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Old 08-01-2014, 03:12 PM   #1
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camper storage theft

I went to check on my camper this morning only to find that someone had helped themselves to my battery. I checked other campers only to find that 9 other travel trailers also had their battery's removed. Luckily no damage they all were unbolted. Probably about $100 to replace. Its a fenced lot, no security or cameras. Makes you wonder what is next. Storage in my area is at a premium , sadly my TT will not fit in my yard. I could make a secure box to hold the battery, but its probably just as easy to take the battery out . I am concerned about my 30lb propane tanks. I need to find another place for storage. Kind of thinking about storage at a campground, would that be any more secure ? Storage this month was $70.00 + $100 for battery but the enjoyment of camping = priceless.

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I'd take my tanks and battery back home with me. Then again the locks on those campers are not fort Knox. I'd take all electronics too if I was storing off my property like you are. It's just not worth replacing everything. It's also very sad that folks can't keep their hands off other peoples property.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:02 PM   #3
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Sorry about that, if it had been locked up you'd probably just have more to fix unfortunately. Wonder how much they get for good used $100 batteries?

I'm surprised they didn't go for the flat panels in all of them too.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:12 PM   #4
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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.
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Here is the arrest report of one of these rocket scientists that they caught the other morning.
He had 2nd degree murder on his record???

Wow
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:24 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear about this. I know that it's not a good feeling to be dealing with this. Break-ins can happen at almost any place but once you start questioning how safe your RV is then its time to start considering other options.

I also had my trailer storage stolen too. They took both batteries, propane tanks, 30 amp power cord and 30 amp extension cord, 3 fresh water hoses, water regulator & filter, patio mat and other misc items but they left the portable surge protector.

I checked some of the other RVs at the storage place and all were missing propane tanks and batteries. Management wasn['t concerned enough to contact the other owners. I moved my TT to a dealership which seems much safer.
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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?

Any way to change that?
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I take the battery and LP tanks and spare tire off and store at home while the trailer is at the storage lot. Locks keep honest people honest.
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My Columbus was broke into less than 30 days after buying it, just under 10K in damage and item that were replaced, also 4 months at the dealrer. I wish it would have only been 100 or a new battery
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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? Any way to change that?
Yes, most of them have the 751 key. My service department switched out my locks. I also had spare keys made right away too.
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