You’ve spent your hard-earned cash on your new RV and it’s now become your much-used second home from home. The last thing you want is for someone else to decide to take it for their own. Securing your RV is an essential to keeping it out of the wrong hands and any way to make it harder to break into has got to be a good investment.
With one security risk to RVs being their factory-default locks which have standard keys, a good idea is to look at switching your current physical key system to a keyless RV door lock which is much harder to crack. Plus, a keyless system takes away the worry of losing your keys and finding yourself locked out of your RV after a long day on the road. To help you make the switch away from keys, we take a look at some of the best touch pad RV keyless entry systems you can currently buy.
The Best RV Keyless Entry System
RVLock V4 Keyless Entry Handle
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|Item Weight||2.35 pounds|
A shoo-in for most standard sized RV door locks and with a tough build, our best Choice is an easy to install and use keypad system that’s worth the mid-priced money.
The V4 from RVLock is a solid way to upgrade your camper’s security and will look sleek and neat on most RVs, thanks to the weather-resistant black powder-coated finish. The model also comes pre-loaded with the required batteries so you can be up and keyless running in less than 20 minutes. You get an integrated eight-key pad system as well as two fob remotes, although you can add up to 10 additional fobs for your family and friends. Plus, just in case of a ‘I forgot my code/lost my fob’ emergency, you also get a set of conventional mechanical keys. You will need to buy the extra fobs however but that’s not really a deal-breaker with our keyless RV door lock top pick.
Update 1/15/19: Found out that by holding the 1 number key down, the loud beeping noise can be silenced - yay! 2nd, found out that by holding the lock button down, the lock will lock. We were putting the full code in every time. So in short, this is a great addition to our camper. Wish the little tips were documented with the lock - found it out by calling RVLock's help line. As a final - their help line was courteous and very helpful.It fits perfectly. Nice quality. I'm overall ok/happy. Improvement ideas/considerations: 1) We can't lock the camper w/o entering the full code. 2) The beep noise this thing puts out will scare away anything from the campsite - and will wake neighbor campers - maybe good? 3) Locking mechanism is only for one of the locks - meaning the "dead bolt" one. I guess that is ok... But you have to use the key to lock both. I know a window is a quick break entry - so not a big deal over all... 1 FOB, for $239, eh - that also stinks...So I gave this a 4 star - and still worth getting despite my yuks about it... Who wants to keep up with keys when camping?! 🙂
This is a very convenient thing to have. The keypad started to wear out after about a year so they really need to work on that. We just left it on the fifth wheel we traded in and I would get another one if they were more durable.
Easy installation and did not require any cutting to install. My first review was in 2015 August. It is now Feb 2017 and the red knob that is used to lock the door has broken off. This may sound like a long time but this is for an RV that only gets used 2 to 3 weeks out of the years. The part is not readily available and now I am waiting on the company to respond with a parts list so I can purchase the replacement part since the warranty has expired.
AP Products RV Deadbolt Door Lock
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|Item Weight||3 pounds|
For a well-priced keyless entry system that fits most RVs and gives you simple but effective touch pad access, we say check out this RV Deadbolt Door Lock from AP Products. Straight-forward in both looks and functionality, the five-button pad sits in the door handle, and the operation is simple and smooth. With a four-digit pin, you control the deadbolt, with a back-up set of mechanical keys should there ever be a problem with opening the door. The RV keyless entry is powered by 4 AA batteries (not included), the buttons are nicely sized, and the keypad also lights up so you can gain access to your RV at night. There is no wiring required with the RV Deadbolt Door Lock and as it should fit most standard RVs, installation is pretty easy. A decent keyless RV entry door lock for the money.
So far very disappointed. Worked for about a week. Then randomly will lock but not unlock. Later then unlock but not lock. Sometimes gets stuck in the middle. Lights flash, but there is no error list for blinks only beeps. Changed batteries, check clearances, still no luck.What was to allow freedom of entry we have lost all confidence in. Just a lock that uses a key now. Real disappointmemt.
