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Old 04-16-2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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Well I went to visit the RV to start getting it ready for the season and lo and behold I can't get into it. The deadbolt unlocked easy enough but the door latch lock would not turn enough to actually unlatch the handle. It felt stuck. I didn't want to force it and break the key. :(


Any thoughts apart from a locksmith?
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:43 PM   #2
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Try graffite first then lock smith. Had that with mine and the graffite made it work easy again after a couple lock/unlock trys.
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Just a reminder, but I leave a few windows unlocked at all times because we had a jammed door once and it was a bear to get into the coach.

Luckily, the coach stays right here at the house, but I can't really imagine anybody hoisting themselves up to try windows in a storage facility. Too much work for getting into a pretty empty vehicle.

Step ladder, pop the screen, cuss a bit, wiggle a lot, and once inside you can do a manual un-lock and then lubricate the mechanism.

Carrying powdered graphite is a good idea, too.
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Might be related -

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Old 04-17-2019, 08:48 AM   #5
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How well is it leveled? Is it just at a good place to park? Door may be in a bit of a bind. Maybe try driving it forward a bit.








Yes, I know you can't do that if you can't even get into the door.
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How well is it leveled? Is it just at a good place to park? Door may be in a bit of a bind. Maybe try driving it forward a bit.








Yes, I know you can't do that if you can't even get into the door.
Actually, you may be on to something here! You could take a piece of 2x4 on edge under the door and have two guys pry up at different points to see if it will release it!
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:45 AM   #7
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I would try some prying but I would be careful about it. I've had a uncooperative lock several times due to lack of leveltivity and once due to a screw in the striker plate had loosened just enough to snag something.


It might just let go with a screwdriver placed in the corner below the latch and lifting a little or the corner above and prying down a little.
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Have you tried pushing door in while trying handle.
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:54 PM   #9
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Update....

I have to confess...I was turning the key the wrong way.
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Have you tried pushing door in while trying handle.
If it isn't a mechanical defect, then it is racking...plain and simple.

Even if it is mechanical, you aren't going to have fun trying to bang on your door from the inside, and if you send your spouse out a window in order to try to open from the outside, a broken latch might be the result

Look at your bubble levels and begin adjusting your coach front/back or left/right. Chances are very good that your door will open as always once the box has been twisted a different way. AMHIK
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