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Old 01-28-2016, 01:07 PM   #21
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It happened to us, too, in November 2014, 11 months after we bought our TT. We had a hitch lock, but it didn't deter the thief :-( We were told to kiss our TT goodbye as it would be rare if it was found. Amazingly, a week later, our TT was recovered! Those who were negative were shocked. Like yours, ours had minimal damages, and the thief, along with his son, were living in our TT for a week. Ugh! I was so angry because I had spent a long time looking for a perfect TT only to have it stolen! We found another TT, even better than the old one, and traded the stolen one for our current TT. Since then, we bought another hitch lock and tire boots. It is parked on the same lot where our old one was stolen, but this time, under the street lights *knock on wood.* I need to change the storage locks as the lock is universal (CHP751). I am also thinking about changing two door locks but haven't gotten around to it. We did think of getting a tracking device but decided against it as it's expensive.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:21 PM   #22
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Best thing to do is wire in a kill switch. Later RJD
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:43 PM   #23
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Guess you could have lojack installed, they boast a 90% recovery rate.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:50 PM   #24
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Let them have it. I would not want it back after they've had their fun with it.
I had a YJ stolen years back. Thankfully, they burnt it.


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Amen to that. If mine was recovered I would immediately trade it and eat the loss. Would probably have it hauled straight to the dealership to avoid being in the same seat as a "thieving" piece of scum. Had a radio stolen once out of an Expy and was mad every time I got into it for a good while.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:36 PM   #25
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On the lighter side.

Have decals made to be put on all doors and windows that read:

"Protected by Smith & Wesson 3 days a week.....
You guess which 3!
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:38 PM   #26
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If we are in rv S&W 9mm. I also if gone long periods I have a inexpensive game camera I can attach up on awning (rolled up) or to a nearby tree. Anyone who comes around gets their picture taken every time they move. Turned off when at rv.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:31 PM   #27
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Of course, but there's nothing able to stop anyone from damaging it. Backing into it in a parking lot can cause damage too.
I've been watching on E-bay but haven't seen a portable force field available yet and I think that's what it would take to be 100% .
My recommendation was to help prevent theft.
Of course you are right. No force field available. Those situations are usually accidents, this was deliberate.

Still it turned out alright in the end, just wondering what if anything other folks use to prevent break ins, after that, I agree, insurance can cover me.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:38 PM   #28
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On Star, originally only on GM vehicles, has extended their service to other makes. It has less features than on GM vehicles, but it does have theft protection/tracking. The "mirror" is about a hundred and can be installed at Best Buy. Annual premium is just shy of $200. However, this added theft protection could give you an insurance discount.

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Old 01-28-2016, 03:52 PM   #29
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So, motorhomes don't have the interlock systems like used on most modern trucks that prevent the BCM from allowing the vehicle from being started unless a key is inserted?

Can't answer for all makes but the Ford cutaway has no anti theft built in. Hard to believe, right?


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Combined with a LoJack or other GPS tracker, this is a relatively inexpensive solution.

I wonder how the thief will like driving out of the campground with a 120DB siren going off inside and outside your rig?

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Old 01-28-2016, 04:27 PM   #32
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I use a steering wheel lock( club ) and a brake pedal lock also a club when ever I park. Most thieves dont carry a hack saw but again locks are only for honest people . I have a hitch lock draw bar lock and use wheel lock on the camper and I found on e bay a 4 pack of stickers that say warning gps alarm system look it up cost is very small , if they want it they will get it
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Can't answer for all makes but the Ford cutaway has no anti theft built in. Hard to believe, right?


