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Old 07-26-2016, 01:35 PM   #21
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Hi,

It's true that a burglar is going to be able to get into almost any of our rigs with a modest application of force on a lock assembly or window. What I want to avoid is having to absorb the trouble and cost of doing that kind of violence to my own unit.

Last week, when I helped our camp neighbor get back in his unit, it was with no more intrusive means than drilling a hole in a window frame and manipulating a latch with a rigid pin. But I just happened to be there with a drill and a power source, and that was the only window on the trailer with a latch of that type. Before we took one last hard look and figured out our eventual strategy, we were about to break a window or force the lock.

So when I looked at my fiver the next day with that fresh experience in mind, spending less than ten bucks at Ace Hardware was a no brainier.

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Old 07-26-2016, 01:47 PM   #22
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I keep a valet key (no remote/electronics) zip tied underneath our truck and keep spare camper keys in the truck. On a recent wild cave tour our group had a medical emergency occur so the team leader and a helper stayed with the victim while the rest of us egressed the cave to report the situation.
After we were out we remembered the team leader had the lock box key where everyone stored their keys and valuables.
With our spare key we were able to access our vehicle and camper and returned later to retrieve our keys.

The person suffering the medical problem turned out to be exhaustion/dehydration and recovered without lasting harm.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:04 PM   #23
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Hi,

It's true that a burglar is going to be able to get into almost any of our rigs with a modest application of force on a lock assembly or window. What I want to avoid is having to absorb the trouble and cost of doing that kind of violence to my own unit.

Last week, when I helped our camp neighbor get back in his unit, it was with no more intrusive means than drilling a hole in a window frame and manipulating a latch with a rigid pin. But I just happened to be there with a drill and a power source, and that was the only window on the trailer with a latch of that type. Before we took one last hard look and figured out our eventual strategy, we were about to break a window or force the lock.

So when I looked at my fiver the next day with that fresh experience in mind, spending less than ten bucks at Ace Hardware was a no brainier.

FWIW.

Rich Phillips
Yep, that's why I went the hide a key route as well. Luckily our burglar only caused cosmetic damage. Did not even damage the door frame during the prying. Guess it flexed good enough but sure does seem stiff to me. Guess I'm just not burglar material.
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Old 07-26-2016, 09:47 PM   #24
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Ford has this one in the bag with the keyless entry. I keep a spare set for the camper in the truck at all times. Even if the truck keys are locked in the camper, the keyless entry will get me in the truck. I have rekeyed all the outside compartments to be the same as the door key, so I don't need to worry about those. The sewer hose holder and rear door have keyed alike padlocks also. I also have a set of keys for the camper on my truck keyring. Out hiking or anything, I never carry my truck keys, just lock them in the truck where they are safe.
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I had spares made at my RV supply store. Cost me $4 for front and back doors. I got the codes and they made them without me having to bring the keys. Money well spent.
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