Keyed-The-Same Locks

One hassle of an RV is that there are a lot of locks, and they aren’t keyed the same, so you end up with a jailkeeper-like keychain for your RV. I decided to get lots of locks all keyed the same. RV stores provide a keyed-the-same kit with a few locks, mostly a hitch-ball lock, one receiver lock, and a hitch-pin lock. I needed a lot more:

  • One ball lock.
  • One hitch-pin lock.
  • 2 receiver locks, one for the receiver and one for the load-equalizing hitch.
  • 3 weather-proof padlocks, for the battery box and the cable through the two gas canisters.
  • 4 small padlocks to go on the roof latches. Mostly to hold them closed in motion rather than to provide security, but you need one to keep unauthorized folks from opening the Trailmanor.

I wanted these to all be keyed the same. With that, the Trailmanor would use three keys in total: one for the door, one for the outside shower and outside storage, and one for all other locks.

The outside shower and outside storage use a cam-lock, and I was not able to get one that was keyed the same with everything else.  This cam-lock is problematical in that it uses the CH751 key which is identical across most RV brands! All of your RV park neighbors have a key to your storage doors.

If you want all of those locks keyed the same, the most locks fit the master K1 keyway. This is not a high-security keyway. It has only 4 pins. I would assume that anyone good at locksport could pick it quickly, but some weak Master locks can be opened with a few taps of a hammer!  See this video.

The weather proof locks I bought have ball bearings and hopefully are a bit harder to thump open. The locks on the roof latches are probably vulnerable to being opened with a few taps of a hammer, but they also have the thinner shanks and aluminum bodies appropriate for hanging on the roof latch.

But of course all of these locks are vulnerable to hacksaws and bolt cutters. A cordless drill with a fiber cutting disk can go through most anything, although it’s a bit noisy and makes sparks. I had a heavy-duty lock jam shut at a storage container, and the site mechanic cut its body in half with a blowtorch in minutes. And the material of the Trailmanor itself is not that sturdy. So, we’re trying for deterrence rather than the ultimate in security.

If you want really heavy-duty padlocks, look on this page at Security Snobs. Prices up to $1800 per padlock. At the same site they have excellent padlocks at acceptable prices, I use Abus discs with an unusual keyway at my storage container, because special equipment is necessary to pick it. The main problem at storage containers is the staff, although the place I use is pretty well managed and well-funded, and remarkably theft-free.

The two pages here at Heartland Locks will allow you to pick almost any lock you need, and Dave at Heartland locks is very helpful. You can reach him via email at sales at heartlandlock dot com . Dave did research into cam locks for me and got my keyed-the-same order out in a day.