Knowing this hidden key trick could save you a road service call


By Barry Zander
I just read a blog about someone who locked her key in the motorhome. What to do?  When she reached in to unlock the door it set off the alarm that she didn’t know she had, and she still doesn’t know how to turn it off.

Here’s our secret sauce: I taped a key inside the refrigerator vent outside our rig. Soon after buying our camper van, I locked my keys inside. Panic. I spent the next five minutes on hold waiting for road service to answer. That’s when suddenly I had a “Duh moment.” I had taped a spare key inside the refrigerator vent (don’t tell anyone). I quickly hung up the phone, removed the vent, retrieved the key and opened the van door.

By the time I remembered the key, the ice cream cone I had stopped to buy had melted all over my hand, but that was a small price to pay for the convenience of not having to wait for the service call. If your RV has a combo door lock or you use a key fob, you’re covered; otherwise, you might want to stow a key where you can retrieve it easily.


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27 days ago

Locked myself out of our first motor home, one inside one misplaced. Trying other keys I had at hand I found my desk key from where I worked opened the side door.

28 days ago

While staying as workcampers in a rural campground, we got locked out. A fellow camper saw us and tried to help. He told us to wait a minute while he went to his camper. Came back with his camper key and – viola! – unlocked our camper! Apparently there are only a few key configurations for ALL campers. We were lucky, but I felt a little less safe knowing this!

28 days ago

We use Hitch safe. It has saved me many a call to a locksmith. We put $10 and a truck key in it and off we go! hitchsafe hs7000

Last edited 28 days ago by PennyPA
28 days ago

Good idea, but now we’ll all have to think of a new secret place so would be thieves don’t look there!

29 days ago

I carry my Spare car key and motorhome key in my wallet. Has saved me $$ over the years.

Montgomery D. Bonner
29 days ago

I keep the ignition/gas lock keys in a separate place, and the house keys on a ring I carry all the time. I break the door lock keys off the ring, and take them with me to the shower. I have never locked myself out of the motorhome or RV doing it this way. We don’t have RV refer, so doing it your way won’t work for us. Supposed could tape a key in the toad.

Scott R. Ellis
29 days ago

Even if you DO have an (electrically actuated) combo lock or a (battery-powered) key fob, you’re wise to stash a spare physical key somewhere outside the rig.

Linda Hagan
29 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Sounds like you found out the same way we did… dead battery and we were locked out. Don’t remember how we got in, but we always have a backup key available now.

David Hartman
28 days ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

I use a spring clip and clip the key to the frame.

29 days ago

Nothing, I mean NOTHING would interfere with my eating an ice cream cone. Life is too short to waste even one.

29 days ago
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13 days ago
Reply to  WEB

I thought the same thing

James D
29 days ago

The folks that deliver trailers usually leave the key inside the water heater. My repair shop does this also.

Mark O.
29 days ago

Magnetic, waterproof key box hidden on an easily accessible part of the chassis, one door and one ignition key.

29 days ago
Reply to  Mark O.

You’re a pavement only driver if the magnetic boxes work for you.

22 days ago
Reply to  Traveler

I do the same and it’s in the propane compartment has never budged in 3 years fulltime travel.

16 days ago
Reply to  Beachcamper

You gave me a good idea, put a spare key under the propane tank on my trailer.

Bobby Semon
29 days ago

I changed the lock on my storage area outside to a combo lock, after locking myself out once, now I just keep a door key inside there, you can break in and steal my stuff, but you can’t start the motor home.

29 days ago

We keep a set of keys in a lock-box in an outside cabinet. Also have devised a way of remembering the 4-digit code. Our son and daughter both know how to get inside if necessary.

Alan Goldberg
29 days ago

I hide door Key in the LP box as the door is never locked. I also Hide a full set of keys inside in case I lost the keys while outside.

Last edited 29 days ago by Alan Goldberg
29 days ago
Reply to  Alan Goldberg

We do the same but have the keys in a combination realtor lock box in locked in the LP area.

29 days ago
Reply to  Alan Goldberg

I started doing that with our first RV & but that door lock was easy to pick. I hide both lock keys for our motor home & inside I have hidden a complete set of keys for everything we own, has come in handy more then once!

29 days ago

My wife wears a spare key on a lanyard when we are in the RV. Works for us. A friend restoring a GMC motorhome found five hidden keys in the coach.