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Old 05-07-2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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New Lesson Learned

Returning from a weekend traveling alone, I stopped to dump my tanks at a hywy rest area. After dumping I found my door LOCKED. Don't know how or why but my keys were in the ingnition with the spare set in a kitchen cabinet And all windows locked. Lucky my cell was in my pocket and not hooked to the charger. Had some interesting conversations with other RVers using the dump

Well after several hours waiting for a lock smith (took him less then a minute to pick the lock) I also bought a velcro key hide and he made 2 spare keys for me that are now hidden in an accessable area.
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Thank you. I think I might need to do that too. haven't locked out yet, but I am sure I will....
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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We lost our whole wad of motorhome keys this weekend and was locked out. I asked my DW about 3 times if she had them in her purse and she said no. So we were lucky we gave the office a complete set of keys because our lot is seasonal. Later I was working on the MH on a ladder and the DW said she found the keys. They were "hidden" in her purse. You could hide 3 bowling in that thing!
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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Ah! The Winnebago lock door with keys inside problem.

If your door is like my door I can tell you how it happened. The door latch lock is a lever just below the inside handle. When I open the door my big fat fingers will sometime push down on that stupid configuration and lock the latch. When the door closes you are dead meat.

Now, in my case I figured it out when DW was still in the MH. I'm not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. You know, "Don't lock the door on the way out, stupid." Well, she doesn't say it, but then after 51 years of marriage she doesn't have to.

I do two things now. I have a quick release from the key ring for the ignition key and when I start the MH, it is separated from the rest of the keys. That puts the door keys in my pocket, except when DW is with me and I'm in my PJ's and go out at night with the dog. The second thing I did was have a second set of door keys made and I use a realtor's door lock in the propane compartment. It is attached and a combination is needed to get it open.

A third item is an entire set of spare keys that are in DW's purse, but that doesn't help if we go for a walk and she doesn't have her purse.

Been there, done that, but I was lucky.

p.s., in daylight hours I now step out, look at the lock to see what position it is in before I close the door - but my eyesight may not be what it used to be.
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One complete set "buried" up under the dash. One coach door key in the console in the toad. One door key on a keychain in my pocket and one door key on the DW's person. I like to think we are covered. Oh, the toad is a convertible so we can get into it easily. Extra keys for it are "around".
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I have a door key duct taped to the inside of the water heater access door and all my sets of keys have an engraved plate that says "For reward call... " and my cell phone number. I have locked myself out so many times that I've worn out one piece of duct tape and had to replace it.

Thankfully, I have never lost keys -- just misplaced within the MH or toad. The puppy also has similar wording on her tag. Since I full-time my cell number is the only way to reach me. The vet whose name is on her rabies tag also has a large note about calling my cell on her chart. And I had her microchipped and gave them the cell phone number and my daughter's cell phone. I want anything lost to find me soon, or vice versa.
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I have this key lock box locked on to the frame of my generator. Had to use it once already.

Amazon.com: Master Lock 5400D Select Access Key Storage Box with Set-Your-Own Combination Lock, 1-Pack: Home Improvement
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I have a set tie wrapped underneath the rig, I hope the wife remembers where just in case she needs them. I never have but now that I've said that.........
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:06 PM   #10
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I have this key lock box locked on to the frame of my generator. Had to use it once already.

Amazon.com: Master Lock 5400D Select Access Key Storage Box with Set-Your-Own Combination Lock, 1-Pack: Home Improvement
That would be a good location except on ours you have to go inside and unlock the roll out tray!!
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I have this key lock box locked on to the frame of my generator. Had to use it once already.

Amazon.com: Master Lock 5400D Select Access Key Storage Box with Set-Your-Own Combination Lock, 1-Pack: Home Improvement
Thanks Dennis as many peoples cars/trucks I unlock on a monthly basis I never gave thought to something like this but I'll get one now.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:16 PM   #12
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I remember my granddad had a magnetic box with his camper key in it. That was 30 years ago. I believe I will find one and tuck it in somewhere as to not fall out.
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I went with the lockbox for 2 reasons; 1) it can't fall off, it's physically locke to the frame of the generator and 2) if someone else finds it they will not have access to my keys with out the 4 digit combination.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:27 PM   #14
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Been meaning to do that.... Thanks for an important reminder. I'll hide a key tomorrow! Lord knows, I lose everything else, so it's just a matter of time....
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