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Old 06-28-2021, 05:57 PM   #1
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Locked out of coach

Help! We are locked out of our Outlaw 37rb. We just bought the RV Saturday and went on our first trip yesterday. Going in and out of RV had been fine all weekend! However this morning I went to open the front door and even though itís not locked, it wonít open. I can pull on the handle and it comes out, but door wonít open. The sliding glass door in rear is locked as are all windows. Anyone have this issue or know what the cause is and how to fix?

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Old 06-28-2021, 06:11 PM   #2
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I looked up your rig and it looks like the lock is the 7" high type I have on my Axis. If so, try this: push the lock paddle closed while locking and unlocking a couple of times. You may hear or feel a click as the paddle re-engages. Good luck.
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Old 06-28-2021, 06:16 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum also!
Don't worry: someone in here will bake you a cake with a file in it...
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Old 06-28-2021, 07:41 PM   #4
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Help! We are locked out of our Outlaw 37rb. We just bought the RV Saturday and went on our first trip yesterday. Going in and out of RV had been fine all weekend! However this morning I went to open the front door and even though itís not locked, it wonít open. I can pull on the handle and it comes out, but door wonít open. The sliding glass door in rear is locked as are all windows. Anyone have this issue or know what the cause is and how to fix?
You didn't say what year your Outlaw is. From about 2014 to 2018 Trimark (the lock manufacturer Thor uses) made locks with potmetal latches that eventually break and make it impossible to retract the latch. There are dozens of threads on this forum alone that start just like yours does. You need to get inside the coach and disassemble the lock assembly to get the door open. Some have had to pry the door open bending it in the process to get inside if no other entry means (window) are available. Those that have the trouble prone lock that haven't replaced it always leave an access window unlocked in case it does happen.
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:07 PM   #5
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[I forgot to mention that the keys are inside the RV🤦*♀️
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:10 PM   #6
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[I forgot to mention that the keys are inside the RV🤦*♀️
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:11 PM   #7
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Sorry it is a 2019.
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Old 06-28-2021, 09:50 PM   #8
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I feel your pain. Good reason to keep a spare set of keys outside! I keep a full set in a basement compartment and have a compartment key zip tied in a hard to get to place on the chassis. I would be VERY reluctant to pry open the entry door by force. I think the risk of expensive damage would be high. If all else fails I think Iíd break out a ceiling vent and enter from the roof. Replacements are cheap and easy to install. I typically keep the driverís side window unlocked while weíre camping for this reason. Good luck!!
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Old 06-28-2021, 10:36 PM   #9
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X 2 for keeping a spare key where:
1. It's next to impossible to find.
2. It's not going to be used for anything but the "Oh crap!" situation.
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Old 06-29-2021, 02:32 AM   #10
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Locked out!

Good news! Hubby came home pulled the latch just a little harder then I did and it opened. It seems as though because the RV was unlevel (even just a little), the latch was catching. In our rush to get things ready to leave early the next day, racing all day in the heat, then coming home exhausted, pulling the spare keys out was the last thing we thought to do! Didnít make that mistake again lol! Thank you for all the suggestions!!
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Old 06-29-2021, 02:39 AM   #11
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Glad to know that it worked out okay for you.
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Old 06-29-2021, 02:47 PM   #12
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The latches all need lubricated from thd inside

I prefer something with Teflon

Remive the screws and plate and lubricate thoroughly
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Old 06-29-2021, 04:45 PM   #13
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Great news.
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Old 06-30-2021, 12:56 PM   #14
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I had something similar, the screen door didn't stay connected with the outer door, and then would jam in the jamb as the main door was pulled open.
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Old 06-30-2021, 01:23 PM   #15
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I had something similar, the screen door didn't stay connected with the outer door, and then would jam in the jamb as the main door was pulled open.
Mine tries to do that every once in a while...
In our case: the bristle sweeper at the door bottom gets loose, and slides outward.
It just needs to be pushed back into place, and monitored...
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Old 07-01-2021, 01:07 AM   #16
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This was my first concern when i purchased my RV. In some remote spot, lost keys while canoeing. So, i have a complete set of keys in the LP gas compartment. This compartment isnt locked for safety reasons. So, find a good metal magnet key holder and attach to LP gas brackets. Also, put another key for ignition. Why spend $250 dollars for FORD to replace key on a vacation.
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Old 07-01-2021, 12:23 PM   #17
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This was my first concern when i purchased my RV. In some remote spot, lost keys while canoeing. So, i have a complete set of keys in the LP gas compartment. This compartment isnt locked for safety reasons. So, find a good metal magnet key holder and attach to LP gas brackets. Also, put another key for ignition. Why spend $250 dollars for FORD to replace key on a vacation.
I did the same, only I zip tied it under the propane's regulator cover where you can't see it.
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Old 07-03-2021, 07:44 PM   #18
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I was at a launch ramp last year and got out of my coach to prep the boat for launch and the wind blew my door closed and locked me out, my drivers window was open so I was able to climb through it, when I got home I took apart the latch to see if anything broke, all was good and turns out the dead bolt was what was locking and the reason is the mounting screws on the inside for the entire latch assembly were just a little loose and lets the dead bolt move with a the impact of the door closing hard, after the reassembly an with the screws tight the dead bolt no longer moves when the door closes, I also keep a set of keys outside now in a safe place
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Old 07-03-2021, 08:00 PM   #19
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I glued a small piece of metal in the propane bay totally out of site and used a key magnet holder. I just put the door keys in the holder. It worked for 8 years before selling the unit.
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Old 07-04-2021, 01:14 AM   #20
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Good news! Hubby came home pulled the latch just a little harder then I did and it opened. It seems as though because the RV was unlevel (even just a little), the latch was catching. In our rush to get things ready to leave early the next day, racing all day in the heat, then coming home exhausted, pulling the spare keys out was the last thing we thought to do! Didnít make that mistake again lol! Thank you for all the suggestions!!
Look at the latch and adjust it as necessary, mine was out of adjustment from the factory and hard to close and open now it can be clicked closed with one finger it's so easy to adjust.
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