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Old 10-10-2011, 07:51 AM   #1
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Need Keys for Outside Compartments

I purchased a real fixer upper last week. It is 1966 Overlander that was lived in by a man & his cat for 40 years at a trailer park. Besides the bad smell in the camper, the trailer park owner didn't have have any of the original keys for the camper. I plan on purchasing a new entry lockset from Vintage Camper Supply on the internet, but opening the compartments is a big problem. Think a local Locksmith can just "pick them"?

Oh, I failed to mention that the backend framing is rusted out. That will fixed at a later time. Now I just want to winterize it and mothball it as a future project.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:43 AM   #2
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All the Keys Are Available

Thanks to Wally Byam, all Airstreams were made with universal keys.
Check this PDF before you hire a locksmith.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:35 AM   #3
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I purchased a real fixer upper last week. It is 1966 Overlander that was lived in by a man & his cat for 40 years at a trailer park. Besides the bad smell in the camper, the trailer park owner didn't have have any of the original keys for the camper. I plan on purchasing a new entry lockset from Vintage Camper Supply on the internet, but opening the compartments is a big problem. Think a local Locksmith can just "pick them"?

Oh, I failed to mention that the backend framing is rusted out. That will fixed at a later time. Now I just want to winterize it and mothball it as a future project.
That original key # is LL-166.

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Old 10-11-2011, 06:22 AM   #4
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Compartment keys

Thank-you so much for the information about keys. I see one reply came from someone at Inland RV. I had called Airstream located in Ohio yesterday. They suggested I contact this RV dealer in CA.
I have enjoyed reading this forum and this is why I purchased my old camper. Helpful information is offered from fellow campers.
Thanks again, Sue
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:59 PM   #5
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Opened Back Service Compartment!

This morning I laided on my back and reached into the back compartment where there was hole above the cleanout drain. I was able to unscrew the back of the lock with a standard screw drive. Now I am able to see the back bottom of the old toilet. As expected there was more discusting cat little from the old man's cat. Now I could at least use my shopvac. After close inspection I noticed that bottom of toilet plastic drain pipe is cracked. The toilet's brass & metal peddle hardware is shot and rusted frozen. I did manage to use a garden hose to flush out the toilet into the black holding tank.
Will order keys this afternoon.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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Opened Back Service Compartment!

This morning I laid on my back and reached into the back compartment where there is hole above the cleanout drain. I was able to unscrew the back of the lock with a standard screw driver. The compartment door came off nicely. Now I am able to see the back bottom of the old toilet. Surprised to find a Battery back there. As expected there was more discusting cat litter from the old man's cat. Now I could at least use my shopvac. After close inspection I noticed that bottom of toilet plastic drain pipe is cracked. The toilet's brass & metal peddle hardware is shot and rusted frozen. I did manage to use a garden hose to flush out the toilet into the black holding tank. I will look for replacement parts for old 1966 toilet or just replace the whole thing. Good news the floor wasn't rotten. Got my reprinted owners manual in the mail today.
Will see if I can order keys this afternoon. I also need to order new roof vents. Two are missing, need total of three. I used covers from styrofoam coolers Omaha Streaks as tempory covers until I figure out what style to order. Should I go Reto Metel or New Style Plastic? I need to close up the gaint whole under the Black Tank in the bottom first before winter. The metel frame holding the tank up also rotted out. This happened along with back frame holding up the backend, too.
This is going to some project!
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:09 PM   #7
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I purchased a real fixer upper last week. It is 1966 Overlander that was lived in by a man & his cat for 40 years at a trailer park. Besides the bad smell in the camper, the trailer park owner didn't have have any of the original keys for the camper. I plan on purchasing a new entry lockset from Vintage Camper Supply on the internet, but opening the compartments is a big problem. Think a local Locksmith can just "pick them"?

Oh, I failed to mention that the backend framing is rusted out. That will fixed at a later time. Now I just want to winterize it and mothball it as a future project.
I have looked and looked for one of those keys, but have not been able to positively ID one.

We have a bunch of them that look like it, but no for sure winners.

Sorry,

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Old 10-11-2011, 06:50 PM   #8
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keys

I ended up drilling mine out years ago, The lock is still made thought the new ones have the circular keys.

I got mine from an outfit in Texas, they were a very pleasant bunch.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:29 AM   #9
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Now that I have key number, maybe a local dealer or locksmith can make a key.
Thanks all for your help.
Next project is resealing my original windows. Not sure what type of door seals to use on the door. We expect rain for three days again. Very raining this season.
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Now that I have key number, maybe a local dealer or locksmith can make a key.
Thanks all for your help.
Next project is resealing my original windows. Not sure what type of door seals to use on the door. We expect rain for three days again. Very raining this season.
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The original window "and" entrance door gasket, was double flared.

That same gasket was used for years on the entrance doors and for many more years on the windows.

However, the hollow "D" shaped gasket now used, has proven to be far superior, for both the entrance doors from 1965 to 1973 and especially for the windows from the late 50's to present.

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Do you mean key blanks or actual working keys that will fit any lock?

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Thanks to Wally Byam, all Airstreams were made with universal keys.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:13 AM   #12
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Think a local Locksmith can just "pick them"?
If these are the same locks that are used in 64, basically put in a key to open, they are simple wafer locks and are easily picked by anyone who has played with locks at all.

Replacement lock assemblies are very inexpensive at any RV store. Try to order them all with the same keying.
Chances are that the 4 digit number on the chart would tell a locksmith how to cut the key?
Also, many of these compartments can be reached from behind. If so just remove the screw from that hold the metal latch and you have it open so you can replace the lock assembly
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Do you mean key blanks or actual working keys that will fit any lock?

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In general, the keys for the lockers and for the fresh-water fill will open the lockers/fresh-water fill on any other Airstream of the same year, and often for many years before and after. The entry door locks have more variation in the keys. I guess the assumption is that no one with an Airstream would consider breaking into someone else's Airstream lockers.
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Almost all sob trailers use a CH751 key on all compartments. I notice it was listed also for some newer AS. Also used on many truck caps and at one time for the trunk of checker cabs. These keys can even be bought online . Obviously these locks are not for maximum security.
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