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Old 03-05-2015, 11:51 AM   #31
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I notice more than one person saying that they only lock one side. My view is you should lock both sides or leave it unlocked. One side unlocked invites a thief, who could care less about the damage he causes, to grab the unlocked side and force it up to get inside. But then again, maybe I'm overly cautious, I designed a home alarm system long before they became common place in houses.

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I agree, seems like if there is a hasp there should be a lock.
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:31 PM   #32
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Wow, I thought this was a simple question. I really didn't expect all these responses. So thanks for that, all.

But now I'm wondering whether the keyed-alike weather resistant, coated locks I found will fit. See pic below. With the rubber coating, the shackles look to be more on the 5/16" diameter. I haven't opened the package, thinking I may need to return them. So, is a 1/4 inch the max diameter of the hasp? But, apparently I can enlarge the hole slightly. Is that correct?

Thanks for all the great responses.

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Old 03-05-2015, 01:36 PM   #33
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I notice more than one person saying that they only lock one side. My view is you should lock both sides or leave it unlocked. One side unlocked invites a thief, who could care less about the damage he causes, to grab the unlocked side and force it up to get inside. But then again, maybe I'm overly cautious, I designed a home alarm system long before they became common place in houses.

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I guess everyone has their own situation. Others may well live and camp in areas where crime is more of a concern than for us. Although there certainly is crime and thievery around here, it is not severe enough for me to waste too much effort or thought on how to combat it. One lock is enough to provide a minimum of protection for me, and is not as big of a pain in the a$$ to unlock when I need quick access to the storage bin. Keep in mind with the tow attached, you may have to climb over the hitch to unlock the other side, or walk around your vehicle.
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:38 PM   #34
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Do not forget you also need 2 locks for your sewer compartment, I bought a matching set like these Amazon.com: 3/4" (20mm Appx) Mini Brass Lock 6-piece Set: Office Products
that way I'll always have an extra key around.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:02 PM   #35
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I notice more than one person saying that they only lock one side. My view is you should lock both sides or leave it unlocked.

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I'm in the locking one side camp, no sense having to repair both sides if some jerk tries to break in. I just use a very small plastic coated lock I picked up at CT. After 4 weekend trips and one 7,000Km three week trip I saw no damage or wear to speak of. As Donna D. says YMMV.
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Wow, I thought this was a simple question. I really didn't expect all these responses. So thanks for that, all.

But now I'm wondering whether the keyed-alike weather resistant, coated locks I found will fit. See pic below. With the rubber coating, the shackles look to be more on the 5/16" diameter. I haven't opened the package, thinking I may need to return them. So, is a 1/4 inch the max diameter of the hasp? But, apparently I can enlarge the hole slightly. Is that correct?

Thanks for all the great responses.

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Hard to tell from this photo (hat tip to Cypher - where I originally got the idea for the marine grade locks) but it looks like there's enough latch material to enlarge the holes if your hasp is too thick.
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:11 PM   #37
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We picked our Escape 21 up last spring and immediately headed down to Utah for some camping and hiking. We intentionally spent the first night at the WalMart in Bellingham, WA. There we loaded up on all our trailering supplies that evening. I bought a couple locks for the front box there. Turned out they were too thick to fit through the holes. Wasn't much of a hassle to exchange them for the next smallest size of lock!
With no previous RV experience, I hate to admit it, but this was a great way to equip the RV. We took a number of trips back and forth to get it all equipped, but we did a pretty good job of it that evening and they were pretty well stocked for kitchen, camping and RVing gear. We more than paid for our free campsite that day!
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We intentionally spent the first night at the WalMart in Bellingham, WA. There we loaded up on all our trailering supplies that evening. I bought a couple locks for the front box there. Turned out they were too thick to fit through the holes. Wasn't much of a hassle to exchange them for the next smallest size of lock!
With no previous RV experience, I hate to admit it, but this was a great way to equip the RV. We took a number of trips back and forth to get it all equipped, but we did a pretty good job of it that evening and they were pretty well stocked for kitchen, camping and RVing gear. We more than paid for our free campsite that day!
Making your first night's stop at Bayview State Park does the same thing. The turn-off for the park is by Camping World. A little circuit we've done several times.

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Old 03-05-2015, 05:17 PM   #39
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Making your first night's stop at Bayview State Park does the same thing. The turn-off for the park is by Camping World. A little circuit we've done several times.
That sure looks like a much nicer place to camp than the tarmac outside Walmart, but a little further to go to stock up on all the needed camping gear. I will say, I didn't pre-plan the first day because I had NO idea how the pick-up day would go, how confident I'd be pulling a trailer, how customs would be, how much shopping we'd have to do etc. I think we made about 4 trips into WalMart that evening so it was handy being so close by.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:45 PM   #40
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Do not forget you also need 2 locks for your sewer compartment, I bought a matching set like these Amazon.com: 3/4" (20mm Appx) Mini Brass Lock 6-piece Set: Office Products
that way I'll always have an extra key around.
Right on, I hate when people steal my sewer! oops I'm sorry.
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