Originally Posted by chent
Has anyone had the need to lock the cargo/bottom bunk door in such a way so that it cannot be opened from the inside?
We're trying to figure out the best sleeping arrangements for our kids, and the concern is with the toddler being able to open that door.
I've been struggling with this same dilemma now since buying the trailer. We've camped twice, and each time I was constantly worried about it. And the dealer told me it could be locked from the outside as a selling point when I asked, but I didn't think to actually see how that was done before purchasing and bringing it home. Anyway, I did come up with a solution that I think will help.
For about $7 at Home Depot, I bought a chain type hotel lock. I mounted one side to the thickest wood area towards the bathroom, and the other in the bottom corner of the door. Because you're mounting into the soft plastic of the door and whatever insulation sits behind it, I squeezed a little epoxy into the holes first to give the screws a little more to hold them in. Placement for me was specific, but you can do this anywhere along the door and wall below the bottom bunk. Also, if you mount the slide piece vertically like I did, the chain will never come out while towing. Although I'll still check the latch when getting to camp sites because I'm OCD...
Depending on what you want and if mounted correctly, you could open the door an inch, slide your fingers in from the outside, and lift the chain off. Since I don't really ever use this door, and I don't want anyone else to be able to open it so easily if the lock is picked while my 2 yr. old is in there, I put mine in where the door can open a little, but not enough to open it from the outside.
As for safety exit concerns, I think this works well because my son isn't going to exit himself in an emergency right now. And in a couple years when he does understand, I can teach him how to get out that door if he needs to. Basically, just kick it. It's a strong enough latch today to keep him in, even if you lean against it. But in an emergency, the screws in the door will never be tight enough to withstand a good hard kick.
Hope that helps, and here's a photo of the five minute job.