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Kittykath

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Posted: 07/23/12 03:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We recently discovered that most outdoor storage key and lock sets are the same, no matter what brand of camper. We forgot our keys at home and tried my brother's keys in our outdoor storage lock for kicks. Sure enough, it opened ours. And the neighbor's lock. And their neighbor's lock.

I understand this applies to the universal CH751 lock set which are installed to keep the manufacturer's cost down. For $20, we replaced the entire lockset and added a 2nd, so we now have unique keys. Or rekeying is another option. Both are easy mods.

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Posted: 07/23/12 03:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a scary thought. Thank you for alerting us all. I will want to do something about that before we head out for the weekend.





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Be sure to measure the thickness of the door before ordering.

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Posted: 07/23/12 03:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thought I had stuck the lock key in mine and it opened easier than usual. I looked down and I had my mail box key instead. I tried the rest of the keys on my ring and basically anything that will fit in the slot will unlock it.


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Posted: 07/23/12 03:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can open the storage/basement area on your RV quicker without a key than with one. The only difference is the amount of damage the RV will suffer.

Don't let changing the locks give you a false sense of security. If it makes you feel better, that's fine, but the storage doors are no more secure than they were before.


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Mine are like that but I wouldn't lock them anyway. There's nothing of real value in my compartments and if someone wanted to they could pry one open easily. The damage would far surpass what ever they stole.


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This has been discussed dozens of times on the forums here. But I haven't seen it discussed in months. Thanks for bringing it up. It an important tidbit of info.....


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Posted: 07/23/12 04:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are other things that the key will open also. Anything you have that takes a key that size will probably work.
And the only thing we have had missing were two wine glasses that I left out on the picnic table in a dry county. Were they confiscated by a ranger or taken by a racoon?

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fj12ryder wrote:

I can open the storage/basement area on your RV quicker without a key than with one. The only difference is the amount of damage the RV will suffer.

Don't let changing the locks give you a false sense of security. If it makes you feel better, that's fine, but the storage doors are no more secure than they were before.


X2! I'd rather have a thief use a key rather than a pry bar.


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I wouldn't bother changing my locks even if I had them. Mine only came with thumb latches on the storage doors, and that is fine with me. First off, I already know that key is pretty standard so I have never made a habit of putting anything of value in there and secondly, if someone really wants something those things are very easily broken into.

If someone wants to take my rubber mallot or awning mat it won't put me in the poor house replacing. They are the only two things in there that cost more than a couple of bucks. Oh and my sewer hose. But if someone wants to steal a USED sewer hose with someone else's bacteria all over it, they are indeed a sad situation and they can have it.

I've never had anything taken out of them in all the years I have camped, so I will keep running with my luck.

I do want one of those keys though as I lost the one to my outdoor shower. Anyone know if you can get them without going through the manufacturer? I rarely use it, but it would be nice to have a key in case I ever do.

To the OP, if you are worried about theft, I strongly suggest placing your valuables in the TT where its at least a little bit harder to break into.

* This post was edited 07/23/12 04:24pm by JayWalker2009 *

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