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Old 03-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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Disturbing discovery on slam latches

My 3 day old Crusader has a stuck lock on one of the basement door slam latches...could not reach it from inside....then I discovered how easy it is to break in to it by simply pushing up on the latch through the opening with a thin screwdriver....BAD design IMO.


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Old 03-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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Same as a regular home door latch, once you get the little lock pin pushed back, you can do the same thing.

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Old 03-24-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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Yep...I never take locks on a camper seriously, more peace of mind than actually keeping your belongings thief proof...more like nagging the thief!
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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Cheap locks and latches keep honest people honest and that's about all they do. My favorite lock failure design was all those U loop hardened steel bicycle locks we had as kids to keep our 10 speeds safe. A bic pen could open the those.

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Old 03-24-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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At least you're one step ahead of the 751 keyed locks that most RV's have on them...
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:58 PM   #6
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When I get set up all the compartments are unlocked for the duration of the stay. When we pack up, I lock up for the next travel. Never have had a problem with theft.

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