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Old 05-08-2018, 05:58 AM   #1
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Deadbolt modification

On my previous trailers Iíve had an independent deadbolt that could not be operated from the exterior. My 2005 Cougar has deadbolts - but they can be operated by external key locks, rendering them virtually useless, IMHO, for security. Has anyone come up with a simple gadget that will secure the interior toggle on the deadbolt from rotating? Iíve envisioned a couple of ďdonksĒ but none that pass the ďkissĒ test.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:20 AM   #2
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On Cougar the door and pass through key are the same style but are keyed differently. My thought would be to either use your spare pass though key or see if your local hardware store has a blank, then buy it, stick it in the deadbolt lock and break it off. Then the lock will only be able to be operated from the inside.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:52 AM   #3
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On Cougar the door and pass through key are the same style but are keyed differently. My thought would be to either use your spare pass though key or see if your local hardware store has a blank, then buy it, stick it in the deadbolt lock and break it off. Then the lock will only be able to be operated from the inside.
Workable and simple - but I would still like to keep the deadbolt side of the lock in service from the exterior when leaving the trailer unoccupied. Thanks!
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So I didn't understand that you were asking. You want a way to disconnect the tumbler from the deadbolt when you're in the trailer? To me the easiest way would be find a RV lock with that feature or to add a second deadbolt something like this.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:33 AM   #5
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So I didn't understand that you were asking. You want a way to disconnect the tumbler from the deadbolt when you're in the trailer? To me the easiest way would be find a RV lock with that feature or to add a second deadbolt something like this.
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My point is that I donít want access via the deadbolt from the exterior by others, with or without a key, when iím inside the trailer. My Airstream, my Award, and my Winnebago all had a third deadbolt that was not accessible from the exterior. My thought was that I could achieve the same thing with the key-operated lock on this rig by simply devising a means to prevent the lock from being operated from the exterior by somehow blocking the thumb latch on the interior?
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You're right, immobilizing that thumb lever will prevent entry with a key from the outside, the key would snap before that lever moved.

My first thought was to drill a hole and insert a pin but not having taken the lock apart I don't know if that is possible.
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My reasoning behind wanting to do this is that I know the locks on our rigs are just about as flimsy as can be. I would guess that anybody with a screwdriver - much less a few standard “pass” keys - could open the lock about as quick as popping open a beer. I’m generally armed anywhere it’s legal - and that includes all of Maine - but I’d rather not have to clean up the mess! I keep eyeballing the door handle as an attachment point for some sort of gadget to secure the thumb latch but I haven’t quite figured it out yet.
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Yea, same here. I have been thinking about a motion sensor porch light.
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Just a thought, don't know if it would work or not. Depending on the position of the thumb latch when it's locked, could you cut a small block of wood to place in there so that it was kind of wedged in place.....or maybe even drill a hole in the wooden block so that the thumb latch fits in the hole (slides over the end of it) and the block being big enough to keep it from moving

You would definitely want to make it snug enough to stay in place, yet easy enough to remove quickly in case of an emergency...fire....???
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:15 PM   #10
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Pass keys donít work on the deadbolt tumbler.
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Pass keys don’t work on the deadbolt tumbler.
If I was certain that there was far more than a dozen or so different keys for our deadbolts I’d be happy - but I’m willing to bet that, out of a dozen or so trailers, one of their dozen keys will fit at least two trailers. The simple fact that each of those dozen keys has been provided with the means to open many of the dozen handle locks (pass key mode) suggests that there is already a common element in their design. A blind deadbolt, or one that has a supplemental interior lock to defeat the external key lock (—-as do all of my home deadbolts) would be far superior. Lacking that latter feature on my trailer deadbolt, my goal is to find a way to provide it by simply immobilizing the interior thumb latch.
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:23 PM   #12
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I'm sure that even with the deadbolt modified these doors can be easily ripped open with a big crow bar. With that said maybe a chain lock will prevent anyone from opening the door all the way without making a lot of noise.
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