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Old 07-08-2019, 02:37 PM   #21
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All the locks, cables, precautions and even cameras only slow the possibility of getting hit and keeps the honest people honest.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:23 PM   #22
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Not an rv thief story but a weird story...
One time I left my truck at a friends house. When I came back I turned the key and nothing, opened the hood to find the wires to the starter cut and the starter gone.
Who steals starters?????
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:37 PM   #23
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Perhaps it's time to just hand out drugs to these addicts for free. First, no worries about them having to steal to support the habit and for many it will just cure society's problem.

It's time to just declare the war on drugs a total loss and let "nature take it's course".
They already do in Boston. We call the road methadone mile or the neighborhood narcanastan
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:42 PM   #24
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Not ever

Our Cherokee 38P destination trailer sits at the same campground site year-round. We are there maybe 20-50% of the time depending on season, other travel plans, and family concerns.

The trailer still has the CH751 locks on the baggage doors. Outside are two 30 lb propane cylinders, a 100 lb cylinder, and three 20 lb cylinders, two shrouds, two batteries. Also a spade, a rake, a 75' garden hose, two white sanitary hoses, one heated, lawn chairs, 35 gallon plastic garbage cans, a ladies bicycle, swimming pool for the dog, and a pressure washer. Not to mention a golf cart with keys in it, using six golf cart batteries. In an unlocked cabin next to the trailer is a residential refrigerator, charger for the golf card, table and chairs, lounge, and a couple of "Zero-G" chairs. I just removed and discarded from the cabin a TV, VCR/DVD player, and home theater.

There's more, but this list is getting long.

And what has been stolen from this site in the last seven years?
Nothing!

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Old 07-08-2019, 03:46 PM   #25
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At the same National Park campground, 2 years in a row...First, our ice chest full of ice and wine. Next our Honda 2000i generator. They cut the cable securing it in the night. I now have a cable and lock guaranteed to require a hydraulic cutter.
Maybe a better campground?

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Old 07-08-2019, 03:48 PM   #26
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I also changed ALL of the compartment doors from the common lock that everyone has a key for to tubular locks with a totally unique key.
The last time I posted that these cylindrical locks are insecure (less secure than the CH751), I got a really nasty response from the OP, so I'm not going to post it again.

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Old 07-08-2019, 04:17 PM   #27
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Thanks for not not saying that.

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The last time I posted that these cylindrical locks are insecure (less secure than the CH751), I got a really nasty response from the OP, so I'm not going to post it again.

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LOL, I see what you just did there.

Oh... and I would respectfully disagree with you. :-)
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:35 PM   #28
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I changed the locks on my 2005 Wilderness and that didn't do anything to stop them. They just pried the doors open, those storage door lock tabs are very weak. One time I just left a note on it that said please just ask me for it and you can have, don't destroy my camper.
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:38 PM   #29
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Surge protetors?

I'm thinking about buying a surge protector? They sure look easy to steal. Do most people use these? Or am I asking for an $80 device to just get stolen?
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:52 PM   #30
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Not an rv thief story but a weird story...
One time I left my truck at a friends house. When I came back I turned the key and nothing, opened the hood to find the wires to the starter cut and the starter gone.
Who steals starters?????
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Not so weird catalytic converters get cut off and stolen here.

35 years of camping can't remember anything stolen while camping.

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Old 07-08-2019, 04:55 PM   #31
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I'm thinking about buying a surge protector? They sure look easy to steal. Do most people use these? Or am I asking for an $80 device to just get stolen?
Use a hard-wired one. The power cable gets cut inside the unit and it gets connected at the cut. This also protects you from a defective power cord or defective plug on your cord. The ones that plug directly into the pedestal cannot do that because the protection needs to be between the fault and the stuff being protected.

If it's just $80 it may not protect you from very much so it could be a false sense of security. You're far less likely to get hit with a "surge" than you are to experience faulty wiring that damages thousands of dollars of equipment and wiring. I use a Progressive Industries unit myself.

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Old 07-08-2019, 04:58 PM   #32
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Did you plate holder have plastic tabs? Lost a license plate because they broke off. Almost lost a second plate when I saw it dangling on one tab.

I now use hose clamps and attach to ladder to roof.
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:10 PM   #33
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Did you plate holder have plastic tabs? Lost a license plate because they broke off. Almost lost a second plate when I saw it dangling on one tab.



I now use hose clamps and attach to ladder to roof.


Bolted to the bracket for the trailer lights. The plate was secured to the bracket with security bolts so they removed the bolts holding the light and bracket to the frame and left the light dangling.
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:11 PM   #34
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Never had anything stolen off our TT. But:

We pulled into a public CG years ago in Oregon and while checking in, paid for a big load of firewood. After unloading the wood at the site and setting up the TT, we went for a sightseeing trip for a few hours. Got back and discovered that every single stick of firewood was gone! I drove around the entire CG like a madman looking to see if I could recognize any of if. Impossible of course, but I was so ticked. Who would do that??
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:23 PM   #35
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Over all these 40 plus years camping - nothing! But then again we live in an area where our house and vehicles are routinely left unlocked. Just lucky I guess. Knock on wood.
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:49 PM   #36
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LOL, I see what you just did there.

Oh... and I would respectfully disagree with you. :-)
I too disagree.

Face it, ANY lock that's secured in an RV door by just two flat's on the side, in the material used in RV doors, is by design insecure. Jab a screwdriver into the lock mechanism and with a pair of pliers merely rotate the whole lock as you would if the key was inserted. Unless someone installs a backer plate that the lock fits into snugly and extends the width of the door, there is no secure lock.

As I said in my post, at least the locks don't accept the same key that EVERYONE got when they took delivery of their trailer.
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:24 PM   #37
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Stolen

Not stolen but several years ago we were camped at Oklahoma state park Ft.Cobb. I had a Texas and U.S. flag displayed out front. During the night some low life came onto my site and burned the Texas flag. Pretty sure it was the genius across the street. I did call park ranger and would have filed charges if I could prove it was him.
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:37 PM   #38
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Question. I have been on here for about three years and I finally have a question. I looked through the search and couldn't find what I need. It is an AC question about the squirrel cage on a Dometic 1350 BTU. Oh by the way I lock everything and chain my generator with a hardened chain and lock. To be honest with the new cutting wheels and cordless sawsall? They could cut in 10 minutes.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:21 PM   #39
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Nothing stolen - ever.......yet! I do lock our Hensley Arrow, and I use a stout cable and lock to make it more difficult (but not impossible) to walk off with our EMS. Other than that, we'd make an easy target while camping.
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About 5 years ago I went to the storage lot to put some things in our 5er and found both 30 lb cylinders gone. Luckily the owner caught them an had them arrested. There were a bunch of 30 and 20 lb cal taken. She had them put in a garage and took me to claim mine. The only pair of 30 lb cyl left weíre not mine but both were full and newer than the ones taken. This spring we got to Bennett Spring CG , while setting up i went to the back bumper to get a second sewer hose and found it missing on the driver side, went to the passenger side and got my third hose. Both bumper caps were in place. Must have happened in storage.
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