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Old 03-30-2018, 04:18 AM   #1
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Probably stupid question

I have the airstream interstate. When turning in for the evening, can you manually lock yourself in for the night or is using key fob best way to go. Asking since using key fob flashes the lights.
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:35 AM   #2
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I generally use the key fob, because it locks all the doors at once, whether I'm locking myself in for the night or locking up before I leave during the day. I don't have to remember which doors I unlocked during the day.

I've never had a fellow camper nearby ever complain about the marker lights flashing, any more than they would complain when a trailer owner uses the key fob to lock their truck and the lights flash. It might be different if the key fob caused the horn to honk or something— not that the wimpy OEM "neep, neep" horn would be disruptive to other campers, either…

But if you WANT to manually lock the doors of your Interstate to avoid flashing the marker lights, that's fine, too. It's your Interstate, you can do it the way you want.
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On some vehicles a quick double tap on the key fob is for silent activation, I don't know about the AI though
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Or there may be a setting for whether the lights flash, horn blows, or nothing.
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:49 PM   #6
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So, for what it's worth, it depends. We had a camper on a site that had their headlights directed at our site. Each time they opened up their rig to get something we got a blast of headlights. So if anyone - Scare light, tow vehicle, B-van, or whatever is flashing their neighbors, find a better process. It is nice to flash lights if an intruder is heard, but bugging your neighbors is bad form. Sounds like you are talkin about clearance lights. That should not be much of an issue. Pat
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I have always used the key fob to lock the doors from the inside at night but I will be a better neighbor and use the central locking button next time. Thanks for the suggestion. Another thing to consider on some vehicles (and maybe the Interstate too): when locking vehicles with the key fob, it sets the anti theft system. If you open the door from the inside without unlocking with key fob, the horn starts blaring. I've never tested to see if this happens on our bus, but as Protag said, it would be hard to hear the horn anyway!
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