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How to Unlock a Camper Door Without a Key in 3 Easy Steps

Writen by Tom Hank

Fact checked by Joseph Varney

how to unlock a camper door without a key

Losing your RV’s keys can be annoying. Not only will you not be able to unlock a caravan without keys, but you also leave the vehicle susceptible to thieves. Now you’re wondering how to unlock a camper door without a key?

Take note that the exact steps to pick a camper lock often depends on the type and model of the locking unit. But if your camper uses a typical deadbolt, you may only need to use a bobby pin to restore access to the vehicle.

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What You’ll Need


Bear in mind that the information you learn from this post should only be used if you get locked out of RV that you or a trusted individual owns. It is not to break into a camper that is not yours.

Before calling a certified locksmith, you may only need a couple of fairly common household items to restore entry to a camping vehicle.

Also, the items and methods required to pick an RV lock depend on its specific model and type. You may need to consult the product owner’s manual for unique solutions based on the lock you possess.

  • Tension Wrench – Take note that some locks may not require tension wrenches because of their designs. For example, certain keyways have lags gaps, making it quite tough for these tools to use sufficient leverage.
  • Bobby Pin – Rig owners can also pick a camper lock with a bobby pin. Oftentimes, you may also use a bobby pin to create a tension wrench.

Step-by-Step Instructions


After finding out that you’re locked out of your camper, the first step is to stay calm. Take a few deep breaths and know that a solution is here to help you.

If you have a tension wrench nearby, bring that item out of your toolbox. Otherwise, the only items you need to prepare are two bobby pins. Once you have those tools ready, the following steps will help you restore entry to your camping vehicle.

Step 1: Insert the Tension Wrench

Take the tension wrench and insert it into the low section of the deadbolt’s keyhole. Then, apply a sufficient amount of force to the direction where the keyhole will turn if you were using its key.

It’s ideal to start with the lightest amount of tension for this step. Then, gradually apply stronger force if necessary.

The idea here is to not put significant pushing force on the keyhole, which might otherwise break it and render the deadbolt useless.

Step 2: Prepare the Bobby Pin

With the tension wrench in place, prepare your bobby pin lock-picking tool by extending it. You’ll know when it’s usable when it roughly forms a U- or V-shape.

Again, make sure not to apply significant pressure when preparing the bobby pin tool. It’s not as tough as you might initially think, and applying too much force can break it.

Step 3: Pick the Lock

Insert the bobby pin above the tension wrench. Make sure that you’re still applying sufficient force to the tension wrench for this step.

Then, move the bobby pin inside the lock and feel each cylinder.

Your goal is to push each cylinder in the deadbolt lock upward. Move to the next cylinder once you hear a slight clicking sound. The lock should swing open once all cylinders are at the top position.

Take note that these steps may take several trials and errors. Breathe, take your time, and don’t let frustration get in the way of restoring entry to your vehicle.

It’s also important to mention that you should call a locksmith to make you a new key for your rig.

Remember, once you restore entry to your vehicle, you may not be able to lock it again. As a result, your RV becomes an open invitation to thieves.

How Do I Reset My RV Door Lock?

If you have an electronic door lock that uses a passcode, you may need to reset the device if you lose the master key.

Keep in mind that different electronic RV locks may have dissimilar passcode resetting steps. So make sure to read your owner’s guide for the specific steps to complete this job.

Still, some electronic camper locks use the following steps to reset their passwords:

  • Switch the electronic lock to the on position.
  • Locate the reset button that should be on the module.
  • Press the reset button with a pin, paperclip, or the tip of a pen.
  • Input the default passcode on the lock.
  • Press and hold the numbers 1 and 8 until you hear a beep.
  • Input your desired passcode and press the lock button on the module.
  • Confirm the new passcode by inputting it again and pressing the lock button once more.

Take note that some electronic locks may have a ‘Fob learn’ button instead of a reset button. These two buttons work similarly and should present you with roughly the same results that allow you to set a new passcode for the device.

How Much Does a Local Locksmith Cost?

Opting for the services of an RV locksmith is still an option if using DIY lock-picking techniques doesn’t work.

You may consult the services of professional locksmith services that cost around $157. But expect to pay between $98 and $217 to take advantage of the expert help of a camper locksmith.

Rekeying a lock may also have a separate pricing structure. Taking advantage of that service may require you to spend about $80 to $160.

Bear in mind that the costs for locksmith services may increase if you call the professionals for emergencies. If so, the overhead may skyrocket to about $150 to $250.

Also, the technician may ask you to pay for their travel fees. This event may occur if you have your camper parked relatively far from the locksmith’s headquarters.


Did you like this guide on how to unlock a camper door without a key? Also, feel free to share this post with other rig users to help them if they need help regaining entry to their vehicles.

Remember, stay calm if you find yourself locked out of your camper due to lost camper keys. Then, get your tension wrench out of your toolbox. Otherwise, grab a bobby pin and make it into a tension wrench. Use these tools properly and you should find yourself back in your RV.

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