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Old 10-06-2011, 07:56 PM   #11
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The locks have apparently corroded or gotten gunked up and will probably need replacing once you do get them open. Normally this is a bad thing to do but since the locks need replacing anyway, take a can of WD-40 and, using the little straw that comes with the can, blast a bunch into the key hole. You may have to hold the tip of the straw to force it to open the little spring door that's supposed to keep the elements out. Blast away until the WD-40 runs out, then quickly pull out the straw while the WD-40 is still spraying. Have some rags handy to immediately clean up the overflow. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Gently tap the lock with a hammer every 5 minutes while the WD-40 is soaking (note I said GENTLY tap, not clobber it; the idea is to set up some vibration to encourage the WD-40 to work its way into tiny crevices). After soaking, blast some more WD-40 into the lock then start trying to work the key into the lock. You may have to repeat the blast, soak and tap, blast, and key cycle several times to get it to loosen up.

Once you do get the lock to open, check back with us about getting it off and replaced.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:09 PM   #12
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OK, are you sure you have the right keys for these locks? Could it be that you need the 751 key which is very common instead of the 715?
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:01 AM   #13
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I didn't have the key with me when I said 715. It is the 751 and Jayco says it's the right key for the number on the lock. I'm gonna try what Jeanne said. What do I have to loose.... Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:05 AM   #14
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That sounds like a good idea. What do I have to lose using the WD40 at this point. I took the plate off the inside and pulled away the latch. There doesn't appear to be a way to access the inside where the lock is. It seems to be all one part, lock and latch. I got a part number for the latch with lock from Jayco. They are out right now anyway so I'm going to try your suggestions and see what happens. Have not gotten a cost on the part yet. I wish parts could be bought directly instead of using a dealer. Thanks and happy Friday!
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:07 AM   #15
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Get a spray can of WD 40 and use it to wash out the lock... you may have road crud in there... Opps I see I answered too soon before reading all the posts!!LOL... use lots of wd40 wash the lock out well
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That sounds like a good idea. What do I have to lose using the WD40 at this point. I took the plate off the inside and pulled away the latch. There doesn't appear to be a way to access the inside where the lock is. It seems to be all one part, lock and latch. I got a part number for the latch with lock from Jayco. They are out right now anyway so I'm going to try your suggestions and see what happens. Have not gotten a cost on the part yet. I wish parts could be bought directly instead of using a dealer. Thanks and happy Friday!
Um...missed (or forgot) the part about you were trying to lock, not unlock, the locks and gave the directions I did so you could unlock them and get at the innards od the doors. Could you post pictures of what you have been able to get to so far?

It could be you could take your parts to a locksmith and get replacement ones that would also not use the CH751 key that pretty much everyone with an RV has.
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Forming versus bending - oh yes fond memories of IBM Selectric maintenance....LOL. As for the key issue... if i am not mistaken the lock itself has a small half circle indentation on one side of the key slot. I use this as a indicator of which way the key goes in.. That is indentation up (slot horizontal) - key goes in with ridges to the left. Also I checked to make sure ALL the locks are oriented the same - horizontal locked - vertical unlocked.. Hope that helps
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