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Old 06-09-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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problem entering a locked trailer

I went to my 1974 land yacht, which was in locked storage, only to find someone has tried to force the lock and as a result my key will not open the door.
I'm thinking of trying to shim the door, to spread the door frame enough so I can get the door open without unlocking it. What other methods have been successful for other people. Has anyone had experience in forcing the lock tumbler with a large screwdriver? Any advice before the weekend would be greatly appreciated. Is there a better method for entering a locked trailer?
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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I would not try and pry on the door frame. First it is cast and may well break, two, the way the interior skins are riveted to the frame I think you would cause major damage.
There are ways to get into Airstreams, most folks won't post them for obvious reasons. Might give Andy and Inland RV a call he has lots of ideas on problems like this.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:19 AM   #3
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68 TWind is right - if you mess with the door frame, be prepared to live with the distortion forever. Andy has helped several others and am sure he will help you.

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I had my lock broken by a theft attempt this winter. CanAM RV, my local Airstream dealer had to come out and drill a hole in the lock face plate and manually move the lock bolt over. They have diagram that shows precisely where to drill and how big of a bit to use. They had replacement parts (used) that they used to restore the lock with the same key.
If your dealer can't do the same thing, get in touch with CanAm at Can-Am RV > Home and I'm sure they can help you out or even give you instructions by phone.
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PS This might be covered by your RV insurance. Probably good to find out how much it will cost and decide if you want to make a claim. (attempted theft)
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Experienced locksmiths are familiar with RV locks. I'd call around to find one that has worked on Airstreams. They can usually repair or replace old locks that are out of production. (Some are even specialize in antique or unique locks.)
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I took a slim jim type tool on the emergency escape window and pushed the cams down that are holding the window tight. Then crawled through the window...had the help of the Stone Mountain Ga police...worked for me.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:45 PM   #7
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Thanks for all of the advice

I have talked to Can Am however I am in Saskatchewan which would likely be a 3 Day Drive. to their center. I will give Andy a call tomorrow.
Fortunately I don't have to use the trailer right away, and I guess my worst-case scenario is to break the small window beside the door. I will see if I can get in the back window utilizing the Slim Jim approach. Will let you know how I make out.
One of the reasons we bought an Airstream is because of the quality of the people we have met who are streamers, and your quick response reaffirmed this. Ron
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We feel everyone's Airstream pain. Good luck.

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