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Old 07-19-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

Are you wanting to lock from the inside, the outside, or both? We have pretty much decided to use a garage door handle but I'm not sure I want a locking one. I tried to get another key made for my daughters shed and it had a garage door handle/lock. It seems the keys are "different" and the hardware store I when to said they never had good luck making copies of keys for them. The key I had made simply wouldn't work. So our idea is to use the three-point garage door handle with a deadbolt of some sort. Still working on it. Locking from the inside isn't the difficulty. It's locking it from the outside.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

ive seen these used. just take the chain off the slider and bolt through the door.

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Old 07-20-2011, 10:47 AM   #3
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

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Locking from the inside isn't the difficulty. It's locking it from the outside.
Yep, our issue too. We have to come up with something soon as we'll start putting stuff inside and don't want to chance anything coming up missing.
I don't know about y'all, but my bus door has an external release lever that allows people to open the door from the outside even if I have it completely closed. I use a spring clip to clamp the release to the lever on the inside so it cannot be opened. I also use a spring clip on the inside of my wheelchair door latch to keep it from moving. I suppose it would be within the realm of possibility to overcome the pressure of the spring, but they would have to be able to see how the lock was being restrained and then think of using an extension bar to apply enough leverage to exert that much pressure. In terms of external locking, I used a hasp with a built-in combination lock. So far, that has worked out pretty well. You can see it in my conversion thread on page 13.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:07 PM   #4
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... I don't know about y'all, but my bus door has an external release lever that allows people to open the door from the outside even if I have it completely closed...
We turned our two piece door into a one piece door. There was no exterior lever on it. There were a couple of big eye bolts that you could slide a padlock thru. We rarely lock our door on the Class C while in campgrounds. We lock up at night when wallydocking. And we travel with the door locked. I do want to be able to lock the bus when we leave it.

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Old 07-20-2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

I think I got a pretty good setup, even thought The BOV is still a work in progress, it locks up pretty tight.

First I have a split door. I took the door loose from one side and flipped it over. This way the support bar is lower and gave me a place to put the lock:

I used a garage door lock for both the front and back door. I found matching serial numbers by going to a few Home Depots, so that the keys for the front and back would match. I then riveted in a piece of plate, that I will weld in soon.

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Old 07-20-2011, 07:01 PM   #6
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

On the inside the lock looks like this:


The back door was even easier:



Works great!

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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

those deadbolts look great!!
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

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... Its the exact same kind we have on our back door as well...
So there goes the back door lock!
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

We have decided to go with this one for the rear emergency door
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And we found some hardware made for storm doors that will work for the front door. David decided he didn't want to mortise a lock into a metal door so we are going with the surface mount one at Lowes... (Home Depot had a similar one... I had to do a search for "door latch" in order to find it online.

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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

They are in stock at the Los Lunas Lowes. Amazing since this Lowes (and the Home Depot next door) are both poorly stocked.
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