Replacing the lock

Discussion in 'Road Safety Systems' started by uncleel, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. uncleel

    uncleel New Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    the Coleman T-handle lock looks like it can be replaced by standard garage door lock. Or should I find an original Coleman?
    any sources?
  2. licamper

    licamper New Member

    May 12, 2008
    Interesting.. didn't think of that. Last night I was repairing/replacing broken stuff on my camper and remembered I had issues with the step door that NEEDS to be fixed.

    I bought my camper w/o a key... And
    1) I'm afraid it'll get locked in error and
    2) We've had the door vibrate open SEVERAL times while driving.

    Duct tape helped us last year, but it looks pretty nasty. I'm looking for a lock replacement.. Anyone have any ideas? Garage door thing might be cool, but I'd MUCH PREFER a real replacement.



    1985 Coleman Columbia
    2003 Kia Sedona (does most pulling)
    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (does the playing)
  3. scoutermom

    scoutermom New Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    My starcraft also came without it's original key, and the mended latch broke shortly after we started using the camper.

    I replaced the latch with a standard screen door latch - which matched the original (or at least, matched what had been there when I got it, it could have been a replacement, too) But I did NOT get one with a lock, as the camper is old and not very 'square' - even when the door latched, there was no guarantee it would stay closed!

    We've since fixed that problem, and the door stays latched. But I also spent some trips duct-taping the door closed so things didn't fly out while rolling down the highway.

    One of the things I did that I really like was to add a keyed hasp lock to the camper door. the lock pivots so that it will hold the door shut with or without actually locking it, but it can also be locked shut. The hasp lock is about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the door, so that the door latch holds the top of the door in securely, and the hasp lock pulls the bottom of the door in. (Remember, my camper is 35 yrs old, and things don't fit as tight as they used to! LOL!) The Hasp lock is actually bolted THROUGH the door and the wall of the camper so that the door can't be pried open easily.

    Not that I think my old patched up camper would be much of a target for theft - but we do plan on using it to also carry canoes at times, and it may be left in a parking lot, unattended overnight, while we are on the river with the canoes. If someone really wants to break in - I'm sure they could, but the additional lock would make it a bit harder to do so.


    1973 Starcraft starmaster 6 - a work in progress -

    Edited by - scoutermom on June 26 2008 00:49:47
  4. christate1970

    christate1970 New Member

    Sep 9, 2006
    I replaced my coleman handle with a garage T handle. I had to mod the original cam to make it work with the new handle. Works great but required a decent amount of fabrication

    2005 Kia Sorento
    1980 Coleman

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