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Old 04-10-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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COMBI-CAM lock replacement

I changed out the storage door locks on my Surveyor SV294 today.
I used a combination lock called a COMBI-CAM. I remember someone on the forum was thinking about this mod. Well we brought the new SV294 back from the Dealer after some striping/decal replacements and I decided to just do it.

I used the COMBI-CAM locks mentioned here http://rvroadtrip.us/mods.asp.
I read more about them here http://www.combi-cam.com/
and emailed them for more info for my RV application.

They sent to me to http://www.padlocks4less.com/cam-locks.html for my online purchase. The folks at Padlocks4less were very helpful and actually called me at home to verify that I was ordering the correct parts. She actually went out to the warehouse and tried the offset cam on the lock to make sure it would work correctly. She called me back after she verified it worked fine. Great service.

I ordered the QTY 3 of the Combination Cam Lock 1-1/8 Cylinder (Chrome) and 3 of the 1/8 inch offset Cams listed on the Combi-cam site. The Padlocks for less folks corrected my part numbers to make sure the offsets would work on the combi-cams.

To replace the locks, I had to remove the key lock from the storage door.
I first tried to keep the finger pull but the clearance for the new lock was too tight (wouldn't turn freely) so I remove the pull.
I installed the new lock, added the offset cam, set the combo and it worked perfectly. I repeated the process on the other 2 storage doors.

So far, so good. My wife commented a couple of times about how much easier it is with out the extra keys.

Here's a couple pictures (It was a bright sunny day - please forgive the reflections and shadows):


Enjoy.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:38 PM   #2
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Nice install.

One thing, you can install the finger-pull on the thumb lock.
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:31 AM   #3
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Cool idea. I like it.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:16 AM   #4
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I changed out the storage door locks on my Surveyor SV294 today.
I used a combination lock called a COMBI-CAM. I remember someone on the forum was thinking about this mod. Well we brought the new SV294 back from the Dealer after some striping/decal replacements and I decided to just do it.

I used the COMBI-CAM locks mentioned here http://rvroadtrip.us/mods.asp.
I read more about them here http://www.combi-cam.com/
and emailed them for more info for my RV application.

They sent to me to http://www.padlocks4less.com/cam-locks.html for my online purchase. The folks at Padlocks4less were very helpful and actually called me at home to verify that I was ordering the correct parts. She actually went out to the warehouse and tried the offset cam on the lock to make sure it would work correctly. She called me back after she verified it worked fine. Great service.

I ordered the QTY 3 of the Combination Cam Lock 1-1/8 Cylinder (Chrome) and 3 of the 1/8 inch offset Cams listed on the Combi-cam site. The Padlocks for less folks corrected my part numbers to make sure the offsets would work on the combi-cams.

To replace the locks, I had to remove the key lock from the storage door.
I first tried to keep the finger pull but the clearance for the new lock was too tight (wouldn't turn freely) so I remove the pull.
I installed the new lock, added the offset cam, set the combo and it worked perfectly. I repeated the process on the other 2 storage doors.

So far, so good. My wife commented a couple of times about how much easier it is with out the extra keys.

Here's a couple pictures (It was a bright sunny day - please forgive the reflections and shadows):


Enjoy.
Great Idea, but are they weather proof? I looked over the web link and I did not see if they are or not. The standard locks have spring loaded cover across the key way to keep water and road dirt out, so i was just wondering how are they protected from this? I replace my locks from Low's, but the do not have covers over the key way.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:31 PM   #5
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Great question - so I emailed the folks at Combi-cam.

Their reply:

Yes the Combi-Cam locks are weather proof, but if you would like to put one of our dust covers on the lock, that would give it 'extra' protection. You can purchase the lock dust cover (part no. 7850-DC) on our e-commerce site (www.padlocks4less.com).

I looked up the part and it was about $2.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:40 AM   #6
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I looked at these but decided to just rekey to change the CH-751 locks.

The reason is that I check the alignment of the key slot on my "walk around pre-flight" to determine if all the compartments are actually locked before we pull out.

In line with door "locked;" perpendicular to door "unlocked."

I can tell at a glance. I was not sure that was possible with the combo locks. Also, if they have to be on the correct code to be "OPEN" then everyone who visits or walks by will know the unlock code unless you always lock your compartments; all the time.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:29 PM   #7
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To open/close the lock, you actually turn the whole face 90 degrees.
So you can tell if it is locked or unlocked just like a key lock does.

When we finally get our first camping site of the year (bit chilly here still), I'll experiment with whether you can scramble the combo in the "open" position or not.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:48 AM   #8
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Thanks, it was not obvious on the web site how the darn things worked and did not want to invest 50-100 bucks to find out.

Thanks for taking "point" on this mod.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:26 PM   #9
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I had a chance to this weekend to check the locks for you. You can open the locks and while they are open, you can scramble the code. This way your snoopy neighbors won't know your birthday.

Of course , you will need to put in the combo in order to re-lock the lock.

Hope that helps.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:07 AM   #10
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Thanks, it would have been great to know that before I ordered a complete key set. What is done is done though. Thanks for letting the forum know and maybe it will help others on the fence about dumping the CH-751 horror.
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