How to Install a Trimark Travel Trailer Door Lock

How to Install a Trimark Travel Trailer Door Lock
If you own a travel trailer or an RV, security may be a concern. Many RV and travel-trailer owners spend hours or days away from their vehicles while sightseeing or hiking. Meanwhile, their valuables sit unguarded at the campground. For RVers, a Trimark Travel Trailer Door lock is an appealing solution. The Trimark door lock combines a door latch and a deadbolt system---you only have to purchase one latching system. According to Trimark, the door lock is designed to use the same cut-out detail as the industry-standard latch assembly; therefore, installation is simple.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Six 8-32 UNC Mounting Screws Screwdriver Razor blade Solvent Utility knife
  • Six 8-32 UNC Mounting Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Razor blade
  • Solvent
  • Utility knife
Step 1
Remove the screws from the inside of the door. There are two screws on this side of the door; one is centered below the door handle. The other is slightly to the left above the door handle.
Step 2
Now remove the guiding bolt screws from the narrow side of the door. These bolts are located on either side of the latch.
Step 3
Unscrew the knob that holds the faceplate in place on the inside of the door latch. Remove the faceplate from the inside door.
Step 4
Remove the caulking from around the seam of the exterior latch with a razor blade or utility knife. Then, gently shove the old latch out of the door from the inside. Clean the old caulking from the door using solvent.
Step 5
Apply caulking to the edges of the Trimark lock and slide in into the hole left by the old lock on the exterior side. Reattach the guiding bolts and screws to the interior side of the door. Wipe off the excess caulk on the exterior.

Tips & Warnings

 
Many travel trailers come already installed with a dead bolt, in addition to a standard locking latch. For added security, consider using your dead bolt in combination with the Trimark Travel Trailer Door Lock. Although the Trimark lock contains a dead bolt, a second dead bolt provides additional security for your RV or trailer.
 
Cut away from your body when using a utility knife or razor. When using solvent, be careful not to breathe in the fumes. Make sure you're doing all repairs in a well-ventilated area.
 
Cut away from your body when using a utility knife or razor.
 
When using solvent, be careful not to breathe in the fumes. Make sure you're doing all repairs in a well-ventilated area.

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Article Written By Tracy Morris

Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.

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