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Old 01-22-2008, 08:13 AM   #1
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Not sure if this is the right forum but I will start here. A co-worker of mine just had his RV broken into. They broke into the basement storage by undoing the wing-nut lock (i.e., the non-key locking side), sliding in a screwdriver, and sliding it over to unlock the other cam lock. I like having the wing-nut locks for convenience sake but I am thinking it might be wise to put locking cams on both sides of the storage door to prevent what happend to my friend. My question is do you simply drill a hole in the door and put in the cam lock or is it more difficult than that?
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Not sure if this is the right forum but I will start here. A co-worker of mine just had his RV broken into. They broke into the basement storage by undoing the wing-nut lock (i.e., the non-key locking side), sliding in a screwdriver, and sliding it over to unlock the other cam lock. I like having the wing-nut locks for convenience sake but I am thinking it might be wise to put locking cams on both sides of the storage door to prevent what happend to my friend. My question is do you simply drill a hole in the door and put in the cam lock or is it more difficult than that?
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I believe the Sunstar is the only Itasca class A model that uses the locking cams along with the wing-nuts.

If you have a wing nut on one side and a locking wing nut on the other, I would put locking nuts on BOTH sides. Im not sure if you would have to drill out anything as you will already have the hole.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:40 AM   #4
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FrontRangeRVer, thanks. By wing nut I mean the type that doesn't lock, you just twist it like you would a wing nut.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:43 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bjbkkb:
FrontRangeRVer, thanks. By wing nut I mean the type that doesn't lock, you just twist it like you would a wing nut. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep!
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:27 AM   #6
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Mine don't have wing nut latches, but anyone half observant and having a phillips head screwdriver can be in any of my basement compartments in about 30 seconds if they are fast ...might take a minute to do it in relaxed mode. But I figure anyone who breaks in won't do it the easy way ...they probably will pry the door open with a bar, popping the plastic latches off and damaging two doors in the process. ...unless they have access to another Winnebago, in which case they can probably just use the key
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I have two big door hatchs in the back for the storage area. I have one key locked cylinder on one side and a wing nut type cylinder on the other. Since it is so easy to open the wing nut side I decided to put the wing nut in the center and have key locked cylinders on the sides. I ordered the keyed cylinders from my local winnebago dealer and they just arrived last week. I will have to drill out a hole in the center to fit the wing nut unit.
Two keyed cylinders and all hardware for them cost 38 bucks.
I spotted almost identical lock type cylinders at ace hardware the other day and if knew I would probably have gone with those. I didn't really look at them carefully but from the short time I did look them over they looked as if they would fit fine. Plus they were cheaper. I am not sure if they can be keyed alike either..
My adventurer had a seperate key for the basement storage doors that I thought was different for each coach? but not sure about that - Those doors were very easy to pop open esp. if you didn't care about breaking things.
I think they now use 10 different keys. I guess it's better than the old 751 key that fits all.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:22 PM   #8
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CTcamper, that is exactly what I was thinking. Put the two locks on the ends and the wingnut in the middle. A determined thief will not be deterred but hopefully the RV next to me will look like an easier job than mine.
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Isn't adding another lock on a storage compartment sorta like putting a dead bolt on a screen door? The latch pockets and door are so flexible they would give with even a small amount of force. If someone really wants in a second lock isn't going to deter them. They just have to do a little more damage to get in.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:08 PM   #10
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It is not that difficut to break in but:
One lock they could use a small branch or twig to pry one side enough to get fingers under the hatch door and rip it open, whereas the two locks should need a screwdriver or tire iron to pry with. Just enough to deter someone.
If it takes them a few more minutes to break into them then that's a few minutes extra where they might be seen.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">two locks should need a screwdriver or tire iron to pry with. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That depends on what the latch bolts and latch bolt pockets are made of. In the case of my coach, the single center-mounted lock has latch bolts out both sides of the compartment door -- so is much like your "two lock" version. That sounds secure, but the latch bolts are plastic, AND they go into plastic pockets. The latch bolts break with normal use, and I doubt the plastic pockets are much stronger. I suspect any door could be jerked open by simple taking hold of the door bottom, and jerking upward.
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