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#1 Zimm

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 02:10 PM

Anyone use a keypad lock?  I wonder if this will fit?

 

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#2 Mark P

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 10:48 AM

What is the benefit here?  It looks to me like anyone with a key (or lock-pick) could still get in, no different than the door lock(s) you have now.  So there is no security advantage.

 

Maybe if you lost your keys the Bauer Product could be an alternative way to unlock the Casita.  Of course, Murphy's Law would assure the penlight batteries would probably be dead by the time you ever did need to "break-in" to your own Casita.  It seems to me a little $3 magnetic hide-a-key box is a more efficient lost keys solution than $210 gee-wiz fluff that may or may not work.

 

I suppose tapping 1-1-1-1 on the keypad is more convenient than fumbling for keys.  But $210 worth?  And when those batteries die, you'll be groping around under the frame for wherever it was you attached that magnetic hide-a-key box.  :) 


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#3 Zimm

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 10:51 AM

I have two little kids that cant carry keys. I want them to have access. Ill keep a key in the truck in case the batteries die. We have keypads on our house and garage and use them daily.

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#4 Mark P

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 10:57 AM

I have two little kids that cant carry keys. I want them to have access. Ill keep a key in the truck in case the batteries die. We have keypads on our house and garage and use them daily.

Then, THAT does make sense!


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#5 Zimm

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 01:38 PM

Well I ordered it up last night.  I'll report back if it fits and how it works.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 01:21 PM

Anyone use a keypad lock?  I wonder if this will fit?

 

http://www.bauerprod...oduct/bauer-ne/

Zimm, Had one on our last camper. VERY convenient for the reasons you're wanting it. I too wondered if it would fit our new Casita. I'll be waiting for your update.


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#7 Hot Toddy

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 05:16 PM

If you spend your entire life worrying about what might happen, you are never free. Zimm, I say grab the horn of adventure and give it a good strong yank. There has got to be pride in trying. The worst that can happen is that it doesn't fit, and I am sure you can return it, so you may be out a few bucks for postage. No harm, no foul. And if it does fit, then you have found a nice solution to a problem. Keep us posted on your results.

 

The last time we were out, we pulled into a small town in Arkansas and pulled over to use the bathroom. I could not for the life of me get the key to unlock the latch on the Casita door. We had to ditch that plan and head on to the campground. I wasn't exactly sure what "plan B" was if we couldn't get the door open. I finally figured out the door wasn't completely closed so there was just enough pressure on the locking mechanism to keep it from opening. Moral of the story, I still continue to lock the door rather than fear that the mechanism may not function properly. If it doesn't, I will figure out the solution when the time comes. Best of luck Zimm!

 

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 06:50 AM

If you spend your entire life worrying about what might happen, you are never free. Zimm, I say grab the horn of adventure and give it a good strong yank. There has got to be pride in trying. The worst that can happen is that it doesn't fit, and I am sure you can return it, so you may be out a few bucks for postage. No harm, no foul. And if it does fit, then you have found a nice solution to a problem. Keep us posted on your results.

 

 

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I don't think Zimm is unfamiliar with "grabbing the horn of adventure" ..............just guessing...............he is a retired Naval Helicopter Pilot................my ex was a Cobra pilot in Vietnam and trained pilots for two decades after the war.............his "every day" activities would often be classified as beyond the horn of adventure by most folks measurements............. LOL! !!   ;-)


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#9 robertplattbell

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:16 AM

The magnetic hide-a-key is nice, unless someone sees you attaching it to under the step and then waits for you to leave and then uses the key to get into your camper!  ;)

 

There is no really 100% safe solution.   By the way, RV dealers tell me that the "key" to any camper is pretty much the same as any other camper key.  I tried this once, and yes indeedy, my Casita key unlocked a friend's camper (a different brand camper, too!).  I noticed that the door on our 1999 FD was drilled out for a dead bolt.  At first, I put a champagne cork in the hole (they expand over time) but when I replaced my front door knob on my house it came with a deadbolt lock - so why not install it on the Casita?   So I did.

 

That being said, we want to get this keypad deal for the Escape 21 we just ordered (under construction as we speak!).   There are situations where you can't carry a key with you easily (like a clothing optional campground, perhaps) and the magnetic key thing is, well, less than secure.   Our new tow vehicle (2016 King Ranch) has the keypad on the door (it's a Ford thing, our 1995 SHO had one, too) and it is darn handy when you want to get into the truck but left the key back in the camper (it even opens the tailgate!).

 

With the camper parked in the driveway, it would be nice to use the keypad rather than get out to the camper, discover that you locked it, and then have to run back into the house to get the keys - which I have done more than once!  More than 100 times, it seems.

 

My only regret is that someone had one of these locks for sale on C/L locally for a hundred bucks, and I didn't snatch it up!

 

By the way, if you are worried about someone stealing stuff from your camper, you can buy a small electronic safe like they put in hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins, for about $30 on eBay.  I put one in my 1999 FD under the air conditioner and it was darn handy for storing passports, money, spare credit cards, jewelry, etc.   Good place to store a gun, if you carry one.   You always know where these things are - you know how things get "lost" in Casita cabinets sometimes!   And yes, it has a key, too, so when the batteries go dead, you can still get into it (or if you forgot the combination).

 

What is the benefit here?  It looks to me like anyone with a key (or lock-pick) could still get in, no different than the door lock(s) you have now.  So there is no security advantage.

 

Maybe if you lost your keys the Bauer Product could be an alternative way to unlock the Casita.  Of course, Murphy's Law would assure the penlight batteries would probably be dead by the time you ever did need to "break-in" to your own Casita.  It seems to me a little $3 magnetic hide-a-key box is a more efficient lost keys solution than $210 gee-wiz fluff that may or may not work.

 

I suppose tapping 1-1-1-1 on the keypad is more convenient than fumbling for keys.  But $210 worth?  And when those batteries die, you'll be groping around under the frame for wherever it was you attached that magnetic hide-a-key box.  :)



#10 Zimm

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:39 AM

I forgot to update, but yes the keypad lock fit right in.  I didn't even have to change the striker plate.  Now we have keypad access and I leave the actual key in my truck in case the battery goes dead or it stops working.  My F150 also had the keypad which is awesome.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 11:28 AM

Thanks for the feedback!   I was hesitant to order one until I knew whether it would fit or not.  You can download all the instructions and the bluepriints from their site, including the hole-cutting template.    At $209 it is kind of pricey.  They have ones from China for $99 on eBay but they don't look as well made.

 

Thanks again for the tip.  Sorry I didn't snag that one on C/L last year!

 

Here is the safe I bought for our new camper.  I put a similar one in the Casita last year.   Only $33!   Too bad it can't be adapted as a door lock!

 

https://www.ebay.com...ck/352118873623

 

 

I forgot to update, but yes the keypad lock fit right in.  I didn't even have to change the striker plate.  Now we have keypad access and I leave the actual key in my truck in case the battery goes dead or it stops working.  My F150 also had the keypad which is awesome.


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#12 Zimm

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:57 PM

$209?  They're $155 on amazon.  https://www.amazon.c...sr=8-1-fkmrnull


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#13 robertplattbell

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 07:12 AM

Penlight batteries?   Hey you kids, get off my lawn!  

 

 

Of course, Murphy's Law would assure the penlight batteries would probably be dead by the time you ever did need to "break-in" to your own Casita.  It seems to me a little $3 magnetic hide-a-key box is a more efficient lost keys solution than $210 gee-wiz fluff that may or may not work.