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Old 06-20-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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Buying used, change the locks?

So assuming buying used I'd want to change the locks on the storage and 'house' door, what doe this entail and possible costs.

Forester 2401R is the coach in question.

Links to where to get locks? Or something simple a locksmith could do?

I don't like the idea that dealers have a "master" key to the standard locks.

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Old 06-20-2018, 09:25 PM   #2
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In most cases you don't have to worry about the 'master' if you use your deadbolts. I know my dealer can only unlock the handle, but not the deadbolt with their master. Actually, the 'master' makes things easier for me. I can drop my trailer off my dealer any time of the night, on Sundays, etc... As long as I leave the deadbolt unlocked, they can get in and I don't have to leave a set of keys for them.

No idea how it works for Motorhomes though. Do you need the ignition key to move the coach, or do they have a master for that too?

Ignition aside, you should be able to handle any door/storage compartment lock change with parts from RVLocksAndMore | RV Locks | RV Keys | Fastec FIC Locks and Keys

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Old 06-20-2018, 10:49 PM   #3
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So I'm mostly concerned with the storage cubbies on the outside. That's great info about the deadbolt.
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:56 PM   #4
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These storage locks are ďone key fits allĒ. The 751 key fits most storage locks (quarter-turn) and the R001 key fits the rest of the factory locks (slam latch).

You can buy more secure locks online and install them yourself. Itís pretty easy and not too expensive. I donít remember where, itís been a long time since I looked for them. Iím sure others here can give you good information and point you in the right direction.

The entry door lock can be upgraded also.

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Old 06-21-2018, 12:09 AM   #5
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When you buy a used car, do you change all the locks?
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Old 06-21-2018, 01:09 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by baranski View Post
So I'm mostly concerned with the storage cubbies on the outside. That's great info about the deadbolt.
I got my high security locks here but remember that my doors are just thin plastic and foam so What's High Security really..
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If a thief wants in, changing locks won't matter. Crooks don't carry keys.
Storage doors and even entry doors can be pried open in about 1 second.
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You can put all the locks you want on the storage compartments, all they will do is keep honest people honest. If someone really wants in it will take less time to just pop the lock with a pry bar. There was a series of break ins at the storage area down the road from my house. Seven units were broken into, all had stuff stolen, two of them didn't bother to lock their unit, they aren't paying to replace broken doors and windows, unlike the other 5...

Your call. Personally I don't worry too much about the locks and changing them for something different.

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Old 06-21-2018, 03:03 PM   #9
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I replaced ALL locks with the barrel type as soon as I could because there are 1000's of people with the same lock. I feel a lot safer!
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:15 PM   #10
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If your storage bins have one of the common keys I would change those locks. Not because you bought used but because everyone runs around with those keys. There are better solutions.

I don't understand the people who say don't worry about it. If the crook wants in they will get in. Yes that is true but I doubt they would share the same house key with all of their neighbors because if somebody wants in all they have to do is throw a brick through a window.

Keep honest people honest isn't the reason here. It is keeping the mildly dishonest people out of your stuff. Especially if you keep the RV in a public storage facility. Chances are, the guy storing his RV next to yours has the same key to open your storage bins. The only disadvantage to changing your locks is if you are out camping and lose your key, you can't ask your neighbor to borrow theirs.

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