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Old 02-10-2020, 09:59 AM   #1
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Bargman L400 Door Lock

Hi Everyone,

Been reading a lot of the forums on the L400 which is the lock I have on my 1978 Boler. Mine is missing the lock cylinder and I, of course, cant seem to find a replacement part. Does anyone know where to get one? I'm new to this, so maybe I'm missing something.

On the flip side, if I end up completely replacing my L400 for a different lock (I have one from camping treasures that I could install), should I sell my old L400 for parts? Is there still a need for them?
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:32 AM   #2
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should I sell my old L400 for parts? Is there still a need for them?
Absolutely! They go for some fairly high prices even if they aren't in the best shape. Do a search of E-bay and select Sold Items to get an idea of what they have been going for.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:56 AM   #3
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The L400 has a somewhat unique shape, will your replacement fit without cutting up the door and patching?

L400s both working and not working sell routinely on ebay. Asking prices are not a good guide, as there is always someone asking a sky high price hoping to get it. Sold prices are a much better guide.

They do sell at a substantial price, as this same lock was used on many vintage trailers, including Airstreams. So demand exceeds supply. I picked up one in nice condition on ebay as the seller had a lower buy it now price. If you see one at a nice (lower price), don't sit back and watch it, BUY IT!

I am a frequent seller on ebay as well. You won't believe the messages I get (hey, I was watching your item but I no longer see it.... buddy, it sold). For some reason, a lot of people wait thinking they will buy it later if they don't find an even better deal. When I tell them the item sold, they often send a message: "Do you have another one?"

Ebay gives sellers a nationwide and even international market for their items. There is always someone out there looking for parts.

I also bought a repair kit, again, below typical price.

Sure enough, right now, the only one for sale on ebay has an asking price of $800. Meanwhile, looking at sold items, several have sold for $300 to $380. $380 was a brand new old stock lock in original package.

If it is just the lock tumbler, I'd head to your local locksmith, I bet they can repair or replace it at a reasonable cost.
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IF you are in or near a major metropolitan area look for the OLD locksmith company that has been in business there forever.

I live in Nashville TN.

We have a locksmith company Hossee and Hossee that has been in business here since the late 1800's. Last fall I carried one of my Bargman's over there for lock cylinder replacement. New lock cylinder installed with 2 keys $35.00.
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The L400 has a somewhat unique shape, will your replacement fit without cutting up the door and patching?

L400s both working and not working sell routinely on ebay. Asking prices are not a good guide, as there is always someone asking a sky high price hoping to get it. Sold prices are a much better guide.

They do sell at a substantial price, as this same lock was used on many vintage trailers, including Airstreams. So demand exceeds supply. I picked up one in nice condition on ebay as the seller had a lower buy it now price. If you see one at a nice (lower price), don't sit back and watch it, BUY IT!

I am a frequent seller on ebay as well. You won't believe the messages I get (hey, I was watching your item but I no longer see it.... buddy, it sold). For some reason, a lot of people wait thinking they will buy it later if they don't find an even better deal. When I tell them the item sold, they often send a message: "Do you have another one?"

Ebay gives sellers a nationwide and even international market for their items. There is always someone out there looking for parts.

I also bought a repair kit, again, below typical price.

Sure enough, right now, the only one for sale on ebay has an asking price of $800. Meanwhile, looking at sold items, several have sold for $300 to $380. $380 was a brand new old stock lock in original package.

If it is just the lock tumbler, I'd head to your local locksmith, I bet they can repair or replace it at a reasonable cost.

Camping Treasures store sells a custom retro fit lock set that requires a cliilt cutting but no patching. I sold our Bargman L400 because it wasn't very secure. 3 of the 5 keys on my chain would open the door.
Here's a link to the Camping Treasures kit that I replaced the L400 with.

https://www.campingtreasures.com/pro...ock-kit-white/
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I would remove it and take it to a locksmith. I would bet they have a cylinder for it. I work for a large cooperation and took it to ours. He took it apart for me, added lubricant to all the parts and cut me a couple new keys for it. It is true though that most keys that are similar tend to work. :P
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new old stock cylinder

I found and purchased a new old stock Bargman L400 lock cylinder with two keys on Kijiji for 40 or 50 dollars.
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