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Old 07-03-2015, 12:53 AM   #15
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RoseMarie, just fyi: don't put that pin in and close the door from the outside. It will lock and the key won't work to unlock. Taking hinges off is the only way in. Found this out the hard way when I camped with Dennis the Menace aka my grandson last weekend. :0/
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Old 07-03-2015, 01:00 AM   #16
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Oh, no, Deb!!! That can't have been any fun.

It hadn't dawned on me that that could happen, mostly because I can't turn the handle of mine without removing the pin so would just let it drop once removed. But, now you can bet I'll keep that thought in mind every time I put the pin in or take it out.

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Old 07-03-2015, 01:12 AM   #17
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Yeah...I duct taped mine to the door to keep little fingers off of it. It was the maiden voyage after three years of fixing up. Sure made for a great first adventure! Good thing Dennis the Menace has a dad like MacGyver and can fix anything. Lol!
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:19 AM   #18
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You'll always remember that first trip and have some funny memories from it. Well, it will be a lot more funny later
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:15 PM   #19
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Yeah...I duct taped mine to the door to keep little fingers off of it. It was the maiden voyage after three years of fixing up. Sure made for a great first adventure! Good thing Dennis the Menace has a dad like MacGyver and can fix anything. Lol!
Drat! Lost my reply somehow. Anyway...

I don't think my door will close with the pin in it but, next time someone is here I'll test it. I'll ask them to go inside the camper to pull the pin out in case it will close with the pin in the lock. I also want them to try to open the handle from inside, without the pin in it, after I lock it from the outside, to see if it stays locked or if they can open the door. Not expecting anybody for a few days though. LOL
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:16 PM   #20
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Door latch lock and pin

RoseMarie,

In response to your questions, I tried the experiment on my 83 Scamp. To answer your two questions:

1) Yes, the door will close with the pin in it, and lock you out.

2) Yes, if the door is locked from the outside with the key, it can close and lock someone IN. You can not open the door from the inside as the latch will not retract enough to clear the strike plate. The door has to be unlocked with the key for them to get out.

The one thing that I found annoying with the locking pin on the chain is that it swings while traveling and mars the door finish. To stop that, I put a small magnet on the side of the latch to hold the pin. Problem solved, now just need to clean the marks. Pics attached.

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Old 07-03-2015, 05:20 PM   #21
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Good to know. Good idea with the magnet, too.

Do you know if that upper hole (under your magnet) has any particular use?

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I far as I know, there is no discernible use for that hole. May be something that is used during the assembly process at the factory.
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:17 PM   #23
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I far as I know, there is no discernible use for that hole. May be something that is used during the assembly process at the factory.
Possibily to squirt some lubricant... the lockset in my Scamp doesn't have that hole.
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Old 07-04-2015, 12:44 AM   #24
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Possibily to squirt some lubricant... the lockset in my Scamp doesn't have that hole.
I'll take a look to see if mine has it. If it does, maybe that's where you're supposed to stash the nail or cotter pin when it's not being used as key!

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Old 07-04-2015, 03:12 PM   #25
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RM,

You canít stash the pin in it as it is very shallow since the latch is right behind the hole.

I speculated that it may have been used when assembling the lock, and Donna D opined that it may have been used to lubricate the lock, but that her later model Scamp lock did not have the hole at all. However, we can let Glenn Baglo know what happens to the hole when the LockEZE is gone!

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