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Old 10-20-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Didn't know it could happen but this past Saturday while camped we got locked out of our 2013 390RB. Either we accidently hit the lower lock on the door (lock with red plastic tip) or it dropped to the locked position when we closed the door. Fortunately I have a habit of looking out drivers side window (head out of the window) when I back up. Had done so and had left the window unlocked. Won't leave the coach again without my door keys. I also plan to hide one in a magetic holder somewhere.
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Been there, done that. Grand daughter pushed lower lock down and we closed the door. Nothing like some outside time with the grand kids. Now have a key hiden ouside in cabinet that dosen't lock.
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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Didn't know it could happen but this past Saturday while camped we got locked out of our 2013 390RB. Either we accidently hit the lower lock on the door (lock with red plastic tip) or it dropped to the locked position when we closed the door. Fortunately I have a habit of looking out drivers side window (head out of the window) when I back up. Had done so and had left the window unlocked. Won't leave the coach again without my door keys. I also plan to hide one in a magetic holder somewhere.
Same thing happened to me in my old coach. VERY easy to either bump it or it falls on it's own.

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:09 PM   #4
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We did the same with our former trailer, a Puma RK29SS. ALL the keys were locked inside the trailer, along with our cell phones. What a sinking feeling that was. Fortunately, the exterior hatch below the dinette was unlocked, but it was only about a foot tall, and maybe 16" wide.

Could it get any worse? Of course it could!! Our black lab was also locked inside the trailer. He was a smart boy, but didn't do door handles!

After eyeing the tiny hatch opening for several minutes, I asked my wife to search the campground for a kindly looking mother; one with a small child. Notice that I didn't volunteer my services for that task!

Well, about five minutes later, she returned with a lady and young boy in tow. I lavished the stranger with praise, and pointed out the small opening, while pleading our dilemma.

The boy looked exactly like Ralphy, right out of Christmas Story. He took a look at that minuscule opening, cocked the glasses atop the bridge of his nose, and volunteered to go caving in the belly of our trailer. I explained to him that our 90 pound lab would greet him as his shoved open the inner door, but only to worry about being licked to death, and not bitten.

I hoisted the youngster toward the opening, and he contorted his shoulders in serious angles, but managed to squeeze through. As I watched in angst, he crawled through the void, and finally popped open the door beneath the bench seat. There stood our dog, ears and jowls hanging down, ready to greet him.

Now, we all know about boys and dogs. The lad took several minutes to meet and greet our dog, while I worried if he'd forgotten how to work the lock I'd so carefully explained. No. He had it down pat, but he had quickly became a friend of our boy, and took the time to pet and speak with him.

As the three of us stood anxiously outside the main door, open it went, and down came dog and boy! All was well again! I asked the mother is it was acceptable that I reward her son, and she explained that that wasn't necessary. However, I saw that as a $10 adventure, and in the end, both boy and dog were happy.

After retrieving the keys to the trailer and our truck, my lab and I went into the closest town to have spare keys made. That's when I discovered that many places that do keys, can't do a trailer key. At least not the Walmart and True Value I visited. Fortunately, there was a locksmith in town, and he was open.

Ten minutes, two new keys, and two magnetic lock boxes later, man and dog returned to our trailer, never to be locked out again.

I'm sure glad my wife handled the recruiting of the child! I can just see myself going up to a strange woman, and asking, "Hey lady, can I borrow your child?" The rangers and cops would have surrounded the place before I could explain the situation, and rightfully so!

My lesson was learned, just like your's!

