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Old 04-25-2016, 09:11 PM   #1
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Locked Out, Cold - How can this happen?

I was not aware that my 2005 Journey could lock its own door. Luckily I am not too far from my former home where my friend keeps extra keys. She is on the way to save me - an hour drive each way.

I stepped out to turn the water on and closed the door to keep it warm inside. When I returned to the door it was locked. I'm in a T-Shirt, slippers, freezing, and lucky that I'm at a major campsite with internet that I can buy and my phone will use wifi calling. I've taken refuge in the lodge.

I'm hoping that somehow the lock activated versus it's broken. It could be a long cold night if it is broke.

Anyone else have this issue with self locking door?
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:18 PM   #2
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I never go out of my Winne without a set of door keys on me. I have lost count of how many times the lock has operated on its own.

I was locked INSIDE my Winne on one occasion. How many people can say that?
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I was locked INSIDE my Winne on one occasion. How many people can say that?
We can , but it was a Dutch Star! Luckily the 2000 DSDP had a drivers door.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:46 PM   #4
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I never go out of my Winne without a set of door keys on me. I have lost count of how many times the lock has operated on its own.

I was locked INSIDE my Winne on one occasion. How many people can say that?
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We can , but it was a Dutch Star! Luckily the 2000 DSDP had a drivers door.
That would give you the chance to practice your emergency egress. "Yep, the red levers worked".

I have a spare set just outside of the RV, in my locked car. A smashed window would get them, or a call to AAA or Good Sam. LUCKILY I'm not boondocking in the middle of nowhere or I would have smashed a car window. It's cold out there!
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That's the reason you always leave one window unlocked
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:53 PM   #6
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I had this happen on another rig and said never again. Now on my new rig I installed a coded key box, purchased at HD in a special spot to put my extra set of keys in. Works for me.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:58 PM   #7
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I also have a set of door keys in a "lock box" attached to the frame if needed. It is well hidden and solidly attached.

Locked In
If I had used the escape hatch I would have landed right on top of the utilities. I keep a set of screwdrivers inside the coach so I was able to take the lock apart.
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That's the reason you always leave one window unlocked
Now you tell me
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I had this happen on another rig and said never again. Now on my new rig I installed a coded key box, purchased at HD in a special spot to put my extra set of keys in. Works for me.
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I also have a set of door keys in a "lock box" attached to the frame if needed. It is well hidden and solidly attached.

Locked In
If I had used the escape hatch I would have landed right on top of the utilities. I keep a set of screwdrivers inside the coach so I was able to take the lock apart.
Lock box is now on the immediate To-Do list.
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This is the kind I bought.

KIDDE 1015 Lock Box, Surface Mount, 5 Keys - Walmart.com
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I have a spare key duck taped to the frame. It is inside a plastic bag.

Those magnetic key boxes do two things. Rust and fall off.

All my vehicles, and my kids vehicles, have spare keys hidden on the outside.
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I was not aware that my 2005 Journey could lock its own door. Luckily I am not too far from my former home where my friend keeps extra keys. She is on the way to save me - an hour drive each way.

I stepped out to turn the water on and closed the door to keep it warm inside. When I returned to the door it was locked. I'm in a T-Shirt, slippers, freezing, and lucky that I'm at a major campsite with internet that I can buy and my phone will use wifi calling. I've taken refuge in the lodge.

I'm hoping that somehow the lock activated versus it's broken. It could be a long cold night if it is broke.

Anyone else have this issue with self locking door?
Mike,
Just wondering, is your Journey equipped with the Security Lock system that utilizes a "Key fob" to lock both the entry door and, the compartment doors?
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Thanks everyone, I've been rescued.
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Mike,
Just wondering, is your Journey equipped with the Security Lock system that utilizes a "Key fob" to lock both the entry door and, the compartment doors?
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Yes it does, but it works intermittently. I've been meaning to try it out again since I untucked the antenna from the dash frame.
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