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Old 08-25-2020, 08:21 PM   #1
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Entry door lock

I know there have been a number of threads about problems with the door locks used in motor homes and travel trailers. In fact, when the salesman was showing us our motor home we got locked inside and he had to call another salesman from his cell phone to come and rescue us. We thought that was pretty funny, and the salesman put on his game face and tried to pretend it was no big deal, which made it even funnier.

In any case, they repaired (not replaced) the lock before we took delivery, but I haven't locked that latch since. We only ever lock the deadbolt now.

Question is, are the problems with these locks now resolved, and should I bother to replace it? If so, can anyone tell me the make/model of the one National used in the 2004 Dolphins?
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Take a picture please and we can tell. It sounds like a Trimark which are the most used and have the worst reputation. I was locked out once and locked in another time, always on the road.

There are two ways to fix it, one is to replace the cheap zinc bolt with a steel one. If they used a steel bolt when they repaired it you are fine. If not you can do it. The other way is to replace the lockset entirely with a better brand. I replaced ours with a electronic combination lockset. That made life much easier because we never had to carry a key. It lasted for about eight years before the electronics failed. Then we used the deadbolt. Do a search here on electronic lock-sets to see which fits and which holds up.
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Yes, from what I can gather in older threads it probably is a TriMark. I don't see this particular style in their current offerings, however, so maybe it's another brand (or discontinued?)

I also see that TriMark sells the latches separately, so maybe I can just order the internal parts and rebuild mine?
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I'm fairly certain that's a Bargman L300. They have not been made for a long time. Trimark has replacement locks from what I've seen.

Mine still works, but for the last 3 years I just use the deadbolt.
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I'm fairly certain that's a Bargman L300. They have not been made for a long time. Trimark has replacement locks from what I've seen.

Mine still works, but for the last 3 years I just use the deadbolt.
Bingo! The L300 sure looks like it. Here's an AP/Bauer replacement, though some of the reviews say modification is needed.

amazon.com/AP-Products-1212-1215-Standard-Entrance/dp/B00BIB04XI/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ap+013-257&qid=1598473194&sr=8-1

Trimark 60-1650 seems to be another.

In any case, your response was very helpful, thank you!!!
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You are very welcome. Be sure to post your solution here when you get it figured out.
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Glad we could help. If you replace it with a Trimark you should make sure not to close it like a normal door but instead pull out the handle, close the door then release the handle. This prevents the weal latch from stress and it will last well. If you get the Bauer lockset you will love the keyless convenience. Remember that when the batteries run out you will need the key to get in so hide on on the RV (I zip tied one) and remember the default combo in case it gets wet from washing the RV. I loved ours.
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