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Old 08-01-2017, 07:12 PM   #1
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Bargman L100 Screw size - and getting keys made

So I'm finally starting to work on the lock on my '69 Overlander. It came to me with no keys. Knob doesn't work anyway, and since PO removed the screws from the door frame it just kind of slid from side to side anyway.

So, I'm cleaning it up and will make some minor repairs and reassemble with new grease. this leaves at least three questions:

1. Are locksmiths likely to have blanks from which to make a new key? Or should I order my own blanks from Vintage Trailer?

2. Any idea what size screws I need to use on the striker plate side when I reinstall?

3. Half of a rubber type gasket fell out when I removed the lock, should I replace this? make my own from EPDM? Buy one?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:57 AM   #2
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I just "went through" my L-100 last week as best I could. The non-availability of parts makes it difficult. But after disassembling it and reassembling it about thirty times, it works much better, and I now have a pretty good understanding how it works.

My trailer is a bit older than yours, but the knob was not screwed to the side of the door, it was riveted with largish rivets. I think about 3/16". I believe it was that way from the factory, as it would require some sort of captive nut to hold a screw, and that just wasn't Airstreams way of doing things.

I can't give advise regarding the keys. I need them too. So hopefully someone will have some input on that subject. I have a special problem with my lock. It seems to be locked in the middle. So from the outside, the knob will turn one way but not the other. If someone (wife) tries forcing it, it binds up and I have to disassemble it to free it I have been hoping to find a blank, and take it to a locksmith to see if they can make it work properly. I've been going to call VTS to see if they have any available, but I don't think they do.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:06 PM   #3
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I repair and sell the Bargman Locks. I will be glad to help you with your lock if you are needing help. Write me by email @ r_whiten@hotmail.com and I will give you my number. Glad to help you.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:45 PM   #4
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Montanablue. Did you ever get around to making exterior handles for the L77 lock assembly?
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:51 PM   #5
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No, we had some family issue. I have been talking a friend who does custom racing parts. He seems to think he can make them.
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for your responses, folks.

Using a detailed airforums thread, accompanied by pictures, I disassembled, cleaned and relubricated the lockset. Just today I took it to a locksmith, who was immediately able to determine that they had the blanks, and they are rekeying it for me as we speak.

All that said, I'm still a little put off by reports that the L100 has a tendency to lock itself, and to lock people in the trailer. If I understand how this lock works, from the inside the locking mechanism is supposed to disengage if you turn the handle in the appropriate direction. I don't really see how that could fail and leave you locked in the trailer. I can see you might accidentally lock the door and be locked OUT of the trailer.

Guess I'm still toying with whether I need a deadbolt. I've already got a wedge I use to make certain the door stays closed when towing.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:00 PM   #7
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Your lucky to have found a good locksmith. I asked around and no one had a clue but I felt the same way with my l100 lock and decided to buy this replacement kit from inland...

http://www.inlandrv.com/catalog/prod...roducts_id=941

Haven't had the chance (or time) to install it yet though
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:02 PM   #8
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