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Old 05-11-2019, 09:29 AM   #1
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Door is stuck in locked mode. I have hit it with wd40 and gentally worked the lock for 15 minutes with no results, key will not turn. Where can i order a replacement. Origanal keys say Hehr and a # on flip side(key code). I will go Hulk on the key once I know replacents can be found. If needed able to drill out tumbler to open up, but at that point a replacement needs to be on hand.
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Old 05-11-2019, 12:58 PM   #2
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You should be able to remove the two screws and pull the whole handle straight out. With the handle partway out you can rotate the square shaft to open the door.

You may be able to find an exact replacement for the complete handle with lock at an RV shop for under $20. If not, a square shaft garage door handle (L- or T-grip) from a hardware store will also work. You’ll have to cut the shaft to length.

Happened to me on the eve of our very first trip with our new-to-us Scamp, except mine failed in the unlocked mode. The RV shop that sold me the replacement handle cut it down for no extra charge. We were on our way in 15 minutes!

I now keep a spare around since it appears to fail without warning.
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Old 05-11-2019, 02:52 PM   #3
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This trick doesn't always work, but it has for some folks in some instances. Anyway, it doesn't cost anything to try it.

Try pushing against the door itself near the latch while trying to turn the handle. Sometimes the striker plate on the door jamb, that the latch goes into when the door is closed, can get worn and be out of tolerance. This worn striker plate has caused this "lock-out" problem for a good many out there. It's worked for a few folks to push the door in as hard as you can (by hand) while working the handle, but no guarantees. Works for some but not all.
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[QUOTE=Casita Greg;741746]This trick doesn't always work, but it has for some folks in some instances. Anyway, it doesn't cost anything to try it.

Try pushing against the door itself near the latch while trying to turn the handle. Sometimes the striker plate on the door jamb, that the latch goes into when the door is closed, can get worn and be out of tolerance. This worn striker plate has caused this "lock-out" problem for a good many out there. It's worked for a few folks to push the door in as hard as you can (by hand) while working the handle, but no guarantees. Works for some but not all.[/QUOTE

I have been locked both out and in on numerous occasions over the years. Never quite knew why. This trick has worked for me. Good luck!
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Old 05-11-2019, 03:47 PM   #5
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Thanks i read about pushing in the door. My oroblem is the lock. The key will not disengage the lock. Key will not turn. Will try pulling screws and binging unit to rv store.
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Yes, those locks are failure prone. I was told the weight of the lever handle bouncing against the mechanism as you go down the road leads to failure. A suggested solution is to mount the new handle with the lever pointed down. I opted not to do that, but you could if you wanted.
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:17 PM   #7
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I wonder what year Casita and what length (16 curved door or 17 flat door. You might consider updating your title info to help us help you.
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It would be either a 13’ or a 16’ with a curved door like Scamp. Casita never used this lockset style on the 17’ers.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:47 AM   #9
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Does the key enter the lock completely? Also it may be that the key is worn too badly being that old. I would suggest since the code is on the key to take it to a locksmith and ask if generating a new key from code would solve the problem. Spent 30 years in the locksmith business and seen a lot of worn out keys.
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Sorry Sven,


Also make sure that the lever is perfectly level when turning the key.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:42 AM   #11
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I had this happen to me while camping with my 10 year old son. Of course it happened when returning to camp late at night.
We had to remove the door from the hinges. We had wrenches but no hammer to help remove the rusted bolts. Had to use rocks. To add to this fun experience we had no flashlight when we were outside just a light saber. I miss 10 year olds.
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I would call Scamp and order a new handle. That's what I did. Works great.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:25 PM   #13
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Locked out? try Escape Window

I was locked out of 1997 Casita at a remote campsite but fortunately a rear side window had been equipped as an emergency escape window. I could slide glass and screen open and then crawl into camper and was able to open door form inside.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:45 PM   #14
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fwiw, I much prefer using the liquid lock graphite in the little blue squeeze bottle to WD40 on any sort of lock.
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