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How Do I Increase the Security of the Storage Compartment Locks On My RV?

by Jason

How to Increase the Security of your RV's Storage Compartments

How to Increase the Security of your RV's Storage Compartments

To preface my question, I have read the article on your website about RV Compartment keys being useless when it comes to only having two kinds of keyed locks on most Motorhomes.

Obviously, as someone that is not very trusting of strangers, I find this frustrating to no end at the thought of someone stealing all my belongings while on a day hike. My question is simple, is there any way, without installing alarms, to re-key the locks on the RV compartments or have a broader range of locking selections to where a universal key or one of the other two keys won't work?

Any suggestions would be helpful.

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ANSWER: Hi Jason, yes, the article RV Storage Compartments and 3 Easy Ways for Thieves to Prosper certainly does make you rethink the security of the locks on your RV especially the locks on the Storage Compartments.

A solution for RV Storage Compartments that have a cam lock locking system is to install Combination Cam Locks or tubular cam lock (see pictures at the top of this page) on them. But even installing new locks will not stop a persistent thief who is willing to pry open or kick in the storage compartment doors on your RV to get to your valuables.

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There are also Alarm Systems For RVs available for added security. One thing I would also suggest
is that if your RV entrance door does not have a deadbolt lock you should immediately get an RV Deadbolt Lock and install it as an added deterrent for anyone trying enter the inside of your RV.

For added security on Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels, you should also install a Receiver or Hitch Lock to prevent thieves from actually stealing your whole RV.

Listed below are the 2 different and more secure locks available for your RV's storage compartments:

1. Tubular Cam Lock: These locks are designed specifically for RVs and trailers and are more secure than normal RV storage compartment locks. They are made of heavy-duty steel and have a cylinder design that is resistant to tampering and picking.

2. Combination locks: These locks do not require a key and can be opened with a combination of numbers. They can be a convenient option but choosing a combination that is not easy to guess is important.

You should watch the video below to see how easy it is to replace the locks on your RV's storage compartments.

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The suggestions above are just some of the ways that you can make your RV more secure; unfortunately, there is no product you can use or steps you can take that can absolutely guarantee that your RV will never be broken into or stolen for that matter.

I hope that this information has been helpful.

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Careful what you put on your storage.
by: Steve

I don't recommend combo type locks on external unprotected use. Over time they WILL quit working. The tubular type locks (barrel locks). Need to be covered or they will fail, also. You can get a spring cover for them,


and keep them lubed with Tri-flow or other Teflon type spray at least twice a year. And yes, it is true, most RV storage compartments have the same key CH751. Trust me, I see plenty of these security fixes fail due to poor install or maintenance in my 30+ years as a locksmith.

Also, I would avoid the $10 tubular locks at camping store, unless they are made in the US. Spend a little more and get them from your local locksmith. They will help you get the proper products that won't fail.

Keep it clean
by: Steven Langridge

Buy marine quality comboaction locks. Please, keep them clean and well lubed with lock lube. In general; just use lock lube on all your key locks.

Compartment Locks
by: Tom Corum

I totally agree with Bob. Before we left the dealer with the purchase of a new travel trailer, we purchased and had the dealer install barrel locks. They can all be keyed the same, as are mine. You can install these locks yourself.

RV Storage Locks
by: RCAircraft

I also had concerns for the common keys that some RV's use.

I ordered and installed barrel type keyed locks. They are very secure and require a special barrel lock key. Camping World or your local RV dealer should have these locks.

I believe I paid about $10 for each of the locks. The locking hasp (the bracket that the key turns to lock the storage compartment door) was reused and fit the lock set I purchased. It took about five minutes per storage compartment door to change out the locks and adjust the moving bracket/hasp to each door.

Thank you.

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