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nohurry

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Posted: 01/15/13 01:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just read Mello Mike's trip report on Quartzite Az, which was excellent. As I was reading about his shopping at the big RV expo he mentioned that he bought new locks for his storage compartment to replace the common type that a lot of RV's have and not only can the key open many other RV's storages, but the lock itself isn't all that strong. That's when I realized that the front pass-thru storage on our new Jayco is accessable fom the inside just by lifting the bed! Are you making the conection here? Why bother with the latch, and deadbolt on the doors if all a ner-do-well has to do is pop the storage door crawl in, push the bed up and presto...he's in your rig!

The locks that Mike ordered are on industrial lock and hardware's website. Look for the tag "attention RVers". They will set you up with a stronger tubular type lock that has your own key code. I plan on ordering three of these for my storage doors right away. I think I'll also put a cover over the pass-through portion of the under bed storage.

This may have been brought up before, but I just thought I'd give a heads up to a problem others may not have noticed before.


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Posted: 01/15/13 01:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not only brought up before but I thought it was the best know secret about RV’s…

These things are not very secure and won’t be with better baggage locks…

I can open almost any baggage door or entry door without a key if I want to with just simple tools…

And my entry keys will fit a half dozen different entry doors around me at the home base…

Now that’s security…


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Posted: 01/15/13 01:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Changing the locks is all well and good...but any of these compartment doors can be easily pried open with a simple screw driver - regardless of how stout the lock is.
Kind of like locking a cardboard box...



* This post was edited 01/15/13 02:14pm by downtheroad *


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Posted: 01/15/13 01:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a unit and a part of the flooring with carpet would lift up (access through the storage bay) to put a laundry basket in. I figured out a way to secure that part of the flooring and there was no getting into the RV through the storage compartment up into the inside.

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Just install a slide bolt on the bed platform and that will take care of that concern..but as mentioned, if someone wants in, they are going to get in.....


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Posted: 01/15/13 01:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Waste of money and time putting different locks on.
If someone wants in different key locks won't stop them.

In 13 years of full time my compartment have been only locked one time, that was while the MH was in a body shop.

Nothing stolen yet.


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So, you spend many dollars for high security super strong locks with "special key codes", then install them on doors that are barely stronger than double thick corrugated cardboard.
Somehow, the logic escapes me...


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mowermech wrote:

spend many dollars for high security super strong locks with "special key codes", then install them on doors that are barely stronger than double thick corrugated cardboard.
Somehow, the logic escapes me...
Yah, I gotta agree with this. Rv are just too easy to break into.

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Posted: 01/15/13 02:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I bought my Class C from a rental facility in Canada, they had to erect chain link fencing around their yard. It seems that local homeless people were entering MH's through the rear storage compartment, and lifting the bed for a great night's sleep. The locks were not enough.


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Posted: 01/15/13 02:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lost my keys last summer for a couple days and the spare keys were of course locked in the trailer. I was able to get into the trailer without damage in five minutes with nothing but a screwdriver.
Sometype of audio alarm may actually be more effective depending on circumstances.

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