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Old 07-02-2016, 08:31 AM   #1
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Interior lock mod and upgrades

Seeing as I couldn't get out this long weekend I spent some time working on some upgrades and mods. The first thing I was asked to do by my wife and daughters was to add locks to the bathrooms. We often bring their friends and there was a potential for some unfortunate moments.

I don't understand FRs choice of round door handles. They are against code in my area because they are difficult to open with hands or if you suffer from arthritis. Seems to me that would be 2 common conditions in a motorhome.

I went down to the local home reno store and picked up 2 lowish cost lever handles with privacy lock, in brushed stainless steel. Installation was straightforward except for having to enlarge the bolt hole using a Dremel. It didn't take long but be careful not to over enlarge it because the new bolt needs to be tight to function properly. Be careful not to make it too tight or you will crack the door when you insert the bolt.

Despite their low cost they are a huge improvement on the stock ones:





I also installed a lock on our master sliding door. I puzzled over it for a while when I happened upon a wider version of the hardware already on the door. Installation is easy but follow these steps to get all the heights and distances correct.

1) Measure the existing lock height from the top of the door

2) Install the wall side latch at the same height as your door and right up against the trim. The 2 left screws into the solid wood behind the panel.





3) Take the latch pin part and latch it with the door closed. Check your heights and while pushing the door closed tightly, screw in the right side. If everything went according to plan, at least 2 screws should be in solid wood. There will be a gap because of the top trim. If that bothers you, install a brown D shaped EPDM door seal.





The last step is to install the latch holder on the very left. This will secure the pin while traveling to avoid rattles.

I'm pretty happy with the way it came out, looks factory installed:


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How does one with hand issues lock and unlock that little button?
Does it unlock when you push down on the lever?
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:45 AM   #3
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As long as you can unlock the bathroom door from the outside in an emergency.

Locks on RV bathroom doors are not there for a reason. It can be deadly having a lock on the bathroom door. It is code and a product liability issue. Also keep in mind code for homes and RVs are two totally different things.


A lock on the RV Bathroom door is a BAD idea.............................................. ...

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So let's remove the main door lock as well. We should also call all the airlines and tell them to remove their bathroom door locks :rollback:

The reason round door knobs are against code is because they are harder to open because they require traction and grip. Younger kids and people with hand issues have difficulty opening then and they are considered a safety hazard. They are also a pain to open with when wet or slippery.

The picture you see is from the outside of the door. You can open the door from the outside by twisting the centre part with a coin fingernail, whatever. There is a similar centre part on the inside that you twist to lock.

I have seen the ones that automatically unlock when you use the handle but these don't have that feature.
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Airplane toilets and outside RV doors are comparing apples to oranges not even close to being the same..............................


It is a matter of safety that there was no door lock. A child or any person can die if they can not operate the lock on the inside of the bathroom.. Code requires no lock. With no AC it becomes very hot in an RV bathroom....... someone may not be outside to help.......
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:41 PM   #6
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A young kid that cannot operate a lock cannot operate a round door knob either. Locking bathroom doors are standard equipment, I had them on my trailer. It also seems to be standard according to these guys:

http://www.rvlocksandmore.com/Global...t#.V3gZT_T3aJI

In any case, I don't want to argue the absurd so I'll leave it at that.
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For those interested on more:

There is a reason RV manufacturers do not put locks on bathroom doors. I am just trying to prevent another death.

Yes you can buy them doesn't make it right.

DANGER Do Not Put Locks on Bathroom Doors

You choose take the risk or not..........................


Everyone have a happy and safe 4th................
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Locks yea na

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For those interested on more:

There is a reason RV manufacturers do not put locks on bathroom doors. I am just trying to prevent another death.

Yes you can buy them doesn't make it right.



DANGER Do Not Put Locks on Bathroom Doors

You choose take the risk or not..........................


Everyone have a happy and safe 4th................
How many confirmed deaths in the past ten years caused by getting locked in a bathroom?? I'm afraid you,re on the wrong side of this issue.
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I will be installing locks on my bathroom doors this weekend. Consider me a rebel.
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Not a rebel but if a child dies I feel for you.......................... I'm sure you are the one to drive a child without out a safety seat in a car as well.



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