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Old 10-26-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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Locking the dead bolt.

One thing I ALWAYS do is lock the dead bolt on the door when we get in the coach in case someone is on their feet and gets knocked over against the door. I was hit with a surprise gust of wind in Alberta several years ago which caused the DW to lose her balance and fall into the door well and against the door. I don't know that the dead bolt saved her but it very possibly could have.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:52 PM   #2
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We lock ours too. Had ours come open once and never want to risk it again so I always check and make sure it is locked.
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We lock ours too, but mostly to keep unwelcome "guests" out. Also provides a little peace of mind in case something unexpected happens while moving.
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Old 10-27-2014, 04:01 PM   #4
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Alway lock both before hitting the road. Lock the dead bolt, then lockout the door handle so the handle can't be pushed either way up or down.
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Same here. Rolling through a town in New Mexico in a mid-door coach. Someone pulled up beside us honking and pointing. The deadbolt wasn't latched and we hit a pothole big enough to flex and let the door open - which it did! Didn't lose dog nor spouse, but sure scared the heck out of us!

So now, deadbolt is thrown before the MH goes in gear.
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Old 10-27-2014, 04:31 PM   #6
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We lock ours too, but mostly to keep unwelcome "guests" out. Also provides a little peace of mind in case something unexpected happens while moving.
Same here and it kept on unwelcome "guest" out and maybe saved his life too. Depends on why he and his buddy were trying to get in the rig in Wyoming after dark!
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The DW locks it at night but I have never thought of locking it while traveling? I put a new door gasket on a few years ago and it really needs to be closed hard to get a good latch which in turn needs a pretty good grip and muscle to to lift up the latch to open it. Zero wind noise now. I guess it wouldn't hurt to dead bolt it but nobody is going to be falling into the door unless they are up front without their seat belts on? Besides the false floor lays down in front of the door so you can't fall down into the steps anyway? Maybe if we were traveling with kids or had a mid coach door I would dead bolt it. But don't mind me......I still ride my bike without a helmet and drink water out of the hose!!
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When we're stopped in what I consider "risky" areas the the dead bolt AND regular door latch is locked, whether we're inside or not! Same when we go to bed at night.
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The DW locks it at night but I have never thought of locking it while traveling? I put a new door gasket on a few years ago and it really needs to be closed hard to get a good latch which in turn needs a pretty good grip and muscle to to lift up the latch to open it. Zero wind noise now. I guess it wouldn't hurt to dead bolt it but nobody is going to be falling into the door unless they are up front without their seat belts on? Besides the false floor lays down in front of the door so you can't fall down into the steps anyway? Maybe if we were traveling with kids or had a mid coach door I would dead bolt it. But don't mind me......I still ride my bike without a helmet and drink water out of the hose!!
When my DW fell against the door it was when I was driving my Georgetown gasser and there was no step cover on that model with the door behind the passenger seat. I drive from Alaska to South Carolina nearly every year and the DW is the co-pilot and gets me drinks and snacks etc. as I'm driving. Now that I have a pusher and a step cover it isn't as big a deal but I still feel safer with it locked.
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One thing I ALWAYS do is lock the dead bolt on the door when we get in the coach in case someone is on their feet and gets knocked over against the door. I was hit with a surprise gust of wind in Alberta several years ago which caused the DW to lose her balance and fall into the door well and against the door. I don't know that the dead bolt saved her but it very possibly could have.
Do you mean she wasn't in her seatbelt while underway?
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We always lock the door while underway.
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We always lock the door while underway.

I would be concerned about doing that while driving. What if you have a wreck and are knocked unconscious, then you are making it hard for someone to rescue you. The time it would take them to break the glass and unlock the door could be the difference in life and death, especially if the coach is on fire! JMHO
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One thing I ALWAYS do is lock the dead bolt on the door when we get in the coach in case someone is on their feet and gets knocked over against the door. I was hit with a surprise gust of wind in Alberta several years ago which caused the DW to lose her balance and fall into the door well and against the door. I don't know that the dead bolt saved her but it very possibly could have.
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We've not used our dead bolt for 14 years because a change in temperature can cause our dead bolt to stick....(I have tried to fix it with on luck).
It's NOT fun being trapped in, (or locked out of), your coach until the sun goes down and the OS temp drops!
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During our first year of ownership, our front door flew full open during travel.

We were at 70 mph in the second right hand lane passing a truck when it opened.

Scary....to say the least

Since then, the dead bolt has been locked while traveling, and I do now drive about 59 mph here in Ca.
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