Takes 3 trys to get in. Have a hide-a-key or you may not get in. Customer service is horrible 1st its " it should work perfect use energizer lithium batterys". Then is still doesn't work 1/2 the time. Customer service is horrible. I'm on my third one and it is still does not work. Wont even offer a good deal on one more to give it a try. Just NO AND SORRY......
The first one I received had a broken D stem which connects to the interior knob that controls the deadbolt. Second one had missing bolts and strike plate. Since I was get ready to hit the road I didn’t want to take a chance on the third order so I reused my existing bolts and strike plate. Everything fit like a charm and is still in working condition after the install three weeks ago. I have noticed that one of the buttons is not as sensitive as the rest since the install. I was a little disappointed that the electronic lock only operates the dead bolt and not the door knob lock which only operates by key. So far I’m happy with the purchase and praying it will hold up for years to come, but don’t feel confident that it will last too long because of the buttons are loosing their sensitivity already.8 months later - the 1/2 button isn’t working at all if the sun is out. A month later my code isn’t working, but the short code to lock it is. So I could lock it with the digital buttons but had to use the key to unlock.10 months later - lights out, not working at all. Replaced batteries, lights back on, touch pad working, but won’t even lock with the short cut key or unlock. $160 for a digital lock that works for 6 months and now I’m left with a manual entry lock. Star rating went from 4 to 1
RVLock Keyless Entry System
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|Item Weight||5 pounds|
Designed to fit most class C and many class A RVs with standard right-hinged doors, this heavy-duty RV entry door lock is a smart addition to your camper’s security. It’s at the top end of our best RV keyless entry system review, but the build is quality and you get a lock that feels, acts and looks secure.
The easy open handle has a low-profile touch keypad that can take one of a potential one million code combinations. Or choose to use the remote fob (you can add up to 10 to the system) for remote access. Plus, you get a set of mechanical keys and a hideaway section as a manual back-up. This camper door lock works on 4 AA batteries which come pre-loaded and all the mounting kit is also supplied. Yes, it is over $250 but this is a robust and durable keyless entry system that is reliable to use and comes powder-coated so it can stand up to the elements.
Everything else works as expected but, just a few months in; the f45kin numbers on the key pad blew off on the highway, leaving exposed under components. I wrote to the seller twice and NOBODY has gotten back to me on the matter. YOU decide if thats a deal breaker. For what it cost, you'd think I'd get a courtesy reply. NOPE. Made the sale and don't care after that.UPDATE: 3/31/2020Recieved an email from the seller to contact them about the issue. Called the number, spoke to a very pleasant young lady who promptly apologized for the disconnect in responding. She sited an issue with getting back into the Amazon system after the sale. She took my information and is forwarding the new part (membrane) to me ASAP.I had to hand wite the numbers and create my own "membrane" with clear gorilla tape. However, to date, the unit performance has been stellar despite this one issue. Based on this experience, I'd still recommend buying this. unit.
Updated to Two Stars!! Company eventually took lock back and repaired it then sent it back to me. They reported that ‘something’ within latch came loose. No details so I am still hésitent that it won’t happen again.Original review: I tried to resolve this with RVLock directly but was shocked at their lack of concern or support. I purchased the lock late August 2019 for my motorhome. 7 months later, when we pulled over to get gas, we realized that we could not get the handle to 'unlock' as something inside the mechanism had failed. We were trapped inside our RV at the gas station! Not a good feeling at all/not a safe situation. I removed the inner plate to see what was stuck but the door handle lock was jammed in the extended position. We only had limited tools in RV, so I had to climb out the passenger side window to try to open from the outside with the key but still the locking mechanism would not release. It was jammed in tight. I got some additional tools from one of the bay compartments and passed them back inside the RV window to my wife who proceeded to unscrew the smaller inner cover plate. Only 3 could be removed as the 4th could not be turned (must be cross threaded at assembly). Therefore we still we could not get the latch to release. After about 30 minutes of concern and frustration, pulling and shaking the door, the latch released allowing the door to open. So BUYER BEWARE!! The product FAILED in less than 7 months of use. I calculate that the lock had only functioned 1,200 cycles (open and closing the latch) during this time. One would expect a product to last 5+ years 24/7/365. I estimate that this lock did not come close to reaching 10% of an acceptable product life cycle. I was emailing with customer support but they only offered to send me a couple parts to try and figure it out myself but told them i don't trust this lock to not fail again. They then offered to send me a label to ship it back to them so they could review it, BUT i would not get a new latch or a refund. So buyers please be aware that this lock CAN and has FAILED in a short period. And if it does you are on your own because they will NOT provide any replacement or refund after 30 days.Additionally - To install it I needed to enlarge the size of the opening over the standard latch hole.
