Been working on some more of the final touches in preparation for painting. The door and screen door on my old trailer were really a mess, but I'd been putting off doing anything about them out of some weird psychological blockage that if I took off the door and couldn't fix it I wouldn't be able to camp again. So I had suffered with an exterior door which only closed with a gentle nudge at one corner and a screen door that took so much fighting to open and close that it had been nearly torn apart. So when our July 4th camping trip fell through (not happy about that) I decided to put the time to good use and tackle the doors.
Long story short so far it's been pretty straight forward. Taking apart the doors was easy. I used the old ones as templates and got to work. The aluminum trim was shot so I took them down to the local sheet metal shop to get new ones fabricated. They will be ready sometime next week. I built out the frame and added a new birch interior skin, and will add pink foam insulation. I forgot to put water seal on the framing but will add it before closing things up and will add some butyl flashing on the lower third of the door to protect it from water damage. I sprung for a new interior lock set from Vintage Trailer Supply; the old one was just too junky.
french polish method to give it a nice hard finish and good shine.
July 28th Update. The doors are done!!! Had to do a bit of adjusting and finagling to get everythign to fit but I can now open and close the door and screen door. Cargo doors are also done. I'll post pics tomorrow.