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Old 11-01-2011, 07:36 PM   #1
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Locked Out AGAIN!

While at a rally this last weekend, somehow the door locked behind me, ('04 model regular lock) and I swear I did not lock it. Fortunately I was able to get to a spare set of keys I had in the truck, but this door self locking thing is sort of irritating.

Anyone have a way to stop it from happening while keeping the lock functional?
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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While at a rally this last weekend, somehow the door locked behind me, ('04 model regular lock) and I swear I did not lock it. Fortunately I was able to get to a spare set of keys I had in the truck, but this door self locking thing is sort of irritating.

Anyone have a way to stop it from happening while keeping the lock functional?
Andy has your answer.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...out-67725.html
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #3
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Leave a spare key in a secure location. I had a lockout occur after installing Andy's kit, and no longer trust it.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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Leave a spare key in a secure location.
Our keys are never in the Airstream by themselves. If we go out, they go out. We nag each other to ensure this.
There is also a spare, pair in a hidden key-box outside.
Sorry for the anguish these events cause.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:13 PM   #5
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Our keys are never in the Airstream by themselves. If we go out, they go out. We nag each other to ensure this.
There is also a spare, pair in a hidden key-box outside.
Sorry for the anguish these events cause.
Hope this helps.
Yes, this is our rule also, except this was the Halloween Rally, and we were in our goofy consumes with no pockets, and that's when it happened.
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Oh, the Humanity...

Locked out of your Airstream in a goofy costume to boot.
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We don't believe the "goofy" part without pics.
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While at a rally this last weekend, somehow the door locked behind me, ('04 model regular lock) and I swear I did not lock it. Fortunately I was able to get to a spare set of keys I had in the truck, but this door self locking thing is sort of irritating.

Anyone have a way to stop it from happening while keeping the lock functional?
There are "FREE" lock out kits available.

Ask those that have installed them.

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Old 11-02-2011, 03:28 PM   #9
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OK, But I did warn you!
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Thanks. Plenty of space in all that hair to hang keys, bones, feathers, extra bbq sauce packets, whatnot.
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No pockets...

Shortly after inventing fire, Mooog invents pockets, after repeatedly locking himself out of his cave.
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Since it's against the law (and common sense) to lock the propane tank compartment, I drilled out a side compartment key to fit on the hold down threaded rod. It's not visible at first glance. Could also fit on the battery hold down. That key opens a side compartment that has a door key. You only have to be locked out once to figure out a solution!
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Shortly after inventing fire, Mooog invents pockets, after repeatedly locking himself out of his cave.
Oh sure, it's funny now! :-)

OK, took the lock apart, and figured out what the problem is (the spring on the locking lever is too soft), allowing the locking lever to move too freely. But, that spring is too difficult to get out, let alone find a stronger version. However, I did figure out a solution to the locking lever moving too freely, and made a damper, so to speak, that will keep the lock from locking too freely.

It's nothing more than a plastic washer, 1/2" X 5/16" X .018" inserted under the locking lever. The lock still works normally, but the lever is not as free to move, so hopefully this will prevent the thing from locking itself when the door is closed.

Pictures to follow.
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The first picture is the lock our trailer has. The second indicates where the washer is placed under the locking lever.
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