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Old 02-06-2007, 01:19 PM   #15
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Lock is not very sturdy

I can't be sure about your version, but ours is cheapest variety of rotating cabinet lock there is, with stamped key and minimal mechanism...

I'd try small flat screwdriver inserted into slot and wiggled aggressively while trying to rotate lock cylinder 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise (should move one way or the other..). After opening, you can replace with cabinet lock from almost any hardware store, if you want more secure.

I think Airstream owners also got frustrated with all the other keys required. For ours, each storage compartment (2) and each battery compartment (2) plus door (1) and water door (1) and hitch area storage padlock (1) plus hitch bar lock pin (1) and hitch lock (1) all require separate keys... Means trailer has its own keychains, and much potential for loss.. Add truck key, with locking gas cap, The Club, house key and I may need bigger pockets...


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Old 02-07-2007, 04:57 PM   #16
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I keep thinking there is a simple solution...

However with all of you answering -- it appears there is no easy fix.
With snow still on the roof I can't wait for April!!!

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Old 02-07-2007, 05:03 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Minnie's Mate
They have the fresh water tank behind a locked door. It is a pain because we only have one key...haven't a clue where the others we were given are, but I know we have some some where. Anyway, I guess they think the city water would be a hassle since you use it so often. Like you don't use the fresh water tank very often!
In my mind this is because it would be very easy for someone to dump something down into your tank, using gravity. It would be more of a problem to get much of anything UP through the city intake and into your water system.

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