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Old 04-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Security question?

The dealer said a lot of trailers use the same key for outside storage doors and can be used on others campers? Has anyone had stuff stolen or have you changed the locks? Security ideas?
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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All the storage doors come with the famous 751 key. Change them or not, it's up to you. I personally have never had a problem, but it could happen.

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The dealer said a lot of trailers use the same key for outside storage doors and can be used on others campers? Has anyone had stuff stolen or have you changed the locks? Security ideas?
Hi,
There is a lot of information in the search function here.
I remember this thread (8 pgs) about "Campground theft".
Great discussion regarding theft out of storage bins, TT ect...
Answers the questions on the infamous CH751 storage compartment key, Yep go check yours, that is what mine is too:
Good read,
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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You are correct, that link had a lot of great info
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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I've been camping for a number of years and the only time I had any problem was when a small masked face bandit tried to take some candy bars out of the ice chest which I had left outside of the camper. :-}
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Never had an issue. Different locks or not--wouldn't be that difficult for someone to get inside if they really wanted to. It may be blind faith but so far I have trust in my fellow campers.
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Hamguy will be along soon to share his mod, removed the locks and replaced with thumb switches that just turn no key needed. I sort of agree with him, would make it easier to open since no key needed and since everyone has the key already no real loss of security.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #8
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I bought a blank key and took my lock apart, switched the tumblers and filed the new blank to match. Cost $1.00 at Ace Hardware.
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The doors are real easy to "pop" open with a large screwdriver / prybar so I never worried about changing the locks.....

In 30 years never had a theft at a campground.....

Usually the thefts I have heard about are teenagers stealing coolers looking for beer........... or the four legged bandits...........

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it seems there is more theft in storage lots than campgrounds. If thieves really want something, they will take it. A good case of this was when thieves stole several campers from a storage lot awhile back. They didn't even bother hooking to a hitch ball but just hooked chains to the a frame and dragged them out. They have Los been non to smash windows and pry doors open. I would rather leave the same locks hoping for no TT damage than change them, lose my stuff and have a damaged TT to boot.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:17 AM   #11
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Thanks to all for your comments. Gives me peace of mind. I will not worry about it.
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it seems there is more theft in storage lots than campgrounds. If thieves really want something, they will take it. A good case of this was when thieves stole several campers from a storage lot awhile back. They didn't even bother hooking to a hitch ball but just hooked chains to the a frame and dragged them out. They have Los been non to smash windows and pry doors open. I would rather leave the same locks hoping for no TT damage than change them, lose my stuff and have a damaged TT to boot.
You are so right about the storage lots. Unfortunately we have no choice but to keep ours at a storage facility. Earlier this spring thieves cut through the fence at our facility and broke into 10 trailers (not mine). They were looking for televisions and broke out the glass on the entry door of the trailers to get access to the inside.
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My practice has always been that the hitch is locked onto the truck and the trailer coupler is always locked closed. When not in use, "walkables" like bicycles and kayaks are locked to something permanent. When I am out of camp electronics are locked in my truck.

I have to be diligent about locking because the idea of stealing something like a small iPod or my 20 year old bike is so foreign that I really forget that others will go out of their way to steal things that are of little intrinsic value.

I use 4 digit combination locks on the kayaks so everyone in our group can get to them when wanted and long thin homemade security cables. Relatively low security but just the fact that things are locked is a deterrent to casual thieves, the kind that act as if something unprotected is free for the taking.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:09 PM   #14
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I am replacing my locks with locking thumb turn locks. This way I can unlock the compartment and be able to close the doors without having to reach for the key everytime. My friends added the non locking thumb turn locks onto their door. They got me a pair when they purchased theirs, but I dont want to have 2 holes in my storage door....so I will be taking these back to the store once the other locks arrive & I can see if I like how they look.

There are other locks one can put in place of the ones that came on the trailer. If a thief is so inclined, they will just pry the door off and take what they want. I am not concerned with theft as much as wanting easy access to my stuff when parked & set up.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:40 PM   #15
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Thanks all for the tips. Feel a little better. Will keep it as it and think about it for later. Thanks again. May end up changing the locks as I will keep it parked and ready to go in my drive way.
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We just got new locks for our storage doors. It is very cheap insurance for a bit of peace of mind.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:55 AM   #17
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May I ask where you ordered them from and did you install yourself?
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Thanks all for the tips. Feel a little better. Will keep it as it and think about it for later. Thanks again. May end up changing the locks as I will keep it parked and ready to go in my drive way.
I park in my driveway too and lots of strangers walk by the side walk crossing my driveway, so I added more locks to my tongue, bike rack, battery and tire, here are some pics of my added security:
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Let's hope the locks and added security we have in our A-Frame will deter casual theft....
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