Door Latch provides security for RVs.

Press Release Summary:

Recessed Entrée latch features 2 key locking options, one for paddle that actuates slide bolt, and one for optional deadbolt, and key locks are available with or without lock plugs installed. Unit comes with matching mounting plate, strike plate, and all fastener hardware, and installs on door panels with thicknesses ranging from 1.38-1.50 in. With die-cast design, latch is available in polished chrome, or with black or white UV-stabilized powder coated finish.

Original Press Release:

New Entrée Push-To-Close Latch from Southco® Provides Style and Security for RV Entry Doors

Concordville, PA, January 30, 2006 The new Entrée latch from Southco offers an attractive, affordable solution for enhanced security in a quality entry door latch for travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, horse trailers, caravans and other RV applications. The recessed latch features two keylocking security options one for the paddle that actuates the slide bolt, and one for an additional deadbolt option.

A durable die-cast design provides robust performance in a compact package with a sleek contour that is compatible with aerodynamic RV designs. It is available in three different finish options polished chrome, or a black or white UV-stabilized powder coating to complement most exterior color schemes.

The basic latch design is available in two formats; a standard key locking version and a key locking version with no lock plugs installed for users who wish to provide their own lockplugs. Paddle handles provide convenient, ample grip for entry and exit, while the slide-bolt design offers slam-shut convenience. An optional deadbolt can be engaged or disengaged by a manual lever on the interior of the latch or a keylock on the exterior face of the latch.

Provided with a matching mounting plate, strike plate, and all fastener hardware, the latch installs in minutes, using a single rectangular hole cut through door panels ranging from 34.9 mm (1.38") to 38.1 mm (1.50") thick. Simple panel preparation, quick installation, and a low net-installed-cost make this latch an economical alternative for RV manufacturers, even on entry-level models.

The Entrée latch is the latest in Southco's extensive line of high-quality latches for RV applications. Like all Southco products, it is supported by a global network of engineering, manufacturing, and customer service for support before, during, and after specification and installation.

For more information, visit Southco's website at; e-mail their 24/7 customer service department at; call 610-459-4000; or fax to 610-459-4012.

Southco is a leading global provider of engineered access solutions, including latches, locks, captive fasteners, hinges, handles, and other accessories for applications in the marine, networking, telecommunications, computer, automotive, aerospace, mass transit, off-highway/construction, RV/caravan, industrial machinery and HVAC industries.

Southco is strongly focused on customized engineering solutions and global support for its key customers. The company aspires to be a virtual engineering center for its customers' engineered-access solutions and is committed to providing outstanding quality and overall satisfaction. Southco's promise to its customers is to connect, create and innovate to provide the best solution for every access engineering problem.

Dale Clouser

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