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Old 07-10-2019, 09:01 PM   #1
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So, where do you put spare entry keys?

In our prior Bounder, I had a small, steel lockbox, sized just to fit a spare set deadbolt & entry keys, I could put in the propane bay because it didn't lock. This was my back up Plan A in case we lost our keys & were locked out. Plan B was to leave a window unlocked that I could crawl in through by pulling the toad next to it to use as a ladder to get up high enough to reach that window.

The Phaeton is all electric, so no propane bay. Every bay locks. Trying to figure out where to put this little lockbox. The engine hatch isn't locked, but I don't think I want this lockbox attached anywhere in there. Will probably still implement Plan B.

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Why not keep a set of keys in the toad?
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Just use one of those magnetic hide a key boxes and stick it in the engine bay in a location not readily visible.
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I'll be watching this, I'd love to have a Phaeton
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:25 PM   #5
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I drilled hole thru top of spare door key and installed it behind the license plate using on of the license plate screws


Did the same on truck.


Dime in my pocket and I can remove either screw and retrieve the key if needed
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Anyplace where they are easily accessible to me or by instructions over the phone, yet out of sight.
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Ours is in a plastic hide-a-key with magnetic mount. I painted it the same color as the engine and all the metal in the engine bay, and then stuck it on one of the main supports back there. After a few hours of operation it got covered in the same schmutz as the rest of the engine bay and is not noticeable at all. Even if I told you where it was, you'd struggle to see it.

You should be able to get a can of engine spray paint or regular spray paint (depending on what you need) at any auto parts store.

If that doesn't work for you, what about using a hot glue gun to mount it under the coach somewhere out of the way. If you ever need it, you would be able to pop it free pretty easily but it should stay put otherwise if you pick the right spot. Test this somewhere on a piece of scrap metal to make sure you don't use too much hot glue. And make sure that it's not near anything that gets hot (muffler, coolant lines).
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Put the spare keys in one of the storage bays out of sight. Black duct tape a spare storage door key to the underside of the steps.
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I have used a realtors lock box. Lock around your propane tank.
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I got a magnetic key holder and put our spare keys under the bottom entry step. Been there for years and has bailed us out a few times!
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Our fifth wheel entry door (with entry lockset similar to our 34PA) once locked behind us going out (keys inside) without touching lock lever. Securing a spare RV entry key is on my to-do list today. Thx for reminder.

For the RV key set that we carry around - I ordered a round stainless steel dog tag engraved on both sides with our contact info. Amazon. Looks nice and hopefully never needed.
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I have used a realtors lock box. Lock around your propane tank.
I also use a realtor lock. I keep it in the trunk of our toad.
My MH keys are separate from my car keys so little chance of loosing both sets of keys. DW always carries her set of MH keys every time we both vacate the MH.
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We have two full sets of RV keys in the glove box of our toad. When we're using the RV we always have the toad with us so have access in case we lose or otherwise forget the rv keys, lock them inside, etc. We also have an extra set of keys for the toad, inside the RV.

When we drop off/pick up the RV at our repair shop, they always leave the keys in the outside refrigerator access door. Assuming you have a propane fridge, any RVer knows that you can easily take that door off, but civilians wouldn't. I may get one of those magnetic key boxes and look for a place to put it in there for a permanent solution.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:44 AM   #14
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i have a full set of keys in a magnetic key holder hidden under the dash of the rv. This is just a backup set in case I happen to lose my keys so I can still drive home. I also have a magnetic key holder hidden in a spot on the outside of the motorhome that doesn't lock. its just a door key in there not a full set. but its hidden out of sight, its not a basement storage door its the access door to the fridge so not a place someone would go looking for stuff and its kind of hidden in there so a quick look isn't going to see it.
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