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Old 04-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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Dealer says exterior storage locks are generic

I was told by my dealer to rekey my exterior storage on my RV at time of purchase. The rep wasn't pushing a service. In fact he recommended I head to a hardware store to get the new locks. His reason was that according to him, all of the exterior storage locks on RVs are generic and anyone with an exterior storage key can unlock any one elses exterior storage.

Is this true? If so this is the first I've herd of it and it floors me to think that anyone would think that this was acceptable.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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The old CH751 key. This has been the standard key for storage for years. I don't suggest trying yours out on others campers, but it does work. But really, if somebody wanted in. They would get in.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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I've been told that too - that all RVs use the same key for the storage and even the inside keys dont' have much variety.

Not that I've seen anything at a hardware store short of a padlock/hasp to change to something more secure.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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Yep. For the most part they are all the same. Had a 2010 Jayco Jayflight 17z and those outside storage keys will unlock my 2012 Coachman Catalina. I've been thinking about changing them out as well, but I would like to swap them out with the new slamlocks. Just not sure if its doable or not.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:32 PM   #5
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I think it would bother me more if I had to put my camper in storage, while I wasn't using it. Since I have room at home to store it inside a fence, it is not a big worry. Also in C/G it is not a big worry. I feel that it is for the most part safe there as well. I am only away for the most a couple of hours. I hope I am not too trusting.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:32 PM   #6
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Pros and cons on changing the locks: PRO: a little more sense of security CON: if they want in they will just pry the door off. I would say most campers will not take you stuff. If you have you unit stored at a storage lot where I hear most of the stuff is taken take the valuables out and store at home. Just my 2Ę worth.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:33 PM   #7
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I replaced ours with the barrel type key. Simple as it's just a re & re. Can't recall the name of the place at the moment. These are better than the original CH751 keys and I replaced the old lock as well as the twist latch (2 per door). Sure, won't keep a determined thief out but will hopefully give them a reason to pause and leave it alone.

Another option is to buy a c/g membership at a Thousand Trails, RPI or similar place. Not very likely to have evil riff-raff at them.

If you are storing your camper at a storage lot, why would you leave valuables in there to worry about?
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:36 PM   #8
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Not quite true, not all lockers are ch 751, many are I have one of 15 exterior locks is a 751 (gas fill cap door). The balance are different lock sets, depends on the mfg.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #9
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We needed to replace a lock, the dealer looked at my existing key and attempted to source the same lock number from his stock. Yeah they are mostly the same, and as posted keeping the honest people out is the primary value.
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Sadly, it would probably take less time to pry the storage door open with a screwdriver or crowbar than it would to unlock it with the key.
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