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Old 12-17-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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Door Locked, Can't open or Remove Lock

I know this has been covered before in other threads but I can't figure my way out of this one. I have a 1984 Excella 31'. The door handle just spins on the inside and does nothing on the outside. The key also does nothing. What ever the handles engaged, is no longer in place.

Unfortunately, because the door is closed against the screen, I can't remove the lock to see whats in there. There also are no screws on the outside to remove the lock from there. My RV person told me he would try and 'spring' the door open with a crow bar but since Aluminum does not flex like steel I don't think thats the best approach.

Please help. My daughter and I are getting tired of crawling in and out through the windows.

Many thanks,
Ben (and my daughter Lila)
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:56 AM   #2
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I'd contact Andy at Inland. I know he has the solution.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:46 AM   #3
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I'd contact Andy at Inland. I know he has the solution.
I won't be in my office until 9 am today.

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Andy, I have a 76 Sovereign and probably will need to know how to get in/out of a locked door, sooner or later. What is the secret? You can PM me with the info. Thanks, Bill Lewis (lebolewis)
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Andy, I have a 76 Sovereign and probably will need to know how to get in/out of a locked door, sooner or later. What is the secret? You can PM me with the info. Thanks, Bill Lewis (lebolewis)
Sorry, but nothing regarding that subject in writing, anywhere.

Nor should anyone else "EVER" put it in writing.

That info is valueable to a thief.

But, you can call me and I will be happy to tell you how.

This issue, I am sure, is the only time the mods will approve a "call me" note.

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Old 12-17-2009, 10:30 AM   #6
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The bolt inside your lock has fractured. I had the same problem with my '80 Excella. You can get the door open by disassembling the lock on the inside or taking the hinges apart outside. Either way the lock will still have to be taken apart so you might as well do it inside. The way I did it was to open the sliding panel in the screen door that you use to open the door. Remove the screws holding the lock plate and handle in the door and remove the guts from the lock. The old lock cannot be replaced or repaired so do whatever you have to do to get to the piece of the bolt that is in the door jamb. It will be held there by a spring which will have to be removed in order to slide the bolt out of the jamb. Once you get the bolt slid back the door will open but you will not be able to close it now. The only fix is to get a replacement lock kit and install it. Unfortunately the old lock is out of production and there is no direct replacement for it. Inland RV stocks the lock kit go to their website and take a look. Hope this help you out.
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I had the same problem with my 86 Excella 500. I took the broken parts to a very good welder and he "repaired" the broken pieces. The door works as it should, now.
It was a b%^h to get apart but needle nose plyers are a great help. Do watch that spring as it will fly and you will need it to put the door latch back together.
I took pictures of what things looked like before being removed and used it to put everything back together.
Good luck.
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