Announcement

Collapse

Need help?

Please include the year, make and model of your GDRV ("2019 Reflection 315RLTS") along with the make and model of the component with the issue ("Dometic RM1350 refrigerator", "Furrion FMCM15-BL microwave", etc) in your question.
See more
See less

Is there any way to improve security for the front storage compartment on 5th wheels?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Is there any way to improve security for the front storage compartment on 5th wheels?

    My front storage compartment has a single inexpensive/flimsy lock in the center of the door. The left and right sides of the door have simple non-locking latches. Is there any way to make these latches/locks more secure? I think anybody with a screwdriver could pop the door open.

    I've done some searching and found keyless locks but the mechanism looks similar to OEM.
    Brian & Kellie
    2020 Grand Design Solitude 310GK-R, FBP, MORryde IS w/ disc brakes, 1,460w solar
    2020 Ford F-350 Platinum SRW PSD Tremor, 60g TF fuel tank, Hensley BD3-F air bag hitch

    Previous setups:
    2019 Grand Design Solitude 373FB-R, 2019 Ford F-350 Platinum DRW Powerstroke, Hensley BD5 air bag hitch
    2016 Grand Design Reflection 318RST, 2016 GMC 3500 Denali SRW Duramax, Hensley BD3 air bag hitch

  • #2
    Originally posted by bertschb View Post
    My front storage compartment has a single inexpensive/flimsy lock in the center of the door. The left and right sides of the door have simple non-locking latches. Is there any way to make these latches/locks more secure? I think anybody with a screwdriver could pop the door open.

    I've done some searching and found keyless locks but the mechanism looks similar to OEM.
    I think howson replaced his with latches similar to the rest of the compartments.

    Neil Citro
    2018 Reflection 28bh
    2019 F350 6.7L Long Bed Crew Cab

    Comment


    • #3
      You could pry the door open easily with any lock. The door is as weak or weaker than the lock or latches.
      John & Kathy
      2014 Reflection 303RLS
      2014 F250 SC SB 6.2

      Comment


      • #4
        bertschb found it:


        https://gdrvowners.com/forum/exterio...e-baggage-door
        Neil Citro
        2018 Reflection 28bh
        2019 F350 6.7L Long Bed Crew Cab

        Comment


        • #5
          ncitro Thanks for the link. I remember seeing Howards mod. The keyless function would be cool but I think the latch itself isn't any more secure. Jkwilson - I think you may be right about the flimsy door being the weak link.
          Brian & Kellie
          2020 Grand Design Solitude 310GK-R, FBP, MORryde IS w/ disc brakes, 1,460w solar
          2020 Ford F-350 Platinum SRW PSD Tremor, 60g TF fuel tank, Hensley BD3-F air bag hitch

          Previous setups:
          2019 Grand Design Solitude 373FB-R, 2019 Ford F-350 Platinum DRW Powerstroke, Hensley BD5 air bag hitch
          2016 Grand Design Reflection 318RST, 2016 GMC 3500 Denali SRW Duramax, Hensley BD3 air bag hitch

          Comment


          • #6
            The reason I'm asking is because I'm putting my batteries and solar gear in that front compartment. It's easy pickings. I think what I'll do is screw my new Battleborn BBGC3 batteries to the floor with multiple screws. That would at least slow a thief down. I don't think a thief would care about the inverter/charge controller/Cerbo, etc.
            Brian & Kellie
            2020 Grand Design Solitude 310GK-R, FBP, MORryde IS w/ disc brakes, 1,460w solar
            2020 Ford F-350 Platinum SRW PSD Tremor, 60g TF fuel tank, Hensley BD3-F air bag hitch

            Previous setups:
            2019 Grand Design Solitude 373FB-R, 2019 Ford F-350 Platinum DRW Powerstroke, Hensley BD5 air bag hitch
            2016 Grand Design Reflection 318RST, 2016 GMC 3500 Denali SRW Duramax, Hensley BD3 air bag hitch

            Comment


            • #7
              Unfortunately the slam latches are about the least secure device out there when the plunder is exposed as in baggage doors. The latch plunger is exposed and extremely easily circumvented with a pocket knife or other similar object by lifting the plunger. They work on entry doors because there is a lip around the door hiding the plunger.
              Tow Vehicle: 2018 GMC K2500 Denali Diesel
              Coach: 303RLS Delivered March 5, 2021

              Comment


              • #8
                bertschb Brian,

                Putting a panel in front of those items may be the best bet. Otherwise if you have internet at all times there are low cost security systems such as Simplisafe that could alert you if an intruder gains access to your rig.

