Originally Posted by rdailey
I learned this the hard way. We just returned home from an eight day seven night road trip with our Palomino SS1251.
The second night we were supposed to stay in a camp ground near Youngstown Ohio. The weather was bad, driving was slow and bad so we stopped short and got a room in Sandusky Ohio instead. That night the 100W panel on my roof was stolen although I did not realize it until we got home. A good deal of other damage was done as well to the vent fan they tried pulling off and the roof membrane.
Apparently solar panel theft has become yet another popular crime. The panels show up on ebay cheap.
I have full coverage on the truck and camper so this will be remedied but it still costs me $500 and I don't know yet for State Farm.
The new panel will be installed with one-way screws and have the camper serial number engraved in big easy to see fashion.
The whole point of having an RV is to NOT have to pay for a motel room and leave your 10ís or 100ís of thousands of dollars in RV equipment unprotected in a parking lot!
I doubt if you were sleeping in the rig in a Walmart, rest area, Cracker Barrel or any of thousands of places you could park for one night that a thief would have climbed on your roof to remove the solar panel.
Now, for those of you that have expensive bicycles locked to a bike carrier on the back of your rig, you are in danger of getting those stolen. I had a friend who got theirs stole from the back of their rig in a 1000 Trails CG in Las Vegas. Lock in truck or inside RV.
Sleep in your RV!! Haha in