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Old 07-05-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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How do I get in

Well, it looks like the weld to repair my door lock failed.

Now the trailer is locked (lower lock end held in place by the spring).

Does anyone have suggestions on how to break in to my trailer with minimal (preferably no) damage?

Once inside I can disassemble the lock and either re-weld it or get a piece machined for it.

Thanks! -Alden
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:41 PM   #2
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Have you looked at any of your external storage doors and where they lead to? You might be able to get a young/slim kid to fit through one of them and push up a bed cushion or cabinet door to enter the trailer. He might be able to open the entrance door from the inside.
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:06 AM   #3
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Alden -

Are all of your windows locked? - if not, perhaps you could open one from the outside and send a small kid through. It might mean ruining the window screen, but might be better than breaking something.

I did the same thing two months ago and decided to wait until my wife could come out to the campground with a spare key. Sat in a chair for three hours FREEZING!

I think I'm gonna get a few dupes made and keep one on a chain around my neck!

Good luck!

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Old 07-06-2006, 08:28 AM   #4
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I got into mine in Laredo Texas thru the rear window. I used a stiff wire and some carefull prying with a large screw driver. No damage was done. The window locks on my 72 Tradewind fairly easy to get to . The screen did need repair after the break in but not to bad. Good Luck.
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Old 07-06-2006, 09:27 AM   #5
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I just removed the screws on my rear bed plywood just in case this happens to us. A friend told us it was a wise thing to do just in case we end up in your predicament. Now I can fit through the rear compartment hatch and bust through if need be.
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Old 07-06-2006, 04:11 PM   #6
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Good ideas, thanks!

I am going to look at the storage compartment. I believe I might even fit through it.

All the windows are locked but if I try the wire and screwdriver I'll try the back window.

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Old 07-06-2006, 04:40 PM   #7
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I noticed this past weekend that on our AS in rear storage area there is a push out panel for access from the inside.
A thin and trim person could fit through it but man I'd hate to call the fire department with a need for the jaws-of-life to come cut you out if you got stuck!
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Old 07-06-2006, 05:31 PM   #8
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And the winner is...

DaneTree!!!!!

I tried going through the storage compartment. I was able to open the interior door with a good push but their was a lower panel that I couldn't remove that was in the way.

So, armed with a bicycle spoke and a large flat screwdriver I was able to open the rear window (no damage except a minor tear in a gasket). The right side was tricky because it was tighter but a little experimenting and I prevailed.

I took a box knife and cut out the screen. A little ladder, some contortion work (did I mention I am 6'2" 250#?) and I was in.

Just as I suspected the lock had sheared in the same spot. At least this time I was familiar with how to disassemble it and I didn't have to use my wife's tweezers to pull it apart.

Now I need to find a replacement or somebody who can weld better than I can!

Thanks again!

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Old 07-06-2006, 10:23 PM   #9
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locked door

We were at colaw rv salvage 2 weeks ago. They have several units with intact doors and lock assemblies .They ship . Their phone # is 1-877-548-2125. internet is www.colawrvsalvage.com.I bought a rear queen bed and side tables from them. If james is there ask for him.Good luck.
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Old 07-07-2006, 09:49 PM   #10
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Salvage? If they have the parts I might be willing...

I sent an email to airstream tech support (As Tony the Tiger says "they're great!") they responded right away and said my lock had been replaced. They gave me all the part number I needed. I did have a question about it and they are going to send me a picture on Monday.

Did I mention that I am happy to have been able to break in to my trailer????

I'm going to look at salvage parts now. I want all options available!

Thanks again!

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Old 07-07-2006, 10:16 PM   #11
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We were recently at a rally and the trailer was unlocked with the dog inside. Of course the keys were in the trailer. She must have jumped on the door and pushed the locking pin down. Luckily the Region VP was parked next to us and he was a former CIA/FBI/Green Beret (now blue)/ Navy Seal - who am I to doubt him, but he had that lock picked in about 15 seconds or less. Thanks Bob. I'm making a spare set and keeping them somewhere other than inside.
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:55 PM   #12
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Weld

Arden:
I do micro laser welding. Send me the part if it is really small and I will fix you right up. There isn't much I can't fix with the laser. (Notice I didn't say there is NOTHING I can't fix.) If the weld is over an inch or two, it's probably too big for me. PM me and I'll get my address to you. I can usually get it back out UPS the same day I recieve it.

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Old 07-11-2006, 05:57 PM   #13
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Here's the damage

Here's two shots that show the lock plate that sheared. I had welded it before but apparently my weld only came with a 10 month warranty and it expired...
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