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Old 03-22-2010, 09:13 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by JFerguson View Post
My wife brought home a shiny new residential deadbolt lock from Home Depot tonight. Then I read this thread and showed it to her. At least we kept the receipt! We will be going with only recommended hardware for our 64 Overlander. I figure it's easier to beef up the security on the individual valuables inside the camper anyway. A good audible alarm might be a pretty good deterrent as well.
A sign near the door that says;

Explosive charge activates when door is forced open!!!!!

But, that is assuming the thief knows how to read.


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Old 06-10-2010, 05:57 PM   #44
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"Mother of all Deadbolt Locks"

We have had our 1989 25 foot Excella for 6 years and have wanted to add an outside deadbolt from day one! Now, our camping routine has changed. We will be permanently parking our AS on a small lot that also has a cabin on it, but not many people around. Its at a lake and I would feel much better if the deadbolt was there to keep people honest. I searched the forum to get ideas and even made a trip to the AS factory for them to look at the trailer, for their input. Unfortunately, due to the trailer's construction characteristics, vertical rib location, and lack of space, there just wasn't any way of making the installation without greatly weakening the trailer. Of course I didn't want to do that. I almost gave up on the idea, but during one of my sleepless nights thinking about a way to do this, I figured it out! The trailer already had an inside factory deadbolt, so all I had to do was figure out away to utilize that same mechanism and hook an outside deadbolt to it. I have attached two pictures that illustrate what I came up with. I am happy to report that it works better than I thought! I had a machine shop make an "adapter plate" to hold the deadbolts assembly, drilled a very small hole through the trailer's skin to connect the deadbolt's link to the inside deadbolt, so the lock could be operated from the inside and outside. Notice the ring of rivets around the adapter plate, these mirror the rivets construction around the window frames. Simple!

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