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Old 09-22-2008, 10:48 AM   #1
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On my egg I bought it has a unique lock added that seems to cover all the issues about opening doors while in travel. Its not ugly either.

Still can't find mine online. So the below ideas will just have to do.

It's sort of a surface mount deadbolt. Sorry no camera..... sooooooo I did some searching here is some simular stuff.

http://hardware.hardwarestore.com/29-425-s...unt-607358.aspx


http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/3378213


http://www.nokey.com/mideinpaof5.html


http://www.homeannex.com/prodView.asp?idPr...rd=71647-424766


http://doitbest.com/doitbest/Garage+door+h...-sku-221735.dib
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:58 AM   #2
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I just lock the door, NEVER had a problem with it coming open.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:08 AM   #3
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... I just lock the door, NEVER had a problem with it coming open.
A review of the board will come up with several threads and post on the problem of doors coming open while bopping down the road. If I recall right its older models mostly.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:41 PM   #4
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Kevin, I am with you, we have never had an issue. But glad to know that it could pop open. I always lock as well (seems like many times we stop and run into a store or restaurant for a quick bite, we come out to find people lookie lou-en so I just lock so that they don't just walk in) . LOL............ I can't imagine having an cute restored/older egg cause I am sure they draw much more attention. Robin
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:20 PM   #5
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My 88 has never had a problem either (knock on wood), but I can understand the need to add something more secure (and to keep the door latched). I can't imagine what it would be like going down the road, rounding a corner and seeing the door swinging in the breeze
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
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Never had any problem here either, but I spent a great deal of time adding the new hinges and aligning the lock and lock plate. I added 1/4" chrome spacers on the inside of the door and lifted the lock mechanism away from the door which aligned it beautifully with the lock plate on the closet side.


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Old 09-23-2008, 10:53 PM   #7
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Mine comes open for two reasons:

1. The lock on the door was installed improperly and doesn't line up well with the striker on body, plus doesn't overlap the striker very much.

2. Because of No 1, as the body and door flex somewhat independently of each other, the lock tongue is pulled off the striker and the door swings open.

To those who have never had a problem, that may be because the door often swings shut again. If the door comes open in a left-hand turn, as is most likely, then you can't see it in the mirror. I didn't think mine was coming open until I saw a paper bag full of my recent purchases spread all over the road behind me after making a left out of a bumpy parking lot. The door was 'still' closed and locked when I checked!

Try leaving some stuf loose on the floor for a while and see how long it stays there!

I use a bungee cord attached to my closet door to keep both doors closed and all my stuf is now secured before I start traveling.
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:52 AM   #8
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While on a trip the tab that locks the door in our bargeman 400 broke off and hard jarring, and lockplate ware, on rough roads would let the door swing open. While in camp I added this under $10.00 fix. Now it looks like there are two door locks.
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:59 PM   #9
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On my way home with my first egg,a 73 Trill 13' (the brown/orange one)as I pulled in to my street I noticed the door open for the first time!
Only God and the others on the Highway were aware as I sure was not.

Somehow I did not loose anything despite the potential that it had bee open for several hundred miles.

I got it home and slapped a small hasp on there so I could keep it shut for sure.

Then I figured out that the entire door jamb had been rotting away over the years and I repaired it and rehung the door and I never had an issue again.

I did not like the hasp idea really due to the potential of being locked inside the trailer somehow so I kept it locked open when I used the trailer.

Since then I have had three newer egg' all with tighter fitting doors when I got them.

I recently installed a deadbolt lock on the Scamp for the obvious extra security and I also have made some hinge retainers for the inside hinge side so the door can not be removed even if the hinges are.

The other just bizarre feature to me of the Scamp latch design is the lack of any practical way to lock the door when inside the trailer.
All it has is a small pin you must slide into a tiny hole which then prvents the latch from being thrown open......very weird to me.

So the deadbolt has also given me a great,simple and reliable means to lockk the door from the inside,no real dexterity required.
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