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Old 09-19-2023, 06:16 AM
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Default Door Locks

What have others done for door locks? The stock kit doesn't provide a way to lock the main doors, just the baggage door.
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Old 09-19-2023, 06:48 AM
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Here is an RV-10 door handle that allows for an "optional" lock installation.
https://www.aerosportproducts.com/pr...e-door-handle/

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Old 09-19-2023, 07:05 AM
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As I decided to stick with the stock door handles I opted not to install locks at all. No regrets whatsoever.
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Old 09-19-2023, 08:42 AM
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If someone is going to steal your avionics, a door lock is not going to deter them. They'll just damage the door to gain entry, then you have stolen avionics and a damaged door.
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Old 09-19-2023, 08:53 AM
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I think it's wise to consider door locks. Sure, there are a class of people who are going to get what they want to get, and they'll damage a door for it. But if it's in the open and someone has to mess with a door, I imagine you'll remove yourself from the "target of opportunity" list with some sort of locking mechanism.

It pains me a bit to write that, as I miss the days of leaving the front door unlocked and open and keys in the car, but I don't see this world getting more nicer or trustworthy, and I've seen plenty of ridiculous behavior all over the place. But obviously, to each his own.
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Old 09-19-2023, 09:33 AM
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I purchased the ignition/door lock combo when i built my -10. I had to do some modification to the pilot side door mechanism to make it work. I don't remember what but it worked good. Passenger side was locked with a pin in the handle. Nice to have it all keyed alike and I hid a spare key behind the rear access panel. Its not break-in proof but is a deterrent for some.
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Old 09-19-2023, 09:51 AM
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I purchased the ignition/door lock combo when i built my -10. I had to do some modification to the pilot side door mechanism to make it work. Passenger side was locked with a pin in the handle. Nice to have it all keyed alike
Same here, pin the passenger side, installed a lock in the pilot side.

The lock was the other one with the ignition and baggage lock, installed so as to block the gear rack when turned to lock position.
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Old 09-19-2023, 09:58 AM
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Here was my solution. The arm moves across and stops the pin being able to move up.
For the passenger side I have a small plate that slides into the end of the handle and stops the button from being pressed. (Sorry no photo)

Iím sure if someone wanted they could force it but it keeps people from being nosy.

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Old 09-19-2023, 10:36 AM
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I recon most any door lock isn't going to stop the determined thief...
but I suppose there are folks that wouldn't think twice about opening up a plane just to have a look ... they figure they aren't stealing or doing any damage...."Hey, I wonder how much room is in those RV's like that one over there.... Hey, take my picture sitting in it, will ya?"
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Old 09-19-2023, 01:20 PM
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We have door locks like shown in the pictures, but I've found them to not be very effective and they are easily overpowered.

We just put on a Bruce's cover every time we go somewhere. I have yet to find anyone peering into the plane with the cover on.
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