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Old 02-08-2015, 09:37 PM   #11
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Old 02-08-2015, 10:42 PM   #12
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Also the little lock covers will stick unless lubricated, I waxed the trailer and chrome and lubed the locks and stabilizers today.
That reminds me-- What about lubricating lock cylinders? I have used graphite, but I wonder if there is something more modern and effective for this?
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Old 02-08-2015, 10:48 PM   #13
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I've lubed the exterior hatch locks with graphite. Keys go in and turn smoothly. If I need to do the same thing a year from now... So WHAT? I consider some of this stuff as maintenance issues. YMMV
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Old 02-08-2015, 10:55 PM   #14
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I had one of those defective deadbolt door locks that were recalled. I installed the replacement cylinder and it works okay except for one thing: the cover inside the keyhole does not automatically spring back into place when I remove the key, it stays open so rain can get into the keyhole. I can make it shut by tapping it a couple of times. Graphite didn't seem to help this, but I thought something else might.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:50 AM   #15
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The guy at the lock and safe shop suggested I use Lock-ease.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:07 AM   #16
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That reminds me-- What about lubricating lock cylinders? I have used graphite, but I wonder if there is something more modern and effective for this?
I read an overly long article by a locksmith, who ended up recommending Tri-Flow.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:22 AM   #17
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I had one of those defective deadbolt door locks that were recalled. I installed the replacement cylinder and it works okay except for one thing: the cover inside the keyhole does not automatically spring back into place when I remove the key, it stays open so rain can get into the keyhole. I can make it shut by tapping it a couple of times. Graphite didn't seem to help this, but I thought something else might.
Same here, replaced the lock but the lock cover sticks.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:44 AM   #18
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Our trailer is 5 months old and am waiting another month before its first waxing as per advice on this forum. When washing it last week I noticed the chrome door hinges had some oxidation. Bought some chrome polish and it got the grime off however there is some pitting already. Glad I got to the hatch latches, etc. before they did.
After decades of RV'ing I have noticed a very short life on many of the chromed accessories (door handles, hinges, faucets, etc.). Somehow I suspect that the failure (pitting and oxidation) is related to the underlying material. Often it resembles pot metal.
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I had one of those defective deadbolt door locks that were recalled. I installed the replacement cylinder and it works okay except for one thing: the cover inside the keyhole does not automatically spring back into place when I remove the key, it stays open so rain can get into the keyhole. I can make it shut by tapping it a couple of times. Graphite didn't seem to help this, but I thought something else might.

I have used silicone lubricant on all our locks, RV window tracks etc. for years and have never had any problems.

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