For frequent travelers familiar with the impeccable design of the Rimowa Classic suitcase, encountering a jammed lock can be a perplexing and inconvenient situation. Fear not, as a simple yet effective solution exists—one that involves a bit of creativity and some strategic pressure.

As you can see on the picture below. If the suitcase is over packed, pressure will be applied to the locks which will prevent them from opening.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you unlock your Rimowa Classic when it’s over-packed and the locks are jammed:

Rimowa Classic Flight Cabin Multiwheel Locks
Rimowa Classic Flight Cabin Multi wheel Locks

  1. Assess the Situation: Start by evaluating the extent of the jam. If you’re dealing with a tightly packed suitcase and unyielding locks, the traditional methods may prove ineffective.
  2. Find a Flat Surface: Locate a stable and flat surface, such as the floor of your hotel room. Ensuring a level ground will be crucial for the next step.
  3. Place the Suitcase Horizontally: Lay your Rimowa Classic Cabin suitcase flat on its back, ensuring the jammed locks are facing up. This position allows for better access and pressure distribution.
  4. Sit Strategically: With the jammed locks facing upward, sit on the suitcase. Position yourself to evenly distribute your weight across the surface. The goal is to apply consistent pressure on the locks without causing additional damage. If you’re not heavy enough ask a fellow traveler to join you.
  5. Apply Steady Pressure: Gradually increase the pressure while keeping a close eye on the locks. The unique design of the Rimowa Classic Cabin allows for some flexibility in the material, aiding the process.
  6. Listen for Movement: As you exert pressure, pay attention to any audible cues. The locks may emit subtle clicks as they begin to release the tension.
  7. Test the Locks: Once you sense a reduction in resistance, stand up and carefully test the locks. If they’ve yielded to the applied pressure, your suitcase should now be ready to open.
  8. Proceed with Caution: Open the suitcase gently, being mindful of any potential damage caused during the process. Inspect your belongings to ensure they haven’t been affected by the jam.

By following these steps, you can effectively navigate the challenge of a jammed Rimowa Classic Cabin suitcase. Remember, a bit of ingenuity can turn a travel hiccup into a triumph, ensuring you make the most of your journey with style and resilience.

The Rimowa Original doesn’t have this issue because it uses a different kind of lock. Check this article to read about the differences between the Original and the Classic.