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Posted: 11/13/19 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

crazyro wrote:

Gulfcoast wrote:

Call an automotive locksmith and he will get in real quick.


That may be the direction we'll be going. And I guess I'll need to order a whole new lock and keys and replace it.


+1 on electronic keypad lock replacement.

Glad you got it open!

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Posted: 11/13/19 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you call an auto locksmith don't watch him/her. You'll horrified see how easy it is to open a "lock."


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A simple set of Lock Picks gets you inside in a couple of minutes.
Every Locksmith worth his salt can get in quickly.

When I went to pick up my Vintage Prowler, the door was locked...
It wasn't locked when I looked at it...
Fortunately I have a set of picks. Took about 5 minutes.
I also got an extra $100 off the asking price.

With the door unlocked I took out the lock and carried it to a locksmith.
They made me several keys.

My advise is don't break anything.

A couple of years ago in a large campground in Tennessee,
a man bribed a skinny kid to crawl thru the hatch and open his trailer.
Amazing what a kid will do for $20...

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A simple set of Lock Picks gets you inside in a couple of minutes.
Every Locksmith worth his salt can get in quickly.

When I went to pick up my Vintage Prowler, the door was locked...
It wasn't locked when I looked at it...
Fortunately I have a set of picks. Took about 5 minutes.
I also got an extra $100 off the asking price.

With the door unlocked I took out the lock and carried it to a locksmith.
They made me several keys.

My advise is don't break anything.

A couple of years ago in a large campground in Tennessee,
a man bribed a skinny kid to crawl thru the hatch and open his trailer.
Amazing what a kid will do for $20...

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Posted: 11/13/19 01:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

can u pop the emergency exit window and get in?


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Posted: 11/13/19 01:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I understand this correctly, you have key broken off in the lock itself. Usually the solution is for a locksmith to use a special broken key tool that serves as the head of the key. However, if the lock itself is damaged internally so that it just can't turn at all, they may have to drill the lock, saw the lock or something else that can bypass what is physically preventing the lock from turning.

I would not beat myself up too much over not having a spare as with a key broken off in the lock, not sure what a spare would have accomplished anyways. Not sure if one of those electric keypad locks would have made any difference anyways as it sounds like some physical obstruction in the mechanism. Good luck and let us know how it turned out.


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ItsyRV wrote:

If I understand this correctly, you have key broken off in the lock itself. Usually the solution is for a locksmith to use a special broken key tool that serves as the head of the key. However, if the lock itself is damaged internally so that it just can't turn at all, they may have to drill the lock, saw the lock or something else that can bypass what is physically preventing the lock from turning.

I would not beat myself up too much over not having a spare as with a key broken off in the lock, not sure what a spare would have accomplished anyways. Not sure if one of those electric keypad locks would have made any difference anyways as it sounds like some physical obstruction in the mechanism. Good luck and let us know how it turned out.


Fortunately, the broken key part I was able to get out. Unfortunately, it seems something broke inside the mechanism. It would not turn at all, no matter what we did. So it may have to be drilled out.





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crazyro wrote:


Fortunately, the broken key part I was able to get out. Unfortunately, it seems something broke inside the mechanism. It would not turn at all, no matter what we did. So it may have to be drilled out.


A few years ago it was revealed that a large number of the most commonly used door locks on RVs were defective, in that sometimes the lock would freeze up if the key was removed after locking if the key was not in the vertical position, but in the horizontal position. When this happened, the door could not be opened from either inside or outside, and the only solution was to drill out the lock and replace the entire mechanism. You don't say what year your rig is, but if it is more than 3 or 4 years old, you may have one of those defective locks.





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naturist wrote:


A few years ago it was revealed that a large number of the most commonly used door locks on RVs were defective, in that sometimes the lock would freeze up if the key was removed after locking if the key was not in the vertical position, but in the horizontal position. When this happened, the door could not be opened from either inside or outside, and the only solution was to drill out the lock and replace the entire mechanism. You don't say what year your rig is, but if it is more than 3 or 4 years old, you may have one of those defective locks.


She's 13 years old, so a very good possibility. I had to scramble and quickly set her up, lock her up and fly overseas so there's no telling what I did in that process. When I came back, no go...

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Posted: 11/14/19 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like it is kaput. Why not just drill, discombobulate, and replace it?
Save the $ on a locksmith.


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