DO NOT BUY IT IF YOU ARE 100% sure about the holes of your door and size and everything!!! THEY TELL YOU THAT FITS IN ALMOST ALL CLASS A BUT IS NOT TRUE!! I HAVE A WINNEBAGO and To return it you got send it to their office and I paid 26 dollars that I won’t see it no more and had to wait weeks to get my credit!! I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND BUY IT ON LINE!!!
MICTUNING RV Keyless Entry Door Lock
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|Item Weight||3.3 pounds|
If you’re on a budget but looking to upgrade to keyless, then this high security RV door lock from Mictuning is worth a look. For just over 100 bucks you get all the core functionality of a keyless RV door lock and while it may not be as heavy-duty or low-profile in looks as other models, it certainly works.
For your money you get a keypad and fob entry system, along with a spare set of physical keys. And the wireless range for the fob is not bad, and you can unlock your RV some 20m away. Made from zinc alloy, with a flame-retardant nylon, it is also waterproof and designed to fit most standard door RVs. And with a decent backlight, you can also read the pad under cover of darkness after a late night out. The set comes with everything you need to get up and running, including batteries and mounting kit plus you get a one-year warranty.
I was really excited to buy this to upgrade the lock on our 5th wheel door. I wanted to be able to go out to walk the dogs and not have to worry about keys. I was really disappointed too find that most all of the inside components of this lock was made of plastic. I feel like it is going to break off if I pull too hard when ensuring the door latches. I don't like to slam the door to latch it: I prefer to pull on the handle while opening the latch until it is closed then I release the handle to allow it to latch. I feel that if I continue to do this it is going to eventually break off in my hand. I can't yet say that this is a bad lock, time will tell. I'm just saying that it's made of plastic on the inside parts and feels cheap.
We ordered 2 of these for both our doors on our RV. One we had to return. Wasn’t working properly and the key broke off in it when the keypad stopped working. Had it installed for one day. The second lock is still installed and does work properly. That door also doesn’t get used as much. We will see what happens in the future Wouldn’t purchase again.
I had heard good things about keyless entry, but as it turns out this product is a cheap knockoff. When it came, the instructions were mostly in Chinese and installation was impossible. When I called their customer support the number was disconnected and no longer in service. The design of this handle is a lot cheaper and less well made than I had hoped. Don't waste your money.
Rupse Zinc Alloy RV Keyless Entry System
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|Item Weight||4.19 pounds|
Underpinned by a solid base of zinc alloy, the RUPSE is a solid chunk of a keyless RV door lock that looks and feels reassuringly secure. With a full metal handle, waterproof and rust-proof powder coating and fire protection rated, you get a solid piece of keyless kit for a mid-priced budget.
Quick to install, the RUPSE RV keyless entry door lock is also compatible with most class A and C RVs as well as trailers and campers, just check with your vehicle spec first before you buy. The keypad is large enough for easy use and takes a four-digit password or you could opt for the keyless fob, which has a 20m wireless range. A full set of mechanical keys complete the package as a handy back-up. Powered by 4 AA batteries (not included) you also have a low battery alarm, so you know when to re-power your door security system.
I absolutely love the key-less entry door lock. It was super easy to install, and fit perfectly into the existing door hole. It was a little snug, but that was perfect and how it works best. I installed it into my Montana High Country 5th wheel (HM343RL). The entire thing is made of steel (except for the battery cover on the indoor side). The lock takes 4 AA batteries, which were not provided with the purchase of the lock. The pass-code and fob were easy to reset. My only recommendation for improvement would be that you should be able to lock the door on the key pad by simply pushing the lock button only. As it is now you have punch in your pass-code then press the luck button. However, you can use to fob to lock and unlock the door without having to punch in the code. So my recommendation is very minor. I like the sound that the lock makes to let you know when the locking action is complete. The handle and lock work very smoothly. I would recommend this purchase to anyone.
