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Old 03-22-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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Add another lock to storage compartment door

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My storage comparment doors have one lock and one thumb turn latch - one on each end. I would like to add another thumb turn and movet he lock to the center.

However, I removed one of the locks and notice that the hole isn't completely round - it is round at the top and straight on the sides to keep the lock or thumb turn from twisting. If I want to add a lock, how do I make the hole to fit the lock?

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:31 AM   #2
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Compartment door locks are readily available at most hardware stores. Make sure to measure the hole size to get the correct lock.


http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...-door-lock.htm

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping.../cam-lock/1793
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply but I can finf the locks most any where. The question was: How do you make the hole since it is not round - it is flat on either side to keep the lock from spinning and round only at the top and bottom of the hole.
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Old 03-22-2009, 02:39 PM   #4
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I'd ask a locksmith. In fact rather than cut holes in my own compartment doors I'd rather a locksmith who has the right tools and some degree of experience do it for me. Then HE can foot the bill for a replacement door!
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Old 03-22-2009, 02:51 PM   #5
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There is a flat washer that has the flat sided hole in for the lock assembly....it also has two sharp teeth that will grab onto the back of the door to prevent the spinning. Check you local home improvement store, I believe that is where I saw them.

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I found one I had and took a pic. If you look closley you can see the small teeth, and the washer hole is sized for the lock.

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Old 03-22-2009, 06:57 PM   #6
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As far as the hole go's it is round, you do not have to cut the hole to match the cylinders flat area. The cylinder must fit tight. The reason for the flat spot on the cylinder is for a spring clip that should come with the lock, it looks like a horseshoe, open on one end and at the other end where it is closed it has a flat spot so you can push it down in place. You will notice that there is two flat spots on the cylinder one on one side and one on the other right across from each other, the spring clip slides down on the flat spots, It's the only way it will fit and this is what locks the cylinder in place. You will also notice that the spring clip is bowed. Again the cylinder must be tight in the hole. Lowe's sells replacement locks, a short cylinder and a long cylinder...Buy the long cylinder.
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Old 03-23-2009, 05:23 AM   #7
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The lock that Milzat shows dose not have a spring clip, it has a nut on the cylinder but if you look closely the cylinder has a flat spot on it that's because the cylinder is design to be secured with different hard wear. This lock is nothing special it's a furniture lock. This type of lock is known as a disc lock.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:14 PM   #8
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The reason that the holes aren't round is so someone can't just stick a screwdriver in the keyhole and turn lock and all......

In most instances they could anyway. These things are more like "door keeper shutters" than locks.

Can you say CH751?
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The reason that the holes aren't round is so someone can't just stick a screwdriver in the keyhole and turn lock and all......

In most instances they could anyway. These things are more like "door keeper shutters" than locks.

Can you say CH751?
Ch751.

I think the rough translation from RV language for that is: "Everybody has 1.
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:56 PM   #10
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I would actually just like a storage compartment lock that isn't the cheapest thing on the block... seems the RV manufacturers find the cheapest made. I wonder if there are higher quality locks like that out there?
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