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Old 09-05-2016, 05:39 PM   #1
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Bambi 16' Accidental Door Locking Problem

Has anyone else accidentally bumped the door lock mechanism without realizing it only to find out..."I just locked myself out of my trailer 😱‼️"
If you have done this perplexing, mind-crazy act, how did you correct it? (Besides swearing or having a few drinks).

Thanks for some helpful input 😊
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Old 09-05-2016, 06:09 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that - and if misery loves company, you're not alone.

Don't know if this link will work but if you google "Airforums locked out" you'll get many threads on this topic with some solutions - including having an accessible spare set of keys outside the trailer.

https://www.google.com/search?q=airf...iw=375&bih=628
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Old 09-05-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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Yes, first time out! I sent one of the kids through the back...
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Old 09-05-2016, 06:32 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear that - and if misery loves company, you're not alone.

Don't know if this link will work but if you google "Airforums locked out" you'll get many threads on this topic with some solutions - including having an accessible spare set of keys outside the trailer.
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Yes the link worked fine, thanks.

Welcome to the forum, Sandra, and ditto to SSM on having a set outside the trailer. We had multiple copies of all originals made, and have these sets all over the place for safe-keeping with both sets of originals saved at home for future use. If your tow vehicle has a key-less digital entry keypad, it makes for a secure location. When traveling the two of us each carry a set.

The benefit of extra copies far outweighs the cost and inconvenience of being locked out.

Good luck!

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Old 09-05-2016, 07:00 PM   #5
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The lock lever on the inside of the door of our Bambi 16 is so stiff that it is practically impossible to lock it by bumping. Locking it on purpose and leaving the key inside is another matter.
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Our lock needed to be removed and taken apart so the lock lever retaining spring could be put back in correctly. Before that repair, the little lever with the black plastic cap would not stay in either the locked or unlocked position reliably. If yours doesn't snap into position with authority and stay there at either end of its travel you may have that same issue. It's not a hard fix for a DIY project.
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:03 PM   #7
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Has anyone else accidentally bumped the door lock mechanism without realizing it only to find out..."I just locked myself out of my trailer 😱‼️"
If you have done this perplexing, mind-crazy act, how did you correct it? (Besides swearing or having a few drinks).

Thanks for some helpful input 😊
How 'bout a spare key?? What a novel idea!!

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Old 09-06-2016, 01:11 PM   #8
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Our lock mechanism has the free modification from Inland RV. It's a washer that increases the friction in the locking lever to reduce the chance of locking yourself out.

I also have a spare set of keys located in a secure place on the AS that can be accessed easily.

My main keys are on the TV key ring that lives in my pocket 24/7 on the road.


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Old 09-06-2016, 03:06 PM   #9
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door locking

Had same issue. Put a hook on the indoor locking slide to prevent accidental locking while closing the door.
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Appreciated the helpful answers. Should have added the fact our car keys were inside the trailer too so accessing the spare key from the car would have been the second challenge. ��
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