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Old 09-06-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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Hi Cedar Creek, We are new to the Fifth Wheel world and have had Motor home for 20 years. We love the layout and design of the Fifth Wheel Cedar Creek. The space and room is just what we wanted. Our dogs can run free and happy. But our first fifth wheel from Cedar Creek is not giving us the most pleasurable experience. We have not used the 5th wheel yet and our going on our 3rd lock. The dead bolt on the camper freezes up and cannot open the lock so we are locked out of the camper. We were wondering if anyone else is having this issue. We feel like we can't trust the locks now that we are going to get replaced under warranty.

Any information would be helpful. Does anyone know if there are better locks we can purchase to put on our Fifth wheel.

Any input would be very helpful. Thank you.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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Hi Cedar Creek, We are new to the Fifth Wheel world and have had Motor home for 20 years. We love the layout and design of the Fifth Wheel Cedar Creek. The space and room is just what we wanted. Our dogs can run free and happy. But our first fifth wheel from Cedar Creek is not giving us the most pleasurable experience. We have not used the 5th wheel yet and our going on our 3rd lock. The dead bolt on the camper freezes up and cannot open the lock so we are locked out of the camper. We were wondering if anyone else is having this issue. We feel like we can't trust the locks now that we are going to get replaced under warranty.

Any information would be helpful. Does anyone know if there are better locks we can purchase to put on our Fifth wheel.

Any input would be very helpful. Thank you.
You didn't indicate which model Cedar Creek you have.....as far as the lock freezing, we camped in Virginia this past winter, in sub-freezing temps and never had the problem you described
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:55 PM   #3
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You didn't indicate which model Cedar Creek you have.....as far as the lock freezing, we camped in Virginia this past winter, in sub-freezing temps and never had the problem you described
We have a 2015 Cedar Creek 33 foot. When I say Freezing up the key will not allow us to put the key in the hole. Dealer said the pins were dropping. I can't see why 2 would have the same issue. Took possession of the 5th wheel on July 24, 2014 and have not camped in it yet and have replaced two locks and now on a third come Monday. Is anyone else having lock issues with the cedar creeks.

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Old 09-06-2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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There may be a recall on some FR door handles. I thought I read a post somewhere. Not sure about the specifics.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:07 PM   #5
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We have a 2015 Cedar Creek 33 foot. When I say Freezing up the key will not allow us to put the key in the hole. Dealer said the pins were dropping. I can't see why 2 would have the same issue. Took possession of the 5th wheel on July 24, 2014 and have not camped in it yet and have replaced two locks and now on a third come Monday. Is anyone else having lock issues with the cedar creeks.

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Oh, not THAT kind of "freezing"...sorry took it too literally

We experienced the same thing on our 38FL when it was new and spent much of it's early life on the storage lot. The more we use the locks the less trouble it was to insert the key. Our model has two doors with the same locking mechanism and the one we use least still exhibits the "freezing" to talked about in your OP

I think you'll see the problem gradually diminish as you operate the door locks on a regular basis
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:49 PM   #6
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I don't have a Cedar Creek but my V lite the key just spun around and did nothing so ours was unlocked. There was a post about the locks being recalled but instead of using the recall I went to a different company and bought new locks and when I did, replaced all the locks even the ones to the compartments and had them all keyed the same as the doors. The compartment keys to your trailer will open the guy's next door so I didn't like that idea, mine now can't be opened your keys.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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I believe the key number is a "CH-751 this is a generic key that FR uses for the storage compartment on all of there campers.
I changed mine out, I went to Lowe's and bought them. Make you buy the long cylinder type. This "CH-751 key also unlocks a standard out door propane storage cage.

I see that someone mention that their locks had pins in them, well they are not round steel pins, they brass disc pins. Disc pins are flat and easy to damage. These locks are also known as furniture locks but with a sliding cover over the key way to keep dirt out.

If you have a lock that keeps turning and does not lock or unlock there is a problem, at the other end of the cylinder there is what is called a cam, if the cam breaks the cylinder will spin 360 degrees and does nothing. The cam is what locks and unlocks the lock.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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I had the same problem with a lock as you are having but it was my new lock on the front door. First time I got locked out with keys in my hand. I would recommend changing it out and not chancing it.

The 751 key/lock is commonly used in various RVs, not just FR units. A tow truck driver told me that the 751 key opens the compartment doors on his truck too. I have different locks now.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:44 PM   #9
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Where can I get new locks? The cylinder on the bottom lock on my microlite 18FBR pulled out last time I used it. I have the hole covered with duct tape for now, but would like to change all the locks to new keys. I bought it used and only have one set of keys...

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Here is where I got mine:

http://www.rvlocksandmore.com/

Went with one key for whole trailer. They even exchanged a cylinder when I messed up and gave wrong size. Remember to measure from the bottom of the chrome head.



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