Keypad Lock

by Greg Zimmerman

We don’t like carrying keys. Our house and garage have keypad locks. Our kids can use keypads too. Bauer makes an electronic keypad lock for RV’s. I couldn’t find anyone on the internet who installed one in a Casita. I took a chance, bought one, and it fits! Note this for 17′ Casitas with the flat doors, not the 13 or 16 footers with the curved doors.

The deadbolt operates electronically with 4 “AA” batteries. You set a 4 digit code and punching it in opens the lock. Pushing the bottom 2 buttons at the same time locks the door. The keypad does beep, but I don’t mind it.

I leave a key in our tow vehicle (it has a keypad too!) just in case the batteries die or it quits working. So far, so good.

To install it, remove the screws and the old lock comes apart. Then remove the 2 screws on the end of the door holding the deadbolt. Remove the old silicone sealant from the outside of the door. Next, assemble the new lock in the reverse order. The keypad has a gasket so it doesn’t need to be siliconed in place like the old one.

Update: After installing a few and getting calls from customers, I’ve found that sometimes the hole in the door needs to be opened up a little more for clearance. Sometimes you can’t raise the lock high enough to get the 2 screws in the faceplate. A little work with a Dremel tool and it’ll fit.

Insert the batteries and program your custom code and you’re all done.

14 comments

AL Richter May 31, 2019 - 4:46 am

So it was a direct replacement?

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Greg Zimmerman May 31, 2019 - 7:27 am

Yes, it fit right in with no modifications needed.

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Julia / Beadfingers June 10, 2019 - 5:06 pm

In addition to the convenience, would you say it is a safer, more secure lock?

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Greg Zimmerman June 10, 2019 - 8:38 pm

I’d say it’s the same level of security. Like all RV locks with an “M” embossed in the main latch- any RV master key can open it. Not secure. The deadbolt however has its own specific key. It has the same security level as the old one. But, I think it’s “safer” because I can open the door with just a key code and that makes it easier for our family.

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Vicki Clark August 29, 2019 - 12:11 pm

Do you think this would fit a Scamp door?

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Greg Zimmerman August 29, 2019 - 1:06 pm

No, it won’t fit Scamps or 13’/16′ Casitas with the curved molded doors. Only the rectangle RV standard type doors.

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chris September 17, 2019 - 10:45 pm

Do I just pull the silicone off? I have an issue with the deadbolt sticking and locking me out so would like to replace the lock and this looks like it would be a good option.

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Greg Zimmerman October 2, 2019 - 9:27 am

Yes, I carefully use a razor blade after the lock is removed.

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Charlotte C December 29, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Thanks for the mod Greg! Since posting this in April 2019, are you still satisfied with this lock? I’m about ready to tackle this soon!

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Greg Zimmerman December 29, 2019 - 2:59 pm

It works great! We love it.

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Crystyn April 21, 2020 - 1:19 pm

It didn’t fit our 2013 Casita Independence. What year is your trailer?

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Greg Zimmerman April 29, 2020 - 1:05 pm

2009 but I’ve installed several. They take some work, some the hole needed to be opened up a little more with a saw.

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Tracey Gray June 8, 2020 - 6:33 pm

June 8, 2020
HI Greg,
Do you think this lock would work on my 16′ casita, 1996. Door handle is failing. If not what other door handle/lock would you recommend?? Please help

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Greg Zimmerman June 8, 2020 - 6:36 pm

No sorry it only works on the 17’s. The 16 has the paddle handle, casita sells a replacement.

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