Originally Posted by Nancy G.
We just found out that our keys fit everybody else's locks and vice versa! Sent for info on a company that sells replacement locks. Is anyone concerned about it or have you replaced your locks?? It doesn't seem like an emergency --until someone steals your sway bars or something, I suppose..... We would be interested in others' viewpoints.
The CH-751 is very common way beyond the RV industry. Lots of different commercial products have CH-751's on them. Even the doors to our 64 channel tape recorders at 9-1-1 were CH-751. I carried a CH-751 on my keyring for 30 years so that I could do my job efficiently.
Especially on RV's, the construction of the doors and latches sure don't offer high (or medium or low) security. Even if you change the key/lock assembly, they can still be opened with a screwdriver in no time at all.
Best way to think of an outside compartment that has a CH-751 (or any other key) lock assembly is that it is a latch with a removable handle and nothing more. If someone really wants to get into that compartment, changing the lock from a CH-751 won't slow them down one bit. A quick lift and twist with a screwdriver and the door is open. Not even much force required.
If you have anything that you are really concerned about securing, don't store it behind a standard RV compartment door. Lock it up with something much more secure and in a more secure place.
There's an ad in Trailer Life that says: SECURITY ALERT Your RV is at risk if your storage compartment keys are CH-751.
They'll sell you an identical lock assembly keyed slightly differently. That's nice, and it might stop someone who has a CH-751 from opening your compartment, but a real thief doesn't care if he/she damages your trailer because they are ripping you off anyway. The ad is nothing but a scare tactic IMHO. You aren't any safer with a different lock assembly.
You could bolt on an ugly hasp and lock the compartment with a nice Master padlock, but the flimsy construction of the rest of the door leaves you vulnerable. A screwdriver or prybar will still open it in nothing flat.
The only real value of a lock on the compartment doors is that it will greatly reduce the chance of a compartment flying open while traveling. And it will keep small children out until they learn where the key is kept.
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