Not sure if this applies or not but when the sun is directly on the door the aluminum skin expands and makes the door stick and the lock is hard to turn. The quick fix is to pour cool water on the door to cause it to shrink.
It can also be caused by water getting in the keyhole then freezing. When I was stationed back east quite a few years ago they sold small cans that basically were alcohol you could spray into the keyhole to melt the ice, I don't know if they are still sold. Might try spraying wd-40 in the keyhole, see if that works. I used to put a small piece of duct tape over the keyhole if I knew we were getting freezing rain, seemed to help.
John and Patti
Julie and Gracie (Our papillons)
I sit here in our '87 Newell (#139) waiting for the locksmith to put a new deadbolt in our entry door. It is about 9 p.m., and we are in the KOA campground in Tucson, AZ.
We've had no previous issues with the door locks (although we did have one on our other Newell, years ago). Today was neither hot nor cold, no frozen rain, just a normal day. When we returned from recreating, the key would NOT operate the dead bolt. Made entry through an unlocked and unscreened window.
Now then. If the problem is the dead bolt itself, well, we should have that fixed in, oh, say, an hour or so. But if the problem is the door...
We got locked in our '87 Newell last time out. Deadbolt evidently wore out and would not engage bar. Had to disassemble lock to turn deadbolt with screwdriver after first sending teenager out the window to get tools.
Trying to replace both deadlocks now. Does anyone have a source for these deadbolts? Local camping store can't find replacement that fits. Would a mobile home manufacturer be a possible source or does Newell still carry these?
Greg and Kim Lee (Newell novices)
1987 Newell Classic
38 ft. 6 inch