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Old 07-21-2009, 11:48 PM   #1
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Locking Door From Outside

I'd like to put an extra lock or a locking system on the outside of the door to be secure when I store the vehicle. But I'm unclear on what and where the best place is to put this lock. The regular key lock in the handle just doesn't cut it after all these years. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:09 AM   #2
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Well, you can do what the previos owner did on mine and poke a couple of eyebolts through the skin. One on the door and one on the door frame, coat it with a couple pints of silicone caulk and run a paddlock through them. Thats on my list of things to remedy, but I've been putting it off because its so effective for all it's ugliness.

Ace hardware, and other places stock an RV deadbolt in stainless steel, which appear to be constructed the same as a household deadbolt but requires a 3/4" hole instead of a full 2 1/2". I will probably go that route and see if I can get it keyed the same as my home deadbolts. One less key to loose.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:49 PM   #3
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Than ACE is the place cause i just got a 2 key lock rebuild kit for my KEELOR latch and it looks way too complicated for me to be bothered, turns out its not a rebuild kit its a complete replacement... involves drilling riviting re holing, etc...
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:52 PM   #4
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The PO put a dead bolt on my door. And it's not that bad of a job..

I will take some pics and post them in the morning...
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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Dead Bolt on AS

Ok, here is the dead bolt the PO put on my AS.

He had to cut the Dead bolt down to fit into the door and also had to cut a hole in the door frame. Not sure what structurally this has done to the door, but it's been like that for years.

It works well, And it's easier to use than the one on the door handle.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:51 AM   #6
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If that is the cast door frame, it can make it weak. But if the fix is working now after a number of years, glad it is keeping the door closed properly.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:36 PM   #7
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We have a similar 'dead bolt' to purman's, that was installed by the original owner of our AS...I have paperwork that shows he had it installed by his dealer when he bought the trailer, 31 years ago...

Our trailer has been 'well traveled' and shows no damage or weakness in the area where the dead bolt is installed - or the door itself...

We use this dead bolt as the main locking point of our trailer - don't want the door to flop open on the road...!
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:27 PM   #8
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We have a similar 'dead bolt' to purman's, that was installed by the original owner of our AS...I have paperwork that shows he had it installed by his dealer when he bought the trailer, 31 years ago...

Our trailer has been 'well traveled' and shows no damage or weakness in the area where the dead bolt is installed - or the door itself...

We use this dead bolt as the main locking point of our trailer - don't want the door to flop open on the road...!
Ray, I need to look at your dead bolt when were in Jackson. I'd like to add one to our Ambassador too.
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Hey looks good to me and a hell of alot easier to put in than the keelor replacement!
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:43 PM   #10
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Wow. Sounds like it should be professionally done, especially if it could weaken the door frame. I'm not too keen on drilling into the skin to put one in either. Wonder if there is some magical way of doing it short of what's been shown above?

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Old 07-23-2009, 11:46 PM   #11
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:32 AM   #13
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Has anyone installed the one from Vintage Trailer? How did the install go?
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:09 AM   #14
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I was wondering if those who have left photos could take pictures a little farther back so I can see how it sets in the door as compared to the whole door and trailer. I'm trying to get a sense of placement on the door and location.

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