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Old 05-22-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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I have a regular entry lock on the back door of my Campster. It won't open. I took off the back knob and can turn everything with a screwdriver; lock still won't open. (It opened with difficulty yesterday at Cabela's when I loaded in two chairs and that was apparently its death knoll.)

Back sliding door window is locked.

Side windows have screens; could cut one but someone would have to be strong enough to get to the lock (which means moving a bunch of stuff stored in the way) and still small enough to go through the window. Not likely.

Pop top is locked down. (And has intact canvas.)

Any suggestions short of a locksmith? I'm going to google it but thought maybe one of you has had a similar problem. It's a push button lock, probably a Kwikset, keyed outside.

If you have any ideas, please email me: barbaram (at) csufresno.edu as I'm not on the web but can read email on my cell phone.

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Old 05-23-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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Just a thought.....
Try placing two putty knives in the crack and then wedge them apart with a wide screwdriver. It may be enough to pop the door open without damaging the door or the side.
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:41 PM   #3
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Push (or pull) the door like you are trying to close it further, then try to pop the latch.

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There isn't really a crack. The door overlaps the frame. Here are a couple of pictures.


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To the left of the assembly I can see a bolt head. If you remove these would the whole door and frame come off?

In the centre of your latch there is a small piece, at the end of the slot, holding the centre tube section in place. If you depress this will it let the centre push into the trailer and maybe release the latchbar?
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To the left of the assembly I can see a bolt head. If you remove these would the whole door and frame come off?

In the centre of your latch there is a small piece, at the end of the slot, holding the centre tube section in place. If you depress this will it let the centre push into the trailer and maybe release the latchbar?
To the second, no. To the first, yes, and I didn't have to remove the whole frame, just loosen the left side. It will now need resealing but the lock is gone (no latch at all until I replace it.)

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If your Campster is built about the same way our Scamp and Surfside are, your door opens outward and the hinges are outside, too. If that's the case you could try pulling the hinge pins and pull the door off that way.
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The hinges were sealed (both ends capped.) That was my first idea.

I'm inclined to put just a door knob that won't lock on it now, and then put a keyed latch outside, and a lock inside.
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