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Old 09-02-2002, 07:37 PM   #1
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Water inlet key replacement

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Our recently purchased 23 Safari came to us without a key for the door where fresh water can be poured into the fresh water tank.
Can this lock be replaced? I think I saw replacement kits at wm.
Or....Is this something that would be better purchased at the A/S dealer?
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Old 09-02-2002, 09:19 PM   #2
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Re-key lock?

Wayne, not having my trailer infront of me, I'm not sure this will work - HOWEVER - we recently bought a used front door lock without a key. I took the cylinder to a locksmith who made a key to fit in about half an hour. If you can remove the lock cylinder or the door, and take it to a locksmith, you should be in business for about $20! Or, you could have a locksmith come to you, but I'm sure that would be a bit more pricy. Good luck!
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Old 09-02-2002, 09:59 PM   #3
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Two options:

1:take the trailer to the locksmith!

2: Take the trailer to a rally and see if anyone there has a key that fits yours( I bet someone will) and get a copy made pronto.

If you have an airstream dealer near you you may be able to "find" a key that fits for a bit of gas and time. Most dealers seem to have a box of "Spare" keys that you can go thru. If there is a number stamped on the lock itself you just have to find the corresponding key. There are not that many diffrent ones out there.

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Old 09-03-2002, 06:05 AM   #4
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Most any A/S key will fit the side compartments. For example, this past month while at A/S factory, I open the side compartment door at the new Bambi receptionist's desk.(this key was from a 18yr old A/S).. BTW, THE LIGHTS WORKS...
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Old 09-03-2002, 07:04 AM   #5
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That is one sharp picture. I bet she really loves her job.

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Old 09-03-2002, 09:18 AM   #6
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boy, this is like deja-vu all over again. I just went through this a month ago, and w/ a 73 safari as well! here's what NOT to do: Hire an idiot for a locksmith. That's what I did. And I got a thorough screwin' for my mistake.

Locksmith came to the house, and couldn't pick the lock. So he drilled it out, (with a spoon, I think...made a mess in the process). Then he left...came back another day w/ a new lock. Couldn't get it installed. So he left...came back another day and put a 39-cent barrel bolt onto the side of my trailer. gave wife the bill...wife wrote him a check for 175 bucks. I nearly hit the roof.
I went to the locksmith's shop, ranted and raved...talked to a me nowhere. I just decided it ain't worth the trouble. Oh, and I fixed the problem in about 30 minutes w/ a 3-dollar latch that I bought down the street. I wound up having to cut the interior skin a little to access the inside of the hole that the latch fits into. a pain in the butt, but not too terribly difficult. its hidden under the kitchen sink, anyway.....

The problem is that you can't get a hand on the nut that fastens the latch or lock mechanism in place; its in an interior wall. Well, ok, if you (mr-professional) can't do it, just SAY SO. don't just hammer away at it and mickey mouse it, and expect me to pay for your incompetance. Sheesh!!

here's what they did to my trailer. can you believe this?
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Old 09-03-2002, 11:57 AM   #7
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I don't blame you for being mad. I would have hit the roof myself. I had a problem with the lock on my entrance door because it was not always unlocking. I phoned Andy at Inland RV and got a replacement cylinder and 2 keys. Instructions directed me to drill out the cylinder, rotate it and it would fall out. I had to wrestle with it for awhile until it came out. The replacement slipped right in and haven't had a problem since. Sometimes things work out just right and then there are the times that................., well you know!

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Old 09-03-2002, 09:07 PM   #8
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Thnxs for the good advice Chuck. I will be wary and try for a key at the A/S dealer first.

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