Looking at replacing the hinges for my door on my surfside. I've come across a few posts and people talked about using these Lee Valley Hinge Just wondering if anyone had any good sucess with them.
My apologies, I said I would post some info on this but didn't do it. I was waiting for Peter to upload the pictures from his camera, he thought he had already done it, the usual husband-wife communication snafu thing.
Anyway, here are some pictures. First, here's the very ugly "Before":
Here's the "After" with the new chrome flush hinge:
</blockquote>Like you, we have old hinge holes to fill and repainting to do.
And here is a picture of the entire door:
The hinges are only partially installed. Installation was mostly straight-forward but there was one twist. The door-side of the hinge is fairly long -- it extends about 4-5 inches into the door space. The door edge is only thin for the first couple inches. Attaching the 2 bolts at the door's thin edge was easy. The 3rd bolt is in the "thick" part of the door and presented more of a dilemna. We could have screwed it into the fiberglass but decided a bolt would provide more stability. So we cut a small access way on the interior of the door to be able to bolt it on and then covered the access hole with a nylon 'button' which is small and discrete. I don't have any pictures of the interior of the door but it would be easy to get one because we're at the trailer storage place frequently while we finish up the Scamp
in preparation for our upcoming Yellowstone trip.
The hinges are only partially installed on the trailer because as we hung the door we noticed that our Surfside has a bit of sag in the front curbside part of the body and the door wasn't hanging straight because of that. We haven't taken the time to diagnose the problem -- still working on the Scamp
this year -- and we didn't want to create more hinge holes that would need to be moved/filled so we only put in enough bolts to hold the door firmly. But new hinges HAD to be put on because the door fell off right after we brought the trailer home!
Another option for replacement hinges is the Kason Hinge, part # 139, flush mount. It is available from many online stores and from Team Trillium. The Kason #139 is a specific shape that fits the door molding for older Trilliums and would look nice on a Surfside as well. I opted for the Chrome Trailer Hinge from eTrailer.com because it looks like the hinge seen in some of the pictures of older Surfside trailers and I think it better matches the wider door molding that the Surfside has. But the Kason would definitely be easier to mount.