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Hummmmm.................Lock Your Keys In Your Truck/Carr??

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by longcolt, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    While off deer hunting in the John Day area one of our hunters locked his keys in his new Dodge Truck.
    Left them laying in the console tray. We were up in the Mountains 35 miles from the nearest town. The owner spent hours trying to slip wires through the door gasket to pull up the handle or push pin lock device. No luck!

    So they took one of the other trucks down to an area where they could get cell service and called triple A. This happened on a Sunday too so it took some time to get the guy up to our campsite. He opened a bag full of special tools and had the door locked popped in less than one minute. Ah sweet success!

    Next day he did the same thing, keys in the console and shut the door. But this time he only shut the door to its first click, not all the way shut. So after hours of fiddling around we were able to loop a lightweight string over the lock push button, tighten it up and unlock the door.

    The truck owner learned a hard lesson. While hunting keep a key hidden somewhere or with another hunter.

    Have you had a similar experience or known someone who did??

    Your thoughts?:)
  2. newtoynwfa

    newtoynwfa WA Member

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    Nope, I have three vehicles and the gremlins (aka security system) will not allow the doors to be locked manually if the key is inside the vehicle.
  3. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Personally I would have found a rock.
  4. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    I think we went to the same locksmithing school.
  5. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would have found a rock and cracked myself in the forehead with it! Dude, have your friend go to a lock smith shop and pick up a steel key hook that mounts on your belt. Keep the fob on the belt and the keys in the pocket.
  6. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I locked my keys in my car while it was running.......twice.

    Once when I was 17 and once when I was 40.
    keystir and (deleted member) like this.
  7. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    Some people keep a spare key in their wallet...(<:}-
  8. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    I did this in Yellowstone in 90 degree heat. Waited too f'ing long. I had a 4x4 in the bed and was soooooo close to just breaking the damned window.
  9. M67

    M67 NW Oregon Active Member

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    I locked my keys in my rig, many years ago.
    So,i now carry a set of spare keys in my wallet.
  10. safetyman

    safetyman Clark County, WA Active Member

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    I know a few folks who hide a spare key in one of those magnetic key holders somewhere in the undercarriage...
  11. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have to use my key (actually a fob - key and remote in one) to lock the car.

    ..however it is possible for me to open the trunk while in the car, get out, lock the car and then go to the trunk to get something and lock the key in there. ..Have not done it yet, but I'm always paranoid about it.
  12. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    This!!! Dont do it! I have done this twice with my Jetta! grrrr.
  13. receo

    receo Sandy, Oregon Active Member

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    Zip tie a key to the undercarriage. Works for me.
  14. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    That's what I do. Have used it a time or two in the last 10 years.
  15. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly what I do, and it actually impressed my GF's teenagers when I was back inside my car 15 seconds later. Thus, my perceived status is elevated to somewhere between Homer Simpson and Liam Neeson. So Bam!

    But here's what gets me...

    I cannot begin to understand why any car manufacturer would set it up so the pocket remote door unlocker (which I carry separately from my keys), does NOT work if the car is accidentally locked with a key in the ignition. WTF???

    I'm also not getting why I have to push the 4-door lock button inside the driver's door UP to lock the whole car, and DOWN to unlock it.

    Has the world gone crazy?
  16. westcoastal

    westcoastal north coast of oregon Active Member

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    Can't remember when I did that. But one time down the coast heading to a job. Stopped at a rest area for a break. And there was a gal trying to coat hanger the door of an older Toyota car. My assistant grab the keys to our Toyota work truck, and walked over and unlocked her door, apparently once the keys get old and worn. They'll work on almost any same era rig.
    Oh and I have a spare wired up in an obscure spot on my truck. And since the lock on the inside broke, I have to lock the door with the key anyway, so I intentionally never fixed it. I think when I was just out of high school I did lock em in. It only took about 10 minutes to take out the back window the another 15 to get it back in.
  17. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    On my trucks, I keep spare keys wired in a safe spot inside the framerail. On most of my cars as well. Only one that doesn't get that treatment is my Demon.
  18. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    Key in the wallet?

    Dude... that's a damn fine tip. I'm going to do that. (Why have I never thought of that before?!)
  19. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    wired up to the undercarriage is a good plan - also I don't know if they do it any more but AAA used to have a "credit card key" they would cut for your cars. Basically a plastic key set into a credit card shaped piece of plastic - great so you don't loose the key in your wallet.
  20. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    2005 was the first time elk hunting with my dad in years. We were heading into an area and we a little unsure of where to stop. I left the truck running and got out to look (I was driving). Dad hopped out, too. Unfortunately he bumped the lock button before he shut the door. We decided that I would break one of the supercab's side windows to get in. (they are the kind that pop open a ways) I grabbed the window and pulled. I pulled the rivets out of the door frame and the window opened. Then I was able to use a long stick to stretch across the cab and trip the lock button on the driver's door.
    When we got back to camp Dad gave me his spare key. Every year we hunted after that Dad always stashed a spare key.
    Until this year I always used my old Ford for hunting. Can't lock the door without the key.