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Old 05-18-2017, 05:09 PM   #1
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Dead Bolt key broken off.

65 Ambassador dead bolt in door is locked.No way in as windows and all compartments are locked.Restoring so only had one key.The key is broken off in lock.
Is drilling it out my only option? Deadbolt was sketchy all along and had to jiggle key
to open.locksmith says $120.
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:08 PM   #2
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lock choice

The dead bold is more expensive and difficult to work. Sacrifice the cheap compartment lock ...get it and do your thing on them dead bold. Have spare keys all the time.http://www.homedepot.com/p/First-Wat...w&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:11 PM   #3
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The dead bold is more expensive and difficult to work. Sacrifice the cheap compartment lock ...get it and do your thing on them dead bold. Have spare keys all the time.http://www.homedepot.com/p/First-Wat...w&gclsrc=aw.ds
You think I can crawl through that door?
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:27 PM   #4
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Since the key is in the lock. Can you just turn it with a common screwdriver?
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What about a sharp scribe to ease the remaining part of the key out and go have a new one made, or maybe 3 or 4.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:56 PM   #6
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You think I can crawl through that door?
Dunno how big the doors you have are, but that is just what I did on ours when we somehow locked ourselves out!

Luckily the rear storage compartment was unlocked. After pulling everything out I was able to get in and push up the bed from below to gain access - took very little time. Now have hidden keys!
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That happened to us once. I found a little kid who was elated to climb through a small opening for $5.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:50 PM   #8
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Spare Key

Once you have solved problem, get several keys made. Get a chain to wear around your neck and put one of the keys on it. Never leave trailer without wearing the chain.
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I've had very good success taking broken keys out with dental picks. Often find them at surplus or tool stores. Be aware that dental picks are a bit brittle and the tips can snap off pretty easily.
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After reading about other's having been locked out, I screwed in a lockbox in the bumper compartment.

Kidde AccessPoint 001170 KeySafe Original Slimline Push Button Combination Permanent Key Lock Box

https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-AccessP...BH9E30GR8Z86HK



Kidde AccessPoint 001375 KeySafe Weather Cover:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Maybe if there is room to place the tip of a Cotter Pin Puller tool in each end of the key slot you could pull the two tools in the opposite direction to rotate the key.



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Preventing 'lockout'.

This it may not apply to your particular situation; but does apply to ALL Airstream owners.Attachment 285899

Every AS owner is aware that one can be locked out of the 'house' by inadvertently moving the interior lock pin to closed when shutting the little sliding hatch. If your keys are inside, you are LOCKED OUT.
This is why WE always have a spare (small) key hidden elsewhere. However........
Following a post from last year, I installed a simple latch to prevent this happening. (See attached photo above).
When entering the AS, simply latch the pin open.
When leaving and closing up, unlatch the pin; because you will be UNABLE to lock it until you do.
So simple, eh!��
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This it may not apply to your particular situation; but does apply to ALL Airstream owners.Attachment 285899

(See attached photo above).

So simple, eh!😆
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FINALLY; there it is above!
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