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Old 04-08-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
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Locked Out!!!!

My daughter and I were preparing to spend our first night in our 1966 Overlander last night....

But we couldn't get in!

I had just opened the entry door twice before that day, but now it's stuck. The key goes in, the key turns, the knob turns, the bolt turns, but the door just won't open. I was pretty disappointed. Not to worry, though, we have a conversion van with a comfy bed in the back, so we got a good night's sleep.

Any suggestions? It looks as though someone might have had this problem already with this unit. It's got a little tiny tear on the edge of the door like it was popped with a knife or a screwdriver. The door is NOT sprung. I realize that I am probably going to have to replace the door, the lock, or both, but for now I just want to get into my house!!!

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Old 04-08-2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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If you have the compartment keys, you (or a small child) can probably get in through one of those doors and open it from the inside. Then troubleshoot the lock...and fix/replace as needed. The only concern is it may be one of those that is no longer available...can you post any pictures of it or is your camera in the trailer?

Good luck...let us know how it works out.

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Old 04-08-2008, 10:03 AM   #3
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We've occasionally had a problem with a stuck door, where everything else seems to be OK, as you described (lock, bolt, etc).

I've found that the frame of the unit can twist a bit. Try changing the pressure from your stabilizers (are they down?). Perhaps a temperature change (overnight?) caused a minor expansion or contraction in the frame, slightly pinching the door. Maybe you set it up in the shade, and the sun caused a change.

I would say try pulling harder, but I'm sure you've tried that.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:05 AM   #4
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Hello Starr. We don't want to post info on how to enter a locked Airstream with the least damage -- not like a crook would bother. But I would suggest calling Andy at Inland RV -- 951-734-8130. He will give out this info only over the phone after making some assessment of who he's talking to. Please use my screen name as a reference if you wish. Good luck!
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:15 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the great advice! I tried looking for hatches and crannies to climb through, but found that they were all too small for me to fit through- only big enough for a six year old. And I didn't have any of those handy (my daughter's only two), so.....


I headed on down to North Dallas RV. I HIGHLY recommend these guys. They specialize in Airstreams, and give excellent service. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We discovered that the window right next to the door was plexiglass, and we were able to bend it out and reach in and open the door from the inside. Upon examination, it became clear that the tumbler had broken inside the lock. Then they put a whole shiny new doorknob on, and gave me a thorough tour of how my Airstream works, and how to hook it up.

Thank God for plexiglass! (My daughter managed to lock herself in the Airstream today when I went five feet away to get my toothbrush out of the van. I simply bent that plexiglass out again and opened the door through the window!)

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Old 04-10-2008, 06:51 AM   #6
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Starr....be sure to seal around the new door knob with some good sealant so that you don't get any leaks at the seam that would compromise your new lock.

Congratulations on your new Airstream! They are a lot of fun!!
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:02 AM   #7
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Call Andy at Inland RV's in California IF its a lock problem Andy knows how to get U in ,he will only tell U on the phone. I think they even have a 800 number.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:28 AM   #8
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I'm glad you ran across North Dallas RV -- they are top-notch, as you said. Friendly, knowledgable and very helpful ... they'll be getting my business for years to come.

As for being locked out, I feel your pain. We were camping in Oklahoma a few weeks ago when my wife tracked me down on the trout stream I was fishing to inform me that she had somehow locked the keys in the trailer. Our ONLY set of keys, mind you. (This has since been remedied.) After 30 minutes of shaking, rattling and prying with my Leatherman, I admitted defeat. So, I went back up to the Ranger's office and asked them to call a locksmith for me. One hour and $60 later (I would have paid twice that without a blink), we were back inside, with a re-built doorknob (an interior piece had been installed backwards, causing problems). The locksmith said he spends quite a bit of time out at the campsite thanks to lost keys, broken latches, etc. ... made me think I need to learn a new trade!
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:49 AM   #9
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I make it a habit of keeping a spare set of trailer keys in the pickup (which also has keypad entry). Yes, I know the keypad won't work if the pickup battery (both of them) dies, so I also have a spare truck key hidden. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.
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Lock out

It's a good idea to change out the entry door cylinders to new.

I have not yet followed my own advice, but I have put on a hasp with built in keyed lock made by Stanley. I use this as my primary lock and don't mess with the entry door lock. If you do this make sure to put it down low so it clears the trailer skin when the door is fully open.
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