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Are RV Door Locks Keyed the Same?

Are RV Door Locks Keyed the Same?

Are RV Door Locks Keyed the Same?

You lock your RV’s door and head out for a day exploring Yellowstone National Park. When you return that night, you’re surprised to find the door wide open, televisions gone, and drawers ransacked.

What can you do to prevent this from happening again? While nothing is a guarantee, replacing your RV door locks can give you added security.

Let’s see how!

Are RV Door Locks Keyed the Same?

Yes. Many factory RV door locks are keyed the same. It’s easier for dealers and salespeople to carry around one key to open many different RVs instead of keeping up with different keys.

But once you purchase a vehicle, you’ll want to change your locks for security.

The person staying beside you at the campground could easily walk up to your travel trailer, use their key to unlock the door, and go through your belongings while you’re out adventuring. Most people hopefully wouldn’t do this, but unfortunately, there are the few who would.

For this reason, replacing your door lock should be a top priority once you purchase an RV.

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Woman smiling from RV door
Factory RV door locks are keyed the same, so if you don’t replace it anyone can get into your vehicle.

Are You Able to Replace Your RV Door Lock?

Yes, and there are several options!

Choose what works best for you. We’ll look at a few here, but make sure you always check the compatibility of your RV, so you don’t have to return a lock because it doesn’t fit correctly.

You may also want to consider replacing your storage bay locks and upgrading them to a better quality.

Are Compartment Storage Locks All the Same Too?

Yes (quite often). You’ve invested a lot of money into your RV, so replace (or upgrade) these locks as well. Sometimes the outside equipment in these compartment storage bays is the most expensive item in your whole RV.

You don’t want someone walking away with your Blackstone grill or Husky sway bars.

Handyman using a screwdriver drill to installing lock in door in an RV
Replacing your RV door lock is relatively easy and can save you hundreds in stolen home items.

Best Options for Replacing Your RV Entry Door Lock

Let’s look at the best ways to protect your belongings better. Here are three options for replacing your RV entry locks and compartment storage locks.

Valterra Stainless Steel Lock

This stainless steel lock looks similar to doorknobs in a stick-and-bricks home. It features an inside knob, five-pin tumbler, solid brass key cylinder, and one-piece latch housing with half-inch latch bolt. It will fit 1-⅜ to 1-3/4 motorhome doors.

It’s easy to install and sturdy.

Note: This type of lock is for motorhomes and not travel trailers or fifth wheels.

RV Travel Trailer Entry Lock

These locks replace your storage compartment locks. Most people say they’re easy to install and work well. Just remember, you can’t remove the key in the unlocked position, so your key will remain in the lock while your storage compartment is open.

Latch.It RV Door Lock

This lock can replace most travel trailer or fifth wheel door locks, but as with any lock system, check your compatibility before purchasing. Its waterproof and metal design reinforces the quality and build of this door lock. The kit comes ready to install with four unique keys.

Most people say the installation is quick and easy.

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Can You Reinforce Your RV Door Lock Without Replacing Everything?

You can, but you’d spend just as much time (if not more) doing this as it would take to replace the RV door lock. Replacing your lock is a fairly simple and inexpensive upgrade, so it’s definitely the recommended and preferred method to reinforce your door. 

Unlocking a car/RV door with a key
Replacing your RV lock is preferred over reinforcing your door. 

Can You Re-Key Your Lock by Yourself?

Re-keying your locks is one option if you don’t want to buy a replacement. It’s different from replacing because you’re keeping the same lock but reconfiguring the locking mechanism.

This sounds like a difficult process, but it’s not too bad. There are plenty of YouTube videos you can watch to help you do this successfully.

Again, considering the time and effort involved, you may just want to order a replacement RV door lock.

Replace Your RV’s Door Lock for a Safer Home

Replacing your locks is a pretty easy job that you could probably knock out in half an hour. RV door locks are also rather inexpensive, especially considering the security they provide. Safety and security should be of utmost importance when you travel.

Especially if you travel full-time and are carrying all of your belongings with you. Have you ever replaced your RV’s locks? 

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Theresa McGuire

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

I have a winnabago Rialta MH that needs the locks replaced. When we do this do we replace the locks in the cab plus the people door in the home? And if anyone is familiar with replacing these please comment. I'm very new at this and widowed so learning Thanks all!

allan l barr

Thursday 19th of August 2021

The main lock is keyed mastered so one key will open all of the trailers but the deadbolt key is different and those are like a regular car key setup. But to let you know there are only so many key options you can walk through a Walmart parking lot and check every vehicle from the same manufacturer and odds are you will be able to open a few doors there aren't enough different key possibilities.

Bernie Turner

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

While the salesman have a pass key for the door latch, they do not have a pass key for the deadbolt lock bekow it to the best of my knowledge. So make sure you lock your deadbolt.

Chris Zwolinski

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Wow! This is an eye opener.

You'd think after the sale and before delivery, the dealer would swap in a new lock.

Reminds me of our Ford Rangers in Afghanistan. Working in supply, we had 2 buckets of keys, one key for beige and one for white. Not to worry is you lost your, we had tons of spares.

Julie

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Are the locks keyed the same for a brand (eg all Forest River). Or, could a key from one brand unlock a door on a different brand?

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