Happy camping!
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #5
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Happened to my husband while he was opening the gate to back into our driveway. He was alone and we live on a very narrow road. After he assisted all the backed up cars to carefully pass, he had to climb in the drivers window by standing on the tire. Picture a six foot three cowboy climbing in that small window then quickly moving the coach out of the road.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:03 PM   #6
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I also plan to hide one in a magetic holder somewhere.
While camping last summer, the vintage coach parked next to us had a fire while the owners were out for awhile, and since there was a dog inside, the manager broke in through the door window with an axe. I decided to buy and install a NEST smoke alarm that can be remotely acessed for status, and installed a lockbox on the inside surface of the propane door. The entrance door has labels directing emergency responders to that location, however in case of a fire, I'd rather my dog be rescued without delay. In case it was aa less imminent emergency (alarm, but no smoke), the lockbox has my cellphone on it, so I can provide the lockbox combination.

This is good for lockouts, but it has a couple of flaws, like some kids claiming to be firemen wanting the combination, or the even more unlikely event in which the firemen don't take an axe to the window to gain immediate entry to save my dog.

P.S: I used 1" #14 metal screws on the lockbox mounting, and was careful to make sure the box didn't contact anything inside when the door closed.
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Happened to my husband while he was opening the gate to back into our driveway. He was alone and we live on a very narrow road. After he assisted all the backed up cars to carefully pass, he had to climb in the drivers window by standing on the tire. Picture a six foot three cowboy climbing in that small window then quickly moving the coach out of the road.
Is that the same adage of being a hammer and everything looks like a nail?

As a cowboy riding a horse, now everything needs a leg up help and must be sat on/into from the top side?
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:36 PM   #8
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You might want to consider getting one of those stickers from the ASPCA that says animal inside please rescue. Good luck.

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Old 11-23-2013, 12:13 PM   #9
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GREAT story telling! Fun read.
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We did the same with our former trailer, a Puma RK29SS. ALL the keys were locked inside the trailer, along with our cell phones. What a sinking feeling that was. Fortunately, the exterior hatch below the dinette was unlocked, but it was only about a foot tall, and maybe 16" wide.

Could it get any worse? Of course it could!! Our black lab was also locked inside the trailer. He was a smart boy, but didn't do door handles!

After eyeing the tiny hatch opening for several minutes, I asked my wife to search the campground for a kindly looking mother; one with a small child. Notice that I didn't volunteer my services for that task!

Well, about five minutes later, she returned with a lady and young boy in tow. I lavished the stranger with praise, and pointed out the small opening, while pleading our dilemma.

The boy looked exactly like Ralphy, right out of Christmas Story. He took a look at that minuscule opening, cocked the glasses atop the bridge of his nose, and volunteered to go caving in the belly of our trailer. I explained to him that our 90 pound lab would greet him as his shoved open the inner door, but only to worry about being licked to death, and not bitten.

I hoisted the youngster toward the opening, and he contorted his shoulders in serious angles, but managed to squeeze through. As I watched in angst, he crawled through the void, and finally popped open the door beneath the bench seat. There stood our dog, ears and jowls hanging down, ready to greet him.

Now, we all know about boys and dogs. The lad took several minutes to meet and greet our dog, while I worried if he'd forgotten how to work the lock I'd so carefully explained. No. He had it down pat, but he had quickly became a friend of our boy, and took the time to pet and speak with him.

As the three of us stood anxiously outside the main door, open it went, and down came dog and boy! All was well again! I asked the mother is it was acceptable that I reward her son, and she explained that that wasn't necessary. However, I saw that as a $10 adventure, and in the end, both boy and dog were happy.

After retrieving the keys to the trailer and our truck, my lab and I went into the closest town to have spare keys made. That's when I discovered that many places that do keys, can't do a trailer key. At least not the Walmart and True Value I visited. Fortunately, there was a locksmith in town, and he was open.

Ten minutes, two new keys, and two magnetic lock boxes later, man and dog returned to our trailer, never to be locked out again.

I'm sure glad my wife handled the recruiting of the child! I can just see myself going up to a strange woman, and asking, "Hey lady, can I borrow your child?" The rangers and cops would have surrounded the place before I could explain the situation, and rightfully so!

My lesson was learned, just like your's!

Happy camping!
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Have a key hidden outside plus one in toad.
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