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Old 12-03-2008, 01:36 PM   #1
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Flagstaff - Bent Door

I have a 23 foot Flagstaff ultra-light.

Several weeks after parking and leveling the unit in my moderately sloped driveway (rear of unit slightly downhill), I noticed that the door sticks when opening and closing.

I further noticed that the door frame had been bent away from the paneling and that the top and bottom corners, those away from the hinge, were bent about 3/4 inch away from the jamb.

The jamb was also bent behind the striker plate.

It appears as if someone tried to break into the unit but there are no evident tool marks of claw marks (we have bears).

1. Does anyone have an idea what could have caused this? Parking and leveling on a mild slope?

2. Recommended method to straighten the door?

Thanks in advance for any assistance offered.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:25 PM   #2
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Hope you did not level trailer with stabilizer jacks and pick up trailer via them
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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Bent Door

I leveled the trailer using the tongue jack then extended the leveling jacks to a snug fit on the pads on the driveway.

Have you any experience in leveling on a slope causing distortion that would cause a bent door?
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:32 PM   #4
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Have parked my trailers on quite a slope and never had that happen. It should not do any damage unless you were to lift whole trailer with stabilizer jacks. If only used tongue jack that would not put any strain on frame whatsoever, Anything else out of wack?
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:33 AM   #5
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:26 PM   #6
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Flagstaff Bent Door

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...09 - From the side showing slope
...11 - Upper door
...12 - Lower door
...13 - Door edge
...14 - Door edge

Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:05 PM   #7
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I wonder if the inside of the door structure is made of wood? And if the "skin" of the door had develpoed a leak so as to allow moisture into the door, could that have warped the door?

In any case, getting a door replaced is not that big of a deal. I would "steal" the glass out of the old one to keep for a spare part.
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I can tell you right now that the angle of the slope shown in pic #1 is not the cause of your problem. I routinely park on a far worse slope at my seasonal site. Also, there is no reason that I can think of that should prevent you from leveling the trailer on that slight slope. I don't have a clue as to the specific cause of the door being damaged or sticking. Ordinarily I would attribute such things to frame flex. The only other thought I have after reviewing the picture is about what would happen if you locked those tires together before disconnecting the unit from your TV and leveling it. Good luck with getting the matter resolved.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:54 AM   #9
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I think it was damaged by an attempted break-in. The damage is consistant with pulling on the corner while the door is latched.
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:32 AM   #10
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I think it was damaged by an attempted break-in. The damage is consistant with pulling on the corner while the door is latched.
What HE said!!
I also think replacing the door is no big deal as far as man hours.
Now figuring who pays for it is another thing!

If it was my trailer, ( and the doors look identical, except for that
bow in yours.....)
I'd take off the hinges-
Lay the door on blocks on the ground and --carefully--
put more and more weight in the center and see if you can bend it back.
This could be a temporary or even semi permanent fix.
It's worth a shot.
Use a long level or some sort of straight edge to check how you're doing.
You can actually get it pretty close simply by putting your eye next to
a corner and sighting down the length of the door.
You'll be able to see when it's straight.

I'm pretty sure you can get some sort of a "portable" burgler alarm to
hang/attach onto the door for future security. Something that's self
contained and has one of those ear piercing pizo alarms like a smoke
detector has.
Check Radio Shack stores and/or online at Radioshack.com

Good luck!!
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