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Old 01-17-2013, 02:51 PM   #29
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Thanks to the forum, I was made aware of the locking misadventures before my first trip. Like Alumaholic, I never ever leave the trailer without the keys - even if I am just going a few feet away from the trailer!

Unfortunately, the people beside me also learned the hard way. The wife accidentally locked them out of their new Class "C" motorhome. Boy, was the man ever mad. I felt sorry for her. They finally had to break a window in the cab to get in.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:19 PM   #30
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I am confused. (it happens often unfortunately) Our 2005 trailer doesn't lock automatically unless the inside latch is in the lock position. I do understand how a dog could lock the door by accident. Do newer trailers than ours, have a different lock so that it locks automatically unless you have the kit Andy gives out?

I do wish we had a keyless entry. We have the hidden key and try to be very careful, but one day we will lock the door by sliding the inside lock and slamming the door without thinking. I wonder if Good Sam roadside assistance will send a locksmith when that happens?
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:45 AM   #31
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Last summer we got locked out of our Bambi 19Ft, My sister in law locked out on the 4th of July in Washington I called Good Sam Road service They had to send someone 30 miles We go in through the back Emergancy window The funny thing the sent a AAA guy
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:04 PM   #32
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Our dealer provided two sets of keys, we are getting a third. One for the TV, one on the rack by the camper door and one stored incase we loose one of the others. Our dealer alerted us that the door can self lock by a just a hard shut.
WE have keyless entry in our TV with a 22 FB sport, getting in would take out a window by our bed with lots of damage.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:15 PM   #33
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A number of years ago, I left our trailer with an Airstream/T@b/RV dealer to have a new air conditioner installed. When I returned the next day to pick it up, the door was locked. "Where's the keys?". They looked confused, then stunned. The keys were on the counter, but someone turned the interior knob on the way out and it locked. I had another set of keys back home - 20 miles.

We ended up sending the smallest employee (he was the size of a child) through the side hatch, sliding aside the mattress to get the door unlocked. Boy, were they embarrassed.

We have a "never leave the trailer without the key in your pocket" policy too. But, a third set would be a good idea.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #34
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If it worth doing, it is worth doing to excess.... I had four complete sets of the four keys made in addition to the two complete sets that came with the unit. We have spare sets in both of my vehicles, the trailer has a set and my wife has a set in her purse when we are using the trailer. One of the original sets is in a safe and one set is in a garage. Now all I have to do is remember where a set is located......
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:38 PM   #35
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A number of years ago, I left our trailer with an Airstream/T@b/RV dealer to have a new air conditioner installed. When I returned the next day to pick it up, the door was locked. "Where's the keys?". They looked confused, then stunned. The keys were on the counter, but someone turned the interior knob on the way out and it locked. I had another set of keys back home - 20 miles.
That's a case where the extra set in the tow vehicle would have saved the day. Though the guy probably learned an embarrassing lesson about locking doors

Lucky our vintage door won't lock from the outside, except by using the key (can't lock it and then close it), so this is one thing we haven't had to deal with!
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:30 PM   #36
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My wife was getting really tired of me insisting that she always, always, always take her keys whenever she leaves the Airstream.
She didn't really believe the door could lock itself.
Then, a few months ago it locked her out when she slammed the door closed.
She panicked until she realized she had the keys in her jacket automatically and out of habit.
She couldn't wait to tell me that she had almost been the victim of the self-locking Airstream entry latch.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:27 PM   #37
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My wife was getting really tired of me insisting that she always, always, always take her keys whenever she leaves the Airstream.
She didn't really believe the door could lock itself.
Then, a few months ago it locked her out when she slammed the door closed.
She panicked until she realized she had the keys in her jacket automatically and out of habit.
She couldn't wait to tell me that she had almost been the victim of the self-locking Airstream entry latch.
We still have the "lock out kit" available at no charge.

Then slamming the door will no longer make the lock, self lock.

Just send us a SASE with 2 stamps on it.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:17 PM   #38
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Extra keys good. But Airstreams aren't all that lockout proof. I left my purse on the side couch of my Safari 25 FB SE.

"SE" with the big windows that open wide is the key here. I was able to use my AWNING TOOL and slide it under the glass, then flip the locks to the unlocked position and viola, the window she opened!

I punched in the screen, and reached in and retrieved my purse. Used a fork handle to reinstall the screen spline, and you'd never know I'd done it. (you can slide piece of PVC pipe over the ends of the locks to prevent the unlocking of the windows if you're in a questionable neighborhood. But generally it's more trouble than it's worth.

If you hide door key, be inventive. Under the step, not so impressive. Inside the sewer cover and painted black, better.

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Old 09-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #39
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We still have the "lock out kit" available at no charge.

Then slamming the door will no longer make the lock, self lock.

Just send us a SASE with 2 stamps on it.

Andy
I'll get it in the mail today.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:02 PM   #40
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I riveted a key safe of the type used by realtors in the center of the slide on my Classic where the power cord is wound. I assigned a code that I can enter in the dark by feel if necessary.

In the safe, I have the two door keys attached with snaps to the cast top of the safe. The cast part is so bulky that there is no way I will stick the keys in my pocket and forget to replace them in the safe.

This arrangement has saved me on the road once and several times in the storage yard when I forgot to bring my keys from home. In fact, I used the spare keys last week.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:32 PM   #41
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I riveted a key safe of the type used by realtors in the center of the slide on my Classic where the power cord is wound. I assigned a code that I can enter in the dark by feel if necessary.

In the safe, I have the two door keys attached with snaps to the cast top of the safe. The cast part is so bulky that there is no way I will stick the keys in my pocket and forget to replace them in the safe.

This arrangement has saved me on the road once and several times in the storage yard when I forgot to bring my keys from home. In fact, I used the spare keys last week.
The PO of my moho did something similar: installed a combination key safe inside the power cord door. However, he forgot to tell me what the combo is, so it sits unused, empty. I usually put the second set of keys in my toad, part of travel prep, and a second door key in your respective TV's will help eliminate this chance. My neighbor had to send his "smallish" daughter in through the roof vent: cut the sealant & lifted the whole thing out, not sure what they broke. If I tried that, I would still be sticking out of the opening!

BTW, if you are near any urban area, a locksmith can unlock our doors pretty easily, probably cheaper than replacing a window.
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Hid set #3 in a small plastic container bolted onto the valve holder frame in propane compartment. Almost invisible unless you know where to look.
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