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Old 11-20-2014, 10:33 AM   #15
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Somewhere there is a list of the standard keys that Airstream used in their production over the years. I know I have a copy of it but can't locate it right now. It may be in the Airstream web site too. Someone here may be able to locate it, or have a copy.

At any rate, unless a compartment lock has been changed the keys are fairly standard and that would be a better solution than changing locks or drilling them out, or having a locksmith do the job.

This does not apply to the main door keys, only to the compartment keys.

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Old 11-20-2014, 10:36 AM   #16
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I have 4 keys, 1- dead bolt ,1- door key,1- ALL exterior compartments and 1- for the domestic water. I received a pile of keys but several of the same one. I didn't have a key to match my battery compartments so I removed them and rekeyed then to match my storage door key.
I have keys now inside and outside incase I lose the ones I keep on my key ring.

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Old 11-20-2014, 11:03 AM   #17
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Years ago I rekeyed a lock so that any key would turn it, couldn't tell by looking at it that the tumbler pins and springs were missing what by chance person would put in a key? A criminal set on stealing, a lock isn't going to stop him/her.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:17 PM   #18
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All doors keyed alike is such a simple idea I wonder why Airstream didn't think of it? Except that they probably have all these locks, with keys attached, in one big bin, without sorting them, and they just install whichever one they grab first.

Since it would take a few minutes longer to select an entire set of locks that all take the same key, maybe Airstream could offer "keyed alike" as an extra-price option, but cheaper than the customer ordering a whole new set of locks after the fact?
Airstream DID think that all the exterior locks should be keyed the same , back when Airstream built Airstreams . Our 66 has two keys , one for the door and one that fits everything else.
It would cost the present maker of airstream brand a few bucks more per unit to do so today . But sad to say they are more interested in profit margins than customer satisfaction or durability
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:32 PM   #19
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I am a certified Locksmith. I think you are describing the telescoping lock for compartments. They were keyed the same and as long as it is functional and no one rekeyed it just order the precut key. Part # 001101. You can get it from Out of Doors Mart for $3.95. Oh and use WD40 in the lock and key mechanisms and nothing else. If that doesn't work take the lock out and walk it into a locksmith shop and it should be more like 20 bucks to make a key.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:00 PM   #20
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Our 2005 and 2012 Airstreams each had four different keys. One for the door handle, one for the deadbolt, one for the outside storage compartment, and one that opened the fresh water access door and the outside shower.

The 2015 has only three different keys. The door handle, the deadbolt, and one key now handles the outside storage compartments, the fresh water access, and the outside shower. This last key is a standard CH751 key that is used on most every RV made. This same key that came with the 2015 Flying Cloud opens all of the exterior access compartments on my Outfitter Truck Camper.

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Old 11-20-2014, 03:25 PM   #21
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My preference would be a single key for all locks. My deadbolt at home has the same key as the knob, why is it different on the trailer? The storage compartment locks and water filler lock even have different keyways so they can't be keyed the same. I briefly looked to see if upgraded locks could be purchased anywhere that would make it possible to key everything the same, but was unsuccessful. There is also the hitch lock, the stinger lock, etc. I expect it is the same for white boxes. Seems like a business waiting to happen!
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:32 PM   #22
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No one mentioned the lock for the spare tire or the one for the propane bottles (on a chain inside - not the lid). The lady I bought from said her sadly deceased husband had "trust issues". So I have 9 different keys!
Dead Bolt
Storage lockers
Potable water
Hitch (2 one for the ball opening blocker and one for the release)
Spare tire
Oh, and also lug nuts makes 10
Plus "un-identified" keys, maybe one is a spare for his Casket
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:54 PM   #23
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I don't even need keys, so I don't know what all the fuss is about!!
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:01 PM   #24
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If your storage compartment is not locked you can remove the key cylinder. I removed them and took it to a locksmith store. They charged me $10. and made me keys for the cylinder. Just a suggestion.. Ginger
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:44 PM   #25
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Try a dealer for another brand as the outside storage area locks are NOT specific to Airstream ...
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:19 AM   #26
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I just acquired a '73 Overlander Intl. All the compartments are locked, and the lady could not find any of the keys! Is there a way to open them without calling out a locksmith? Really need to get into them! Thanks!
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:22 AM   #27
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The compartment locks are available at Lowes, Home Depot, ect. at half the price what an RV dealer/store will charge. I replaced most of the locks on my Bambi II for less than $3 a piece. Bought a set of 5 locks with matching keys from Lowes.

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Old 11-29-2014, 10:13 AM   #28
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Look up "how to pick locks" on the Internet. It's not particularly hard to do on cheap locks.

Or drill the cylinder out with a small drill bit if you can get away with destroying the lock.

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