Once I got finally got the unit to program my code I like it very much, but the programming is not easy. It took many attempts using the provided instruction. One other issue encountered was batteries losing contact requiring opening the battery compartment and moving them around to establish contact.
UPDATE= Upgraded from 3 to 4 stars and here's why. Kaastonecorp has been in touch with me about the issues I found with this lock. They are working to correct the grammatical errors in the instructions, have said they will be adding more screws to each kit, and have been in steady communication with me. I have two of these locks now and am working on being able to separate the key fobs. Currently when you paid a fob to a lock, both sets of lock/unlock buttons will active the lock. And when you pair it to another lock, it's the same thing. When I unlock one door, both doors unlock. Not ideal situation. However, I'm sure they'll help me figure out how to split the remotes so one set of remote buttons only works on one door.I have to say thanks to Daisy for working with me. She's really trying to make things right. They also mentioned they are working with the manufacturer to see about swapping the plastic locking handle to metal, for better quality. I have to give them credit for wanting to make a quality product.=========================================================================================I don't understand why no one makes a door lock that's completely made of metal. Yes some of it is metal, but the lock handle, battery compartment and cover are all plastic. Overall it just doesn't feel durable. I have a keypad door lock at my house and it's all metal, and very solid. I have a 2007 Raptor and it was a pretty easy swap. However, one of the screw heads broke off when I was installing it. Seriously? So now I have three screws holding it together, the other broke almost flush with the mount. :/ And because the screw is made of such cheap material, I can't seem to extract it as it just shreds. The instructions are also not that great. One would think if you're releasing a product in a country, you might have a native speaker proofread your instructions for accuracy. Definitely not the case here. Go China!Pros:Easy installKeypad is illuminated when touchedAudible confirmation when usedOverall quiet operationRemote key fobConsMaterials are cheapInstructions are mediocreExpensive for what you are gettingIf I can find a higher quality option, I'll go with that next time.
RVLock Keyless Compartment Integrated Keypad
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|Item Weight||4.19 pounds|
Double up on your RV’s new keyless security by adding this baggage compartment door lock system into the mix. Added to your camper alongside a change of key lock on the main doors will keep your RV and precious cargo safe and secure.
Designed to fit most standard RV, trailer, motorhome and camper baggage and storage compartments, this keyless system is made with a steel core and is finished with a weather resistant powder coated exterior finish. Use the 8-digit keypad to access the compartment by personal code or opt for the quick and convenient wireless fob, while you get a set of mechanical keys as back-up. It is easy to install and the whole unit comes pre-loaded with the required 4 AA batteries to keep it powered up.
Bought these the same time I got my door handle replacements. So far they are not my favorite. Had to completely disassemble and lube up the plastic inside pieces just to get the metal tounge to come back out. That worked for a month or so, and now it seems that I will have to do it again to keep it working. I bought two, one for each side, and they are both like this.Note this is only the baggage compartments handle's. The ones I got for my entry doors work flawlessly.
You will have to pay for your own returns if it doesn’t work, or it’s the wrong part like I bought
works great, made well,, ordered with main door locks so that all locks work on the same key, so convenient to not need to carry around keys
AP Products Bauer Motor Home Door Lock
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|Item Weight||6 pounds|
Double down on that locked door with this ‘intelligent’ keyless entry system that works out the position of the deadbolt in your RV’s door and locks down when the door is firmly shut. Powered by four AA batteries, the unit will also let you know when the juice is low so you and feedback when the door is successfully engaged and shut.
Designed to fit most 2-Pin Motorized RV entry doors, the touch button system is slick and easy to program and use, and proximity sensors illuminate the buttons for clear code entry. Meanwhile, you also get a spare set of mechanical keys as back-up in case you forget your personal entry code. And while this is quite a chunky, heavy dude, the Bauer fits surprisingly snug and flush, giving a relatively low profile on your RV door.
