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Title: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: TK10963 on September 30, 2017, 08:03:47 AM
I read an article in another thread here about standard C751 locks not being very secure/easily picked.  The poster said that his theft insurance claim was denied due to "no forcible entry".  Is there an alternative that anyone could suggest?  We will be doing the work camper program, and as a handyman with a large number of tools I feel this is something I should be proactive about.  Thanks!!
Title: Re: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on September 30, 2017, 09:29:02 AM
Any lock found on an RV will be really easy to pick, but if you are concerned about somebody else with a 751 key using it to burglarize your RV, you can replace the cylinder or the entire lock assembly.

Here's a video on it, and here's a source for a kit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afNLxbHB08k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afNLxbHB08k)
http://www.rvlocksandmore.com/LocksKeys/Security-Upgrades/CLB-Cam-Lock-Barrel (http://www.rvlocksandmore.com/LocksKeys/Security-Upgrades/CLB-Cam-Lock-Barrel)

An insurer may request proof that a theft claim is valid, starting with a police theft report and perhaps some further evidence if the claim is substantial. Entry does not have to be "forced" to be a valid insurance claim, but the insurer may be skeptical if you claim a $10,000 loss with no evidence at all of an unauthorized entry. That might be hard to come by if a key was used.
Title: Re: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: KKTravel on September 30, 2017, 10:30:25 PM
industrial  lock and hardware has great replacement locks - much heavier duty and secure - check out their website at ch751.com - I am very happy with my locks from them.

Regards,

  :D  Kathy G

Title: Re: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: kjansen on October 01, 2017, 06:38:12 AM
Lowes and Home depot sells the same style of locks in the section of cabinet hardware.  You may find several locks that are keyed the same or you can have them reset for a particular key.
Title: Re: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: NY_Dutch on October 01, 2017, 07:10:23 AM
Most RV storage bins can be "unlocked" with a large screwdriver, often with little or no visible damage.
Title: Re: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: TK10963 on October 01, 2017, 07:21:19 AM
Any lock found on an RV will be really easy to pick, but if you are concerned about somebody else with a 751 key using it to burglarize your RV, you can replace the cylinder or the entire lock assembly.

Here's a video on it, and here's a source for a kit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afNLxbHB08k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afNLxbHB08k)
http://www.rvlocksandmore.com/LocksKeys/Security-Upgrades/CLB-Cam-Lock-Barrel (http://www.rvlocksandmore.com/LocksKeys/Security-Upgrades/CLB-Cam-Lock-Barrel)


PERFECT information, Gary, and thank you so much for the info. and links!  We won't have our new 5th wheel for another year so I can't order them yet, but I printed out the measuring/order page provided by the website so now I am ready to go when we take delivery.  Much appreciated


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Title: Re: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on October 01, 2017, 11:13:01 AM
Don't get carried away on the locks.  As Dutch says, anything on an RV can be popped open rather easily with a flat screw driver or small pry bar. Think of it as keeping honest people from temptation rather than real security.
Title: Re: Replacing C751 locks?
Post by: Sun2Retire on October 04, 2017, 09:02:36 PM
Entry does not have to be "forced" to be a valid insurance claim,

I found out this is not true (at least with Geico). I had a situation where items were stolen while the coach sat for a month at a shop getting work done. Fortunately for us, very little was taken, and of very little (a couple hundred) value (things like my electric razor). The shop covered my deductible, but Geico denied my claim, even though I filed a police report, because there was no sign of forced entry. I pointed out all of the issues (same lock on most RVs, easy to pick, entire basement could easily be cleaned out, how-to lock pick videos on YouTube, etc) to no avail. And, indeed, the policy states exactly that. This is fairly recent, and I haven't yet shopped other carriers to check competing language, but it's definitely on my to-do list.