By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.
I viewed the RV Doctor’s video on “combination compartment locks.” Most locks come with a “flat” as well as an “offset” cam to hold the door shut. The combination locks that I looked at previously showed the locks with only a “flat cam.” Is the flat cam permanently attached to the lock or can a screw be removed to exchange the different “offset” cams? (From the locks that I currently have and would be replacing as I need the offset cam.) Thanks. —Jerry
The product you are referring to is the Combi-Cam lock and, yes, the cam can be replaced, as it is attached with a screw. The lock comes complete with two straight cams and an offset cam in the box. That said, I am not certain if the cam attachment dimensions are the same as with standard cam locks, but it would be worth a try, if one of the included ones won’t work. If they were not to work, the company offers a number of accessories, including cams for various applications. They can be found at combi-cam.com or on Amazon.