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Old 10-08-2007, 08:50 AM   #1
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Installing a new deadbolt lock

The pin that engages the lock on my door handle is about shot. However, the latch mechanism itself is fine.

Has anyone ever installed a deadbolt lock on their door? I know there are units that have them. My 1963 Tradewind had one. I don't know if it was a factory job or not, but it worked perfectly. I even replaced the deadbolt lock on my Tradewind with a house unit (after I lost the key) only needing to cut down the screws that held it in place.

So, has anyone ever installed a new deadbolt lock?

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Old 10-08-2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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The pin that engages the lock on my door handle is about shot. However, the latch mechanism itself is fine.

Has anyone ever installed a deadbolt lock on their door? I know there are units that have them. My 1963 Tradewind had one. I don't know if it was a factory job or not, but it worked perfectly. I even replaced the deadbolt lock on my Tradewind with a house unit (after I lost the key) only needing to cut down the screws that held it in place.

So, has anyone ever installed a new deadbolt lock?

Scott
A dead bolt can be installed, but with caution.

The larger the hole that you cut in the door frame, the more likely it will get out of shape, the first time or two that you slam the door.

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You can also replace just the pin. I had one that broke back in June. We had to take the door off at the hinges, pop the door handle out and tape the door shut to get it home. A mechanic friend looked at it and said, "I have a pin that size in my tool box." It works like a champ now! Much cheaper than replacing the whole door mechanism.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:05 PM   #4
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You can also replace just the pin. I had one that broke back in June. We had to take the door off at the hinges, pop the door handle out and tape the door shut to get it home. A mechanic friend looked at it and said, "I have a pin that size in my tool box." It works like a champ now! Much cheaper than replacing the whole door mechanism.
Dang, Kathy. That sounds a lot like one of our adventures.

The thing is my door handle (the paddle kind) works fine. I just don't trust my lock. I recall a thread many months ago where someone welded a small extension onto their lock "nib" or pin, whatever you call it, and that helped. I mention this in case others are weighing the options like I am.

Still, I like the idea of a deadbolt. I think if anyone here would discourage the idea Andy would (no offense, Andy) so I feel even better about it now.

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I should add...

I know about the Inland RV lock that can be made to fit my unit. That's yet another option, but still I'm seriously considering a deadbolt.

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I added a dead dolt to my Trade Wind, check this out.

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Moonshot, but did your adventure include watching 5 men as they struggled to take the door off? It was quite a yummy sight!

My first Airstream had a deadbolt and I loved it. My second one doesn't. My third one sorta has one, but it only locks into the screen door. Don't think that really counts as a deadbolt!

The deadbolt on the first Airstream looked like a regular deadbolt like you would buy at Home Depot. I'm sure the PO had to cut the aluminum to get it in, but it was solid. I appreciated his hard work.
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balrgn,

Thanks the post and pictures! That's what I'm thinking of doing. I was thinking of drilling into the door, but it makes more sense to drill the holes in the body instead.

Kathy,

Just one of many adventures involved a door that was not difficult to remove at all. As a matter of fact it blew off of its own accord as we navigated some city streets in Beaufort, SC. It was a screen door and never got replaced.

Good thing my wife wasn't with you while you removed that door or those poor fellas would have put up with a lot of hoots and cat calls from you two I'm sure.

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