Hey guys - not sure where to post this. I’ve had my GFC since August '22, and since that time the locks on the panels have always been incredibly sus. That’s what my nephew would call them. I would just call them shit.
I brought this to the attention of GFC when I first got the build put on my truck, but ended up using a different set of the two dozen or so keys they gave me to get in more easily after struggling to open a couple of the panels. And, given that at the time I was so amped about getting my camper I didn’t want to make a huge deal about it, I ignored how concerning this was. Well, now I can’t even get a key into one of the locks on the back panel at all and am in dire need of a fix because I can’t fully lock the back.
Has anyone else had this experience? I’m surprised I don’t see this more often posted about in the forums. For anyone who has, what did you do to remedy?
If you really dislike the locks, change them. Others have replaced the locks with different southco locks (C-5, I think). I use graphite in my locks for maintenance and have been happy with how they open. The locks aren’t super great, but I haven’t had any problems with mine. Yet…
Search the forum for ideas…
I’m sure others will chime in with ideas and suggestions.
I’ve had the same issue with tough keyways. Got them replaced and GFC suggested hitting the pins with Tri Flow once and a while. Sounds like keeping them well lubricants makes a huge difference for longevity.
GFC will replace them, but the quality is still sus. I am needing to replace some of mine for the 3rd time. I think the water issues also corrode the locks from the backside as I have some sort of build up inside the locks.
Zipper lube isn’t nearly as common as it used to be since most zippers are plastic and somewhat self-lubricating that way, but it’s definitely something you want for any metal zippers and it can’t hurt on plastic zippers.
Anyone have issues with the key slots getting stuck open? I regularly lubricate them but one pesky lock is stuck open so the weather really gets into it. I’ve tried everything to loosen it up but nothing. Just stuck half open
I’ve had my keyway cover stick open. Someone here pointed out that there’s usually a tiny dented in area around the opening, it keeping it from closing. I just used the key to pry mine back out and it was fine.