...well, it finally happened. I closed the main hatch to the '85 Sovereign
yesterday only to find this morning that the Keeler Brass Company lockset failed. I'm locked out.
So, I convinced my wife to use her stealthy ninja self to crawl thru the curbside access door to gain entry inside our rig. We didn't know before trying this stunt if there would be enough room for her to fit between the foot of the queenbed frame and the bulkhead. After some negotiating she made it through the opening. No we were able figure out how to dismantle the broken Keeler from the inside.
After passing several hand tools to her through the access door, she dismantled the lockset. Removing the handle, inside access plate, and circlip we were able to open the main door. Whew!
The culprit of the broken Keeler was a failure of where the sliding plate connects to the steel lock bolt. See photo where screw driver is pointing.
I intend to carefully weld this area together, clean, and reassemble the lockset.
If there is anyone out there that knows where this part can be found for sale, please advise soonest. We are planning to attend the 4CU Picacho Peak New Years Eve Rally in AZ on 27DEC - so we're leaning forward to getting this done ASAP!
More information and photos to follow...