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Old 09-10-2017, 11:35 AM   #15
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Our rear engine cover has the round locks.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:53 AM   #16
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I would suggest checking with a larger Lock Shop, explain what you are after, (Maybe show him or take him a picture) and I bet they can find you something.

I worked in Texas State Parks for 25 years, and haven't heard of this before, but hey, it might happen tonight.

We had a couple of state parks broken into in about one month back in the 70's and that had never happened before either. Who knows??
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:58 AM   #17
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My 2000 American Eagle has a lock on that door that resembles the locks on each storage compartment. It is however a different key. That key only fits that door.

I sometimes lock it, and sometimes not.

I did lock it on our trip in Alaska, just because we boondocked and dry camped quite a few times where there would be no one at all in the area.
We would then be away from our RV for the day. You just never know, and I had no specific cause for concern, but just felt better with everything locked when I left the RV on a lonely dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

As I said, here in the US I am not consistent, but usually just leave it locked.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:17 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
I doubt it would matter much to fire fighters, I have a friend that owns a tow truck business. Several (15+) years ago I was over visiting him at his impound yard and noticed many of the cars there had their hoods mangled. When I asked him about it he told me the local fire department had a new policy of disconnecting the battery on vehicles at accidents if they were called out (fuel spill, paramedic, etc.). Apparently their policy was it was too dangerous to open the door and use the hood release as it might generate a spark, so instead they would take pry bar to the hood in order to disconnect the battery.
As a 31 year firefighter, our policy was to disconnect the battery if a spark hazard existed, I.e. auto accident, fire, etc.
We never disconnected for a simple medical aid and we always tried the hood release first before doing any additional damage to a vehicle.
During a fire, the first thing that quits working is the hood release handle inside the vehicle. On occasion, you can grab the cable with a tool through the grill and release from there. But not guaranteed.
The primary mission of any fire department is life safety first then preservation of property. If any firefighter determines that a risk to patient or personnel safety exists, they will take quick aggressive action to mitigate that hazard for the safety of all involved.
Feel confident that your firefighters are a very well trained group of people. With the advent of new technology, I.e. electric vehicles, smaller compact cars, it is a constant battle for first responders to “keep up” with all of the different configurations used in vehicle manufacturing but it is discussed frequently.

Sorry for the rant, but I hate when folks (tow truck driver) make a statement about a topic that they really don’t know much about.

Not trying to debate, just trying to educate.
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:51 PM   #19
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We lock our engine doors just to be safe. I should add that it is locked when atored or if we area way for any length of time. As for fire; the doors are vented and accessible for a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. We have a side radiator that allows direct view of the engine. We lock our basement compartments to keep my tools from walking away. Everything else is of no big value. I guess it is up everyone comfort level and where you are parked.
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