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Being a commercial chassis it's not unbelievable. Super Dutys didn't have the Ford PATS system until 08 I believe. Anything prior to that is super easy to get in and no key necessary to get running.
There are items such as a plate that bolts in behind the door handle to deter a thief from getting in. Also there's electonic devices that will disable power to all the components I spoke of in an earlier post.
Simplest is to look in the owners manual and pull a relay for fuel pump usually located in the distribution block under the hood. Crooks aren't walking around with the specific relay in their pocket and don't have the time to sit there and pop your hood to figure out if ones missing, nevermind to figure out how to jump it. But a kill switch under the dash is easy to find.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:51 PM   #34
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I added keyless entry and alarm prior to my picking up the unit from the dealer.
That deters most garden variety thieves.
Only cost $250 for an inexpensive one. Just keep the motion detector set to low.
Also lock everything- hitch, trailer/toad, bicycles etc.
All the time.
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Kill switch works great!

I had a truck stolen with a kill switch under the dash.
I was trying to sell it and it was probably someone I showed it to.
Got it back with the motor blowed up.
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Catalytic converter - gone

Had catalytic converter stolen in business parking lot. Cleanly cut off!
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What anti theft precautions do you take?

For what it's worth... Maybe not much but it didn't cost anything.

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/qw13yfta4...kO1Dgbkpd8Yuza

I'm actually interested in this for $8 + S&H. They say the batteries would last a few weeks of full time use (while away), but then they have to be replaced. Longer lasting when used now and then when just away from the RV for periods of time.

RED Flashing LED Auto Theft Deterrent - Fake Car Alarm System Flasher - Battery operated by 2 AAA - On/Off switch - Available in 6 color choices - 2 Window Warning Decals https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LCBIJYK..._ctTQwbAY4SFNW



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Old 01-29-2016, 09:40 AM   #38
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Had catalytic converter stolen in business parking lot. Cleanly cut off!
I am seeing a lot more of those again (Insurance inspector).
And they get real pricey when there is no aftermarket available in Calif.
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For what it's worth... Maybe not much but it didn't cost anything.

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/qw13yfta4...kO1Dgbkpd8Yuza

I'm actually interested in this for $8 + S&H. They say the batteries would last a few weeks of full time use (while away), but then they have to be replaced. Longer lasting when used now and then when just away from the RV for periods of time.

RED Flashing LED Auto Theft Deterrent - Fake Car Alarm System Flasher - Battery operated by 2 AAA - On/Off switch - Available in 6 color choices - 2 Window Warning Decals https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LCBIJYK..._ctTQwbAY4SFNW



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I will speak with 27+ years experience on this one. This will not deter a thief. The reasoning: This is a multi-thousand dollar RV. Wires hanging out from under a towel would not prevent a thief from making entry. In-dash head units are installed using wiring harnesses and not loose 24 ga. wire ends. The cable connector device is household and is hanging out of a dash vent. The head unit is covered, so is one really hiding the fact that something worth taking is still there? Had it truly been removed, why cover the fact? The note on the side window would only make a thief curious enough to look inside. Personally, were I a thief, I would accept it as a challenge. Am I correct?

As for the flashing dash light and window warning decals, thieves are pretty knowledgeable as to fake vs real. It's their business to know-the difference between livelihood and jail time.

My very strong suggestion, is to look into a usable/functional deterrent system. I say usable because it has to be dependable and easy to activate/deactivate. If it is funky, you won't use it. If it is not engaged each time you leave the unit, you are taking a gamble that this was not the time. I believe there are also tracking chips that can be installed on computers and other electronics. If stolen, it can be traced to its present location. There may be an insurance discount so you may want to contact your provider and see what they suggest.

PS: The experience comes from years of successful investigations of organized auto theft operations (including RVs), cut shops, fencing operations and running store front stings.
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I will speak with 27+ years experience on this one.

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Do you have any recent data on this?
Total theft of RV's seems pretty rare to me.
Unless the fence industry for parts is lucrative.
I would believe that smash and grabs are common.

Taking RV's from established sites or many residences would be difficult.
Parking lots (stores, shopping centers) would be the most common I would assume.

While I don't trust anyone and lock everything I own within reason, stealing RV's can't be that easy, or that easy to sell.
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