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Old 04-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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External door locks?

Am seeking ideas/opinions on what kind of external lock to use on my E350 rear doors. For me the side doors are not a problem because access to the back is difficult if you cannot breach the rear doors. A quickie search on Amazon and I see this:

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-Magnu ... +door+lock

which I see often on a lot of trade vans. While I'm not protecting electrical/plumbing equipment and supplies I would be protecting all of my camping stuff from easy theft. I'm less concern about anyone trying to steal my vans because they look mostly plain and do not have Aluminess products or winches or cargo boxes or stickers or giant shiny wheels, etc. My questions:

Are there better locks to use than MasterLock? American Lock maybe?

If I get one of these where is best place in the door to mount this? I've seen it mounted low near the bottom of the door and I've seen it up higher .. above the license plate but below the rear window.

I realize that with enough determination that any van door can be breached even with an external lock .. my goal is to simply prevent the easy theft. Currently that would be as simple as smash the rear window, open the door then empty out my stuff which is neatly stored in RubberMaid tubs. If had such a lock in place one could still smash the rear window but could not open the rear door and take my stuff.

Thanks in advance for your ideas and opinions.

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Re: External door locks?

Just remember that you'll be locking yourself in as far as being able to exit the vehicle from that door in the event of an emergency.


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Old 04-05-2013, 07:44 AM   #3
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Re: External door locks?

Right. I thought about that but its sort of similar to being in the back seat of a 2 door coupe or in the 3rd row of a Suburban with tailgate.

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:57 AM   #4
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Re: External door locks?

Except the Suburban tailgate opens.

In any rate a similar topic just came up:
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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Re: External door locks?

I saw a site called slicklocks which made mounting brackets for the hockey puck locks that fit around the latch mechanism. The advantage of their system -- no additional holes need to be drilled into the metal. Of course, it isn't as theft-resistant as a the mounting brackets pictured, but in general, a hockey puck lock will give a thief pause no matter where.
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