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Old 05-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Does anyone know why i cant get the deadbolt to unlock after sitting for the winter

do to a seperation i have decided to sell my trailer and for some reason the dead bolt wont unlock i am afraid to turn the key to hard it is a 2011 jayco swift 14 ft my other option was to get a skinny person to try to go through the hatch and unlock from the inside

hints would be great as someone was coming in the morning to look if i can unlock it

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Old 05-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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I had problems getting my key in this spring. Try a little lubricant. I have some oil in a can similar to what they used on the tin man is wizard of oz.

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Old 05-19-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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Try graphite lock lubricant.

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Old 05-19-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Is the key turning at all but not retracting the deadbolt? Either way you should start with a lubricant. I have been a Locksmith for 27 years and lack of lubricant is the number one cause of locks malfunctioning. If the key does start to turn but then starts getting hard and you are afraid of breaking it off then as you apply light turning pressure take and pry up a little bit on the door. The bolt of the lock could also be binding on the strike. Post back and let us know if the results.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:53 AM   #5
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So Locky, I have read that some locksmiths use WD40. I've always been a graphite man since that's what my Dad taught me as a young kid but what's your take on WD40?
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:46 AM   #6
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After almost 2 years of full time use mine started to get hard to turn. A shot of graphite loosened it right up. Actually better than when it was first used.

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Old 05-20-2012, 08:02 AM   #7
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Well I do not use WD40, never been a big fan of it. It kinda gets soapy with moisture and collects dust. I have been using Tri-Flow since 1987 and it is a Teflon spray. Graphite lube is also good. But when your in a circumstance as the original poster is then I would use whatever lubricant spray he has on hand. Most of them work just fine at first but break down faster as time goes on. Another tip is to keep your door locks on your cars/trucks lubricated and periodically use them instead of the remotes. I get a lot of calls from people who have their remotes stop working and now their key don't work in their door locks.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:20 AM   #8
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Well the trailer is mine and i am a she but that doesnt matter right now lol. I found some jig a lube in the garage so i tried that earlier but no go. My sister is going to try to climb through the hatch and open from the inside and see how that goes. I have know idea what way to even turn it at this point so looks like probably going to the sales centre Tuesday after work. off we go to try again. I have leveled made sure level as well Dam doesnt look good to try to sell a new trailer we cant get into to
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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ok got in through hatch and unlocked it. likes like the striker plate got moved a tiny bit and was catching on the deadbolt. All is good and the people are on their way t see it.
Only one problem i fell in love with it all over again once in it. When we split i went and bought a new 2012 dodge ram to pull it and got the electric brake installed but this offer came in. ahh if it doesnt sell today i will keep it and enjoy it
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You know what they say .."Its cheaper to keep her" (the RV I mean) You have to have something to do to get you out of the house after a separation. GO CAMPING

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