Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER
Nice write-up on the door lock. Thinking outside of the box is a good and necessary thing when doing conversions. I thought about this for quite a while, but in the end, decided not to put a lock on my front door. My bus originally came with a manual open/close air valve for the doors. I converted it to an electric solenoid air valve and installed an electric switch outside that I can turn off when I want to. As long as the air is up, you cannot open it. I have a small air compressor that I plan to install on the auxilliary air tank to keep the air up for the door and air leveling when I'm using the bus and it's parked for 2 to 3 days at a time.
Lastly, I've seen several RV's that were broken into while the doors were locked. Needless to say, RV doors aren't exactly high security. The resulting body damage to the RV (face frame, wall, threshold, door) cost way more to repair than what was stolen (usually TV's). So I quit locking mine when away. But, you need a lock on it when you're inside at night - - - - - or find a way to keep the air up.