Changing the lock on your RV door is one of the most important steps full-time RVers can take to improve home security on the road.
Watch this short video to see why, and what product we recommend to upgrade RV door locks. Then read on for our detailed review of the RVLock keyless RV entry system, complete with simple installation instructions.
Purely by coincidence, we received a new RVLock v.4.0 keyless RV door handle with integrated keypad and key fob to review, shortly after discovering that the key to our old fifth wheel unlocked the door to our new rig!
The old door lock had also started jamming, requiring us to slam the handle closed for it to engage, so we were excited to give the new keyless handle a try. After quickly installing the new handle, programming its keypad and fob, and testing it for a couple days, I’m even more excited to share why I think this is a must-have product for every full-time RVer concerned about home security.
RVLock v.40 Keyless RV Lock Benefits
The first thing that impressed me about the RVLock v.4.0 was the stylish design and heavyweight construction. It feels solid, with durable components. My first concern was whether it would fit our door, which it did perfectly.
The system provides three ways to secure your RV door. Enter a numeric combination on the keypad, use the remote key fob, or use the included set of backup keys. Installation was simple, and the option to use the keypad or remote key fob is a huge benefit. The keypad numbers even illuminate for easy visibility in the dark!
RVLock Pros & Cons:
- Stylish design and sturdy construction
- Motor-driven deadbolt lock
- Durable locking mechanism
- Programmable keypad
- Remote key fob included
- Keypad numbers illuminate for high visibility
- Replaces industry standard RV door handle
- Locks can still be manually operated
- Simple, fast installation
- Includes set of backup keys
- Batteries included
- Only engages deadbolt lock
- Plastic interior pull handle (latch handle is metal)
- No “0” or “9” on keypad
The deadbolt can still be manually locked from the inside, and both locks can be operated using the keys. But the keyless entry is why you want to install this lock on your RV door. The battery operated mechanism locks and unlocks the deadbolt when the combination is entered on the keypad or the key fob button is pressed. An audible beep alerts you when the lock is engaged. And you can program virtually any combination of up to eight digits.
With integrated keypad door lock, we can now head out for a run without carrying a key, or stashing one in a cabinet while we’re gone. And the keyfob is a blessing when walking Wyatt, or coming home with arms full of grocery bags. Additional Remote Key Fobs are available and can easily be synced with your RVLock 4.0 keypad.
RVLock v.4.o Keypad Handle Installation
Everything needed to install the locking keypad handle was included in the box. Only a single Phillips screwdriver was required to do the job, which took less than ten minutes. Easy to follow instructions for installing the handle and programming the keypad and remote are also included in the box, and more information is available on the RVLock website.
- Latch the door in open position to secure in place, making it easy to work on.
- Remove old handle by unscrewing 4 screws on interior handle and 2 screws on strike plate.
- Separate RVLock interior/exterior handles by unfastening quick-release wire harness
- If necessary, install 4 AA batteries by removing 2 screws securing battery compartment.
- Slide exterior handle with integrated keypad into door from outside, inserting lock into cutout in side of door.
- Attach new strike plate with 4 small screws to hold handle in place.
- Connect wires and align levers on interior handle with locking mechanism.
- Attach interior handle with four long screws.
- Operate keypad and key fob to confirm they function before tightening all screws and locking door.
- Follow steps to program custom combination for keypad, and sync key fob if necessary
That’s it. Enjoy remote entry to your RV or trailer, and rest assured that nobody can get into your home with their keys! Batteries should last approximately six months, and an audible tone will alert you to when the need replacing. Set a custom code you will remember, and keep the spare keys somewhere safe as a backup.