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Old 03-22-2009, 12:13 AM   #1
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Add another lock to storage compartment door

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My storage comparment doors have one lock and one thumb turn latch - one on each end. I would like to add another thumb turn and movet he lock to the center.

However, I removed one of the locks and notice that the hole isn't completely round - it is round at the top and straight on the sides to keep the lock or thumb turn from twisting. If I want to add a lock, how do I make the hole to fit the lock?

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Old 03-22-2009, 09:31 AM   #2
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Compartment door locks are readily available at most hardware stores. Make sure to measure the hole size to get the correct lock.


http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...-door-lock.htm

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping.../cam-lock/1793
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply but I can finf the locks most any where. The question was: How do you make the hole since it is not round - it is flat on either side to keep the lock from spinning and round only at the top and bottom of the hole.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:39 PM   #4
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I'd ask a locksmith. In fact rather than cut holes in my own compartment doors I'd rather a locksmith who has the right tools and some degree of experience do it for me. Then HE can foot the bill for a replacement door!
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:51 PM   #5
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There is a flat washer that has the flat sided hole in for the lock assembly....it also has two sharp teeth that will grab onto the back of the door to prevent the spinning. Check you local home improvement store, I believe that is where I saw them.

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I found one I had and took a pic. If you look closley you can see the small teeth, and the washer hole is sized for the lock.

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Old 03-22-2009, 05:57 PM   #6
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As far as the hole go's it is round, you do not have to cut the hole to match the cylinders flat area. The cylinder must fit tight. The reason for the flat spot on the cylinder is for a spring clip that should come with the lock, it looks like a horseshoe, open on one end and at the other end where it is closed it has a flat spot so you can push it down in place. You will notice that there is two flat spots on the cylinder one on one side and one on the other right across from each other, the spring clip slides down on the flat spots, It's the only way it will fit and this is what locks the cylinder in place. You will also notice that the spring clip is bowed. Again the cylinder must be tight in the hole. Lowe's sells replacement locks, a short cylinder and a long cylinder...Buy the long cylinder.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:23 AM   #7
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The lock that Milzat shows dose not have a spring clip, it has a nut on the cylinder but if you look closely the cylinder has a flat spot on it that's because the cylinder is design to be secured with different hard wear. This lock is nothing special it's a furniture lock. This type of lock is known as a disc lock.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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The reason that the holes aren't round is so someone can't just stick a screwdriver in the keyhole and turn lock and all......

In most instances they could anyway. These things are more like "door keeper shutters" than locks.

Can you say CH751?
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:47 PM   #9
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The reason that the holes aren't round is so someone can't just stick a screwdriver in the keyhole and turn lock and all......

In most instances they could anyway. These things are more like "door keeper shutters" than locks.

Can you say CH751?
Ch751.

I think the rough translation from RV language for that is: "Everybody has 1.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:56 PM   #10
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I would actually just like a storage compartment lock that isn't the cheapest thing on the block... seems the RV manufacturers find the cheapest made. I wonder if there are higher quality locks like that out there?
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:55 AM   #11
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I would actually just like a storage compartment lock that isn't the cheapest thing on the block... seems the RV manufacturers find the cheapest made. I wonder if there are higher quality locks like that out there?

I am looking in one of our supplier catalogs, there 6 different manufactures in the one book that I have. Two of the manufactures offer these locks with Multi-Cam Lock, this means it will accommodate 5 different cams, the cam is the device that is on the back of the cylinder that keeps the storage door closed once it is locked. In this catalog the locks are called "LOCKS FOR MAILBOX SECURITY" Just a fancy name for furniture lock. All these locks are DISC tumbler locks, the cheapest money can buy. The next step up is a PIN tumbler lock but the cylinder is much larger like the one on your front door to your house. I don't think you would want that on a storage door on your RV. I am going to make some phone calls to day and see what I can find out. Just give me a little time and let me see what kind of info I can come up with.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:06 AM   #12
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A lot of people prefer these.



I like these just for the looks.



And here are some tubular locks.



Just do a Google search for Combination Cam Locks and you'll find more than you ever wanted to know.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:34 PM   #13
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Checked with Distributor

I made a phone call to one of our Distributors, all of these type of cabinet locks are made the same, the only difference between them is the metal that the key is made of and the finish of the lock. So It was recommend to replace the lock with a different manufacture that way your camping neighbor can't help themselves to your storage area. Now one thing to remember if you install any of the locks that are shown above they will be exposed to all types of weather and dirt because they are unprotected for the elements, the thing you don't want in your locks is dirt and sand. I wish I had better news, but this all I have. the other thing is that with these type of disc tumbler, they can only make about 100 key changes so some where there duplicates and duplicates.
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