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Old 03-24-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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Question Missing Key for Potable Water Lock Door

The previous owner said he never opened it. Just used water via a hose screwed into the city hookup. I seem to have keys for all compartments that require them but this small locked compartment door between the wheel wells. I tried the key which opens my trailer entry door in that compartment. It actually goes into the keyhole and turns a little bit like it wants to open, but it does not. Does this sound like I need to surrender and get a locksmith to look at it or is there someone out there with an even better (perhaps less expensive) solution?
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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The locksmith option seemed expensive to me on my '73 so I opted for removal. I wish I'd paid a locksmith.

I'm sure you won't do the same with a '96.

I guess what I'm saying is, there are worse things than paying a locksmith $30-$40.
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:35 PM   #3
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I suppose that's the way to go. It's better than trying to pry the thing open causing alot more damage than the charge the Locksmith would have cost.
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:45 PM   #4
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Airstream Probably Has Keys

If you are not in a hurry, wait and call Airstream on Monday. They can likely sell you a key. Somebody in the service depart can help you identify which key is needed. Your VIN may help them track down the correct key or perhaps the lock has a code on it. This option may cost less than a locksmith although the whole process will take a few days due to mail delivery.

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Old 03-24-2007, 07:55 PM   #5
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Thanks Lucius. That's certainly worth a try also.
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:02 PM   #6
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My 2002 water door is about a 4"x4" square of fairly flexible plastic material.
When my lock failed, I pried it open with a flat bladed screwdriver. Then I replaced it with a new lock from the AS parts dept.
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:08 PM   #7
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This worked for a 1998 Safari:

I stuck a flat screwdriver into the keyhole and turned the whole lock mechanism to open the door. Once the door is open you can unscrew the lock backing nut and place a new lock in it for under $10.
It worked for me, your experience may differ...

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Old 03-25-2007, 04:42 AM   #8
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Another possibility to consider. I like that screwdriver in the keyhole and turning the whole lock mechanism. Going to need a new lock anyway.
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Old 03-25-2007, 06:53 AM   #9
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Check with a friend with a SOB. Water door keys seem to all be the same. A friend offered to help fill my water tank on my 2002 Safari before we parked at a Michigan State Park. He was waiting at the water hose when I pulled up. Before I could get out of the TV and back to unlock the door, he had used his key and was filling.
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Just find a fellow Airstreamer. All keys for everything except the entry door keys are keyed alike on an Airstream of your vintage. Wally wanted it that way so that when on a caravan, if someone lost a key, it wasn't any problem. My keys work on my friend's '88 as an example. It may not be that way anymore, but it sure was during the 60's, 70's and 80's. So just find another Airstream and make a copy of your friend's key.
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:22 AM   #11
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Any AS dealer will have these keys in stock... likely any SOB dealer too.
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:48 AM   #12
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Just find a fellow Airstreamer. All keys for everything except the entry door keys are keyed alike on an Airstream of your vintage.
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Just as a side note, history repeats itself...it's the same thing on the new ones too. At a rally, we could all open up each others outside storage doors and water doors.
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:58 AM   #13
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Over a year ago I searched the boards here and found a name at a Arizona RV place - called them and had them mail three keys taped to cardboard via 1st class mail --- $12 or so delivered. Do not succumb to picking, prying, poking or pounding your way through it, just phone it open!!
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try this

hi- I had no key for my '72 water door when I bought it, and looked and looked for the right one- finally the very sharp guys at Oasis RV in Tucson sent me a couple that worked, first try. A couple bucks, worth a try before destroying and replacing the lock. Good luck!
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