Door locks…

So, we had a perfectly good door lock when we bought the Palazzo. However, we managed to lose both key sets! It took less than a year and both sets were lost. We have no idea what happened to the first set but the second was probably left at a gas pump on our last little adventure to NY (family visit… Another good story I will need to share). We have keyless entry locks at our home in Arlington, VA and we thought that would be great on the Palazzo…

We did our research and found Bauer products. After ordering online and receiving it quickly, we rushed out to the unlocked RV (luckily it’s in a gated facility) and installed the new keyless entry system. Ahh. All better.

A few weeks later we were on our way across the country. We kept the keys with us at all times just in case something occurred to the keypad. Nothing did. It worked great at every gas and truck stop. Andrew read that sometimes the system will reset to the original code, so we were playing it safe.

After parking in Texas at our pretty site we decide to move the tools from the storage under the Palazzo to inside. We have a lot of “projects” to do. Then we take the dogs on a nice long walk in 90 degree weather. When we arrive back, we push in our code and there is a long beep. No worries, we do it again, and again… Long beeping sound. Now I’m worried. Andrew, as always, stays calm and looks up the original code (this took a while as we forgot the name of the new lock). He finally finds it, pushes in the code, and a long beep. OMG!!! The tools are inside, we have been here for all of an hour, and we are locked out without the key!

Andrew, staying calm, gets an old file and hammer from the trunk of his car (no idea why he has these things in his car). He begins working the lock with the file and hammer. Our neighbor hears and comes over. He has a screwdriver but no drill. So, after a pretty long time, Andrew breaks the lock and we are in. Unfortunately we ruined the screwdriver… Easy fix with a new set we bought the next day for the very kind neighbor!!!

Now we have no door lock. Andrew rushes out to Camping World which happens to be a few miles away and now we have this lock…

The third and not final lock.
The third and not final lock.

Sadly, the story does not end here. Monday, I go out with the dogs for an early morning walk (without keys). I don’t lock the door when I leave the RV so it should not be locked when I return. Except it is!!!! Somehow the thing locked itself when I shut the door. I guess the force of closing the door bounced the lock. Twice in less than 24 hours I’m locked out!!

Andrew was still home and showering so I only have to wait a few minutes. But really?!? Lesson, NEVER leave the RV without keys(or hide an extra set somewhere close by)!

Bauer Keyless Entry Trouble

July 2016 UPDATE

Again a problem… after using this door lock many times a day for a month we have discovered a new flaw in the way it is constructed. When opening the RV door, the locking mechanism sometimes falls so that it is in the locked position while the door is open. Not realizing this we have slammed the door, with the force to close a car or RV door, and have bent the locking mechanism. We bend it back, the lock works again, but only until the next time it falls without warning and the door is slammed. We find it a nuisance to check the door lock each and every time we open it as we are in and out of the RV a lot as we travel and even when in a location long term. With dog walks and generally enjoying the outdoors we are tired of having to check the lock. We have removed it and replaced it with the one we bought last summer during our lock-out event… we are on the hunt for a door that might be more like a car door with a remote to lock and unlock. We shall see!

June 23, 2015 UPDATE

Disaster Corrected! I’m so happy to report an update. We emailed the company, Bauer Products, and within 24 hours the president of engineering contacted us to apologize and offered to over night a new lock. We took him up on the offer (we didn’t buy from him but from another online merchant). Within a day we had the new lock installed and it works great. We did decide to hide a key in case. Also, he requested we send the original back so he could look at it and discover the issues to improve future locks. That makes me feel better about their product and when it comes time to replace this one, we will definitely consider Bauer Products!


We have a key-less entry at our home in Arlington so we wanted the same for the RV. We researched as much as we could and found Bauer.  Not a good investment.

We installed it about a week and a half prior to our trip from VA to TX. We programmed our chosen number and used it with great success several times. On the first day at the resort in Texas the lock failed. Not because the batteries were dead, but because the system somehow reset itself and did not work. Each time we entered our code there was a long, loud beep. We were in 90 degree heat and locked out.

We went to the website and tried the default code as suggested. Only a long loud beep in response. After trying our code as well as the default many times, and calling the company with no answer, we started banging on the door with a file my husband happened to have in the trunk of the car (the tools were all locked in the storage areas).


After a couple of hours, and the help of some very nice neighbors, we were  finally able to use a hammer and screwdriver to break the lock and gain entry. We immediately ran to the store for a replacement lock that requires a key! Luckily, Camping World was nearby and open.

I would not recommend this lock. We contacted the company via email and requested an address to send the broken lock and receive a refund. I will post updates as I have them. Baur keyless entry disaster!

VA to TX in less than two days!

We rushed home from work on Friday and cleaned out the house for our Airbnb guests (we do this to afford our vacations). We packed the RV the weekend before with water and most of our personal belongings that we didn’t need for the week. So, Friday we packed the dirty cloths, some items from the refrigerator and bathroom and drove both cars with dogs and cat to Woodbridge where we keep our RV in storage.

By 7:30 we were driving in our Thor Palazzo south on I95… and were on our way for the summer adventure! We decided to practice full-time life this summer since I have over two months off from work and since Andrew can work in Flower Mound, TX and Reno, NV… He works for a company that often flies him to the remote offices, we are saving airfare and hotels this way!

Friday was a tough drive, since we all know the last day of school is when many head out of town we sat in quite a bit of traffic and only made three hours of the total 21 even though we were on the road for nearly six! We drove 318 miles and got 9.5 mpg with full water tank and every closet and cabinet full of our stuff. We were up and down the mountains of the Appalachia and happily not using more diesel than usual!

After sleeping at a Flying J, and having difficulty doing that due to soooo many trucks already stopped, we got on our way around 9:30 ( we had Denny’s breakfast and they had pretty slow service). At 10:25 we reached the Tennessee border and an hour later we were in rains and wind from the storm that hit Texas Tuesday, earlier in the week. Not fun driving a huge wall of a vehicle when the winds are whipping. But we kept on! By 10:30 PM we pulled into another Flying J in Texarcana. We had driven 1167 miles in 19 1/2 hours and averaged 9.4 MPG. Most of the trip was 70 MPH and that’s what Andrew did as much as weather and traffic permitted.

Sunday morning we were up and on our way to Arlington, TX to Treetops CarefreeRV. Unfortunately, we were so quick to get the jacks down we forgot to get the last of the trip info! But basically, we had between 9 and 10 MPG all the way out and were driving both hills and faster than ideal for fuel efficiency. The route was guided by an app, smart rv route. It’s a paid app and with a 12.1 foot RV it was helpful to avoid underpasses and bridges that could cause us problems!

A view when looking up!
A view when looking up!

We arrived pretty early and were able to check in! Carefree had a gentleman guide us to our spot and helped us back in. We met both neighbors and they are full timers and still working. Pretty cool! They are already living our dream!!

Gigi enjoys the mornings sitting in the dirt and rocks!

Just keeping cool!
Just keeping cool!