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Old 11-10-2009, 07:27 AM   #1
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Dog locked inside trailer with the keys!

Our 80 pound chocolate lab was locked inside the trailer along with the trailer keys. My husband and I both tried to fit through the outside storage access door which opens into the hallway.We were able to knock open the inside cabinet front and see the dog, but neither of us could wiggle through.We called our 8 year old grand-daughter on her way to school to come to the rescue.She has a large yellow lab,so was not afraid of ours.She was small enough and brave enough to get inside and open the door.We were out of State at a family funeral, parked in my in-laws driveway. When my husband went into their house he didn't take his keys or cell phone with him (big mistake). When I joined him later, I shut the door and it locked! It could have been a huge problem if we were at a campground, with no phone numbers, no keys, and in our PJs.We will have another set of keys made, and now we know that if we ever get locked inside the trailer that we can get outside by lifting the mattress and bedboard then push out the storage access door.Sometimes it takes a scare to learn a lesson or two.I hope others can learn from our mistake and prepare ahead for a similar mishap!
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:36 AM   #2
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3 Sets of keys.

1 for regular usage
2 to be kept in the TV
3 to be kept in the trailer
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:39 AM   #3
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I put a "realtors" lockbox on my AS. So if I did lock myself out there is another set with easy access. Seems to work well at taking that worry away.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:11 AM   #4
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I put a "realtors" lockbox on my AS. So if I did lock myself out there is another set with easy access. Seems to work well at taking that worry away.
I did the same thing, someone from here gave me the idea

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Old 11-10-2009, 08:30 AM   #5
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With most Realtors® switching over to electronic lockboxes, there are lots of old mechanical lockboxes available. Talk to your friendly neighborhood Realtor® and maybe she will give you one.

Thanks for a great solution!
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Where did you buy the Lock Box and approximately how much do they cost? Also, on our way home from our trip,our tow vehicle quit working at a gas station about 20 minutes from home.We had to have AAA come get me, the Dog, and the truck. The poor old dog had to ride in our truck and be pulled up and down the tow truck ramp. The driver wasn't afraid of him, thank goodness, otherwise we would have had another dog crisis to deal with. My nephew, who lives nearby and also has a trailer, was able to come pull our camper home with his truck. Another lesson learned, add RV coverage to your AAA and they will put your truck on the towtruck bed and pull your trailer behind.What a week!!
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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We had the same thing happen to us. Glad I had the spare set in the TV with keyless entry. Only opening for us to gain access if we did not have the spare set was through the trunk and cut through the bed frame. I found the spare key keeper in the attached pictures at a local hardware store. When closed it looks like an electrical component complete with a GE marking. It comes with a metal plate with and adheasive backing so it can be placed on any surface (aluminum).

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Old 11-10-2009, 09:02 AM   #8
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Desperate measures - I wonder which way
to get in by force does the least damage?
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:07 AM   #9
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The Master lock box is around $20 at Amazon.com
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:37 AM   #10
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Worthwhile habit

Until you can get a lockbox, you might consider this idea.

Back when I was just out of college and living a long way from family and close friends, I realized that getting locked out could be really bad.

I formed a habit of never locking a door unless the key to that door was in my hand--not my purse, not my pocket, not in the car, and not in someone else's possession. It has served me well in the more than 40 years since.
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Until you can get a lockbox, you might consider this idea.

Back when I was just out of college and living a long way from family and close friends, I realized that getting locked out could be really bad.

I formed a habit of never locking a door unless the key to that door was in my hand--not my purse, not my pocket, not in the car, and not in someone else's possession. It has served me well in the more than 40 years since.
Just make sure the "right" key is in your hand and not one that goes to something else. Don't ask me how I know this.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:21 AM   #12
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Our mishap like that cost me a new screen for the galley window - we were lucky that the windows weren't locked that day.

Ditto on the three sets of keys. I see that the AS store now carries blanks for the newer locks. We got ours from the manufacturer.

I still cringe when we close the door!
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I am lost here.....how do you lock your trailers (especially the newer ones) without using keys from the outside? Perhaps I shouldn't know this, as this has so far prevented us from locking our keys inside our 2004 Classic!
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