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Old 11-18-2021, 05:16 AM   #1
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Door latch that locks on the inside

Hello Casita friends! I would like some ideas on what kind of a door latch I could put on my Casita that would lock on the inside. My teenage niece, Logan, camps with me and she has autism. I need a way to make sure that she can't get out in the night. I have been using a motion detector on the door knob but it wakes us up unnecessarily sometimes. I have to get a new door handle anyway, so I'd like something that keeps her safely in (of course only when I'm in there too.) Suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2021, 07:01 AM   #2
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You don't want a door that impedes emergency egress. Very unsafe. Maybe look into a perimeter device like the electric fences for dogs? Or an alarm that goes off when the door is opened.
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Old 11-18-2021, 09:36 AM   #3
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After raising 5 kids, (some of them escape artists) I found a cheap door alarm, like this:
https://www.amazon.ca/SABRE-Wireless.../dp/B00M30SKM0

That was the end of midnight expeditions.
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David..
You amaze me, and probably a whole bunch of others, with your knowledge, experience and practical solutions.. Thanks for making the time to share your insight..
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Old 11-19-2021, 06:39 PM   #5
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After raising 5 kids, (some of them escape artists) I found a cheap door alarm, like this:
https://www.amazon.ca/SABRE-Wireless.../dp/B00M30SKM0

That was the end of midnight expeditions.
We have one on our screen doors on our RV and Casita so at night we can leave the outside door open when it is hot and if someone opens our screen door somehow we'll be awoken. We have a screen door hook type latch on the screen doors in a location that people can't reach from the slide in the door. So the screen can't be opened easily. We also have a plastic screen door cover to keep pets in and people out but still have lots of air. These things help a lot.
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Old 11-19-2021, 07:11 PM   #6
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David..
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Aww... common, your embarrassing me.

Thanks though.
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:34 AM   #7
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Hello Casita friends! I would like some ideas on what kind of a door latch I could put on my Casita that would lock on the inside. My teenage niece, Logan, camps with me and she has autism. I need a way to make sure that she can't get out in the night. I have been using a motion detector on the door knob but it wakes us up unnecessarily sometimes. I have to get a new door handle anyway, so I'd like something that keeps her safely in (of course only when I'm in there too.) Suggestions? Thanks!
What a beautiful, dear child! Seeing here photo and reading that she camps with you just made my day! Surely we see God in those around us.

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Old 11-26-2021, 10:52 AM   #8
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just my two cents, but my door latch locks on the inside, from the factory, so do many, many, many trailer door locks. My wife can't sleep if the door is left unlocked, just like in our house.

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Yeah, most trailers/RV's have a door lock assembly that permits the lock to be used from the inside. Generally in the form of a flip-over toggle lever which will prevent someone outside from coming into your trailer uninvited. But that said, that same flip lever will just as easily unlock the door from inside by anyone in there, and that won't prevent anyone from surreptitiously exiting in the middle of the night. From inside, it's easy to lock, and also just as easy to unlock simply by flipping the lever over. You need some kind of magnetic "make or break" contact switch with a magnetic sensor wired up that will sound an audible alarm if the door is opened.

https://www.amazon.com/HENDUN-Wirele...949229&sr=8-16
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01347EM22...v_ov_lig_dp_it

This one looks identical to my original latch, and is what I'm using to replace my rusted one. The one on my Trail Mite is original and has a lock. Is that not a standard practice? To lock your door at night? One of the reasons I bought a camper was because it had a lock and the tent didn't. Or am I misunderstanding the type of lock you are askind about?
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:25 PM   #11
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The problem is that the OP wanted a lock to keep her child from opening the door and wandering off. However any lock that can do that will also be an impediment to anyone trying to escape a trailer in the dark while choking on thick smoke from a fire. So just like your home, the lock should be effective at preventing people from coming in from outside but should never slow down anyone trying to exit in an emergency. Original Scamps have a pin that inserts in the works and prevents the door latch from being turned and the door opened. But in an emergency it is quick and easy to pull the pin, or the chain it is attached, to release the lock and then open the door... even in the smoke filled dark. At your home you might have a deadbolt operated by a key on the outside, but on the inside it would be a lever.. never a key operated lock on the interior of the home.

So some sort of alarm is the best option to deal with wandering children at night. But don't use a lock that might be hard to use in a panic stricken emergency.
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