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Old 08-05-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Any way to secure shore power cord?

Recently purchased an Apex 268BHS. New to all of this but am learning tons from these forums. I'm a retired cop and naturally am paranoid. Dope heads will steal anything that isn't secured and I was wondering about my 30 amp shore power cord. Bound to be a lot of copper in it (a meth head's dream). My cord has the screw plug on the trailer side and the regular plug on the hook up side. I've been trying to figure out a way to secure it when we are camping but am coming up empty. Any ideas or am I too paranoid? That cord is expensive!
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #2
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So far I haven't heard of anyone stealing cords in all my camping years. Not saying it will not happen. Sad to say, I think if someone wants it bad enough there going to take it secure or not. So far I have never had a problem.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:03 AM   #3
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Any ideas or am I too paranoid? That cord is expensive!
Not too paranoid and I've pondered the same issue. Check this out:

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Truck Campers: Electrical power cord theft
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:36 AM   #4
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So far I haven't heard of anyone stealing cords in all my camping years. Not saying it will not happen. Sad to say, I think if someone wants it bad enough there going to take it secure or not. So far I have never had a problem.
Agreed. I think it's more likely to disappear if you have it connected at home than camping. But then that all depends on where you live and where you camp. Stupid people and evil people camp too. On my last trip (to a different park than I usually go to) I came across a stashed bicycle that was reported stolen a day before. Some kids thought it would be a fun prank OR maybe were planning to come back for it when fewer eyes were around.
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Not paranoid, but even if secured if they want it for copper they'll just cut it. They wouldn't care if it came out in pieces or whole just my .02
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:23 AM   #6
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Never heard a problem while camping but thieves cut off all the older style pull out cords from campers at our local RV dealership...........

We have had a lot of problems locally with thieves stealing copper wire from the closed factories around here, even while hot....... burnt one huge building to the ground doing it (Thief was caught he had burns some have died) Even stealing AC units from churches for scrap..... high unemployment doesn't help (was over 20% now it is 15%). The theft is slowing down some they have tightened up on the scrap dealers........ & to sell scrap you have to be registered with the city/county & show proof when selling to the scrap dealer.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:45 AM   #7
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Not paranoid, but even if secured if they want it for copper they'll just cut it. They wouldn't care if it came out in pieces or whole just my .02
This.

There's no way of securing the WHOLE cord. If someone is stealing it for the copper, they aren't going to worry about unplugging/unscrewing from the camper or gently unplugging from the box. It'll be a cut and run...

Get out and enjoy. If your cord gets stolen, it's an aggravating but easy fix but it just doesn't happen often enough to worry.

(Now, plugged in at home is a whole 'nother story. My camper has to be parked on the street- which means running an extension cord down my drive way and across the sidewalk to the camper. I bring it in every night (in a pile on my garage floor).)
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As with all theft prevention, it will mostly deter the opportunistic thief rather than stop the determined. But a great deal of theft is opportunistic so it can do some good. My thought is to get some steel fishing leader wire and use that to fasten a metal ring to the power cord. A security cable could be attached to the ring and the camper or to the power pole on the other end.

120 lb leader wire is difficult to cut with cheap multi tools and several individual strands tightly wound around the cord, each with its one ferrule would take a long time to remove with the cheap tools that are more common. Nevertheless, it would only need a pair of decent wire cutters to remove but will be enough to make a toolless thief move on to an easier target.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:23 AM   #9
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Yes, sadly all of you are correct. Thieves are all about opportunities. Hopefully my boxer, who never really relaxes in the camper, will alert us if anything is going on outside. The one time we went camping in another camper before we bought this one she growled all night! Thanks y'all.
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I have not had anything go missing from a RV park, but I don't do the boondocking were you would think things would be less secure? With 50 amp power cord and a $335 electric power/surge protector maybe I should worry?
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