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Old 03-28-2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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I have a 1975 Lovebug with the original door handle that 'turns' to open. I want to replace it with something a bit more sturdy with a keylock. Im new to rebuilding any camper so any/all suggestions/ideas are very welcome.
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:10 AM   #2
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I replaced the original door latch on my 2000 Scamp with the latch pictured below.

I had to drill a new hole, and also figure out how to cover the old hole, but the result was worth it. Pictures of the finished project will come later.

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Old 03-29-2008, 02:47 PM   #3
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Dan, I've seen that handle and think it would work for me. But, is it keyed so it can be locked?
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:46 PM   #4
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Someone posted recently about using an overhead garage door handle/lock. Said it was about the right size to fit the existing hole on the door.
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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The door latch pictured above does lock from the outside with a key.

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Old 03-29-2008, 09:25 PM   #6
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What about locking from the inside.....for night time security while sleeping?
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Old 03-29-2008, 09:33 PM   #7
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... and it locks from the inside as well.

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Old 03-30-2008, 12:40 AM   #8
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What about locking from the inside.....for night time security while sleeping?
Hi: Brian... A lot of Boler Owners have found that the Scamp door lock/handle replaces theirs as well, call Scamp 1-800-346-4962 and talk to their parts dept.
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:44 AM   #9
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I had to drill a new hole, and also figure out how to cover the old hole, but the result was worth it.
Dan.. where did you find this door knob? How did you cover the hole back up?? and where do you get them?

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Someone posted recently about using an overhead garage door handle/lock. Said it was about the right size to fit the existing hole on the door.
Didnt Donna D put one of those on hers???
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:35 AM   #10
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Didn't Donna D put one of those on hers???
Nope, the plan is to install a flat, regular RV paddle door latch.... similar to the older style Boler Bargman. Notice I said "plan." I'll eventually do it, I've got all the instructions... it like a lot of things, it's just a matter of [b]time.
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Old 03-30-2008, 01:11 PM   #11
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Me too!!

What Donna!!!! about 3 years now.

It wasn't last year at Oregon and I wasn't there in 2006. It was 2005 that we got all jazzed about putting one on.
I came close a few months later. What stopped me was the strike bar and then I was getting ready for my Alaska trip. I surely didn't want to have problems with the door on that trip. So I put it off and have not gotten back to it.

I suspect also that it's because I do have a door handle that works. The change is sort gingerbread although I like the inside lock better than what I have.
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Old 03-30-2008, 01:25 PM   #12
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I suspect also that it's because I do have a door handle that works. The change is sort gingerbread although I like the inside lock better than what I have.
Yep, I think that's my lack of motivation. It's a "looks" thing, what I've got works. I'll do it someday... probably when I'm finally finished with school... like Summer of 2009!

FYI, this is what Joy and I are talking about... only mine is chrome: Trimark Door Lock

I think this is the door knob style everyone else is talking about: Trailer Lock (L-100)
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Old 03-30-2008, 06:10 PM   #13
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My Scamp door had jiggled open several times on the road. The tongue is too small to hold the jamb. I installed a Stanley Lifetime hasp. It ain't real pretty but it functions perfectly. It uses a built in combination lock so no worry about everyone having a key. # 10x24 stainless FH bolts hold it all together. Cost about $9.00 plus bolts & washers.
Very secure except a thief (or I) could still get in by undoing the 2 hinge bolts. Keep secret.
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:20 PM   #14
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Here are the pictures of my lock...

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