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Old 04-27-2010, 09:46 AM   #1
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All doors and hatches keyed alike

It seems that Airstreams of all vintages have more keys than there are rings in the poem in J.R.R.Tolkien's epic.

Three keys for battery boxes, out in front
Seven for the waterfill on the starboard side
Nine keys for compartments all hither and yon
One for the doorlock, from Trimark alone

And that's not to mention the deadbolt.

I'd like one key for everything and hauled all the locks and keys to a locksmith who sent my away empty-handed.

Has anyone had better luck?
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:55 AM   #2
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hi jammer

WHEN are the pictures of the new trailer gonna be posted!


-2 for the entry door
-1 for the battery boxes
-1 for the fresh water lid
-1 for the back hatches (twins maybe 2)

no it's virtually impossible to have them ALL keyed alike.

the battery boxes can b converted to NON locks (twist knobs) or tumblers (with # codes)

and many rv supply/parts vendors have these replacement insets.

the water door can also be converted to a NON KEY latch.

the great thing is that NONE of the locks/keys on yer stream are very unique...

they've only got something like 7 variations at the home office...

so IF u ever attend an a/s gathering theres a high probability other folks attending will have keys that FIT your stream...

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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Late at night (I work from my traylah and sometimes lack free time before dark) I went to check the water levels in the batteries, having been on shore power for several weeks straight.

All the EXTRA keys, beyond the compartment key and the door key, I have on the leet blue Airstream JC keyring that came with the traylah. Well in the dark the keyring pulled apart and the water fill key fell on the ground into the field of clover. Now, I'd been parked for four weeks, and the clover was fairly thick, and even returning in the daylight I couldn't find the water fill key.

Well I still had the spare but decided it was time to take action.

Upon investigation it has become clear that the battery door locks can be modified to fit the water fill. I have done this, and will be ordering a replacement lock for the curbside battery door shortly.

It is necessary to remove the cam from the lock, flatten it, and shorten it, so that it matches the overall profile of the water door lock. No more than 15 minutes work.

I'll post photos when I get them back from the lab.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:15 PM   #4
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One key for all the storage and access lids and a combination lock on the front door would be perfect.
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:29 PM   #5
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One key to rule them all, one key to find them, one key to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!

JRR Tolkien is rolling in his grave!

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Old 10-13-2010, 03:37 PM   #6
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Here's a photo of the water fill door with the modified battery door lock installed. The old water fill door lock is shown below, for reference.
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