And did I mention…

That I now have an outside lock on my camper?

It took me some time to figure out what type of lock I wanted. It wasn’t just how “strong” it was, I also had to take into account the message the lock would send.

Most of us know that locks are just a way of saying “This is too much trouble to be worth your while, and there’s nothing of any value in here anyway.”

So, given that, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted people to see.

I ended up using a cabinet lock. It’s sturdy enough that it will take more than a good yank to pull it out and that means either a LOT of yanking or tools to pry it open. And either of those would be noticeable.

But it’s also low key (hehe) enough that it doesn’t scream out “Oh! Look what I have!” and that’s important.

The biggest benefit so far is that it makes the slide lock easier to close if the key lock is already closed. Lines the door up better or something.

This weekend I hope to get the top 1/3 of the door finished. So I’ll have a barn door type of setup. I can open the top to let air in if it’s warm or close both.

The other thing I’ve been doing when it’s nice out during the day is leaving the door open but hanging a thick braided rug across the doorway from the ceiling. That’s given me privacy but left a foot and a half or so on the bottom for Keegan to lay down in and watch the world go by. We both seemed to like that arrangement.

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  1. Jerryprism

     /  November 3, 2011

    when i was in college I had a basement apt with no “screen door” so in the warm weather we’d leave the main door open and thumtaked a confederate flag as the screen. Let in air, light, and an occassional rebel yell.

  2. el gato negro

     /  November 3, 2011

    i’m sure you’ve thought of this but i’ll anyways: there’s no way you can get locked *in* is there?

  3. There isn’t any way they can use my lock to lock me in.

    You are correct, I did think of that. Which is why I didn’t go with a simple hasp and padlock affair.


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