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Old 08-09-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Deadbolt locked unexpectedly

I had a new issue the other day with my 19XUD. I locked the deadbolt when I left the camper. When I returned I unlocked the deadbolt and went inside and hung up my keys. I then remembered something outside so went out and shut the door behind me. The deadbolt was then locked and I had no keys with me to get back in.

Fortunately I hadn't locked the storage compartment and my kind neighbors had a teenage girl who was small enough to crawl through to the inside.

How could this happen since the deadbolt has to be locked either from the inside or with a key? Has anyone had this happen to them?
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:22 AM   #2
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No, that is a new one AFAIK!


I always use the deadbolt to be sure I don't lock myself out. Now I have something new to worry about and guard against.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:26 AM   #3
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Did the deadbolt lock or was the slam latch handle locked?

I found out the hard way that if you unlock the slam latch, open the door. Then turn the key to the lock position, and remove the key (with the door open). The slam latch handle stays locked, until you use a key again.

We now keep a key stashed in a cargo hold (in camp we usually keep one unlocked)
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:56 AM   #4
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The latch did not move so I assumed the deadbolt was locked. That could be what happened.
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The latch did not move so I assumed the deadbolt was locked. That could be what happened.
Give what I mentioned a try, with a key in your hand.

We had to send our son, through the cargo hold, now twice!
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:10 PM   #6
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My truck has key pad door so we keep all of the spare keys and other plan B items in the truck. Everyone knows the KEY PAD pass key...

Has saved our day a couple of times haha...

We already knew about the same keys being used a lot with other campers and the passage way from the laundry chute to get inside...

That could ruin your day pretty quick locking your own self out haha...

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If the door handle would not move it was not the deadbolt it was the door handle.
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Old 08-09-2019, 01:22 PM   #8
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Just tried that and I'm sure that is what happened. From now on I will take the key out before I open the door. And also hide a key somewhere.
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I had a new issue the other day with my 19XUD. I locked the deadbolt when I left the camper. When I returned I unlocked the deadbolt and went inside and hung up my keys. I then remembered something outside so went out and shut the door behind me. The deadbolt was then locked and I had no keys with me to get back in.

Fortunately I hadn't locked the storage compartment and my kind neighbors had a teenage girl who was small enough to crawl through to the inside.

How could this happen since the deadbolt has to be locked either from the inside or with a key? Has anyone had this happen to them?
Not sure how that's even possible. My rig has 2 locks - the handle and the deadbolt. If the handle is locked, you can't even pull the handle as it's in a fixed locked position. The deadbolt is just that - you turn the key and you turn the bolt, so the door doesn't open. If the handle is unlocked and the bolt is unlocked, how does it actuate? You sure your DW didn't lock you out?! LOL
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:21 PM   #10
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I found that if the door was locked with the key someone can open the door from the inside but someone cannot open from the outside. We have the same thing on our security door at home with a switch. It allows someone inside to open the door without the key (the usual mode), but an outsider cannot open the door. This was explained as a security feature....
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