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Old 07-31-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
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Lost Key means DOOM!!

DOOM! That is what is staring me in the face. I can cope with bent axles, crushed windows, filthy floors and rotten tires.
BUT.....I have lost the last key I had for the little water fill cap on a 1988 Ecella 1000 29'. You know the key: the little flat grey one. The one it is impossible to see in crushed rock. The one that creeps under grass blades and hides. The one a gopher probably snatched as soon as it hit hte ground.
Where oh where my friends am I ever going to find a funny little flat key like that??
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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Is this it?

Water Fill Key WF-01 - $5.95 : ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:16 PM   #3
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:29 PM   #4
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You can get too the lock from the inside behind the filler door. Remove the lock and make a trip too the locksmith.

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Old 07-31-2008, 04:32 PM   #5
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got a magnet?
Most keys are either brass or aluminum, and are non-magnetic. Plan B would be an economy-sized jug of Roundup to kill the grass so she can see the key...If it's not in the gravel.
Plan C would be to tell the neighbor kid if he finds it for you, you'll give him a bag of cookies.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:41 PM   #6
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Myboyburt,
From the description I think it is more like this one...


KEY DECO 31-8190 - $4.95 : ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart

Which is just like the one for our 87 Excella.

There have been a rash of those water fill door keys that have gone missing here in the forum. I recall at least three forum members looking for that exact same key. Are the keys having a revolt
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:33 PM   #7
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Yep the key is 4.95 but they want $16.37 to ship it! That was USPS. More if they ship it UPS. Whats the world coming to? It only cost 41 cents for a stamp.

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Old 07-31-2008, 08:07 PM   #8
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There may be another option, I did a quick Google search for "deco keys" and found...

Replacement Keys, Deco, Hrud

My key has a #1 stamped on it so it would be the $6.72 set. It looks as if the shipping is $5.00 unless you spend more than $10.00. so even though the key set it a bit more expensive than Out Of Doors Mart you can get two (one to put in a safe place) for almost $10.00 cheaper.

Seeing how theys keys are getting lost at an alarming rate, I may just have to buy a set to put in the safety deposit box.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:43 PM   #9
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SIMPLE AND EASY and local

Take a picture of the one you are thinking about ordering, go down to your friendly local locksmithing kiosk and ask if they have one in stock. It's a factory pre-cut. Most of those locks CAN be opened by diddling around with a bobby pin. You may even find that a standard desk or file drawer key - or for that matter the key to your daughter's jewelry box or diary will work.

As Airstreamers we are very lucky in one respect. We can save a lot of the cost of having keys made by taking the A/S to the locksmith. The biggest benefit is that you get to test the fit of every key made. Saves time and frustration. Another benefit? We have a key making machine at our Mail Depot business... and I remember one nightmare experience. I made a key that seemed to be a perfect match for the customer's ignition key. It opened his door, he put it in the ignition... and the ignition wouldn't turn... and the key wouldn't come back out of the ignition. After 15 minutes of sweating and trying the obvious stuff like dry silicone lubricant I called a locksmith and paid him to remove the key (which the man did with a big pair of pliers and main force - better him than me trying that!) Refunded the key charge, paid the locksmith $75 and HE made a working duplicate using OUR blank and OUR machine.

It's quite possible to have a good locksmith replace locks so that every external lock except the door is keyed the same.

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Old 07-31-2008, 10:03 PM   #10
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I came home after a trip one time and threw my entire set of keys to my excella in the trash. I mean all of them, every lock on the whole thing. I feel for you.

Any airstream dealership can replace that key, the waterfiller cap one is only a few dollars. Oasis did all of mine.
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Hey, replacing an Airstream key is the easy and inexpensive part. Just don't lose your modern vehicle key! I lost the keys to our Ford during the winter. Ok, it's one of those electronic doo-dads, no big deal, just go to Ford and get a new one made. And Ford gladly replaced the key.

FOR 128 BUCKS!!

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Airstream Keys

Perhaps it was just dumb luck, but another Airstreamer in the park in Maine that we keep our 96 Excella had forgotten his keys for all the compartments. Our keys worked on his (80's?) Sovereighn. Try someone else's. If it works have copies made for pennies.

P.S. Another dirty little secret is that all older EZ-Go Golf Carts use the same key.
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Hey, replacing an Airstream key is the easy and inexpensive part. Just don't lose your modern vehicle key! I lost the keys to our Ford during the winter. Ok, it's one of those electronic doo-dads, no big deal, just go to Ford and get a new one made. And Ford gladly replaced the key.

FOR 128 BUCKS!!

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Anybody remember the good ole days when the dimmer switch was on the floor and to start a vehicle you turned the key and then stepped on a button on the floor to actually start the engine???
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Anybody remember the good ole days when the dimmer switch was on the floor and to start a vehicle you turned the key and then stepped on a button on the floor to actually start the engine???

My 59 corvette will start with no key in the ignition as long as you don't turn it to the lock position before you take out the key.

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