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Old 05-23-2024, 08:37 AM   #1
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Question Changing compartment locks

Apparently all of the later Airstreams use the same "001" key for the outside storage compartments. If so, then 1000s of people have a "001" and can open them. Airgear has 4 for $156.00 and I'd look at an additional keys beyond the 2 sets we got last year. Have you done this? Thoughts?



Has anyone had a locksmith change all the "001"s to another code? How did that go?
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Old 05-23-2024, 09:45 AM   #2
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I've had locksmiths rekey all kinds of locks. If the cylinder can be removed, they can rekey it (assuming they have a suitable blank to work with.)
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Old 05-23-2024, 09:54 AM   #3
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I don't look at the locks as a security measure but as a way to prevent opening while traveling.

With a pry bar, any person could easily open the compartment door while causing damage to the trailer exceeding the value of anything inside if there was a desire to open them.
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Old 05-23-2024, 10:38 AM   #4
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Apparently all of the later Airstreams use the same "001" key for the outside storage compartments. If so, then 1000s of people have a "001" and can open them. Airgear has 4 for $156.00 and I'd look at an additional keys beyond the 2 sets we got last year. Have you done this? Thoughts?
I have, it was easy to replace them, they are a nice visual upgrade as well. Agree with others, it's a deterrent, anyone who really wants to get in will, I'm sure the new locks are not all that pick proof either. But for me, the extra bit of deterrent of it not being the same key as everyone else, means someone might try their key on ours and just move on to one that does work. But it's a matter of balancing cost vs. deterrence.

Of much more value would be keying the utility compartments to the same key. I might try a locksmith some day to see if they can key them all the same, maybe even rekey the door and dead bolt to be the same key. Four keys is killing me. Prior to our Airstream, we had one key that opened everything door or compartment on our trailer.
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Apparently all of the later Airstreams use the same "001" key for the outside storage compartments. If so, then 1000s of people have a "001" and can open them. Airgear has 4 for $156.00 and I'd look at an additional keys beyond the 2 sets we got last year. Have you done this? Thoughts?



Has anyone had a locksmith change all the "001"s to another code? How did that go?
To me, not a big deal. 4 Airstreams down the road, never had any issues other than when the key stopped working on one of the side compartments. Had to take the twin bed and platform above the compartment to get the lock open. Ordered a replacement (actually, 2 replacements) on line, and moved on.
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Old 05-23-2024, 12:20 PM   #6
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I have, it was easy to replace them, they are a nice visual upgrade as well. Agree with others, it's a deterrent, anyone who really wants to get in will, I'm sure the new locks are not all that pick proof either. But for me, the extra bit of deterrent of it not being the same key as everyone else, means someone might try their key on ours and just move on to one that does work. But it's a matter of balancing cost vs. deterrence.

Of much more value would be keying the utility compartments to the same key. I might try a locksmith some day to see if they can key them all the same, maybe even rekey the door and dead bolt to be the same key. Four keys is killing me. Prior to our Airstream, we had one key that opened everything door or compartment on our trailer.
I did a similar upgrade a couple of years ago and agree with the ease of replacement, the small degree of extra security and the visual upgrade since the old black finish locks and latches were looking pretty funky.

FWIW, the 4 locks that I was sent were not the generic 001 but at least they were all keyed alike so I don't have to fumble for multiple keys. It looks like the keys from Airgear are currently supplied this way. No doubt, it would be a hassle to deal with multiple keys just for the compartments. I have enough keys on my trailer ring as it is!
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I bought 6 AirGear replacements for my compartments. I also bought the battery box replacement lock.
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I'll also just mention that when it comes to compartment and security in general for my trailer, I'm most concerned about it when it's parked at home. That's where my security measures are the highest. When I'm camping, I leave most things unlocked (though do have a hitch lock at the minimum and usually also a chain through the tires as well).
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File cabinet locks at Ace hardware or other hardware stores. Maybe $15 if you’re trying to spend money.
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file cabinet locks at ace hardware or other hardware stores. Maybe $15 if you’re trying to spend money.
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If a thief has a key, you'll thwart his evil scheme, so he'll just bring a crowbar and bend the door open.
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Unfortunately, I must agree.
Locks are ONLY made to keep an honest man out!
I am looking into a locksmith or my self to change mine out. Rick
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Unfortunately, I must agree.
Locks are ONLY made to keep an honest man out!
I am looking into a locksmith or my self to change mine out.
We have a different definition of honest. Someone who only steals from unlocked trailers does not meet my bar for an honest man.
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From what I've seen serious thieves are not the problem...it's kids (and sometimes their parents) who decide to 'borrow' something. The casual thief is usually dissuaded by a lock, no matter how minimal, as they'll just walk to the next trailer to borrow that sewer hose or other gadget that they forgot.
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Smile And on the upside is...

...if at a site and a fellow Airstreamer loses his/her keys, you can always open their compartment for them so they can maybe crawl in.
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Old 06-18-2024, 07:28 PM   #16
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Pardon me for jumping in late to this - but it is on compartment locks. We have a 2006 Classic and one of the locks was giving me grief. I ordered them from the closest AS dealer (about 3 hours away) and what came was some kind of "new-fangled" lock that requires that I rivet on a plate over the existing lock hole to fit the new locks. Are the old locks not available anymore?
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Ask

I post in the forum for your model. Someone will almost for sure know the answer. Also - there are junkyards for RVs.
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Compartment lock replacment

I forgot where I got my lock replacement few years ago. It was a company that specialized in AS parts as I recall, but couldn't find the email nor receipts. I looked it up this morning, and found several that look the same on e-trailer website. Look at your key number and also the lock itself and compare. Think these may be replacements that can work for a lot less money?

https://www.etrailer.com/s.aspx?qry=compartment+lock
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Hey gypsydad.
Those look like the locks - will have to get into the details but that is a whole lot better price and no retrofitting. thanks a lot for responding.


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