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Old 11-28-2023, 08:57 AM   #1
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musigenesis saved me

On the way home from an outing I decided to stop for the night at a rest stop rather than hassle rush hour.

Early in the morning everything was frozen so I turned on the engine to run defrost and made some coffee.

The dog needed to pee so I was going out and I slammed the passenger door shut. Dammit! I locked myself out in freezing temps and only 1% on the phone battery.

I don’t have a roadside plan. I called the nearest tow company 30 miles away. They didn’t want to do it. Told me $250 at least for that.

I stood there thinking, I’m just going to break a window. No rocks.

Then I remembered a post by Musigenesis about cutting the gasket out. Fortunately I have a good pocket knife on me. I had that window out in just a couple minutes.

Thanks man!

I’m glad I didn’t freeze my dog

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Old 11-28-2023, 10:15 AM   #2
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Always hid a set of keys somewhere or at least a door key. Why would you have a door that locks when it closes? Deadbolt only.
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Old 11-28-2023, 10:34 AM   #3
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Always hid a set of keys somewhere or at least a door key. Why would you have a door that locks when it closes? Deadbolt only.
Itís a cutaway. Has a regular van door and a passenger door with the mechanical opener.
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Old 11-28-2023, 10:35 AM   #4
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Iím definitely hiding a key. That sucked
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Old 11-28-2023, 11:56 AM   #5
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Old 11-28-2023, 12:10 PM   #6
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Ha ha that's awesome! Now you get the fun of trying to reinstall a gasket - something I'd never even dream of trying.
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Old 11-28-2023, 12:49 PM   #7
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Ha ha that's awesome! Now you get the fun of trying to reinstall a gasket - something I'd never even dream of trying.
Iím going to install an aluminum plate
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Old 11-28-2023, 12:56 PM   #8
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Ha ha that's awesome! Now you get the fun of trying to reinstall a gasket - something I'd never even dream of trying.
I figure itís a lot like using tire levers to remove a bike tire, no? Anyway, Iím just going to blank it
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Old 11-28-2023, 01:02 PM   #9
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I figure itís a lot like using tire levers to remove a bike tire, no?
Funny you should mention that - I'm an avid cyclist but I suck at changing tires.
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Old 11-28-2023, 02:31 PM   #10
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Kudos to you figuring that out, I'd have broke the window out of desperation.

No, don't use levers, you'll break the glass, even if the levers are plastic.

You "rope" the window in, something they did back in the old days. My tip is to use lots of rubber lubricant.

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Old 11-28-2023, 04:03 PM   #11
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I’m going to install an aluminum plate
Good idea replacing with a plate. If you got in this way, so could others too!

put a spare key in a magnetic key box and then tywrap that under the bus. I would also apply a light coating of grease to the key. Hopefully it will be years down the road until you need that key!
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Old 11-28-2023, 04:21 PM   #12
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Good idea replacing with a plate. If you got in this way, so could others too!

put a spare key in a magnetic key box and then tywrap that under the bus. I would also apply a light coating of grease to the key. Hopefully it will be years down the road until you need that key!
A friend of mine zip ties the key to the wiring harness and then wraps it in electrical tape so no one will ever find it (hopefully you can after a year or two)
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Old 11-28-2023, 07:53 PM   #13
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A friend of mine zip ties the key to the wiring harness and then wraps it in electrical tape so no one will ever find it (hopefully you can after a year or two)

That's a good one, and yes, dependent on remembering which blob of electrical tape it's under.


I use a magnetic base plastic key box and hide in underneath a vehicle in a somewhat protected (from elements and the vision of someone under the vehicle). Came in handy on my trip to Calif last week as, after sitting in the truck a bit after stopping, I got out and locked the door with the keys in the ignition. I slid under the truck, and it only took me two tries of putting my finger into the frame holes to find the box and regain entry.


I'll definitely have to find an appropriate location on our bus.
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why not keep a spare key in your wallet ?
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Old 12-02-2023, 05:55 PM   #15
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why not keep a spare key in your wallet ?
I could! I could also have hidden a key on the outside of the bus. Thereís so many places.

After already locked myself out just a few weeks prior, fortunately with a 10 foot ladder literally right next to it, youíd think Iíd have already done it
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Old 12-02-2023, 08:40 PM   #16
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I figure it’s a lot like using tire levers to remove a bike tire, no? Anyway, I’m just going to blank it
Not quite like a tire which is a whole lot more flexible than a piece of glass and might be expensive to replace.
A old trucker stepped out one January morning about 1 am to water a wheel and his puppy put his paws on the window sill and locked him out in his bare feet in his shorts, Don got some frostbite on his toes before someone stopped to help.
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Old 12-03-2023, 12:44 AM   #17
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Roping in the window is super easy if you decide to go that way. Just watch a couple videos on YouTube and you will know more that the window installers. I needed to replace the windshield on my early bronco and couldn't find a shop in town to do it, nobody knew how to do it.
On the key issue. I have push button lock boxes screwed in under the body in hidden location on all my vehicles. They work great and are mostly waterproof and easy to use. A lot of the time I will lock my keys in it just so I don't have to carry them around.
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