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Old 02-16-2014, 08:34 AM   #11
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Ours too is stored in our drive way, but I still take anything of value out of it during winter months... battery, tv, chocks etc. the money you can spend on TT accessories adds up to quite abit .

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Old 02-16-2014, 08:45 AM   #12
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When I bought ours last fall the dealer offered to store it for free in their lot, but we weren't comfortable with this since it's an hour away and we had a lot to transfer from our old trailer. During this winter our old one hadn't sold yet but Ice Storm did damage it and because I was able to get to it the water damage was minimal and I was able to plug the holes. Insurance took care of damage. Wouldn't leave mine in a storage facility I like seeing it every day and know if someone has been near it. I've a big yard and paying for it so why not use it.

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Old 02-16-2014, 08:55 AM   #13
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Although I'm sure this is not the case with your situation, I often wonder how many dealer keys (or copies of) are floating around.
My dealership's shop foreman told me if I needed work done on my TT while it's stored there, to lock the door handles. He has a skeleton key for door handles but NOT for the deadbolts. How that works? Beats me. Any locksmiths out there who know for sure?

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Old 02-16-2014, 08:56 AM   #14
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If the yard has cameras as you say, are they monitored or just recording? Monitored I would want to know how they missed this going on. Recording should show something but looking over the tapes for 3 months 24 hrs a day is going to take a lot of time. Sounds like somebody that needed that specific part replaced. Probably going to find it was someone else storing their tt that did it if you find out at all. There is no way to guarantee it will not happen again, even keeping it in my yard is not guaranteeing mine won't but it does cut down the chances.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:23 AM   #15
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Sorry to hear of your loss, our storage sight also has camera's, not sure if they record & how long it is kept, will have to check. We also have our sale's & service department next door, so there is always movement in the area. We only take out the things that would freeze, to take everything that is valuable out of the RV would take two truck loads. I just had a thought, what about a couple of good cables & locks, would this not slow down or discourage the thieves?

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:32 AM   #16
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So sorry to hear about the invasion of privacy and theft. I store my RV at a lot close to my work and check on it at least once a week. It gives me a chance to make sure there are no leaks and that it is secure. It is also monitored with security cameras and an on site manager. I know this does not guarantee protection form theft or vandalism but it's my best option. I think the security cameras are on a loop recording and only goes back so many days. I recommend checking with the management and have them review the footage. Was there any other break in's of other RV's at the same time? Have the police been contacted? It has been my experience that the door lock in universal but the dead bolt is specific to your unit. I do know that all RV storage compartments use the same key. The deadbolt certainly does not prevent a thief from breaking in but makes it a little harder. You could consider a single door battery operated alarm and possibly a motion activated camera. Even posting a sticker or sign saying "smile, you are on camera" may be a deterrent I hope the authorities catch the thieving *#$^$%&!
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:39 AM   #17
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Thanks and keep the suggestions coming

To respond to some of your questions:
1) Keeping our TT trailer at home is not an option. The deed restrictions for our subdivision do not allow it. (Even if it was allowed we have a corner lot with no space where it would fit.)
2) We live in Houston, TX. We have covered (but not enclosed) storage to protect from hail damage. TT are rarely winterized in this area, in fact winter is usually some of our best camping weather. The unusually cold January kept us home. DH had gone by storage and drained water heater about 2 wks ago when it was predicted to be below freezing for several days. Nothing got his attention.
3) We have 3 slides, 1 on curb side and 2 on driver's side. With them pulled in it is impossible to walk through TT. At the bedroom door there is only enough room to stand and operate control panel. Living area door (break-in site) has about 15 sq ft and we leave the shore line there since we have little outside storage and we knew about universal keys. With the slides in and the blinds down it is dark in there. They probably had flashlights and cordless screwdriver.
4) Storage facility is part of utility trailer sales and repair business that is open six days a week. Owner has ability to monitor cameras from his home as well. Entrance requires code 24/7. Business sits on the frontage road of interstate highway, but not near entrance or exit ramps. No other V-Lites that I know of, but certainly other Forest River units as well as many other RVs and business vehicles.

Thanks for your thoughts. Keep 'em coming!
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:26 AM   #18
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We store ours at home and remove only some perishable food items and some of the extra clothing, etc. Frig & water heater are left on and the door locked Naturally we have insurance on it, so if it gets broken into, we'll file a claim, get it fixed and go on. Regardless of the locks, if they want in, you can't stop them.

Naturally, if we stored the unit, we'd take the perishable items out, shut down the frig & water heater, lock all the doors but would at least check it at least every other week while stored.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:43 PM   #19
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I think it's horrible. We store ours on a Marine Corps storage facility just off base but ran by the base. Base police patrol the lot and ours was broken into. They put a bunch of stuff in trash bins and bags and set it all by the door, like they were going to come back for it later. The camper was practically empty so there were no large items, but the little things add up. Turns out there were about a dozen other units found the same way. I go to my toyhauler weekly to check on it since then. I guess no place is safe.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:01 PM   #20
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We went to our storage regularly and noticed that an older Airstream had a solar panel on it and one to two cars were always there. We told the owners of the lot that someone/s was living in it. It took a couple months of complaining but they finally left. Nothing was ever taken but there was plenty of RVs to choose from. Frequent visit and sharp eyes help but nothing is going to stop people who want your stuff from taking it.

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