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Old 12-13-2015, 09:04 PM   #1
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Securing outside storage bin doors

Is there a way to make it harder for thieves to break in to outside storage bins?
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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We changed our locks from the common keyed ones found on every rv made since 1802. Don't know what else you could do. If a thief wants in, a large screwdriver or pry bar will open almost any hatch.
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:24 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the way most all storage doors are made, it doesn't matter what number of tumbler lock or slam latch lock you have, like said a pry bar or good sized screwdriver will allow access in just a few seconds if someone wants in bad enough.
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:25 PM   #4
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The salesman who sold us our Sunseeker pointed out the common key and advised us to not put anything in a compartment that we didn't want to loose. Of course, there are several hundred dollars worth of stuff in our compartments, and I just accept the fact that any of it could walk off. There's stuff inside the coach, too, and it's easy to open the cab doors and get in.


Damage to compartment doors caused by breaking in may be more costly than the value of what would be stolen. I know people who park in remote areas to go hiking and leave the car unlocked and with a note that it's open.
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:41 PM   #5
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If they want in even to the inside it is not that hard........ not much that can be done..... having said that in 30 years of camping never had any one break in to the compartments or inside....... rarely lock them anyway,,,,,,,, after breaking in the thieves would be disappointed........

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Old 12-14-2015, 12:30 AM   #6
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How about installing heavy latches with padlocks? Would that do much good?
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:11 AM   #7
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How about installing heavy latches with padlocks? Would that do much good?

IMO. Probably not. Bolt cutters are pretty cheap and as travel it seems a lot of people have them.

It's funny to me with guys I know that have locks on their drag tanks(extra bulk tanks) on the fill and pump side. Its advertising that it is full. If I was going to steal the fuel I have to do is cut the power cord to the pump and unscrew it or the cap side and pump it out with another pump. But I was a thief I would do the pump side and take the pump as it cost as much if not more the fuel. Just cut the lock off and you have a working pump too. They frown up cause they didn't think of it. I haven't had my fuel stole or camper broken in. Try not to be in areas where I think it might happen. But it's what ever gives you piece of mind. If they want it they don't care about what they tear up. Usually won't be in the right state of mind anyway.


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Old 12-14-2015, 09:36 AM   #8
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We had our previous 5er broken into and tv stolen also 30# propane bottle while in a secure storage lot.
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Old 12-14-2015, 11:50 AM   #9
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How about installing heavy latches with padlocks? Would that do much good?

Not really....that would probably just make the thief try harder thinking you have something really valuable In there. 😀


If someone really wants in they don't even need to open the door....a heavy utility knife will cut thru the fiberglass and foam...about all you can do is slow down the run and grab types. I've never had anything taken while using the rv. Most thefts you hear of seem to be when in storage.
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Old 12-14-2015, 03:03 PM   #10
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We've fortunately never had anything stolen, locked or not. If you're really concerned, perhaps an alarm system would be better for you.
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