June '16

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20 • RV PRO • JUNE 2016 rv-pro.com going to happen," McKinnon says. "You take thousands of bag doors all going into a coach and all being built on different lines in our facility and take an entrance door that has to match those bag doors and have them go out the door simultaneously and then get to the manufacturer and have them sort through them and it would just never work." So instead, the doors are shipped to the manufacturers with the locks in place, but no tumblers inserted. "When we build a baggage door or we build an entrance door, we buy locks from Bauer to build that door," McKinnon says. "We buy them without the tumblers in it. Every lock that goes out that's on the Keyed Alike system has a little blue plug in it when it lands at the manufacturer. Then the RV manufacturer has a little shelf of tumblers at the end of the line and he puts all the same number in that coach so that everything is Keyed Alike and that puts the corresponding key with that key code and, 'Boom.'" Bacon says Bauer has its own patented method of installing lock cylinders, so in order for the whole process to work, the manufacturers need to be trained in that installation. Using that process and the fact that Bauer locks are available for cam locks, slam locks and entry doors, make it possible for all external locks to be keyed alike. "Every once in a while the OEM will still put in a lock that's a little different, but we're trying to understand how many applications there might be," Bacon says. "But for the most part, we can cover a good 90 percent of the applications on the exterior." Though initial acceptance was slow, Bauer now has about 30 to 35 percent of towables and fifth wheels being manufac- tured on a Keyed Alike system. Grand Design, Jayco towables, Starcraft, select Forest River lines and Palomino are onboard, with more brands to come at this year's model change, according to McKinnon. "You can see why the system had never been implemented before until somebody put a brain to it and said, 'Let's figure this out,'" McKinnon says. "We did and they embraced it." CH751 The other complaint Bacon says he hears from a lot of consumers is that there is a distinct lack of security when it comes to RV locks – specifically with cam latches. CH751 might sound like a robot from The Bauer Products's production team assembles the company's keyless electronic RV entry door latches at its facility in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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