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Old 01-17-2019, 09:58 AM   #1
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Better basement door locks

Most of the time, I am not concerned with my basement locks. Usually parking in pretty good spots so the locks are fine with keeping honest people out.

However, I can see a few times in my future where I would be a little concerned. (mostly when boondocking or overnighting)

Anyway, I have doors that open from the bottom, which means I have a latch on both the left and right of each door. However, as most of us know, these are not exactly bullet proof.

I was considering designing a better system - maybe some sort of bar that would sit in front of the doors to prevent the doors from opening.

Before I spend too much time/effort on this, does anyone have any other ideas about something already on the market? I did google "rv latches" etc... but didn't see anything great.

I even tried PREVOST RV LATCHES to see if maybe they had a more robust system that would work, but didn't see anything.

Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:59 PM   #2
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Anyway, I have doors that open from the bottom, which means I have a latch on both the left and right of each door. However, as most of us know, these are not exactly bullet proof.
I had this exact problem too. I decided to install gas shocks on the doors that opened upward. Bought the hardware at CW. Love them. No longer use the OEM door clips when I raise the bay door.

These gas shocks come in different sizes. Be sure to install one on each side of the door. In other words 2/door. Takes about an hour for each door install.
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Am I missing something? How does that improve the security?
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Am I missing something? How does that improve the security?
Whoops, I guess I missed read his post. I didn't realize security was what he was looking for. Oh well. Lord forgive me for my sins.
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That's why we have an alarm system. At least all my basement doors are alarmed.

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I thought about upgrading the compartment locks and then read some comments where if someone is determined to open a compartment, a better lock will probably lead to more damage to the compartment doors and frame. We're not full timers, have never had a theft problem since we started rving in '88, so I'm not inclined to upgrade the locks.
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Whoops, I guess I didn't read his post. I didn't realize security was what he was looking for. Oh well. Lord forgive me for my sins.

Given that most coaches have a light weight fiberglass door, I would say the most robust latch or lock would not matter if a person(s) had a pry bar and really wanted into your bay.

I have given thought of having a second door behind the outside door, on one bay. This secondary door could be made of slatted metal and open upwards on runners/tracks. This door could be locked with security padlocks.
Obviously a PITA but having one SECURE bay would be nice.
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That's why we have an alarm system. At least all my basement doors are alarmed.

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Yeah, the alarm is good for when you're at the coach, so that solves the overnight times.

My doors themselves feel pretty sturdy, feels like the locking mechanism is the weaker spot.

Obviously, if someone wants in and have enough time/tools - they're getting in.

I would just like it where someone cannot give a real hard pull on the "lock" and bypass it (like a mechanic did to mine... because he didn't know there was an unlock button)
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Most of the time, I am not concerned with my basement locks. However, I can see a few times in my future where I would be a little concerned.
A lock is only as good as the door it is attached to. Most RV compartment doors are made of fiberglass that is under an inch thick. Anybody with a crowbar will have it open in a few seconds, so it really doesn't matter what locks you use.

My concern was that nearly everybody with an RV has the same key and that seemed rather dumb. I replaced all 5 of my locks with tubular locks from CompX: MFW1118 KA27 1-1/8" Tubular Cam Lock Keyed Alike
Total: $86.25

They won't keep the thieves out, but they'll slow down the honest people.
I try not to keep more than $100,000 in the basement.
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I try not to keep more than $100,000 in the basement.
LOL... yep.

I'll have to look at my locks themselves... I never use the key (always the auto lock button).
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If the thieves want to get in, they will get in.

Even Fido has figured out that an RV door isn't all that secure.
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