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Old 03-15-2022, 06:58 AM   #1
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Easy compartment door mod!

My front pass-through compartment doors had two latches on them, one was a thumb lock and the other a key lock. To keep them air/water tight, you had to turn both latches. I got tired of always having to find my key to open the doors, so I came up with a simple solution. Why not add a third latch in the middle for the key and just make the two outer ones thumb latches! While I was at it, I changed the keyed latch to one that matches my door key. Now I can keep my compartment doors closed and sealed without a key while stationary and I only need one key to lock/unlock everything on my trailer.

This mod is actually very easy to do. The trick is to use a piece of duct tape over one of the existing holes to make a pattern for the double-D hole that you need for the new lock. Then once you line up the tape for the new hole, I used a step drill to bore out the hole to 5/8" (the size for the flats on the lock) and then just used a small round file to work my way up to the rest of the hole.

I purchased the latches/locks from https://www.rvlocksandmore.com/.
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Old 03-15-2022, 07:12 AM   #2
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Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
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Looks like a good mod.

At camp, I just latch the one side, and have never had any issues with water entering the TT.
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I did it not so much for the water, but the air infiltration and to keep out those pesky little creatures/insects!
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