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Old 11-19-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Why So Many Keys?

Making my way down the checklist and now it's come to keys. We have 4 keys. None of them fit the storage compartment. Can't find the lock code to order a new key. If we have to call a locksmith to have a new tumbler put in, I am seriously considering having all the outer compartments keyed the same. And here's the rub... I have keys with apparently no locks to match. :/
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:18 AM   #2
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Personally, I think that would be a great idea. One for the door, and one more for everything else.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:40 AM   #3
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Good question but call a dealer and he can tell you what key(s) you need.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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My Bambi II came with 8 different keys. I am happy that my Safari only requires 4. It is all a matter of perspective.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:06 PM   #5
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Eight keys? How many locks can one little Bambi have?
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:53 PM   #6
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1&2 - door lock
3 - battery box
4 - water door
5 - coupler lock
6 - storage door
7 - ?
8 - ?
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:59 PM   #7
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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?
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:11 PM   #8
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The problem, both for the factory and for purchasers looking to retrofit, is that the various locks on Airstreams are specific to the RV industry. While a locksmith can rekey them, it is generally not possible to replace them with cores that will accept a single blank.

One of the main problems is that almost all the lock cylinders have a shutter to keep dust and rain out of the keyway. This isn't a standard feature on general-purpose commercial or industrial lock cylinders.

I was able to lower my key count by 1 by retrofitting a battery-compartment lock to the water door. I still need 4 keys.

campindaisy, it is possible that the lock is just stuck from disuse, corrosion, or dirt. You can try to clean it with compressed air or solvent, and then use some graphite to lubricate it. Don't use oil, it will create problems over the long term.
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campindaisy, it is possible that the lock is just stuck from disuse, corrosion, or dirt. You can try to clean it with compressed air or solvent, and then use some graphite to lubricate it. Don't use oil, it will create problems over the long term.
I've had good results using WD40 or gun oil (but not both at once) when I didn't have any graphite laying around. But graphite is better.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:34 PM   #10
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1&2 - door lock
3 - battery box
4 - water door
5 - coupler lock
6 - storage door
7 - ?
8 - ?
Close but no cigar.
1. Door lock
2. Dead bolt
3. Mystery key
4. Water heater door
5. Storage compartment by rear bumper
6. Battery door
7. Hasp and lock attached to inside of sealed and non opening rear window, that was a strange one.
8. Coupler lock

There was also a ring of 10 keys in the paperwork folder, never have figured what they were for.
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Old 11-19-2014, 04:04 PM   #11
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If there all keyed the same they get in front door and all compartments
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In our AS, if you raise the bed you can crawl into the storage area. Once there you can unscrew the nut holding the latch, remove the latch and open the storage door.

It is simple to take the tumbler out and bring to a Locksmith for retrofit.

Or, they can make a key to fit it...
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Close but no cigar.
1. Door lock
2. Dead bolt
3. Mystery key
4. Water heater door
5. Storage compartment by rear bumper
6. Battery door
7. Hasp and lock attached to inside of sealed and non opening rear window, that was a strange one.
8. Coupler lock

There was also a ring of 10 keys in the paperwork folder, never have figured what they were for.
Correction, #4 was for the power/utility compartment. No lock on the water heater door.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:32 AM   #14
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Thanks for the tips everyone. We did try WD-40 and Carborator cleaner. DH took one apart completely with no luck. None of our mystery keys fit.

After figuring that it will be about $200 for a complete new set of keys (knowing that I have to pay the locksmith to come to my location), we decided to put that off for now. Eventually, we will rekey them all to have one front door key, one deadbolt, and one for everything else.
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