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Check the big drawer under the bench seat.

I know someone who left them on the bench seat, then sat on them. They were forced between the seatbelt clips into the drawer below landing on a storage bag.

Of course this lady, being ever so bright, then rummaged around the drawer and in doing so must of enabled the keys to slip into the bag. This daft old bat then decided to strip out all the cupboards and drawers in a frantic effort to find keys and so every bag, box and container was dumped outside the van. She then proceeded to tear apart the inside whilst what she was looking for was outside :shocked
 
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Gillian, did you check your insurance policy? Its worth a look as many include this to cover this very eventuality.

Yes we looked at the policy but it covered their loss through theft together with changing the locks but no mention of accidental loss. Will phone and ask though.
 
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Check the big drawer under the bench seat.

I know someone who left them on the bench seat, then sat on them. They were forced between the seatbelt clips into the drawer below landing on a storage bag.

Of course this lady, being ever so bright, then rummaged around the drawer and in doing so must of enabled the keys to slip into the bag. This daft old bat then decided to strip out all the cupboards and drawers in a frantic effort to find keys and so every bag, box and container was dumped outside the van. She then proceeded to tear apart the inside whilst what she was looking for was outside :shocked

Thanks GJ ... will look in the drawer too
 
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Hiya the keys could,still be in the locked vehicle. I'm on my second Cali now but my first one locked me out whilst the keys were in the ignition on a campsite one very cold march. Had to get VW RAC out who broke into the Cali in a traditional way using coat hangers and other old bits of metal........I think others have also been locked out when their Cali has auto locked. I now always have the keys on me.....so it's still worthwhile looking in every nook and cranny in case whoever last was in the Cali put the keys down somewhere inside......
 
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Hiya the keys could,still be in the locked vehicle. I'm on my second Cali now but my first one locked me out whilst the keys were in the ignition on a campsite one very cold march. Had to get VW RAC out who broke into the Cali in a traditional way using coat hangers and other old bits of metal........I think others have also been locked out when their Cali has auto locked. I now always have the keys on me.....so it's still worthwhile looking in every nook and cranny in case whoever last was in the Cali put the keys down somewhere inside......

Is there any way of stopping it doing this, other than to keep the keys with you at all times? I have been regularly leaving them in their 'place' which is hanging on the coat hook by the passenger door while I converse with my neighbours.
Going to do a thorough search today. I remember leaving my husband working inside the van and saying to him 'the keys are beside you on the seat. Don't sit on them'. I didn't want him to damage the seat! There was a blanket under them but my first area of search will be the drawer.
Also wondering if it is possible to securely locate a basic key which opens the doors externally somewhere in case the auto lock happens?
Appreciate that this would have to be very secure.
 
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I am not bringing much Christmas cheer to this post am I
It is fine to take risks...it is just nice to know the potential outcomes.
I am off to eat some more root ginger in whiskey syrup that I got for Christmas
It wasn't meant as a criticism of you, more a comment on what ever you do the insurance companies will find a way of stimying you:confused:
 
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@GillianC

If I was you I would check with your insurance company. I keep spare keys with me, in a place that even I can't find :shocked

I am certain that when I bought my van I read through my policy, read the checklist that said "spare keys" to be carried when overseas, and talked to Comfort. I think it was something about "as long as secure and out of sight" which was the waiver.

If I am then leaving the van to do something where loss of keys could happen, such as sky-diving, hang-gliding, white-water rafting or going to the wine bar then I keep an access key safely secured to me.
 
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Is there any way of stopping it doing this, other than to keep the keys with you at all times? I have been regularly leaving them in their 'place' which is hanging on the coat hook by the passenger door while I converse with my neighbours.
Going to do a thorough search today. I remember leaving my husband working inside the van and saying to him 'the keys are beside you on the seat. Don't sit on them'. I didn't want him to damage the seat! There was a blanket under them but my first area of search will be the drawer.
Also wondering if it is possible to securely locate a basic key which opens the doors externally somewhere in case the auto lock happens?
Appreciate that this would have to be very secure.
We either larks head a strong piece of ribbon or use a strap with a clicky connection and keep the
keys around our neck. I keep house keys and car keys separate.

