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Old 10-12-2015, 10:23 AM   #21
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After returning from the Smokies in 2013, my deadbolt would not open, just spin. After thinking about access for several hours, cause I did not want to call a locksmith, here's what I was able to do.
1. Empty passenger side front box
2. Push open under seat access door
3. Insert makeup mirror on the floor and tip so I could see the lock
4. Feed a 4 foot long one inch square wooden stick into the camper
5. Using all of the backwards spacial logic I could muster, pushed the deadbolt to open.
6. Open the door.
7. Wrench right shoulder patting myself on the back.
8. Take Rita to lunch with the money I saved.
Worked for me. Elapsed time about 10 minutes
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:32 AM   #22
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I am a little large for getting into the side box but the lure of saving money was strong. The indecent exposure police were not in the neighborhood that day. Just thought relating the story might bring a smile and bail someone out some day. I have a backpack in the Highlander all the time with a signaling mirror that could be utilized and always have a knife to cut a stick or open a bottle of beer. I live the Scout motto to the best of my ability.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:56 AM   #23
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Dave, you are officially My Hero. And I'm thinking specific to these RV locksets. Jeesus. I'm both amazed and disturbed by the number of stories people are telling.

Escape Artist -- does your keypad seem reliable? More so than your memory at least?

And I'm actually starting to think now we SHOULD have a "worst case scenario" kit as we have definitely had other stuff that should be reliable go awry on trips. Maybe I'll start another thread for suggestions, if there's not one somewhere already?
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:36 PM   #24
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Hi: medora... We don't have the number pad... just the "Brain freeze" part!!! Alf
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:12 PM   #25
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Not to belabor the issue, but was the red lever end pointed left or right? Is it possible to lock oneself out that way? I haven't tried it. Tammy told me not to lock the deadbolt from the outside, as there may be an issue with that. While I do lock my door, I've never done the bolt from the outside.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:31 PM   #26
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In our case it definitely wasn't the deadbolt -- we never use it. I had literally JUST unlocked the basic lock (is that called the passkey?) walked in, set my stuff down, walked back out (closing the door) -- and then tried almost immediately to get back in. It required the key to "fix" this (I handed the keys to my husband through the window once I crawled back in).

I'm going to email ETI today just to see if they do like any other model locks better. I'm guessing that if they did they'd USE them on these models, but ...?
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:45 PM   #27
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I'm glad you were able to get back in. It may not be a bad idea to leave a "climbable in" window unlocked.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:56 PM   #28
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For what it's worth, had this happened with us on the INSIDE and the keys on the OUTSIDE, I'm not entirely sure we would have gotten out without a window escape. I think that's very similar to the recall problem (though I think that had to do with the deadbolt).
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:48 PM   #29
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I looked at keyless locks and also asked ETI and they said they would get back to me on it but never did. The keyless ones I saw could not be installed because the mold is recessed for the lock and they were too wide. Can't tell if that is the case with the Bauer keyless lock without looking at measurements.
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:56 AM   #30
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Here's what Reace said in email about this:

There seems to be a few different manufacturers of these latches, however they must all get their parts from the same supplier. We now use Bauer brand latch and they too have glitches. Although small glitches, they are better than the Fastec lock. The Fastec lock could jamb and not let you get your key in or out. The Bauer seems to lock unexpectedly, but you can still use your key.

Not sure if that helps.


Anyone have bad experiences with the Bauers?
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