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Old 09-22-2018, 09:08 PM   #1
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Trouble with compartment locks

Hi, I'm a newbie here and was hoping someone could help me out. We have a 2011 Monaco Diplomat 43dft. We love it, but like any RV, it has some issues. The most recent headache is that compartment locks are sticking. I've tried a liquid graphite on several of them and it's helped in the past. However now, I unlocked my wash bay after a short drive and it will not lock again. The key turns fine one direction and not the other. The liquid graphite it's helping this time. Are these locks a constant trouble to most of us? I'm guessing replacing all of my basement door locks would be pricey. Thanks in advance and sorry if I went a little long.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:35 AM   #2
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Someone on here had suggested 'Tri-Flow' (comes in a spray-can). Best stuff I've found to unstick or loosen stubborn locks, etc. Things like WD-40, etc, eventually get hard or gummy.
I'm a solid fan after I tried Tri-Flow on all my Blue-Ox and Master locks that had gotten flooded by Irma and were frozen.

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Someone on here had suggested 'Tri-Flow' (comes in a spray-can). Best stuff I've found to unstick or loosen stubborn locks, etc. Things like WD-40, etc, eventually get hard or gummy.
I'm a solid fan after I tried Tri-Flow on all my Blue-Ox and Master locks that had gotten flooded by Irma and were frozen.

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Sounds like its not the lock, but the alignment. Things have probably settled into a position thats binding the mechanism.

If you locks turn each direction with the door open without binding, try loosening the latch striker a little and see if you can find a spot it wants to settle into that offers less of a bind on the latch assembly.

It may take a few tries to get it right, but sure thats your issue.
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Mine were some standalone Blue Ox towbar locks (look kinda like a dog-bone), and the Master locks were for various hasps, etc, like on tool boxes and such. All were caught in the 6-8 ft surge, and then sat in the water in the shed for an extended time after they got knocked off the shelves.

Didn't know about Tri-Flow when I tried to open the baggage doors, but they were also frozen-shut so it might not have helped from the outside. Irma had gotten right up to the 'beltline' of the Endeavor. Coach was a total loss anyways .


On the 'new' Camelot, I've since gone around and pulled the inside cover off each baggage lock assembly and Tri-Flowed all moving parts. They were working before, but move so much smoother and easier now! Even the solenoids snap faster.
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Try Houdini Oil, it's great

https://www.amazon.com/HOUD1-Houdini...dini+lock+lube
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I just went through the same issue with one of our compartments. I took the latch/lock assembly to a lock smith. He cut a new key from mine by wrapping a piece of paper over my key to create slightly higher ridges. Then he sprayed the lock several times with Tri-flow before inserting the key and working the lock loose. It works fine now. He said to use Tri-flow on all of my locks.
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