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Old 02-16-2017, 08:37 PM   #1
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Keys - What Security?

In preparation for my extended trip this spring, I decided to inventory all my keys. As we have discussed before, the infamous, ubiquitous CH751 keys that are used in most basement locks are not secure because everyone has them.

But today, I discovered that the upper bunk switch also uses the very same CH751 key. That means that anyone could play with the bunk. Seems silly to me.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:05 PM   #2
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Agreed - it's the old saying that locks only keep honest people out. In addition to the CH751 key, most of my storage compartments use the universal CK 330 keys, and the locks for engine compartment are the common Southco E3-5-15 keys.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:46 PM   #3
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I removed the cylinder from every compartment lock, wrapping each in a piece of masking tape, and took them to a local locksmith. He rearranged the tumblers in each one to a new pattern and created me a new key to fit the reset locks. Cost was about $11 each plus four keys.
As for a locked switch inside, I think that would just be to keep kids from doing something unsafe. Unless you keep money in that bunk, I don't think it would be a target for a burglar.
One other item. I discovered the hard way that I should have had a spare lock created when I did the rest. Out on the road I needed access to the compartment that had the air compressor and the step ladder. Fouled with road dirt or whatever, it would not open. Luckily the battery drill was in a different compartment so I had the tool to drill through the lock and open the compartment. It occurred to me to wonder what I would have done if the drill had been behind a bad lock. Now the drill rides inside, my new master key. Now I just have to hope I don't get locked outside.
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:29 PM   #4
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I removed the cylinder from every compartment lock, wrapping each in a piece of masking tape, and took them to a local locksmith. He rearranged the tumblers in each one to a new pattern and created me a new key to fit the reset locks. Cost was about $11 each plus four keys.
As for a locked switch inside, I think that would just be to keep kids from doing something unsafe. Unless you keep money in that bunk, I don't think it would be a target for a burglar.
One other item. I discovered the hard way that I should have had a spare lock created when I did the rest. Out on the road I needed access to the compartment that had the air compressor and the step ladder. Fouled with road dirt or whatever, it would not open. Luckily the battery drill was in a different compartment so I had the tool to drill through the lock and open the compartment. It occurred to me to wonder what I would have done if the drill had been behind a bad lock. Now the drill rides inside, my new master key. Now I just have to hope I don't get locked outside.
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Good idea - worth considering!
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:31 AM   #5
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Locks

I replaced all mine with barrel locks cost about $70.00, well worth piece of mind.
Especially for the outside tv.

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Old 02-17-2017, 02:48 AM   #6
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I replaced all mine with barrel locks cost about $70.00, well worth piece of mind.
Especially for the outside tv.

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Hi Kev,
How many locks did you replace and where did you get them.

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Old 02-17-2017, 11:28 AM   #7
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How many locks did you replace and where did you get them.

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Hi Jerry

I couldn't find the receipt for the locks but I think it was padlocks4less.com.
I replaced all the locks, I believe it was about ten, but I dont know the exact number and the rv is presently at the dealer getting service. I may be trading it in for a Windsport 31S and if I do I will put the original locks back and use the barrel locks on the new rv.

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Now the next time you are camping with several friends, start trying each other's entrance door keys to see how many of them will open someone else's door.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:55 PM   #9
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Now the next time you are camping with several friends, start trying each other's entrance door keys to see how many of them will open someone else's door.
Thanks Joe now I have something else to worry about.
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:03 PM   #10
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Toyota pickups used to be same way. Friends key opened my door. I quit buying Toyota.
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