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Old 12-20-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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new trailer 1078 25 ft, no keys to potable water or behind refrigerator. Is there a way to open these without much damage? Should I use a screwdriver and force them and buy new locks? Dont want to do irepairable damage roger
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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new trailer 1078 25 ft, no keys to potable water or behind refrigerator. Is there a way to open these without much damage? Should I use a screwdriver and force them and buy new locks? Dont want to do irepairable damage roger

Is there a number embossed on the front of the lock? These are frequently identical even across RV brands. If you have a neighbor with one, see if their key works in your lock. The key often is numbered also and your local RV parts supplier might stock them.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Not sure, but I believe that the potable water key can be obtained from Jackson Center - at least I was able to get the potable water key for my 1987 Excella. Try phoning them, choose service/retail store and ask Amy.
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Go with Silver Goose's suggestion...all the Airstream factory potable water door locks use the same key CH751 ... and most likely other brands of trailers as well.

Not sure about the door behind the frig...ours came a turn latch, but we replaced it with a key lock.

Good luck.
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The potable water door key for my 1987 Excella is this. When I had a 1995 Land Yacht motorhome, the key was a CH751.
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Looking the numbers up in a file someone else posted on keys and from Airstream archives, the keys for a '78 are 1101X for the access doors and trunk door, LL432 for the battery, and CH 751 for the water fill door.

Andy at Inland RV in CA should have them, Airstream dealers should be able to order them or have them, and Out of Doors Mart will also cary them.

Don't drill them out, that will result in costly replacement of the locks.
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The key numbers don't always match up with the printed list - for example, the list says that my access doors should use key number GH005, but in fact they are LL432, the same as my battery boxes.

The CH751 is the most common RV key there is, and any so-called replacement lock for any SOB will 99% of the time be a CH751. When I had my 1994 LY motorhome, all the locks were CH751, which was disconcerting, as anyone could have opened my storage bays and removed my tools etc. When I was at Quartzsite, I bought replacement locks from Industrial Lock & Hardware, Inc. - they're inexpensive high-security Ace-locks (like what are used on vending machines) sold by Mark Silver of Industrial Lock. Mark, BTW is one of the sons of the late comedian Phil Silver and a really nice guy.
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