Originally Posted by jeckel30
I am sorting out all of the issues before it starts to get cold as my wife and I will be full time come spring.
One of the issues I have is the lock on the door of the Scamp. If you take out the two screws on the handle you can just turn the handle and you are in the Scamp. I understand that thieves are going to get in if they really want to but I am hoping to have it take longer than 5 seconds and a screwdriver to get in. What are my options to have a bit more of a robust lock on the '83 Scamp?
Sorry all of the pictures are sideways but you get the idea.
If you plan on full timing, then perhaps a better door lock would be an asset.
When we bought our old Boler
a few years ago, the Bargman door latch was completely frozen. I removed it and replaced it with a standard aluminum-screen-door type latch/lock that I got at a local RV parts place. It has a key lock for the outside and came with 2 keys, and a sliding tab on the inside that allows us to lock it from the inside at night, similar to a screen door on a house. It has worked great, is very secure and does not release when travelling, and cost about $20. It solves the problem of locking from the inside, without any chance that it will lock by accident. Even if it did, it could be opened from the outside using the key.
You can see a picture of my door lock on page 191 of the GO RV catalogue under item #46096 ("Door Latch with lock"). http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/catalo...mp;pageNum=191
As for the hinge bolts, that is an issue. You could conceivably deform the threads at the bottom so they cannot be removed, but then you also can't remove them for maintenance. It should be possible to drill a hole in the bolts (or buy bolts with holes drilled already), and put in a lock or cotter pin to discourage disassembly. Also, Loc-tite on the nut would make it harder to disassemble, but not impossible in the future.
Rick in Edmonton