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Old 04-26-2015, 01:07 AM   #1
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I am posting this because only folks here would understand my satisfaction:

Last weekend I effected a repair on the Bargman L400 door lock on our Boler. It has been marginally functional for the last 4 years -- couldn't secure the trailer from the outside -- and as most people know, all replacement locks have fallen into the hands of unconscionable gougers living like Gollum in the more squalid corners of ebay.

After taking it into a locksmith shop where both men shook their heads sadly and offered up sympathy for my pain but no solution, I played with it for hours, tweaked and filed and cut shims from tin cans and ground one part out of a washer and finally reassembled it into a working door lock.

It's not beautiful. But I can now lock the Boler again. It fills me with the pride normally only felt by the owner of a truly ugly dog -- and this seemed the best place to share my victory over 40-year-old technology.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:21 AM   #2
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Good for you. You are quite right. The prices on ebay are set to take advantage for sure. But don't abandon eBay. Once in a while a bargain can be had. Found a repair kit for my L300 for $25. The bag was torn and it was missing some parts. After a little study i realized the missing parts could be found at the local hardware store. It's nice to win one once in a while. Raz
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:07 AM   #3
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You're my hero, Warren! I was extremely fortunate when I got my Burro in that the key was missing from the lock. Why is that lucky? It apparently had gone several (or many??) years without being used and worn! I took it to an old-time locksmith who was willing to make a "bang key" which could then be made into a proper key... and immediately made several good copies. Only now, about 4 years later, am I even thinking about having to do any work on the lock itself. Like you, when I see the prices NOS or even cannibalized locks from marginal sources bringing investment-prices, I want to avoid them and preserve my own at all costs!

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Old 04-26-2015, 08:07 AM   #4
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Raz is right, sometimes there are reasonable prices on Bargman latches or parts on ebay. Recently I bought a minor repair kit that had a couple screws and springs plus the alignment pins for $20. There is an internet seller that wants $122 just for the two alignment pins. And I believe it was Raz that mentioned a NOS L300 on ebay a year or more ago for about $60, which I bought. Thanks Raz
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:18 AM   #5
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:29 AM   #6
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As somebody whose life has been touched by the L400, this is a magical story.

I can't help but think there could be at least a small cottage industry in manufacturing modern replacements.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:38 AM   #7
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The owner of Vintage Trailer Supply is considering that Jen, but setting up the tooling or finding someone to do it can be cost prohibitive. Having it done offshore is a possibility but may sacrifice quality. He attended a rally we were at last year and talked some on that topic.
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Old 04-26-2015, 03:05 PM   #8
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MMMM, wonder if using the 3D printing/building would work?
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:43 PM   #9
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Warren! I'm amazed to hear of your success - I've been poking and fiddling with our L-400 for a few nights now... Any chance you'd have any pictures of your eventual solution? I feel like I need to make some amendments to mine, but not sure where to start.
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Strangely enough I asked if there was any interest in making new parts for the L400 a few years ago and got no interest in it at all. My old neighbor had a cnc milling machine and was willing to make some up for fairly cheap but with no interest I gave away the parts that we were going to use as reference. He has since moved and the chance is gone.

I was lucky enough a few years ago to get a rebuild kit for mine from a RV shop in the southern states. Used it on my Ventura. The rebuild kit had parts for 2 different latch and cam types so could probably fix 2 latches from one kit with some minor work.
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Here is my old post
l-400 latchbolt , any interest
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Sorry to hear there was no interest Dave, have seen a lot of posts for parts. I'm old school and would have had him make up 6 or so just to have on hand.
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It should be noted that L400 keys and lock cylinders are available on kijiji:
Bargman L400 Cylinders | parts, accessories | Mississauga / Peel Region | Kijiji
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