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Old 08-01-2014, 05:03 PM   #11
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Batteries must be a hot item. (literally) I have a friend who sells used cars. He's been having a rash of break-ins. Here is the arrest report of one of these rocket scientists that they caught the other morning. You will get a good laugh at all his lies he tried to tell, which I included in the pdf files below.

It's good to be aware of these battery thieves so members can take precautions.
Sorry to here of the losses...........

Locks are of no use they are even cutting catalytic converters off cars & trucks around here on the car lots & repair shops that do not have cameras or security. Copper theft is running ramp-id, they are just going for scrap value. Our RV dealer had all the older pull out shore power cords cut off the trailers that had them last summer.

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Old 08-01-2014, 05:46 PM   #12
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I don't have room at home to store our RV but feel somewhat secure where we do have it stored. It's about 5 miles from the house, has a 8' fence with a coded gate. Someone is there 24 / 7, awake or not I don't know. There are about 300 covered spaces with quite a few much higher end units then what we have. When not camping I am by there at least every other day. All this is no guarantee that things will not walk off. I have seen people with tow trailers moving there propane bottles and batteries to the inside of there campers.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:17 PM   #13
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Am I correct that all RV exterior storage compartments and possibly the entry doors use either the same or one or two keys?

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Yes this is correct the dealer told me this and I tried our old trailers keys and they opened our new trailer. I went on line and got new entry door handle and locks and got new storage compartment locks all keyed alike. Keys are double sided so they aren't the standard ones that come with the trailers. If you think some of those compartments are a way in to your camper for a small person, and they could clean you out of everything you have in there.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:30 PM   #14
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As long as I have my camper in this storage, I will continue to store my battery at home. I too have shore power cords, surge suppressor and other items in my storage compartments. That would easily be several hundreds of dollars of stuff. It would be pain to strip your camper every time you park it. The flat screen TV is a pop up design and while in storage it cannot be seen, and to remove it you would have to open at least one slide, difficult to do without any battery. I am just thinking if I can find storage at a local campground, I know some offer storage. My thinking is that the trailer will be more secure on their lot because of increased foot and vehicle traffic . Anyone have any thoughts on storage at campgrounds, good or bad I am looking for more options. Needless to say I will not be making a insurance claim for a battery, I do need to check my deductible though.


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As long as I have my camper in this storage, I will continue to store my battery at home. I too have shore power cords, surge suppressor and other items in my storage compartments. That would easily be several hundreds of dollars of stuff. It would be pain to strip your camper every time you park it. The flat screen TV is a pop up design and while in storage it cannot be seen, and to remove it you would have to open at least one slide, difficult to do without any battery. I am just thinking if I can find storage at a local campground, I know some offer storage. My thinking is that the trailer will be more secure on their lot because of increased foot and vehicle traffic . Anyone have any thoughts on storage at campgrounds, good or bad I am looking for more options. Needless to say I will not be making a insurance claim for a battery, I do need to check my deductible though.


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Change the locks so you don't have the typical camper keys like I said in the last post. As to the battery I'm trying to come up with a metal case I can lock the battery up in and the the gas bottles I use a long lock and drilled holes through the hold down clamp so they can't get them out.
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Changing keys will maybe good for piece of mind but a large screwdriver or small prybar will get you in quicker than a key & just as quiet.......... just sayin.....


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Batteries must be a hot item. (literally) I have a friend who sells used cars. He's been having a rash of break-ins. Here is the arrest report of one of these rocket scientists that they caught the other morning. You will get a good laugh at all his lies he tried to tell, which I included in the pdf files below.

It's good to be aware of these battery thieves so members can take precautions.
$5.00 ea. for old batteries at that battery store south of the McDonald's at the foot of the Louisville Bridge, Bobby.

$30.00 worth of crack/meth for six of 'em.

Edited to add: HAH! Yeah, I saw that guy listed on OCC. Didn't read the affidavit...he's the one that explained his clothes by claiming someone paid him to switch clothes with him...saw that part in the newspaper.
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I went with these:

http://b-drvbatterylock.com/balocl.html

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If they want what you have bad enough they will get it. Hi dollar vehicles as well as not so hi dollar all with security systems are stolen every day, do you think an RV lock will stop a thief? We do all we can to minimize theft but after it's all said and done insurance will minimize your loss.
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Changing keys will maybe good for piece of mind but a large screwdriver or small prybar will get you in quicker than a key & just as quiet.......... just sayin.....


Yes this is true, but when your at a campground somebodies going to say something if they see a guy using a pry bar on a door, don't make it easy for them. If your in an area that is that bad that they are bold enough to go in with a pry bar you shouldn't be camping there or you shouldn't be storing there. As to the storage place it was a secured area so more than likely someone that stores their stuff there has the stuff that was stolen. Using a hunters trail cam in the storage area and putting a brand new battery as bait might nab you a thief.
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