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Old 07-09-2018, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default Hood Keylocks on a '93 Sunsport

I have a '93 SunSport. It is in pretty great shape, but when I purchased it there were 5 barrel keys for the hood latches included. Unfortunately, all but one of the keys were broken.

I assume that if the previous owner stripped out 5 keys, I will probably end up needing a replacement for the one that now works. I tried a couple of local key shops and RV dealers, but they said the manufacturer would be the only one with a key.

I called Gulf Stream to get a duplicate key, and they said they don't have any.

I tried ordering new locks through a local RV dealer to eliminate need for the barrel keys, but when the new ones came I found out there are no off-the shelf locks that work on the hood, as it has a feature that pulls the hood down as you twist the lock. (not common for any other cabinet or basement keys).

Does anyone here on the forum know source for hood keys, replacement locks, or other modifications that will work? I live in fear I will be out on the road and break the last key in the world, effectively locking me out from servicing the engine, batteries, hydraulics, etc.

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Old 07-09-2018, 07:52 AM   #2
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Southco website....they manufacture the key
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:53 AM   #3
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SouthCo manufactures the key and have a website
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:24 AM   #4
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:30 AM   #5
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Default Stainless Key

Southco also has a stainless version. It's tougher.



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Old 07-13-2018, 03:53 PM   #6
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Default Part number for hood key

I contacted Southco and they gave me their "updated" part number(E3-26-715-19), then directed me to a couple of distributors on the West Coast. I called All West Components And Fasteners in Seattle and spoke with Rick. Rick told me the part number given by Southco was obsolete, and I really needed part number E3-5-15. He also said All West has a minimum order of 37 dollars, and I would be able to but a bunch of those keys for that much money, then told me they were available on Amazon. He said all I had to do was go on Amazon and search for the part number.
The end result is I ordered a packet of 4 keys, part number E3-5-15 for $18. When I receive them and verify they are the correct key, I'll update this thread.

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Old 07-16-2018, 06:32 AM   #7
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Default Barrel Key

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I have a '93 SunSport. It is in pretty great shape, but when I purchased it there were 5 barrel keys for the hood latches included. Unfortunately, all but one of the keys were broken.

I assume that if the previous owner stripped out 5 keys, I will probably end up needing a replacement for the one that now works. I tried a couple of local key shops and RV dealers, but they said the manufacturer would be the only one with a key.

I called Gulf Stream to get a duplicate key,

and they said they don't have any.

I tried ordering new locks through a local RV dealer to eliminate need for the barrel keys, but when the new ones came I found out there are no off-the shelf locks that work on the hood, as it has a feature that pulls the hood down as you twist the lock. (not common for any other cabinet or basement keys).

Does anyone here on the forum know source for hood keys, replacement locks, or other modifications that will work? I live in fear I will be out on the road and break the last key in the world, effectively locking me out from servicing the engine, batteries, hydraulics, etc.

meach4x4

Can you post a pic?? Does the key (Southco) have any numbers stamped on it?? I just purchased an extra key (E3-5-15) for our 08 Crescendo. $7 from Amazon.
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