Did you know that someone else might be able to open your RV door locks with their own RV key?
It’s a scary thought, but it’s true.
For the majority of RVs that come with factory door locks, the lock itself is universal. This means that a universal key (a CH751 key, to be exact) can open any of the associated locks. Naturally, if you’ve never switched out your universal locks, it’s time to do so.
Coming up, we’ll take a look at some other signs that it’s time to switch out your locks. We’ll also weigh the pros and cons of going keyless as an increasing number of Canadian RV owners are now doing.
Is It Time for New Locks? Top 6 Signs
Investing in new locks for your RV may be not be your idea of a fun purchase, but believe us when we say it’s money well spent.
If you’re still not sure that you have to take this step, however, let’s take a look at the top six signs that your RV locks should truly be changed.
1. Someone has a duplicate of your key, and you don’t want them to have it anymore.
Situations may occur in which someone obtains a duplicate of your key and then you decide you’d rather them not have the ability to open your RV doors. In this case, it can be best to just change your locks instead of trying to get the key back.
2. Your locks have been damaged.
An accident, attempted break-in, or even the harsh Canadian weather can damage your locks. When this happens, get them replaced as soon as possible.
3. You lost a key.
Losing a key doesn’t mean someone will certainly find it and try to break in, but you never know. It’s always better to be safe and change the locks than to be regretful and suffer a theft or worse.
4. Your current lock isn’t secure.
Does your current lock slip or have trouble latching? You definitely want a secure lock when you close your doors for the night, so the best option is to obtain a better fastener and brand-new locks.
5. You’re ready for an upgrade.
Traditional key locks may be going out of style as many RV owners are now switching to keyless entry locks. We discuss this more in detail below.
6. You have a universal lock, and you’ve never changed it.
Lastly, check with your RV’s manufacturer or the retail outlet that sold you your vehicle. If you have universal locks, it’s a good idea to change these out as soon as possible.
Should You Go Keyless?
Investing in a sound locking system for your RV is a wise decision. Durable, hard-to-open locks not only protect your valuables and your RV itself, but they also protect you and your family while you’re camping or out on the open road.
For this reason, many RV owners have become intrigued by the security benefits of keyless RV locking systems.
Keyless RV locking systems come in several styles.
First, there is the newest system, which is basically the same as keyless door locks on a car or truck. You have a fob that acts as the key, and as long as that fob is in close enough proximity to the lock, you can get in and out of your RV without even taking your fob out of your pocket or purse.
Next, there are systems that simply require a numeric code to be entered on a keypad for entry. And finally, there are remote fobs that open or lock your RV with the push of a button.
The reason that many RV owners are now switching to keyless systems is that it’s generally far more convenient and secure than using a standard key. If you have a numeric code, this sequence of numbers can be punched in whether you have the key or not (you do have to remember the numbers though!). Furthermore, the numbers can be changed by you any time.
Alternatively, if you have the keyless fob or the button-operated fob, you have to have that unique unit for entry into your RV. No universal factory key can be used, and your key cannot be easily duplicated at a hardware store.
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