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Old 07-25-2005, 07:08 PM   #15
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$700.00 Lordy,Lordy, is that just for parts ?

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Old 07-25-2005, 07:14 PM   #16
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From experience

If the door does open, like my 67 door did on my way towing it home, it will bend the door, and put a nice whole in the side of the trailer from the round house like door handle....and ruin your day! Oh well, live and learn.


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Old 07-25-2005, 07:17 PM   #17
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The wife is paranoid,she uses both locks.

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Old 07-25-2005, 08:28 PM   #18
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Thumbs up Door, what door?

I just wish Moby had a door to lock. It's sitting next to him in the barn. It's sick and needs an operation (hinge redrilled).

I'm sure when we do get on the road, the dead bolt will do just fine.
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:36 PM   #19
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We use both the lock and the deadbolt. The door is a suicide door, meaning that it opens into the wind. Not that we think it would come open in transit, but since it's there, why not use it is our feeling. Gives me an extra sense of security that if one should for some unknown reason fail, there would be a secondary device holding the door in place.
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:55 PM   #20
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I wa told when I bought my first Airstream to lock both locks and I have done so ever since.

A lot of our unit members who have older (pre-wide body) units have made wooden blocks that fit in the assist handle and block the door from coming open. They won't move the trailers without that block in place. I don't think anything like that is necessary with the modern lock and deadbolt.
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Old 07-25-2005, 10:06 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, 03:02 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by scf31
$700.00 Lordy,Lordy, is that just for parts ?
Nope replacement 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, 05:25 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, 06:48 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
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, 07:09 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, 07:34 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, 08:34 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, 08:41 AM   #28
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We lock both. Seems that much more secure.

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