June '16

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18 • RV PRO • JUNE 2016 rv-pro.com D ealers and manufacturers are discov- ering that what some customers have been saying for years not only is true, but it is becoming possible – "It sure would be safer and easier if I just had one key to get in my RV and all its compartments." Bauer Products of Grand Rapids, Mich., is making that a reality with the help of Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components acting as a kind of distributor to the OEM market. Thanks to Bauer's Keyed Alike system, certain RV manufacturers are able to offer RVs that use a single key to open entry doors, slam latches, cam latches and any other lock on the exterior of the vehicle. The concept behind Keyed Alike has been around for the better part of a decade, as Bauer offered it in the horse trailer industry. But coming up with a way to adapt it to the RV industry and to the manufacturing processes within the industry proved to be a task that took some combined brainpower to pull off. An Obvious Need Keyed Alike is a fairly simple idea. All locks contain a tumbler or cylinder that requires a certain key to open. If you have the right key, the lock opens right up. Wrong key, forget it. The problem is, a typical towable can have numerous external doors. Each door has a different lock. Each lock has a dif- ferent tumbler. Each tumbler requires a different key. "There's toy hauler units that will have compression latches on the back ramp – two of those keyed differently, two doors, they'll have a slam latch and then they'll have a cam latch with a CH751 key and might have an electrical hatch door for a total of seven different keys," says Scott McKinnon, lamination/awning product manager with Lippert Components, which offers Bauer Products locks to OEMs with Lippert-made doors. "These RVers walking around the campgrounds have seven or eight keys hanging around their neck in order to get in one RV." Bauer's Keyed Alike system offers convenience and security by having a single, individualized key for all external doors on an RV. By Travis O. Pryor One Key to Open Them All PHOTOS BY MARK BIALEK Bauer Product's Alex Sedelbauer, Jon Bacon and Norm Sedelbauer pose in front of the company's building in Grand Rapids, Mich. Although Bauer is relatively new to the RV industry, the company is a third-generation family-owned business that has been making locking hardware since 1958.

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