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CavemanCharlie

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Posted: 11/14/19 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bobbo wrote:

A few decades ago, my FIL was in his TT about to take a shower when he realized that he left something, I don't recall what, in his (unlocked) truck that he needed for his shower. He was in his altogether already, but it was dark outside with no lights in the area, so he opened the trailer door and hustled to the truck. The wind caught the trailer door and swung it shut. He had, out of habit, locked the trailer door as he was exiting.

Since it was unthinkable that he should knock on another trailer door in his current state of dishabille, he just got the tire iron from his truck and popped the door open. He said he would just deal with the broken door later (when he was dressed).


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I would check and try any other keys available, providing the lock would still work. One time friends of ours locked there keys in their new motor home. Since we had a motor home they tried our keys which did not work. However the key that locks up our horse trailer opened it just fine. Of all they keys in the camp ground I never would have bet on that one.


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Is it a Trimark door latch? If so they are known for failures.The movable dead bolt and door latch itself are made from a zinc alloy and are very weak. I was able to open mine from the inside by removing 4 screws. If you can't get to it from the inside the TT I would drill out the mechanism from the outside. I wouldn't break any windows or doors to get in. They do have a better design latch made from steel as a replacement.

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Crisis averted. Since the lock seems to have failed, since we only had one key anyway, I saved money on a locksmith, drilled out hole, ordered new latch and we're back in business and now have 4 keys total. Thank you all for your suggestions!





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Glad you got it fixed.

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Good deal!


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Glad that is settled. I have always had two door models for convenience and safety, this lock issue is just one more reason to have more than one access. Trouble is, the industry is dropping the extra door for cost reasons.





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Lynnmor wrote:

Glad that is settled. I have always had two door models for convenience and safety, this lock issue is just one more reason to have more than one access. Trouble is, the industry is dropping the extra door for cost reasons.


Yes, our next one I'd like to have two doors - safety being one reason.

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Posted: 11/18/19 08:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

crazyro wrote:

Crisis averted. Since the lock seems to have failed, since we only had one key anyway, I saved money on a locksmith, drilled out hole, ordered new latch and we're back in business and now have 4 keys total. Thank you all for your suggestions!

Glad you got it fixed. I had the same issue with the metal breaking inside so no key or pick would work. Fortunately having a "C" I just went in through the cab [emoticon] and disassembled the lock from inside. Unfortunately, I dropped and messed up the cylinder [emoticon] which was specifically keyed to work work with the cab's key, so still had go to a lock$mith to get it keyed alike.


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