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Old 07-24-2016, 07:08 AM   #11
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I ordered these two RV door latches about 6 months ago when I bought my skoolie. They only work with doors up to 1 1/4" thick or so. I had to make a recessed pocket. As such, I just got the first one on my rear door mounted today. They work beautifully though, and the fact that one key works for both is great. When I get around to rebuilding my front door, it'll be awesome.
I've looked at those online. Why do they have 2 key slots on the outside (no experience with RVs)
Do you have a photo of your rear door install?
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:19 AM   #12
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I was thinking of welding the 2 front doors together and use the existing top and bottom post as the hinge -or- get some 1" square tubing and make a whole new door....
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:24 AM   #13
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for the rear and side doors a house lock works just fine... though I dont yet have any experience with what will happen when winter comes along if i'll have a bunch of water in it and end up with frozen locks..

I just close my skoolie door and jump out of the side door if I want it closed..
sure like any vehicle someone can break in.. I have a Tuffy Jeep safe mounted on the one wall that I can put a couple laptops in. since my bus is internet connected I may get a Simplisafe alarm for it that could alert my cell phone if a break in occurs ...

the batteries and inverter are probably my most vulnerable bits someone would steal.. they have to have tools to get either..

I supoose if someone really wants office Telephones they can get those.. but ive left those on the floor of my Jeep with the top down and doors off... never got botthered...

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Old 07-24-2016, 11:43 AM   #14
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Found an idea on Lea's bus...



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Old 07-24-2016, 01:43 PM   #15
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The two key slots are because those locks are both a regular latch and a deadbolt. The regular latch can be locked from the outside and still open from the inside while being locked from the outside. It can't be locked or unlocked from inside. The deadbolt can be locked or unlocked inside with a little toggle and requires a key to lock or unlock from outside. They are really well built and work well. I don't have a picture of my rear door yet. I just mounted it this weekend. When I get one, I'll post it.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:18 PM   #16
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Found an idea on Lea's bus...



That's a good idea. Looks nice and clean on the outside too!
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:34 PM   #17
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The two key slots are because those locks are both a regular latch and a deadbolt. The regular latch can be locked from the outside and still open from the inside while being locked from the outside. It can't be locked or unlocked from inside. The deadbolt can be locked or unlocked inside with a little toggle and requires a key to lock or unlock from outside. They are really well built and work well. I don't have a picture of my rear door yet. I just mounted it this weekend. When I get one, I'll post it.
But...........

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Old 07-24-2016, 07:46 PM   #18
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On my side E-door, I drilled a hole through the handle and the safety shield. Then, I inserted a snap-link (cheap carabiner) through the holes. Voila! Instant security. Yes, Virginia, someone tried to enter through that door after I put in that highly effective lock in place. No, they didn't succeed.

For the front doors, I have a length of chain, two keyed-alike padlocks and two eye-bolts.
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:37 PM   #19
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I used two of the guarded hasp locks for the front and rear doors. They work well enough to slow someone down and keep out curious folk, and i installed a 4 camera surveilance system from nightowl. Again it's good enough to slow someone down.

Will try to remember to post pictures tomorrow.

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Old 07-26-2016, 11:56 AM   #20
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Here are the door latch pictures I promised.



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