Installed on vintage '94 Thor 30' MH to replace original set that had completely worn out.1 - remove your old lock set and measure the opening. This unit has very little tolerance. Old hole was squared new lock is rounded so there needed to be extra seal put in at the corners.2 - this unit requires the strike plate to be replaced. I had to literally cut the old one out of the frame and weld in a new seat before installing the new strike plate.3 - make sure you have enough clearance for the strike pins and they are lined up when setting the lock. Remember the RV chassis will flex and could cause lock to bind.4 - this is a typical right hinge door. Key is "backwards" to lock (turn CW to lock, CCW to unlock).5 - 4 numbered keys and enter key. Easy enough to set code. To reset you have to remove batteries reinsert and reset code.6 - Touch keys don't work with gloves unless they are capacitive.All-in-all a decent/solid unit. If you aren't handy install could be a challenge.
I hate returning purchases so I try to do research first. I wanted to know if it was the correct lock for my RV. No response from Amazon questions so I contacted the manufacturer via it's email contact form. No response. Ordered the lock knowing Amazon would take it back; not my preferred methodology. Removed my RV lock and found that my cut out hole was outside the lock size so I called the manufacturer's number in the materials. Had to leave a message. Did this twice and got no call back. I went forward and installed the lock and it works fine. Their strike plate was a chore to put in but was able to drift mine out and theirs in. One issue with their lock gasket doesn't fully cover and RV people know you don't ever want a leak so I jury rigged a piece of foam and I'll go around the lock with Dicor this summer to seal it well. I rated the manufacturer down for its lack of customer response and not the product. It seems very sturdy and properly made but for the poor gasket.
Not impressed. Expensive lock to replace the 3rd 507 that failed. Lock itself works fine, with the key. Touch pads work only occasionally. Called AP, they said my Duracell batteries were at fault. So I replaced them with the recommended Everready Lithium batteries. Worked about 80% for about 1/2 hour, then the bottom 2 buttons stopped working again. Guess I'll call them again and see what they suggest. Also, it didn't fully cover the hole from the old lock. Had to seal the gap with silicone. And, you can't see the backlights, which tell you if its working, in the daylight. And, you can't hear the beep that tells you a button is working, because the beeper is inside, and not very loud.And! The lock closes by turning the key (outside) or the lock knob (inside) away from the door frame! Unlike every other lock on the planet!Lotta money for a part-time touch panel lock.Wouldn't buy it again, but what else is out there for motorhome locks?
RV Keyless Entry System Buying Guide & FAQ
What to Consider When Buying an RV Keyless Door Lock
When buying a new RV keyless entry system, you need to take into account the model of your RV as well as other key factors:
Size and type – all RVs are not made equal so you’ll need to know the specific dimensions for your RV and its door locks so you can match the right size keyless entry model. You will also need to check whether your RV is only compatible with certain brands or styles of RV keyless entry. You want minimum impact on your RV when fitting the new keyless system, so compatibility is essential.
Ease of fitting – if the keyless unit is the right size for your RV’s door and existing door lock space, then you should have no problem fitting and programming the new unit yourself. Check that your preferred model is easy to fit and that you have the tools and know-how to do it yourself, otherwise seek professional advice to get it up and running correctly.
Access method – consider which type of high security RV door locks is best for you and, if relevant, your family to ensure you can all use the system safely and happily. For adults, and keypad and smartphone app system is secure and easy to use while for a family with young kids, a single keypad system may be the better option. Going through the pros and cons of each access method will help you choose the right one for your own set up.
Backup keys – if you’re concerned about being left without access if your keyless RV entry door lock fails or you forget the code, then check if the system you are choosing has a back-up key slot so you can use a physical key to gain access. However, if you are wanting maximum access security for your camper, there are totally keyless options available, just check what the back-up plan is should there be a system malfunction.
Extra features – for ease of use, some models have extra functionality, including wireless key fobs, fingerprint access or Bluetooth control. You can also purchase additional latches for other doors in your RV so you can use them all on the same keyless entry system.
Benefits of a High Security RV Door Locks
While chances are the main reason you are looking at a keyless RV entry door lock is for improving security on your RV, there are other benefits to ditching the physical key:
Convenience – pure and simple. You no longer have to worry about where your keys are or carry them around, running the risk of losing them on a long hike. You don’t have to worry about having a spare key and working out where to hide it, then remembering where you put it!
