While our new hot air balloon door makes a fantastic conversation piece we thought it might be nice to go on our next campout with our vintage door attached to our vintage trailer.
We had one weekend to either make the repairs or go to a rally with a hot air balloon door.
So, you must be wondering, how bad is the damage to the door?
Shield your eyes.
Miraculously, there was only a tiny bit of road rash on our door. The other half of the middle rivet is stuck to the pavement somewhere on I-57.
An inside corner of the door was crushed.
There was some damage to the side of the trailer.
Actually, I think this first beauty mark happened in Colorado when the door flew open.
There are some trail marks along the side of the trailer, also. This picture is a little deceptive; damage from this angle looks dreadful. When you see it in person it doesn't look as bad.
Ain't nobody got time for this! There's places to go.
Ultimately the aluminum around the door handle was too stretched out to be flattened. Brian cut out a section of the door and added a new piece of aluminum.
Reattaching the hinges with slightly larger steel rivets.
It looks so easy but there's a bigger story here.
Mine and Brian's conversation went something like this:
Haven't seen one of these for a while.
What's that? The backside of a cleco?
Then, there was the not so fantastic business of adding a hasp.
Just like that, we're buttoned up and back in business...