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Old 02-02-2014, 03:51 PM   #1
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Question Compartment doors won't open

We have a 2005 Winnebago Vectra Model 40AD. The compartment doors on the passenger side (right side) will not open. The lock/unlock switch does not seem to work and using the key doesn't override that. The left or drivers side works fine.

Everything seemed to work on Thursday when we left to go camping. When we got to the campground the compartment doors would not open. Of course, we were at a campground that did not have cell phone service so couldn't call anyone. We are now in our monthly park and hope to reach Winnebago tomorrow but any help is appreciated.

Any idea on what to check or any way to override the electric lock? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:25 PM   #2
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We have a 2005 Winnebago Vectra Model 40AD. The compartment doors on the passenger side (right side) will not open. The lock/unlock switch does not seem to work and using the key doesn't override that. The left or drivers side works fine.

Everything seemed to work on Thursday when we left to go camping. When we got to the campground the compartment doors would not open. Of course, we were at a campground that did not have cell phone service so couldn't call anyone. We are now in our monthly park and hope to reach Winnebago tomorrow but any help is appreciated.

Any idea on what to check or any way to override the electric lock? Any help is appreciated.

I just went out and tried my compartment locks on my 2006 Journey. When my switch is set to the lock position, I can unlock the individual compartment doors with the key. Try turning the key a little harder. As for the electrical reason for not being able to unlock the doors, you might have to call Winnebago tomorrow.

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Old 02-02-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
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Have you checked your 12v push-fuses?

On my '04 Vectra there are fuses in the bay under the driver, and on the 12v push fuse panel there are separate ones for "Left Compt Locks" and "Right Compt Locks."

My bay key always works, but does turn a bit hard like Sammie mentioned.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:36 PM   #4
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There are two relays to unlock the compartment doors and two to lock them. Two operate the left side and two operate the right side (normally). The key should always lock or unlock them, the electric actuator will never prevent the key from working. As mentioned above, first check the fuses. If they are okay, then it is possible one of the relays has gone bad. If an entire side is not opening, then it has to be either a fuse or a relay. Don't panic the key will work, it may be a little tight because it has never been used. Just gently turn it back and forth until it unlocks.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. Tomorrow we will try switching the relays, since the left side works those relays are OK. We have tried all the keys we have in the right side doors and none are working. We have turned as hard as we can without breaking the keys.

The fuses all seem fine.

Looks like a call to Winnebago tomorrow is in order. I will keep this thread updated with what happens.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:25 PM   #6
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We have a40AD also ,w/the keys I push on the door at the same time I turn the key seems to work God luck
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:28 PM   #7
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was supposed to Good but we all need all the help we can get
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:06 PM   #8
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Yeah Winnebago made the doors really tight so try pushing against the door while you try to turn the key. They did not want the door to come open accidentally and besides most of us like the sound of good thud when we shut the door.
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Thanks for the advice. Tomorrow we will try switching the relays, since the left side works those relays are OK. We have tried all the keys we have in the right side doors and none are working. We have turned as hard as we can without breaking the keys..
I have had a relay stick, preventing the lock from being turned the other way. If you remove power from the sticking relay (just pull the wires off), that should release it. Mine was the relay on an individual door, but I have heard other owners describe exactly what you have.
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For you folks that mentioned that your keys are hard to turn, buy some graphite, in the little plastic container, and give each lock a good dose to free them up. DO NOT USE WD-40!
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:10 AM   #11
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Tried switching the relays this morning but that didn't do any good. Have tried wiggling the keys slowly and quickly but still wont unlock. We can't get into the compartments to unplug any wires so I guess the next step is to visit a dealer for service.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:43 PM   #12
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Did you try the locks with both relays disconnected? My doors (and many others I imagine) are very easy to get into in a few minutes using a Phillips screwdriver slipped between two doors, remove upper and lower screw to the catch the latch bolt pops into. The catch box falls out the bottom, and when both are off the door it totally free.
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I know this may sound stupid but do the key(s) work on the side that doesn't have a problem?
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You can get behind the latches with a tough nylon string and pull through the latch.
It will take 2 people to do this at the same time. I got mine open that way when a latch broke and the door wouldn't open with the handle. The string I used was weed whacker string.
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