We’ve done a lot of upgrades over the past few years. However, replacing our RV door lock was one of the first things we did when we bought our new truck camper.
Regardless of what RV you have, we think this is a worthwhile project. So how do you replace an RV door lock? Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as you might think, and you only need a few tools.
Today we’re going to show you how to replace your vehicle’s cheap RV door lock. Let’s get started!
Is replacing a motorhome door lock difficult?
While some of the tasks on your “honey-do” list can be time-consuming, this is not one of them. Replacing an RV door lock is as easy as can be. Even if you’ve never done it before, it shouldn’t take more than 10 or 15 minutes.
For most installations, all you need is a screwdriver and a pair of needle-nose pliers. Loosening a handful of screws is all it takes to remove the current lock. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through the steps to replace an RV door lock.
Are all RV locks and keys the same?
For many RV owners, it’s a surprise that their RV is as unique as they thought. Unfortunately, manufacturers typically use only a handful of locks and keys. There are several reasons for this. One is that it is easier for dealers to secure the RVs on their lot.
While this can be useful if you are locked out of your RV, it also creates safety concerns. Your campground neighbors are probably good people, but that’s not always the case.
If another camper has a key that matches your RV’s lock, they could gain access to your vehicle. For many owners, that’s a risk they don’t want to take.
Advantages of replacing your motorhome door lock
There are several reasons to replace your RV door lock. Let’s consider why you should put this project on your to-do list.
As we mentioned earlier, upgrading your lock increases the security of your vehicle. Depending on which lock you choose, it’s pretty much impossible for someone else at the campsite to have a key that fits. So you can worry less when you are asleep or not in your motorhome.
Security is one area where you can never be too safe. Keeping yourself and your belongings safe on your adventures is priceless. Any upgrade that increases safety is worth it to us.
Remote locking and unlocking
The lock we upgraded to, RVLock, comes with a key fob. Just like the key fob for our truck, it allows us to lock and unlock our RV door with the push of a button on our keys. This has come in handy several times when we’ve crawled into bed and forgotten to lock the door.
Plus, it’s happened to us a time or two when we’ve come back from an adventure or shopping and it’s rained. Now we don’t have to stand at the door and fumble with the key while the rain beats down on us.
Never be locked out again
Almost every RV owner we know has been locked out of their RV at one time or another. If you choose a lock with keypad, you won’t have to worry about that anymore.
You can lock your door with the touch of a button and unlock it by entering your unique pin code. This is easier and reduces the likelihood that you will lock yourself out of your facility.
One key for all your locks
There’s nothing more annoying than having to carry around a multitude of keys on your key ring. Unfortunately, most RVs come with a variety of locks, which means you have to carry multiple keys. Fortunately, many companies that offer replacement locks offer options to replace all of them.
Then, instead of multiple keys, you’ll have just one to lock and unlock all of your RV’s doors and cabinets. There are even options that allow you to secure all locks with a single button. You no longer have to check each deadbolt to make sure you’ve secured each one.
How to replace the door lock of the motorhome
Replacing an RV door lock is a simple project. However, we’ll go over each step of the process so you can tackle it with confidence. Let’s go!