                Jim
                2017 Imagine 2600RB
                2015 GMC Sierra 4x4

                Comment


                • #9
                  bertschb Ah gotcha. I thought you were looking to get away from the standard key all the rigs have got that compartment. You might also use an odd screw with a non common head, like a security screw or something. Those bits are commonly available but they would have to have one. I’ve never had acting stolen from a site, and I don’t store mine in a storage lot or I’d be more concerned I guess. I actually leave my bay open if we’re boondocking to let it vent a little better.
                  Neil Citro
                  2018 Reflection 28bh
                  2019 F350 6.7L Long Bed Crew Cab

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I replaced all of my standard CH751 locks that most people have a key for with barrel locks that I bought from https://shoprvlocks.com/ It doesn't make the doors any more secure but at least I'm certain everyone in the campground don't have a key that work in my locks.
                    2020 Silverado 2500HD LT, CC, 4X4 6.6 Duramax 3310LB Payload
                    2021 Grand Design Reflection 311BHS

                    Location: Southern Tier of Western NY

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      bertschb

                      If you are looking for a bit more security, you may try replacing the 2 outer thumb latches with cam locks and then putting one of the thumb locks in the center. This will at least help by minimizing the area they have to pry against. You may also want to look at making the arm of the cam lock a bit stronger and longer and reinforce the back side of the door with some thin plate.
                      Tow Vehicle: 2018 GMC K2500 Denali Diesel
                      Coach: 303RLS Delivered March 5, 2021

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bertschb View Post
                        My front storage compartment has a single inexpensive/flimsy lock in the center of the door. The left and right sides of the door have simple non-locking latches. Is there any way to make these latches/locks more secure? I think anybody with a screwdriver could pop the door open.

                        I've done some searching and found keyless locks but the mechanism looks similar to OEM.
                        SLAM LATCHES ARE NOT SECURE! But they are cool! As stated by Jlawles2 they can be opened with a pocket knife. I have a slam latch that opens when pulled when it is locked. Still have to fix that.

                        As someone else has stated - locks keep the tempted honest. (?) Anyone with the desire and the right tools can break into anything on an RV.
                        Mike & Lisa
                        Central Florida
                        2021 Imagine 2970RL
                        1996 Chevy K3500 Crew SRW 7.4L Gas

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          On other thing to look into. Find a good sheet metal shop and fabricator and see if they can add a backing panel to the door (steel/aluminum). They may need to through bolt it, but decorative hardware is available. With the backing plate they can better attach standard security hardware - even dead bolts that might connect to hardware installed on the door frame inner surface.

                          Hope this helps.
                          Keith
                          2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dually

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Yoda View Post
                            Find a good sheet metal shop and fabricator and see if they can add a backing panel to the door (steel/aluminum).
                            Good idea! Thanks
                            Brian & Kellie
                            2020 Grand Design Solitude 310GK-R, FBP, MORryde IS w/ disc brakes, 1,460w solar
                            2020 Ford F-350 Platinum SRW PSD Tremor, 60g TF fuel tank, Hensley BD3-F air bag hitch

                            Previous setups:
                            2019 Grand Design Solitude 373FB-R, 2019 Ford F-350 Platinum DRW Powerstroke, Hensley BD5 air bag hitch
                            2016 Grand Design Reflection 318RST, 2016 GMC 3500 Denali SRW Duramax, Hensley BD3 air bag hitch

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              I ended up using the holes in the feet of the new BattleBorn BBGC3 batteries to screw the batteries to the floor of the front compartment. I used six screws per battery. Somebody would need to bring tools with them to remove the batteries and it would take them a while to do it so I'm no longer worried about thieves.
                              Brian & Kellie
                              2020 Grand Design Solitude 310GK-R, FBP, MORryde IS w/ disc brakes, 1,460w solar
                              2020 Ford F-350 Platinum SRW PSD Tremor, 60g TF fuel tank, Hensley BD3-F air bag hitch

                              Previous setups:
                              2019 Grand Design Solitude 373FB-R, 2019 Ford F-350 Platinum DRW Powerstroke, Hensley BD5 air bag hitch
                              2016 Grand Design Reflection 318RST, 2016 GMC 3500 Denali SRW Duramax, Hensley BD3 air bag hitch

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X