Lanyard was the word I was searching for !

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Thanks everyone. I will have to devise a way of securing a key to my person.
I have searched every inch of the van and am certain that the keys aren't in it.
They must be in the house or, more likely I think, in the garage somewhere.
We have a very large garage full of tools, cloths, tins and bottles of stuff, bikes etc etc as well as cars and I suspect the key has been put down somewhere in there and has been submerged.
Oh well. I have ordered the replacement and will feel easier when I have a spare again.
 
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Is there any way of stopping it doing this, other than to keep the keys with you at all times? I have been regularly leaving them in their 'place' which is hanging on the coat hook by the passenger door while I converse with my neighbours.
Going to do a thorough search today. I remember leaving my husband working inside the van and saying to him 'the keys are beside you on the seat. Don't sit on them'. I didn't want him to damage the seat! There was a blanket under them but my first area of search will be the drawer.
Also wondering if it is possible to securely locate a basic key which opens the doors externally somewhere in case the auto lock happens?
Appreciate that this would have to be very secure.
I have a Basic Surf Key on a lanyard, around my neck, when abroad.
 
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This has made me consider getting some tile or similar like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MDODWS6/?tag=eliteelect-21

I think it is certainly worth getting something like this - a lot cheaper than a new key.
The other thing I would really recommend after this is when ordering a new vehicle also take advantage of the special price to order additional keys. So, if you have placed an order and haven't added them to the spec might be worth thinking about it.
 
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door only and big warnings about damage if you try and use it in the ignition....
 
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Is there any way of stopping it doing this, other than to keep the keys with you at all times? I have been regularly leaving them in their 'place' which is hanging on the coat hook by the passenger door while I converse with my neighbours.
Going to do a thorough search today. I remember leaving my husband working inside the van and saying to him 'the keys are beside you on the seat. Don't sit on them'. I didn't want him to damage the seat! There was a blanket under them but my first area of search will be the drawer.
Also wondering if it is possible to securely locate a basic key which opens the doors externally somewhere in case the auto lock happens?
Appreciate that this would have to be very secure.
As he was cleaning the cooker lid at the time are they under the glass lid in the sink or even cutlery drawer? How about the pockets on the back of the seat too?
Retrace steps.....
 
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In case anyone dorsn't know or realise. The keyblade can be removed from the remote fob. You can use a plain key to access the vehicle and provided the keyless remote fob is within about 10cms of the ignition barrel then the plain key can start the vehicle and unlock the steering lock.
 
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In case anyone dorsn't know or realise. The keyblade can be removed from the remote fob. You can use a plain key to access the vehicle and provided the keyless remote fob is within about 10cms of the ignition barrel then the plain key can start the vehicle and unlock the steering lock.
Looking for a solution for when I lock myself out of the Cali with the keys inside. As I've got 4 sets of keys I took the blade out of one and no trouble opening the car, surprised me though that the alarm activated which is a good thing. I'm presuming by that there is a sensor in the door lock similar to the one in the ignition.


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Looking for a solution for when I lock myself out of the Cali with the keys inside. As I've got 4 sets of keys I took the blade out of one and no trouble opening the car, surprised me though that the alarm activated which is a good thing. I'm presuming by that there is a sensor in the door lock similar to the one in the ignition.


Mike
Might be, but more likely the movement sensor if you opened the door even slightly.
 
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I'll try it later

Curiosity got the better of me.

With car locked, one click, setting all the alarms I can give the car a good shove and no alarms. As soon as I unlock the door though the alarm activates without open the door and no vibration.

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I'll try it later


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All you have to do is leave the Remote Fob without the key, somewhere in the vehicle to switch off the alarm. Doesn't really matter if the alarm goes off as long as you can switch off the alarm.
If camping with the roof up then you should have the Internal alarm off anyway as any draft through the roof vents can set the Internal alarm off.
 
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All you have to do is leave the Remote Fob without the key, somewhere in the vehicle to switch off the alarm. Doesn't really matter if the alarm goes off as long as you can switch off the alarm.
If camping with the roof up then you should have the Internal alarm off anyway as any draft through the roof vents can set the Internal alarm off.
Yep that's what I'll be doing.


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