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Old 02-16-2014, 12:07 AM   #1
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Stolen TV and Mounting Bracket -Need to Upgrade Door Locks on our V-Lite 30WIKS

Picked up the TT at the storage facility Thurs pm and nothing looked amiss. Drove 1/2 hr to group site and proceeded to set up. Noticed when I unlocked back door (living room) that lock turned funny and I had to press in on door to get it open, but it was locked. Imagine my surprise to see that the TV and mounting bracket had been stolen. Immediately called the storage facility, but they had already closed for the day.
Sometime between 12/9 and 2/13 our door was popped open, probably using a pry bar since close examination reveals a slight bowing, and the thief was in it long enough to remove the 13+ screws necessary to take the TV and mounting bracket, but it doesn't appear they took anything else. Several hundred dollars worth of CDs and DVDs conveniently packed in carry bags were ignored as was our shore line cord that they had to step over to get inside the TT. On their way out they popped the door back into place and folded the assist rail in so no one was the wiser.
We pay plenty for covered storage with lots of cameras and key code access required. It will be interesting to find out how many other units were hit. Ours is one of the newer TTs there, but there are bigger, fancier 5ers and coaches as well. We are in the middle of the row rather than an end slot, Can't imagine that our TT was singled out. Now, how do we keep it from happening again, short of installing a bar across the door?
What are the most secure TT door locks? Would electronic locks be less likely to be popped? Surely we are not the only ones this has happened to. Taking everything of value out of the TT after each trip is just not an option. Your suggestions will be appreciated!

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Old 02-16-2014, 04:36 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear that some scum bag broke into your trailer. With a pry bar it wouldn't take much to open that door with little damage. I really do not see that a combination lock would be any more secure. Also you might want to have a locksmith rekey what you have, since all the models have the same key. They might have had the same unit and just opened it. Are you the only model in the storage area? Or are there more of the same unit stored there? It would be cheaper to have it rekeyed. Hate to say it but these locks only keep the honest people honest. What about a single door alarm, then atleast it would make some noise and maybe scare someone off. I think you can get them at HD or Lowes.

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Old 02-16-2014, 04:46 AM   #3
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Wow, that really sux!! That would tick me off big time. Hopefully the thieves will be caught.

A couple of years ago a number of trailers at our storage lot were broken into. The crooks broke out windows to gain access and all they wanted were the flat screen televisions. Fortunately my fifth wheel wasn’t touched.

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Old 02-16-2014, 05:53 AM   #4
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When storing your RV, always remove any and all valuable items such as TV's, spare tire, Etc. These items should be kept at home until the RV is removed from storage for use.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:25 AM   #5
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since your stating door was forced open, doesn't matter what locks you have nor will re-keying matter. Nothing you could have done, other than keep TV at home as stated. I'm fortunate the town I live in allows me to keep my 5th wheel in my back yard.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:55 AM   #6
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I would remove the DVD's as well as the TV when storing. A thief has all the time in the world once in your stored RV, so options that buy you time won't help.
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Our storage lot was hit as well last year. Thankfully all they were after was the trailer power cords that plug into tow vehicle. They didn't get into any storage compartments except those on class a and c motorhomes. Cost me about 40 bucks and 15 minutes to replace. Still tho, the theiving ba...ards. one day, they will get their payback.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:35 AM   #8
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Its to bad they broke in and stole but at least they did not trash your camper. I don't know which tv you had but the one you replace it with will be better. I am going to take out our Jensen tv and replace it with our Samsung that we have in our house bedroom.
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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.
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not trying to give you a hard time, but how do you leave your camper at a remote location for a few months, and not do a walk-through before towing it somewhere? It wouldn't have prevented anything, other than not dealing with the surprise at the campsite. I've seen stories on here where people get there campers out of storage and find them full of water from leaking all winter. I would have to visit it periodically to prevent from worrying to death about it.

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