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Old 07-20-2003, 04:20 PM   #1
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Question lock of screen door on 16 foot-Bambi

I have a 16 foot, 2000, Bambi with a screen door that doesn't have a lock on it. Sometimes when it is really
hot outside, we, my husband and I leave the door open at night. But I am really nervous about leaving just the unlockable screen door as the only protection. Is there a way to lock the screen door? Does one just buy a lock, if so what kind. Or do I need to get a whole new door? Thanks for any help. GloriaJoan
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Old 07-20-2003, 04:51 PM   #2
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Locks

Some one could reach into the plastic slide, so it would almost have to be a key lock like the keyed deadbolts that are used next to a glass window on a house.

There isn't much structure there, but with a little poking around the hardware store or a lock shop I'll bet you could come up with a solution. You will probably have to rivet or screw a piece of aluminum to the door frame to get enough area to mount the lock.

One thing I can think of off the top of my head is a lock for a sliding window sash. I have seen these window locks with keys. One of these locks could be mounted vertically on the door and the lock keeper mounted on the frame. You could probably use aluminum angle to make the necessary mounts.
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Old 07-20-2003, 05:50 PM   #3
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a screen is not protection...

A screen door is not going to keep someone out. It is designed to keep bugs out, not people. Leaving the screen door open either locked or unlocked is not the same as a solid door.

Any screen can be quickly and quietly slit with a knife or razor blade and the locking device easily defeated.

If you want to be secure, you can leave your windows open as they're difficult to get through, but use your door and it's locks.

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I disagree

I fully appreciate gloriajoan's desire to have some kind of lock on the screen door. While it certainly will not keep a determined individual out, a screen door with a key lock will just as certainly delay them for a fair amount of time and cause a whole lot of commotion, rousing the occupants and allowing some response. Presumably, she is not out in the wilderness somewhere when all this is happening, but more likely in a campground with reasonable proximity to other RVs.

Her screen door should be exactly like mine; with the guards on the door, cutting my screen will not let an person in if the door can not be opened. That is why I advised a keyed lock, so that someone reaching in can not unlock it.

I have considered some sort of extra lock on my screen door, not for security, but because I travel with a cat and I don't want some well intentioned friend to open the screen door unexpectedly.
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By the way

It would be a lot easier for someone to ge in through my escape window than through a locked screen door.
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One option is to have your dealer, or there is a guy who does this at international rallies, install a deadbolt on your entrance dorr. With the entrance door open and deadbolt extended you in effect have a locked screen door.

We did this to out 77 traielr and it was nice to have when you have 2 great danes who want to push the door open from inside!

If that is to agressive (holes intrailer, etc.) then you can purchase a slide bolt like this either form Airstream or at Home Depot if you dont mind a brass one.
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Locks/Alarms

I just installed a small *silver* alarm on the screen door of my 19ft Bambi. A $6 purchase at the hardware store and it's great when I'm inside for a short nap or quick shower.

Adhere one piece to the screen door frame and the other to the door jamb. When the door is opened and the two pieces break contact, the alarm goes off.

Safety first, though. When I'm in for the night, I always lock the main door.
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A lock on the screen will only slow down an intruder. How you deal with the perp once he/she is inside is up to you. Both of us have a license to carry - and do. But then, I'm from the south. The choice is yours.
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Both of us have a license to carry - and do.
Note to self...always knock before entering SCOTTW trailer.
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Hey, might as well add my trailer to that list.
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