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Old 05-01-2018, 04:34 PM   #1
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Compartment latch stuck - help!

This was not a problem for 19 months, but yesterday when packing up for a 8 hour drive home, the lock for the cover over the outside shower would not unlock. I choose to not to try too hard so I would not waste a bunch of time, or break something before starting the long drive, and just told my sewer hose it would just have to go without a good rinse for once.

So now I'm home and have tried 3 keys with the same result - actually feels like the lock tries to unlock but for some reason just won't turn. This is the approx 4"x9" shower cover, so there no way to reach inside.

I did see another post on here about shooting WD-40 and then a lubricant in the keyhole, which I will try (most things are happier when WD-40 is applied). Meanwhile, does anyone have any other ideas about how to finesse this open - one of those "close one eye and tap it with a left-handed hammer" deals?
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On my Jayco, it used a key different than all the others. Are you using the right key?
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:39 PM   #3
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No, good thought, but this one is the standard CH57 key used on everybody's doors. Part of me is wondering why it needs a lock at all, but I guess I can see why.
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:35 PM   #4
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You might try holding in on the door while turning the key. Keep the pressure right below the lock where the bar turns.
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Worse case scenario, those doors are usually a soft plastic. You might be able to pry it up, allowing the lock at to clear the slot it locks into.
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No, good thought, but this one is the standard CH57 key used on everybody's doors. Part of me is wondering why it needs a lock at all, but I guess I can see why.
I wondered the same thing because I would never use the outdoor shower because I was too lazy to go get the key.

I swapped it out with just a thumb lock and use it more often now.

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Old 05-02-2018, 04:29 AM   #7
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I had the same problem, about a week ago. I tapped the door lock with a rubber hammer while using the key, it worked!
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Ok, guys - here's the outcome. I tried tapping, wiggling, pushing and pulling, but nothing worked. Being soft plastic, I made a "slim-jim" with a hook to catch the lock's tab so I could use that to encourage the lock, pried up one one corner of the cover to get the slim-jim in. Pulling on the tab still didn't encourage the lock, but that deformed the cover enough to pop open. Ah-HA!

The lock still doesn't want to work so I blew a bunch of Universal Fixit (aka WD-40) in the keyhole and let that work while I jiggled the key. I was almost ready to declare defeat and go buy a replacement when it finally unstuck. Woo HOO!

Another blast of Univ. Fixit, work it back and forth for a while, then some Teflon lube, and all is back to normal. Apparently it swallowed a piece of grit, or some fragment left from original manufacturing?

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Had it happen to me last year, lock lube is on my six month schedule now.
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I usually have to take my compartment latches apart when they get stiff and eventually will stop turning. I found that a dunking into 80W oil works best (grease dosen't seem to last).
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