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Old 07-25-2005, 11:06 PM   #21
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I never locked the deadbolt unless I was inside. Maybe now I will.
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Old 07-26-2005, 04:02 AM   #22
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$700.00 Lordy,Lordy, is that just for parts ?
Nope replacement lock...parts is hard to come by. The most cost effective option is to add a "filler" plate and use a newer version of the assembly...but it doesn't "look" right on a 70's vintage unit.

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Old 07-26-2005, 06:25 AM   #23
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Lowell, I see three things in common with my incident, Dodge Ram, Dogs, Pennsylvania. I'm ruling the first two out as a cause...


I know I'll be using the deadbolt from now on. I just hope my weld holds!

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Old 07-26-2005, 07:48 AM   #24
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While traveling, I just lock the main door's lock as my unit's dead bolt only works from the inside, not outside. Such was the life back in 84..lol
I will say this: I've never had a problem with it opening up on me while traveling. Even while traveling on Will Rogers Turnpike, ONE OF THE WORST ROAD EVER~!!
It would be nice to be able to lock both, IMHO..
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:09 AM   #25
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We use the dead bolt, and do so at all times.
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:34 AM   #26
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I also purchased a secondary lock that screws to the drip rail over the door, and keeps the door from opening by simply blocking it shut.

Whenever I get it back from the borrower, I will also use it on our trailer, as I don't trust 40+ year old locks.
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Old 07-26-2005, 09:34 AM   #27
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My old '69 Sovereign didn't have a deadbolt. On one of my first pulls (only ten or so miles) after I bought it in 1983 I didn't lock the door. When I got home the door was flopping. Not only was it open, but the cast aluminum door frame was broken. Thanks to a very good welding shop it was repaired at a reasonable cost and was still OK when I sold the trailer in 1999. Sure made an indellible impression on me though.


I only use the deadbolt on my Limited.

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Old 07-26-2005, 09:41 AM   #28
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We lock both. Seems that much more secure.
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Old 07-26-2005, 11:02 AM   #29
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We lock only the deadbolt -- never had a problem. I figure if something happens to break open the deadbolt the handle lock won't hold either.
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Lock them BOTH!

We were told when we bought our Airstream to lock both locks and we have always done so.
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