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Title: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: Warboar on September 17, 2019, 10:38:52 PM
Folks,

Like the title says iím Looking for a better or more secure locking mechanism for my trailer.  I currently have a 2009 Eclipse Attitude  5th Wheel Toy Hauler.  The door locking mechanism on it is fairly worn and it just seems cheap.  Iím using my trailer to live in while working out of town and return home on the weekend.  I am using my trailer as my office while here and that means I have some office equipment and personal belongings being left behind.  I was hoping to find a more secure type of door handle to replace my current one rather than drilling holes in the door and trailer to install a pad lock system. 

Has anyone on here replaced the cheaply built units with a more robust system?  What would you all recommend?

Thank you in advance. 
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: Isaac-1 on September 17, 2019, 11:13:11 PM
If you were to tell us the brand and model of your current door latch we might be able to give you some useful advice.
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: SLOweather on September 18, 2019, 07:37:35 AM
The P.O. of our Sunstar installed a residential keyed deadbolt. I know you don't want to drill holes for a padlock, hasp and staple plate, but this might be more preferable. Plus, the padlock solution has the danger of someone accidentally or purposely locking you in.
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: Warboar on September 18, 2019, 12:14:00 PM
ISAAC:
The brand is TIC or at least that is whatís on the handle anyways.
I tried to upload a picture but the file is to large. Itís your typical travel trailer door latch from what Iíve seen on several other trailers.
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: grashley on September 19, 2019, 08:04:18 PM
The door handles are pretty much standard - one standard for towable and a different standard for motor homes.  Prices are all over the map, some with remotes and /or numbered keypads.  I can not speak to their quality, though.
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: SpencerPJ on September 20, 2019, 07:03:07 AM
The problem is, it's like locking a tent.  Make the zipper fool proof, they'll just cut the fabric.  No matter what the lock, a crow bar will easily break a RV door open.  Maybe get a better lock, but always close all blinds so prying eyes can't easily see your equipment inside, and always take the laptop with you.  I would think an alarm system might have better results. On that sensed someone walking around, slight warning, someone gets in, loud warning.
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: Lynx0849 on September 20, 2019, 09:02:30 AM
I have a 14í utility trailer I use for cargo and for camping.

I wanted an rv door for convenience but also wanted more security when using it for cargo.

So, I had a cargo locking bar installed like the ones on the ramps of toy haulers. I then installed a second padlock hasp (for lack of a better term) so I can lock the cargo bar open when I use it for camping.
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: nibroc on September 20, 2019, 09:11:20 AM


...locking the bar open????????..... ???
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: Joezeppy on September 20, 2019, 09:24:17 AM

...locking the bar open? ??? ??? ?..... ???
So nobody can lock you in!
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: IBTripping on September 20, 2019, 04:27:52 PM
I leave the shades down, lights on, and TV or radio on.
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: SLOweather on September 20, 2019, 06:40:22 PM
You could use a Fake TV, too...

http://faketv.com/
Title: Re: Recommendation for better door handle locking mechanism
Post by: Warboar on September 20, 2019, 11:19:29 PM
I went into a local rv shop in Havasu and he had one like mine and one that had a better locking system (his words). It was cheap enough so I installed it prior to returning back home for the weekend. Hopefully no one will mess with anything.

Thanks for the help.