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Farmboy666

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Posted: 09/13/18 08:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SJ-Chris wrote:

Hi All,

All of my external storage compartments have locks that are opened/locked with one key EXCEPT for one compartment (ugh). This forces me to have two different keys. I would like to convert the one odd-ball latch to one that will work with the key that is used on all the others.

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Does anyone know if a locksmith can convert the one odd-ball latch to work with the same key as all the others? Or is there a micro-stamp part# somewhere on these latches that would tell me which replacement latch I could order?

Let me know. Thanks!

Not that it should matter on this issue, but this is for a 2008 Four Winds 31p Chateau Class C RV.

I did google and find out that a huge percentage of these RV compartment latches are opened by the SAME key...meaning that if people wanted to open up your compartments there's a decent chance they can do it with one of their keys. How many of you have gone and changed ALL your external compartments to a different/unique key? I found this place online: ch751.com
Have any of you had stuff stolen from your external compartments (...likely because so many others have your same key??)? Just curious.

Thanks!
I ordered these and they work fine. Have to do some measuring.
-Chris


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Posted: 09/13/18 08:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just get another 751 lock and don’t worry about someone using a key to get in your storage compartments. A number of RVs, including mine, were broken into in a storage facility several years ago. They didn’t bother with a key. Just popped the storage compartment doors with a screwdriver or such. And didn’t even damage the doors. Just bent the little tab on the barrel locks. Keys would have just slowed them down. Small barely noticeable black mark on the door frame. Bent the tabs back with my thumb and they are still there.

For the few they also got inside, they just broke out the door windows and reached in and opened the doors.

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Posted: 09/13/18 08:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Someone who seriously want it, will get in. You can only protect against easy/convenient access and thefts of opportunity. Almost everyone has a CH751 key, so anything else makes it so you're not a "low hanging fruit."

Might as well do a one key solution, so it's easy/convenient for you.

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Posted: 09/13/18 09:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I changed all our compartment locks to combi cams. Not so much for added security but because we like to have as few keys as possible. All padlocks, hitch lock, propane lock, bike lock, canoe lock, use the truck ignition key. I have a truck ignition key, one for truck bed shell, one for the unique battery lock, and that is it.


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Posted: 09/14/18 12:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WillT wrote:

All padlocks, hitch lock, propane lock, bike lock, canoe lock, use the truck ignition key.

Did you have all your store-bought padlocks custom-keyed somewhere?

About those OP hatches - it doesn't even take a screwdriver to pry it open, a good rock would break a hole easily. Very thin fibeglass-ish panel. I've been thinking of reinforcing it inside with metal strips but never got around to doing this. The entry door is not much better, same fiberglass sandwich with foam inside, only the foam is thicker.

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Posted: 09/14/18 09:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I replaced all compartment locks (8 locks) granted if someone wants in they'll use a crowbar but why leave it so everyone and their mother has a key that opens the compartments.

Just need to make a couple measurements before ordering. Total time replacing all maybe an hour.

https://ch751.com

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Posted: 09/14/18 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Itinerant1 wrote:

I replaced all compartment locks (8 locks) granted if someone wants in they'll use a crowbar but why leave it so everyone and their mother has a key that opens the compartments.

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https://ch751.com
Because basically nobody is after your stuff, so spend your money on important things like beer and BBQ. $40-$50 will buy a fair amount of either or both.


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Posted: 09/14/18 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RVs are the easiest things to break into, locks or not. I wouldn't bother.

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2oldman wrote:

RVs are the easiest things to break into, locks or not. I wouldn't bother.

This may be true but As I said it is all about convenience,I now have one key instead of 4 to unlock everything.


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IAMICHABOD wrote:

I now have one key instead of 4 to unlock everything.
Me too. OP was also inquiring about the 4 key thing. Don't bother to do that!!

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