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    How to Know Which Type of Handle is Right for Your Recreational Vehicle.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Mar 23, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Austin Hardware® has long served the RV market. Our location in Elkhart, IN, well-known as the RV capital of the world because the greater Elkhart region is where more than 80% of global RV production is based, has helped to make us the hardware supplier of choice for many RV manufacturers, dealers, and end-users alike.

    We have a large selection of in-stock handles for every area of your recreational vehicles. Whether it’s a Class A motor home, an ice-fishing trailer, or a pop-up camper, the RV you’re driving sports various handles inside and outside the vehicle.

    Here are a few of the locations you’ll find handles on most RVs:

    • Primary Entrance Door
    • Storm Door
    • Access/Baggage doors
    • Bathroom Door
    • Bedroom Door
    • Interior Compartments/Glove Boxes
    • Next to entry doors for entry/exit assist



    RV door handles for each of these applications come in many styles and sizes. They include folding handles, paddle handles, swing handles, grab handles, ‘L’ handles, and ‘T’ handles, compression style latching handles, simple flush, recessed pull handles, and large grab handles and rails. The type of RV door handle you may need will primarily come down to the application, along with the style and material of your RV door, and your personal preference.

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    Topics: Products (General)

    A Case for Using Adhesives and Mechanical Fasteners Simultaneously.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Feb 4, 2020 9:42:00 AM

    There’s a tug-of-war taking place on production lines and assembly floors across numerous industries, but especially sectors under the transportation umbrella. It relates to the use of traditional mechanical fasteners versus modern adhesives. 

    Both have well-earned positions in the marketplace, as they have on our shelves at Austin Hardware®. So, we’re not here to advocate for one over the other. The engineers, buyers, and other top executives at your company need to make decisions like this based on factors that are likely to be unique to you. Our goal in this space is to point out some of the benefits of both, and explain how, in some cases, using both in the same application could be beneficial.

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    Topics: Products (General)

    Your Complete Guide to Gas Springs

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jan 3, 2020 11:16:00 AM

    What is a Gas Spring?

    Have you ever wondered how a gas spring works? Or maybe you don’t even know what one is. You would be surprised though by how much you use them in your daily life. Have you ever tried opening the trunk of your car? Or raised an office chair to desk level? What you probably used was a gas spring. There are so many common daily uses for these helpful springs. They are most commonly used for doors but have a wide variety of applications. A gas spring works by using compressed gas to maneuver two different parts a 1) piston rod and a 2) cylinder. The gas compression creates a strong force which is proportional to an increase in pressure as the two mechanisms work together. Even a small gas spring can generate a lot of force and therefore has impressive strength.

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    Topics: Products (General)

    New Product | Heavy Duty Actuator With Modern Design

    Posted by Austin Hardware on May 6, 2019 9:33:00 AM

    "Southco has recently expanded on its successful line of mechanical actuators with a new version that combines reliable actuation with modern design. Constructed of high-strength, corrosion-resistant materials, the AC-11 Actuator features an ergonomic pull handle that is ideal for remotely actuating a latch in heavy duty equipment applications.

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    Topics: Latches, Products (General)