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Old 03-23-2016, 05:58 AM   #15
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It's as easy to accidentally lock the door on an Airstream as it is to accidentally lock the doors of your TV.
You can put a spare set somewhere in the TV, in case you lock yourself out of the trailer. Many newer trucks and SUVs have keyless entry systems or satellite unlocking features. That way, your spares are not on the trailer, and even if you don't have Onstar, you can call AAA or a locksmith to come out and unlock the truck.
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:25 AM   #16
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Spare keys everywhere as recommended, including duplicates for each half of a trailerin' couple (with at least one access key carried on each person all the time). Extra spares at home known to family or friends who can overnight them in an emergency. Keyless entries good . . .

Plan, plan, plan . . .

Redundancy, redundancy, redundancy . . .

Never say never . . .

"Remain calm and carry on!"
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:33 AM   #17
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IT's that pesky door lock, not the dead bolt. Andy used to give away a felt washer to increase the friction so it wouldn't lock by itself. Then Airstream incorporated that on newer models, but it isn't fool proof. I've disabled that lock by filling the slot where the lever travels with a sliver of foam pipe insulation. I've always used the deadbolt anyway, as I think it's more secure when on the road.

I still hide spare keys.
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:02 AM   #18
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IT's that pesky door lock, not the dead bolt.
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Isn't that door lock also operable with a key from the outside?

My non-deadbolt lock is a real trap, as you can open the door, lock it from the inside and slam the door as you exit. The lock will remain locked, unlike some residential locks which will not let you lock yourself out of the house.

VERY BAD DESIGN !!!



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Old 03-23-2016, 09:37 AM   #19
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Isn't that door lock also operable with a key from the outside?

My non-deadbolt lock is a real trap, as you can open the door, lock it from the inside and slam the door as you exit. The lock will remain locked, unlike some residential locks which will not let you lock yourself out of the house.

VERY BAD DESIGN !!!



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Yes it's keyed on the outside. I just want to avoid having to deal with the problem you describe.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:03 AM   #20
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Gotcha thanks. We like to use the second lock at night, so back-up keys in the tow vehicle etc. are our redundancy.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:34 AM   #21
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Just curious, but why? Seems like a safety issue if a trailer can lock itself without human supervision. Why hasn't the Airstream's maker taken care of this safety problem for alllll the aberrant young airstreams out there?
Severral years ago, when I visited the Airstream factory in Ohio, I brought up the issue of the entrance door lock locking itself when the door was slammed.

I was told to tell owners "NOT TO SLAM THE DOOR".

Obviously, that was a funny answer.

We came up with a lock kit, many years ago, that prevents that from happening.

That kit has 2 washers and some instructions.

The best part, is IT'S TOTALLY FREE, and will continue to be free

Simply send us a envelope with 2 stamps on it with your name and address (SASE).

We will mail back to you that kit, the same day we receive your request and the SASE (self addressed stamped envelope).

After installation, the entrance door will NEVER lock itself again.

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Old 03-30-2016, 05:31 PM   #22
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Andy,

I love these answers from AS. Do they really believe it when they say this stuff or do they just want us to believe?
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