I found information on this on other manufacturers but thought I would relate my problem here. I am getting ready for a trip and was locking my coach with the fob when it made an odd grinding/moaning sound and didn't lock. I opened the door again and it made the same sound but again, no change in lock position. This time however, I could not manually lock or unlock the door. I pulled the inner panel off (thankfully the door was open otherwise
The actuator appears to have frozen in position and would not move and consequently froze up the lock mechanism. I pulled the unit and could not get any travel. Had I been locked out, even crawling through a window would not have helped as the screen door blocks access to the inner panel screws. I disconnected the actuator and all door lock mechanisms work smoothly.
In searching the internet, I came across an Eaton site that describes the new version of the "Trimark 550-0100 Compact actuator" that it says has a clutch that will allow the key to operate it should the actuator fail.
I have am looking into this with TriMark, but they do leave something to be desired on tech support (although they will send you parts if you figure them out).
Has anyone else dealt with this in their Tiffin? How do you deal with a door that is locked shut? Any thoughts on better replacement options.
I am afraid to rely on this actuator even if I do find a new one unless I know it will allow the key to work for fear of getting trapped.
Appreciate your thoughts.