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Old 09-27-2015, 03:27 PM   #15
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I have been thinking about this same idea. Main reason was sleeping at night there is no way to lock the door on the inside. Today I now have another reason. driving a bumpy road the locked door somehow opened. I didn't noticed it till after 30 mins on a highway and 45 mins eating at the oldest diner in FL. saw the door open just before I got on the road again. Ill forever check the door now but would also like the extra lock for both reasons. I've been full timing it for 3 months now.

Go to the Scamp parts store and buy a new latching mechanism, replace the latch. $16.00 gets a new latch and six screws replaces it. I had the same problem and it's all fixed now.

After spending 50+ years camping in a tent the last thing I worry about is locking the door while I'm sleeping.
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:34 PM   #16
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I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=pd_bia_yo_t_2 but have not installed it yet. I figure I will need to shim it out on the inside with a 1/4" piece of something (probably Oak or Maple, but a piece of plastic would be nice). The advantage to this one is the lock is flush on the outside.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:49 AM   #17
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I think putting a heave duty lock on a Scamp would be like locking the doors on a Convertible. You will just end up with a cut top!
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:23 AM   #18
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I am not putting this lock on because it is heavy duty, I just want the same lock to be able to be locked and unlocked from the inside and the outside. I want to be able to get up and go outside and lock the door with my daughter still asleep inside. She can get out simply by turning the thumb latch. I have also had the door come open underway, albeit from me not getting it closed well enough, but this lock will solve that issue also. And if I had a convertible, I would probably lock the doors on it too.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:32 AM   #19
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After spending 50+ years camping in a tent the last thing I worry about is locking the door while I'm sleeping.
We actually sleep with the screen door open for the breeze and air flow....Aside from being on the road, I don't think we've locked our Scamp yet! But then, I also never lock the car I drive because the auto key lock doesn't work and I'm too lazy to actually unlock the doors using the key. I just tell the kids not to leave anything in my car they are afraid might get stolen!
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:00 AM   #20
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In Florida the AC is used more than the screens. Locking from the inside is just an extra check.
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:16 AM   #21
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Very nice install John, well done. I ended up changing out our original Boler handle/lock for the newer style RV lock with dead bolt. The install was not too bad but it did take a little time as I used marine epoxy to bond 2 layers of plywood to the door from the inside to give the lock a sturdy base so the lock would not flex separately from the door itself particularly when closing from the inside. I also have had a problem with my door hitting the belly band and solved that by simply lowering the top hinge from its original position down to 21" from the top of the door (thanks to another post by Ian). Now my door fully opens and looks good with the new lock.
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Old 09-29-2015, 12:21 PM   #22
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I ended up changing out our original Boler handle/lock for the newer style RV lock with dead bolt. The install was not too bad but it did take a little time as I used marine epoxy to bond 2 layers of plywood to the door from the inside to give the lock a sturdy base so the lock would not flex separately from the door itself particularly when closing from the inside. I also have had a problem with my door hitting the belly band and solved that by simply lowering the top hinge from its original position down to 21" from the top of the door (thanks to another post by Ian). Now my door fully opens and looks good with the new lock.
Your solution sounds like a good one. Beefing up the door was a good choice.

When closing the door it is a compromise between the amount of force needed to compress the weatherstripping for a good seal and easy of closing. After adjusting the latch on my Scamp for a tight seal, I reinforced the original strike plate so I could "slam" the door. The deadbolt is just an added feature. I will keep and eye on the door over time to see if its curvature slackens and other adjustments become necessary. I still dream about a magnetic weather seal like a refrigerator.

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Old 09-29-2015, 01:41 PM   #23
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I still dream about a magnetic weather seal like a refrigerator.
Now that is a good idea! I never thought of that, might have to do some experiments with your idea...
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:44 PM   #24
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I am not putting this lock on because it is heavy duty, I just want the same lock to be able to be locked and unlocked from the inside and the outside. I want to be able to get up and go outside and lock the door with my daughter still asleep inside. She can get out simply by turning the thumb latch. I have also had the door come open underway, albeit from me not getting it closed well enough, but this lock will solve that issue also. And if I had a convertible, I would probably lock the doors on it too.
Your craftsmanship is impeccable and if you want a deadbolt why should anyone complain. I would lock a convertible to. While it is true that it won't keep someone determined out. It will give warning that some one is coming in. It will also send the casual burglar to another trailer or convertible.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:08 PM   #25
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....Aside from being on the road, I don't think we've locked our Scamp yet! ...
As many have pointed out.. locking the door, even with the OP's improved deadbolt lock, will not stop a thief who really wants to get in the camper. However, be sure to check your insurance policy. My policy (Progressive), will not pay off for theft unless there is physical evidence of an unlawful entry (i.e. visible damage). Leave the door unlocked and someone steals all you stuff.. no reimbursement. But lock the door so they have to break in, and you have the evidence needed to make a claim on your insurance policy.
Those of you who habitability leave the door unlocked might want to carry a sledge hammer (if you get my drift)
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:45 AM   #26
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Smile Scamp door lock

My 2012 13' Scamp' door lock. On the inside of the door is a pin that goes into a small hole that prevents the outside door handle from being pulled down. The pin is secured by a small length of chain. Has worked for me for years. I had a 2008 13' Scamp that had the same arrangement for locking the door from the inside. Marg
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:32 AM   #27
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Marg,

My scamp also had a locking pin. But frankly I'm more concerned with theft when I'm not in the trailer. Since so many RVs have the same key even over a several brands I thought a household lock with a more unique key would give me more security from the casual theft. And I will have clear evidence of forced entry. That said I realize there is no way to keep a serious thief out.
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Old 10-02-2015, 02:04 PM   #28
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I agree, John, since the standard latch can be opened from outside with a screwdriver (without damage). Keeping the door closed securely under tow is another good reason to add some kind of deadbolt, either a modern RV-type lockset (as some have done) or a secondary deadbolt like yours or Tim's.

In any case, though, with or without added security, it's not something I am going to lose any sleep over!
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