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Old 04-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Just a note regarding locking basement doors

Just a note regarding locking basement doors in general. On our way home from Middlebury,IN, we pulled off I-80 to fuel up, passing a toll booth. As we passed it we heard a “boom”, I looked in the right rear mirror and saw a basement door in the open position.
We stopped and surveyed the damage. The door has a vertical crease in it, almost in its center. The outer lip of the door is bent outward and two of the upper screws holding it to the coach were sheared off. Along that vertical crease, paint is flaked off, less than 10% of the crease.
I took the door off and am bringing it to a “high tech", well recommended, auto body shop on Monday. Not sure if they work on aluminum or not.
I will provide them the extra paint bottles that were given when we picked up the coach, for touch up, should they need them.
I know I checked all door before departure, though they were NOT locked. I imagine that during the locking process, I would have felt the key, perhaps, getting hung up and not moving as smooth as it should..
Note to owner, lock your doors
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I have had unlocked basement doors pop open on me in the past on the drivers side due to the wind and road conditions. I still sometimes over look an unlocked door prior to moving out.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #3
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Ouch! Sorry to hear about your experience - grateful for the advice. Best of luck getting your door repaired.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:26 PM   #4
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Two of my doors don't even have locks. The generator door and the propane tank door. Should I try to secure them some way so they don't come open unexpectedly?
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Just had three more bolts shear off to day from the def door upon opening today...pop,pop,pop....those bolts are a problem.
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I have had unlocked basement doors pop open on me in the past on the drivers side due to the wind and road conditions. I still sometimes over look an unlocked door prior to moving out.
That used to happen all the time on my Tiffin. Didn't take me long to put "bay doors locked" in my departure checklist. On my Entegra, I first lock them with the key and then gently pull from the bottom to make sure they really are locked. It's so routine that I don't even think about it and it adds only a minute or two to do.
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Just a side note. I carry a spare latch lock. My plunger is plastic and the last one broke while on a trip. Now how do you lock the bay doors? I had a spare one. Thank goodness. I right away purchased another spare.
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Tom,

Even with your remote fob, you still lock them manually? Ron
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I'm new to class A travel, Glad to hear this I've camped twice with it never thought about it coming open
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Fortunately, on my Surf Side, the compartments all open to the side, except the two at the far rear. And yes, I have had one of those come open.

Help me understand what locking them does. Doesn't that just prevent the outside handle from moving? If they are not fully closed won't they still open? I usually have them locked anyway, but just wondering.
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Just a note regarding locking basement doors in general. On our way home from Middlebury,IN, we pulled off I-80 to fuel up, passing a toll booth. As we passed it we heard a “boom”, I looked in the right rear mirror and saw a basement door in the open position.
We stopped and surveyed the damage. The door has a vertical crease in it, almost in its center. The outer lip of the door is bent outward and two of the upper screws holding it to the coach were sheared off. Along that vertical crease, paint is flaked off, less than 10% of the crease.
I took the door off and am bringing it to a “high tech", well recommended, auto body shop on Monday. Not sure if they work on aluminum or not.
I will provide them the extra paint bottles that were given when we picked up the coach, for touch up, should they need them.
I know I checked all door before departure, though they were NOT locked. I imagine that during the locking process, I would have felt the key, perhaps, getting hung up and not moving as smooth as it should..
Note to owner, lock your doors
I was just wondering what caused the door to open in the first place? I did not have my slide tray latched one time and on a curve it started to slide and hit the basement door and blew it open and the tray came out the side, lost a couple of things but no damage to the door. Other than that I have never just had one come open but I check (give a pull) all my doors before hitting the road.
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Locking Propane door

Just as a note to those reading this thread. I don't think I would put a lock on the propane cabinet door. What happens if you get an emergency fire and need to turn the propane off at the source? Those would be valuable minutes lost looking for a key. A better solution would be to run a chain through the handles of the propane bottles and then around the frame of the trailer.
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Tom,

Even with your remote fob, you still lock them manually? Ron
Yep, a person with the right tool can pop the electronically locked locks open. To be honest, the only time I use the key fob is to unlock them after turning the master coach alarm off. ....and then I use the key to complete the process.
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Thanks for the info.....I ALWAYS lock my doors upon arrival at home base. I will start locking them prior to campground departure from now on!!

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