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Old 08-09-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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Locked out

Just wanted to let everyone know that it's very easy to lock yourself out if your not careful. I have a 2014 FC25. Been out a few times but this last trip I was going outside and as I opened the screen door I somehow moved to top door lock over to the lock position. When I closed the door I was locked out. Keys were on the table. As luck would have it I had a spare set of keys made and had placed in a safe location. Well I now think about this everytime I head out the door. Be careful doors locks very easy.


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Old 08-09-2014, 05:36 PM   #2
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Locked yourself out? Now you are a Real Airstreamer. Welcome!
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Old 08-09-2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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Yup you're the first to ever do that......


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Old 08-09-2014, 08:05 PM   #4
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Been there.... Ah...dumb that.


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Old 08-09-2014, 09:40 PM   #5
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OP, Welcome to a not so exclusive club. After my first lock out I started carrying a set of door keys around my neck. When camping or even around the trailer at the house I never leave the trailer without making sure I have them on me.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:21 PM   #6
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Well I found a lockbox at Lowes. It's made by master lock. It has a four number code. It's small about 3 by 4 inch its weather proof and has room for keys money or anything you wish to place in it. It's installed ( bolted ) with keys inside. No more locking myself out. Life is good. Bill


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Old 08-24-2014, 11:17 PM   #7
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Well I found a lockbox at Lowes. It's made by master lock. It has a four number code. It's small about 3 by 4 inch its weather proof and has room for keys money or anything you wish to place in it. It's installed ( bolted ) with keys inside. No more locking myself out. Life is good. Bill


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Now... If I can recall those three numbers! What? Four numbers... Oops!

Just kidding! Great reminder for me to do this!
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:05 AM   #8
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Sounds like a good solution! Do your have pics or part numbers for the lock box?

Like AWCHIEF, I wear mine around my neck whenever I'm camping or near it...some scary lock out stories in these forums!

I was wondering about another solution - is this even possible?

Imagine your deadbolt key without all the plastic on the head of it. Imagine you are looking at it on a table where the teeth are facing west and the head is facing east. Now imagine that the head of that key is also the head for your door handle key, whose teeth are facing east. So you have one flat key (no plastic covers) in a straight line from left to right that has your deadbolt "teeth" a small "blank" space and then your door handle "teeth". Something like that could fit inside a wallet and be your emergency entry key.

I would love to try that sometime but would have no idea how to even approach it!
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:35 AM   #9
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i have copies that are plastic-free. i have those around my neck when with the trailer and in my wallet when without it. a dual toothed key might be a bit long in wallet but maybe if it was welded.... ___-----
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I don't now if it is the same issue for new Airstreams, but this problem has existed with the AS door lock for years.

Sometimes when you close the door - the lock lever is so loose that it just flips itself over to the lock position when the door hits the frame.

Many people have had this happen - including me!

Inititially, I made a simple wooden device that I hung on the inside of the door which would guarantee that the lock lever could not move. Of course I demo ed it whenever we did want to exit an lock the door. It was a very small gadget an worked 100%.

Bit then, a couple of years ago, Andy at Inland RV was kind enough to offer a free kit - you just had to send him postage money - to fix the problem. Essentially it was a fibre washer that you inserted in the lock mechanism (easy to do) that added enough friction that the lock lever could not move so easily.

I put this on and it has worked fine ever since.

I'm not are if these are still offered by Andy. Perhaps he will read this & comment - assuming it is still the same problem with new Airstreams. If it is, I am surprised AS has not fixed this by now.

Oh - I also have spare keys hidden on the outside of the trailer now as well just as an added precaution. I always do the same on all our vehicles and have had to use them more than once!

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:52 PM   #11
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Attached is a picture of this box. I really like using it. I installed one outside my home as well. It's nice when your not home and you need a friend to get something out of your home. Click image for larger version

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By the way that's not the code. So you can relax.


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Old 08-25-2014, 06:58 PM   #13
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At least it isn't the code, now.

We too are in the club.

I opted for a bright red "remove before flight" ribbon.

I make sure it is in my pocket before shutting the door.


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Old 08-25-2014, 07:34 PM   #14
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I have inadvertently flipped the lock lever more than once. Oh, and my son and grandson have also done it. Fortunately, I had read about this "issue" when I first bought my trailer and had a spare key hidden away.
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