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Old 10-26-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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CH 751 Locks

Just wondering how many RVers out there have switched from the CH751 locks to the Tubular Cam locks. I measured mine and was all set to order, then wondered why I was doing it. Anyone that wants in could just pry open the door with a screwdriver regardless of weather a CH751 or a Tubular Cam lock is on the door.
I have never had anything taken but was just thinking of switching. Should I switch or just keep the 751's???????
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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That's why I've never changed mine. Anyone that really wants into the bay can use even a small screwdriver and pop it open. I had to do that onetime with a fellow camper who lost his keys...he'd changed his locks to the round type and, of course, nobody else could open it either. I took out my Leatherman like tool and popped it open for him so he could crawl up inside the camper (through a laundry chute-8 yr old son fit perfectly) and get the spare keys. Those doors, with any type of cam lock, can be popped quite easily and noislessly. I chose to save my money for another project. The 751's will keep the honest out and anything else, short of hasps and padlocks and door reinforcements, won't do you any good, either and at least with the 751's a fellow camper can open the bay so that you can get what you need (tools) to gain access to the camper should you loose your keys (the main entry doors are almost as easy to get into). I've always had the 751's and in all the years and the many campers I've had, I've never had one "burgled".
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
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I agree....the locks on the basement doors are simply to keep honest folks out...if someone is bent on getting past the locks on any basement they will.....I know that the locks are cheap...but there's is nothing spectacular in the basement other than the air compressor.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Regarding the 751's, thankfully, I don't believe that knowledge is widely known? It really is about the keeping honest people honest, and out of sight, out of mind. Thumb locks are just as effective?
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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I changed mine. Had several on my last TT including the one on my front pass-thru that went under the bed and allowed an adult to climb-in to the interior, plus one locked access to the space under the dinette bench, another access point to the interior.

I have to store my RV due to community rules at the studs and stucco, so access at storage was also a concern.

The small price for the new locks was worth the peace of mind to me. Yes, the bin doors could be popped open but, like said "keep honest people, honest" and I think that the 751 key thing is well known...especially among those who DO NOT NEED to know (sticky finger crowd).

That's just my opinion and only worth what you paid for it.
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Why worry! CH751 also COMMON burglar alarm control box key.
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Why worry! CH751 also COMMON burglar alarm control box key.
If the bad guy has made it to the alarm control box...it's too late.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:48 PM   #8
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I've changed mine on two different rv's-may well be that you can pry doors open,you also beat the door lock off.I do it to keep somewhat honest people honest.I had a generalor and a lot of tools stolen in a dealers lot-they thought a bum walking down the road(seriously)used his 751 to open and steal my stuff.Changing locks works for me.
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #9
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Why worry! CH751 also COMMON burglar alarm control box key.
It's also a common key for office desks, file cabinets, etc.
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I ave changed several of my 751's with tubular type and are much happier with them. Some of the remaining 751 mechanisms are getting quite sloppy so I will be replacing all remaining 751's with tubular type in near future. Two locks per bin door surely must make it harder for the crim. with a screwdriver.
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As others have said, I think it would be a waste of time and money! JMHO!
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It's also a common key for office desks, file cabinets, etc.
And any of the 751 slotted type locks can be opened without a key, locked back up, and never leave a scratch. I have had to do it on many desks, file cabinets and my old 5er bay. An Echo Fastener is all that is needed. An Echo Fastener is a two pronged paper holder.

Locks are for honest people.
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I think if you have to store your rig somewhere else than home , it's worth making the thieves work harder. Mines in a garage at home so no problems.
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Back when I had my fiver, it was only a couple months old thieves pried open the front bay door and tried to steal the batteries. There were a dozen screws to remove the lids on the battery box's so they left empty handed. The locks that were on there were 751's. The reason I know they were after the batteries was that two of the neighbors down the street lost their's. I lined the bay doors with 1/4' aluminum and put tubular locks on.
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