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Old 05-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Sitting in our tow vehicle at our campground in Hood River Oregon. One of the door locks appears to have failed. It works the dead bolt but won't go in or turn the lock. Waiting for a locksmith. Not a way to start vacation. Any ideas
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:55 AM   #3
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We had a similar issue last fall. The dead bolt would not function. Trailer was 4 months old.

Remove the screws from one side of the hinges and the door will come out.
You can then open up the inside plate of the lock assembly and remove the dead bolt slide, easy to do and very obvious once you open it up. We were not able to operate the dead bolt from the inside or outside. Replace door.

We had to do this in the dark very late at night using lights from tow vehicle.
You can still lock the door from the outside with the other half of the lock system but you will not be able to lock the door from the inside with the dead bolt. Not that much of an issue.

The secret is to have a screw driver that is not inside the trailer!
That is another story which made it more complicated but were able to work around fishing through the side storage hatch and a long pole.

I believe the solution is to replace the entire lock assembly, according to Reace.
We have not picked up the trailer from Escape since we took it in for repair so not sure what the final outcome was. Will find out next week.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:46 AM   #4
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It's nearly the following day since you posted. Hope you got to sleep in your bed last night.

The door lockset isn't an issue with just the Escape. I know a fella that owns a Casita that had to crawl through a window at the Oregon Gathering and another couple with a huge See Ya 5th wheel that also got locked out because of a failure to the deadbolt portion.

I would imagine it's because trailers are like earthquakes going down the road and all the shaking going on... something is going to fail or move. Fortunately (or unfortunately) it's sometimes just the lockset.

Safe travels!
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #5
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Tell us the end of the story, Tim.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:13 PM   #6
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Ahh... the rest of the story. I tried to post after things were resolved but the WIFI at the campgrounds was on the fritz. $110 and 2 hours later (we had to pay for travel to the campground) the issue was resolved and we didn't have to remove the door. That was looking like a prospect since no one was small enough to crawl in through the small baggage door! It was the deadbolt lock. Apparently, according to the locksmith, one of the small discs that is supposed to retain the key and prevent it from being removed in the wrong position, gave out and was extended preventing the key from now being inserted. He used some of his small key tools to force the disc back and insert a key. He recommended NOT locking the deadbolt from the outside. Needless to say, we will only use the deadbolt from the inside. Seems strange that a $20,000 plus RV can be stymied by a $20 lock mechanism but the locksmith said he makes good money opening malfunctioning RV locks. And yes, these are common locks on a lot of RV's. So, we did get to spend the night in the Escape and after the locksmith left, we celebrated with a cold one. Today we rode our bikes on the old highway between Hood River and Mosier and it was a beautiful day. Ended with a beer and great pizza at Double Mountain. So happy ending, but a word to the wise, if you own an Escape you need to plan your escape just in case you get lock out or in.
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I am glad you are enjoying Hood River now. We spent a weekend there last July. It is a fun little town and beautiful area.
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There, you got your trailer jinx out of the way. It is all fun from hear on in.
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door lock

We also had a door lock problem, can't remember if it was the Escape or prior trailer, same type of lock. We took the trailer to a lock smith shop as we were traveling at the time. He realigned a part or two through the key hole so the key would work and told us to make sure we remove the key when the key is in the proper position. Then he left and just said have a good day, no charge and we have not had a problem since. Like I said, I don't remember which trailer as we have had the Escape for well over two years.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:23 PM   #10
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Don't know if this applies, but when we had our pick-up tour we were told to make sure the key was turned all the way to the stop before removal or it would not work again.

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