Adjusting the cabinet hinges and changing the mattress

How do I adjust the spring hinges of the Airstream cabinets so they close like new?

The hinges are not difficult to adjust, but you do have to pop the cover off the inside rectangular portion of the hinge to get to the screws. If the door is not closing properly, or is no longer hanging straight you can make the adjustments with a simple screwdriver.  Instructions are found on pages 37-38 of Airstream Life’s (Nearly) Complete Guide To Airstream Maintenance.

If the door is not staying shut due to a weak spring, then the hinge will need to be replaced. The hinges in the newer model Airstreams are typically a high end European cabinet hinge and if you need to replace them you can find them in most of the big box stores. Be sure to take one with you, to match the sizes!

What options are there to replace the odd shaped queen mattress of the Airstreams? Factory replacements take a month to get and cost over $1000! There has to be a replacement option that is more economical and just as nice as an original Airstream queen mattress.


It used to be that there were no good options, but not anymore. The Airstream Life Store can deliver an exact duplicate of any Airstream mattress made in the last 20 years, to your door, in a week or two (depending on your location). Best of all, they’re much more affordable. Check them out here.