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How to Rekey RV Locks?

Writen by Tom Hank

Fact checked by Joseph Varney

how to rekey rv locks

Losing your keys for your RV is an absolute pain, especially when you are on the road. However, it is possible to learn how to rekey your RV locks when you are on the go to avoid unnecessary stress and headache. Whether you are rekeying your RV doors or compartments, this article will help you navigate how to rekey your RV locks.

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What You Will Need


Before starting any project, it is essential to always gather the necessary tools needed beforehand. For rekeying, you will need the following tools and materials:

  • Rekey Kit
  • Screw
  • Screwdriver
  • Tweezers

Step By Step Instructions

Once you have all the necessary tools and equipment needed, you are now ready to begin rekeying your RV locks. Here are the steps to do that:

Step #1: Know the Brand of your Locks

Before proceeding to tinker with your RV locks, it is essential you first establish its brand. Each brand has a specific way of rekeying and particular kits as well, so it is best to identify what it is first. Once you know the brand of your locks, order the compatible rekey kit for it.

Step #2: Remove the Lock

When you already have the compatible rekeying kit for your locks, it is now time to remove the lock from its fixed position. To take it out, all that you have to do is to unscrew it using screwdrivers. Once all the screws are removed, it will eventually easily slide away from its fixed position.

Step #3: Separate the Lock Cylinder

When you have successfully removed the lock housing from its fixed position, it is now time to remove the lock cylinder. To do this, you can use the retainer ring tool included in your rekey kit. Push the lock cylinder out of its fixed hole, and it will quickly come off.

Step #4: Take Away the Old Pins


Now, the next thing that you have to do is to remove the old pins to give way to your new key. To do this, you need to insert the key in the lock cylinder at a 90 degrees angle then turn it clockwise.

After that, take the old key out of the lock cylinder and use the plug follower tool and put pressure on the barrel to remove the old pins, which are molded after your old key. Make sure not to apply too much pressure that the pins are entirely lost, or the spring pops out.

Also, it is essential to take note that some locks require additional steps in rekeying. This is why it is vital to read the instructions included in your rekeying kit because that is what will precisely guide you with your particular guide.

Step #5: Put in the New Pins

Once the old pins are out, you are now ready to insert the new pins for the new key. To do this, carefully put the new pins in the cylinder by using tweezers. Usually, the new pins are color-coded, and your rekey kit will indicate which goes to which. It is essential to follow the proper placement to avoid problems later on. After that, insert the new key and rotate it counterclockwise for a couple of times.

Step #6: Test it Out

When all the new pins are inserted, it is important to check whether the new key works smoothly or not. To do this, notice whether the keys unlock and lock the cylinder smoothly. If it does not, it is more likely that you inserted the pin in the wrong place, so repeat step #5 to fix it.

Step #7: Put the Lock Back to its Fixed Position

If the new key works well, it is now time to put the lock back to its fixed place. Use its original screws for the housing to mount it back to its original position. Make sure the screws are tight, and it is properly attached.


The steps mentioned above are not that difficult, right? Rekeying RV locks can be easy, whether it is the main door or the compartment doors, as long as you have the right rekeying kit for your locks. Let us know how your rekeying experience went and share with us some tips for others in the comment down below. Remember, learning how to rekey RV locks are not rocket science, and you can totally do it on your own.

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