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Old 01-22-2015, 09:08 PM   #1
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RVs share same cabinet and door keys

Has anyone heard of this before?

I found an article that says, "If your RV has cabinets with keys that have code CH751 inscribed on them, head to your nearest RV dealer for an all-new set of locks and keys."
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:28 PM   #2
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Yep, well know fact for years now. Our 2000 DSDP had them, our 2002 DSDP has different keys all around and we knew about it that long ago, as did Newmar.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:15 PM   #3
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I only have one key with CH751 engraved on it and that is to the fresh water fill/vent/overflow door on the side of the coach.

To make you feel safer I'll tell you about being parked next to a 2005 Pace Arrow when the owner locked himself out. My main door key on our 06 Tiffin Allegro worked fine in his driver's door. He didn't know whether he was upset or happy that he didn't have to call a locksmith. I didn't think about trying his driver's door key on our coach.

Another time I was parked next to a friends 5th wheel and he had left his keys inside and needed to get in one of his bays. He was going to go inside and get them until I told him there was no need and used my keys.

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Old 01-23-2015, 07:08 AM   #4
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I wouldn't worry about it eve if my unit did have CH751 keyed cabinets.

As the old saying goes, locks are for honest people, they barely even slow down crooks.

I'd rather they open the lock then take a pry bar to the door.
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I wouldn't worry about it eve if my unit did have CH751 keyed cabinets.
As the old saying goes, locks are for honest people, they barely even slow down crooks.
I'd rather they open the lock then take a pry bar to the door.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:23 AM   #6
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All ours on our C were changed by the previous owner. Even the door lock and deadbolt were changed. We boondock and stay in remote sites more than RV parks and campgrounds. No problems yet.
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All the basement doors on the old Green Machine are CH751. I discovered the commonality when I replaced one of the latches with a new one and it used the same key.
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Not just MH's either? Semi's are the same way, about 7 different key's!
I was sitting in line at a blue beacon truck wash one day. The wash crew came out and told me it would be a little while, the guy in front of me locked his keys in his truck! I ask what kind of truck? hmmmmmm! Same as mine, so I walked up to see a locksmith trying to get in the passenger side door. I ask the driver if he felt lucky, he just looked at me with a dumb look? I put my key in his door lock, snap, it unlocked! And I walked back to my truck!! Needless to say the locksmith was not happy with me, as the guy jumped in his truck and drove off! Rail!
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The only "door" our CH751 key fits on our coach is the diesel fuel filler door.
If someone is going to siphon fuel they would need about a 6' hose just from the door to the tank. Then a pump to pull the fuel uphill. Then a container of some sort, and if they go to all that trouble and don't get caught in the act, two 55 gallon drums to remove all the fuel.

Thankfully, I don't think the perpetrator would think it is worth the risk or time.
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A few years ago I was in a parking lot at Costco and saw this MH starting to move across the lot. I was in my MH went over to it put my key in the side coach door and it opened.
Left him a note. He never responded. The next day went to Home Depot and put dead bolts on mine.
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Not just MH's either? Semi's are the same way, about 7 different key's!
And Cessna 172s newer than 1999.
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Not just on rv had a set of Chevy vans 4 total at the work trucks. Out of the for two would work with the same keys and one key would unlock the forth but not start it. These were not the same year. Also was told buy a master lock rep that there is only a limited number of keys less then twenty was all he would give me this was for each series of locks
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One of the first things I did When I got my present MH was put a new stand alone deadbolt on the entrance door. I agree that I would rather have someone use a key on the basement.
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Speaking of airplanes, I could typically open about 90% of the planes on a ramp with the ignition key from a GM truck (the older, pre-fob kind). I've never worried about it, myself.

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