Control over access – you shouldn’t take your RV’s security lightly and with a keyless entry system you’re firmly in the driving seat. With RV keyless entry, you can create your own unique passwords and assign them to the people you want entering your camper. You can also provide one-off entry to your RV – for dog walkers, visitors or tradespeople for example – without getting more keys cut. Then you can change the codes once they have left to keep everything safe and secure.
No need for a spare key – spare keys are so easy to misplace or lose track of who you have given them to, but with a RV keyless entry system for your RV you no longer have to worry. Thieves will also look around to find where you may have hidden a spare key outside your RV, but with a totally keyless system, they will always be out of luck.
Different Types of RV Keyless Entry
Yes, you are getting rid of the need for a physical key with an RV keyless entry system, but there are different methods to replace that key. The main types of RV keyless entry are:
Keypad – these are usually present in all types of keyless entry systems, either as the main or sole way of entry or as a back-up/failsafe to the below. Simple to use, you type in your own unique entry code to gain access and can change the code at any time. Smart technology means you can also get some keyless entry models that respond to your fingerprint, which is pre-programmed in, similar to the fingerprint system you can use to unlock your smartphone.
Wireless – available as a fob, similar to the one you use for your car, wireless access allows you to remotely lock and unlock your RV by pressing the fob button.
Bluetooth – these keyless systems link to an app on your smartphone or device, in the same way smart door locks work in your home.
Best RV Keyless Entry System FAQ:
Q: What is an RV keyless door lock and how does it work?
A: The RV is so much more than a way to get from A to B. You set it up as your home from home and will most probably have a lot of personal belongings, of both personal and financial value, stored away inside. Your RV can be left unsupervised for periods of a time when you get to your destination or park site which is why effective security for your RV is essential. And while a key system can work, you can really up the ante with keyless RV door locks on your camper or RV.
A keyless RV door lock does away with the need for a physical key and lets you limit access to who you choose. The system should sit in place of your existing RV door lock and uses either a keypad or remote access (eg. an App on your smart phone or a fob) to let you in and out and to lock down your RV when you are sleeping or are not at home. Keyless door locks use a small part called an actuator which connects the door bolt or cylinder to a small motor within the door lock unit. This motor is controlled by an electrical impulse which can be controlled in a number of keyless ways – including a keypad or a wireless remote-control sensor. You will then need a pin code (for the keypad) or a fob or smartphone app (for the wireless system) to gain access to your RV and to lock it back up again.
Q: How do I install my RV keyless entry system?
A: Installing an RV keyless entry system will depend on the type of lock you have purchased and the brand, so always ensure it’s the correct model for your vehicle and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. However, after removing your existing RV or camper door lock, the basic installation method of a keyless system for your RV will require:
- The RV door to be set in an open position, held or secured so it doesn’t close.
- Ensure the cut-out space left in your door where the key system has been matches the size of your new keyless lock pad.
- The font unit is then inserted, making sure the door’s deadbolt and levers fit properly
- The connections to the back panel then need to be plugged in, before the back assembly is screwed into place.
You will then need to program your new RV keyless entry system as indicated in the instruction manual.
Q: How do I reset the code on an RV lock?
A: First up, read the instruction manual for your particular RV keyless entry model to get it right first time. Your system will come with a default factory setting – more often than not 1-2-3-4. As a general rule of thumb, most RV lock codes can be set by using the following:
- Hold down the 8 key (or key as instructed) and the lock button and release at the same time
- Enter the default or existing code then press lock
- Type in your new code (usually up to 8 digits) then press lock.
- Hold until you get confirmation the code has been accepted – typically a long beep.
The new code should now open your RV door.
Our Top Pick
The V4 Keyless Entry Handle from RVLock scoops our top pick as it is a straight-up RV keyless door lock that is well-priced, performs well and fits most standard RV door locks. With an easy to use keypad entry system, you also get the option of also using a remote fob, with a physical set of keys to keep as spare. Easy to install and robust, this is an RV door lock that will stand up to long-term use and keep your RV secure.
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