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Old 06-24-2018, 12:33 PM   #1
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Spare Key?

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Has anyone had a spare key made for their ignition? My school bus came with one key but I'd like to have a backup.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:36 PM   #2
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What's your concern? I would definitely have a spare made for $1 and keep it somewhere outside the bus.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:49 PM   #3
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Just like making a copy of the car key - take it to the hardware store and they'll make as many copies as you need.

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Hi!
Has anyone had a spare key made for their ignition? My school bus came with one key but I'd like to have a backup.
Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:36 PM   #4
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No brainer, go to the hardware store and get a spare made. I got 2 spares made as soon as I bought each bus.
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:45 PM   #5
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Perfect, thanks all! Haha, I didn't want to sound silly asking, but my car keys are electronic and can't be duplicated at a hardware store. I wasn't sure if there was anything unusual for copying bus keys. Looked like a basic key to me so I was hoping that's what you would say. Fresh bus keys being made tomorrow!!!
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Old 06-27-2018, 03:42 PM   #6
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Just test each key when you get back to the bus.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:41 AM   #7
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I just got back from ACE hardware and they couldn't find a blank that matched. Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:09 AM   #8
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Go to a locksmith. They will have them. I also removed the keyed entry to the double door and put and open and close button inside a combination lockbox.

I can now get in and out of the bus securely without a key. I have spare keys inside.
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I just got back from ACE hardware and they couldn't find a blank that matched. Anyone else have this problem?
While Home Depot had a large selection of blanks, they did not have one for my Genesis. I went right next door to Walmart and they had it on their rack. Sure a locksmith will have them but I doubt you'll get keys cut from them for $2 a piece.
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:00 PM   #10
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I was at Wrangel St Elias and we lost our key for a couple hours. The nearest locksmith was about 5 hours away over bad roads. A local was coming to try to hotwire us when we found it.

We also found a key for somebody else's car. They had hired a plane to fly them to Anchorage and back to get a new key made at their dealership - they got their key just in time.
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