I've got a Yakima Skybox 18 for this season and it seems like the locks are very susceptible to freezing. Anyone else having this problem or have any solutions ?
Here's an example: I put my skis in the box at my house (43 degrees F), drove 1.5 hours to the mountain, (18 degrees F) and the locks were frozen. I live in the Seattle area, so it was a little damp that morning, but nothing drastic. Also, this past week, when it was in the 20's in Seattle and single digits at the mountain - frozen.
I've been holding the cigarette lighter from my car on the lock for about 15 seconds, and that works fine to thaw it out and unlock the box; however, if the cigarette lighter craps out - I'm outta luck ! Also, can the rapid heating and cooling eventually damage the lock ?
I do keep an old blanket inside the box to cushion the skis and keep them from moving around. The blanket does get damp with the melted snow from the skis - could this interior dampness be causing moisture to get into the lock from the inside ?