Same old boler door fit - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-20-2017, 07:44 PM   #1
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Same old boler door fit

I've read extensively on the notorious boler door fit issues. My boler door opening is wider at the bottom than the top. I also noticed that the wood tab which the door side of the front bench attaches to dips down fairly sharply where it ends.
I've been struggling with the door on my 72, and can't get it to fit. I've tried almost everything short of pulling the body off of the frame.
I can't notice any fractures, and my straightedge indicates all is well with respect to the frame. But I can't be certain.
I did read a blog where someone indicated a similar problem and this person used clamps to pull the front curb side back towards the door in order to fix it. Does anyone have experience with this particular fix?

Any suggestions from anyone before I pull the body off of the frame?
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:49 PM   #2
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Can you post pictures of the door closed in the opening along with picture of each hinge. With these i can probably provide some advice and recommendations.

There are some issues where the floor section and the attachment to the body in front of the door. There is a hand laid fibreglass joint there that often breaks. Look under the trailer in line with the door hinges where the door step joins to the floor. If this is broken rather than pulling the side of the body into the bench you can lift up on the roof area in line with the trolly top or raised section, as you carefully lift on this area with pole jacks, the lower body will come into alignment. Re-fibreglass the floor to body under the trailer
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:17 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Here are some pics.

New hinge hardware. Both hinges are rough. I had to drill out the bottom hinge, hence the shiny new temp bolts.
I plan to move the hinges, reinforce behind the hinges with flat aluminum, and do some body work.
But when I place the door in the opening off of the hinges the door opening is out of square.
I tried pushing the roof up, bending the metal hinge side brace, and even tried putting wood bracing in along the hinge side too. No luck.
The hand glass at the bottom of the hinge side underneath looks attached, but not great. Could be an old repair not done right?
The door was also completely saturated with water. I have cut off half the inside skin and cleaned out the swollen wood, but it looks like I'll need to cut the rest out too and re glass it (and seal the window).
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:29 PM   #4
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Thanks Shawn. Someone has definitely "modified" the lower section of the door. Both door hinges on the door have slipped or moved. The mounting flange should be parallel to the edge of the door, plus the door can be raised in the opening some. With some help from a friend loosen the bolts on each door mounted hinge leaf and pull them down so they are square and the door gap on the hinge side is equal along the entire side. You may need to play with them some so the weight of the door is equal on both hinges. Doing this will raise the door in the opening and help with the fit.

It may never be perfect it all depends on how the door curve was changed with the modification.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:04 AM   #5
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Same door problem here. New hinges. Have tried many times to adjust
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:18 AM   #6
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Here's what it looks like w hinges at what I can find as original locations Click image for larger version

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Old 04-24-2017, 10:54 AM   #7
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Just a wee bit of water got inside.

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