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Post by Markey717 on Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:55 pm

Hi everyone.
Opened the habitation door after opening with alarm fob,put keys just inside the door,closed the door to clean the dogs feet and keep the heat in.Then heard the sound of the central locking kicking in. Controlled panic and could not get to the whiskey.Really so mad with myself,so unlike myself I left one catch open on the barthroom window,not very dignified but was able to squeeze in.I must make sure never to be in this bother again,possibly spare keys?
Regards Mark.
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Post by Milvus on Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:05 pm

We’ve had a few close encounters with this problem. As a get around, whenever we unlock using the remote fob, we open and close either drivers or passenger door. This stops the auto remote locking.  That has become a habit, to the point we do it without thinking now. As a back up, we have a key each.

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Post by Markey717 on Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:13 pm

Hi  yeh we have just started opening either of the cab doors.Hope my memory does not leave me.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:22 pm

A hab door key zip tied to the chassis somewhere will get you in. Why the central locking interface AS use doesn't address the MB self locking 30  secs problem, is beyond me, but they don't seem to be able to solve it.

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Post by Peter Brown on Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:30 pm

Mercedes MobiloVan will cover the cost of entry into the van if your keys are locked in.  A friend was charged by an MB dealer to do this but when MB were told a refund was made.

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We lock cab doors with the fob when settled on site and only use manual key on hab door till we leave. I also have an emergency means of access available.
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Post by Roopert on Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:53 pm

Another option would be a "surf key" for the cab/ignition, secreted (like a copy hab door key) on the chassis somewhere. This is a key that will physically unlock the cab doors, but has none of the remote control or immobiliser parts inside it (which should make it cheap! I think I paid £10 for mine at Timpsons).

So it will get you into the van, but it won't let you start the engine or turn off a factory alarm - which is handy if you have just shut your keys in the van, though not a perfect solution if you've actually lost them! But if I've lost my keys I would rather be sitting in the warm/dry in the van (albeit with the alarm wailing unless you sit very very still) than standing out in the rain...
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Post by Cymro on Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:23 pm

Because the habitation door key on our Nuevo doesn't have any electronics (which the cab door keys, and the fobs, have) so it was cheap to have a spare Hab key cut. and it's concealed on the van and is, of course, accessible from the outside.

I recall a thread where Gromit described the interaction between the cab and hab locks, but my memory is such that it nevertheless surprises me!

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Post by Gromit on Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:17 pm

Cymro wrote:I recall a thread where Gromit described the interaction between the cab and hab locks, but my memory is such that it nevertheless surprises me!

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And it's still just as much of a mystery!!  scratch head

Quite unpredictable in our van. Sometimes unlocking the cab doors will lock the hab door, whether the hab door is open or closed. Other times it doesn't.

It's a bloody nuisance, but apparently beyond the wit of man to fix! Whistle1 The hidden spare hab door key is almost essential for those of us whose vans have this interesting optional extra feature!  shrugg
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