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Review of Thule Vehicle Locks - Van Locks - TH309833

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Thule Vehicle Locks - Van Locks - TH309833 Review

Hi there. I'm Michael with Today, we're going to take a quick look at the Thule van locks. This is a two piece design. That's going to allow you to secure your rear door or your sliding side doors on your van to make sure that they are nice and secure and will not open.The way these work, you've got the two pieces here. You'll mount this on either side of the door.

So this piece will mount on your sliding door. This will mount on the frame to the door, and you have this larger piece here that will slide over that. You can see these little tabs here. You'll have to push those down to get this slid and over top of that. But once you do that, then this piece is locked in.

So I'm not going to do that right now for demonstration purposes, just to show you how this would fit on. But once you have this piece mounted, it's going to sit on there like that.And then this piece is what actually is going to lock your door closed. I'll show you on this one here. So the keyhole actually pushes this little knob up. So to lock it, really all you have to do is push that in, and that's going to force that little knob up.

And you can see on the bottom side here, that little recessed circle. That's where that is going to push into. So once you have that in place, you won't be able to pull it back and separate the two. So I'll show you here and you really just have to push in on that to lock it. And that is going to give you a nice firm connection.

And you'll have to use the key to pull that back out. Now that'll allow you to slide this back so that you can open the door again.This does come with two of these locks, so you can use one on your side sliding door and one on the back. Or if you have a sliding door on both sides of your van, whichever you prefer. It's going to come with all the hardware that you need to get this mounted. It's also got these rubber pads you'd put on the bottom of this piece, all four pieces there. You will have to drill into the side of your van, which can be kind of scary for some people, but it will help with the security over the long run.You're going to get three keys. These keys are numbered. They're all keyed alike so that they'll work with either of the locks here. I would recommend writing down that number as soon as you get it. Make sure that you have it on hand, just in case you we're to lose all three keys. You can contact Thule and they can send you a replacement key. It's a lot easier to do that than to have to try and remove the whole core and get that re-keyed if you we're to lose all three keys. So you do get three, so chances are you aren't going to lose all three of them, but it's just a good idea to have that number on hand in case you we're to need a replacement key.Overall, I think these are going to do a great job securing your van doors, keeping them closed. So any of your work equipment, anything like that, that you have in your van, you're not going to have to worry about it getting taken away while you're not around. This does come with a two year warranty from Thule. So should hold up really well for you. They stand behind their products. You can see this is a black option, so it should blend in well with your bumper and handles on your van. Overall, this is a very quality set to make sure that everything is secure in your van. That's going to complete our look at the Thule van locks. Thanks for watching..



"That's where that is going to push into. So once you have that in place, you won't be able to pull it back and separate the two." Fine, but if you ever need to unscrew the sliding part from the van... how do you have access to the screws ? Thanks.

David B.


Hey Gabriel, I talked with Thule about your questions. Once you push the tabs in and slide the latch onto the mounting piece it becomes permanent and cannot be removed. You won't be able to take that part off. If you have any other questions let me know, I'll be here to help.



@DavidB Thank you David. I guessed this was the answer... which is far from a smart idea from Thule. To make it short: you cannot remove this device when the vehicule needs any kind of body work. More, the two locks (2 years old) on my van have been agressed by the road salt... the key cylinders are in a bad shape... they cost half the price of the lock. If I end up removing, I will have 4 holes and 4 "volcanos" for each lock. What a mess!

David B.


Yeah, that's about right. This will work great in some cases but won't for others, it's all about what your needs are. If you have any other questions let me know.
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