing through just 1/8″ of plywood would hold anything for very long, especially with the bumps of the road.
So. It’s still a little warmer than I like at home, but I’d rather be there with this door thing going on. It’ll take me two days to get there. I am ready to NOT have to move every 10-14 days!
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One reply on “Heading Home”
Sorry about your door problems, Janis. I went to a hardware store out in Oregon when I wanted to put up a clothes pole that would hold all my clothes. I had tried everything–nothing worked before I bought a glue that an atom bomb wouldn’t shake loose. Something like that is probably holding the channel on. At least you’ll have cooler weather to work on your house when you get back to your property. If you’re like me, you hate leaving the mountains behind. Safe travels.