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Old 08-25-2016, 10:42 AM   #11
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One other way to assess; look at what the other tenants do. When looking for a lot, I noted that at most of the lots inside the city the TT's were stripped for storage. At the lot I use out in the country (maybe 20 miles out), there is an onsite owner, lots of cameras, individual access cards, and nobody removes anything from their units. Batteries, propane tanks, etc are all left out so your unit is ready to go. I even leave a portable solar panel attached to tend the battery with no issues (so far). The owner has two Pekinese dogs, so I don't count on them for much added security though.
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I've been storing on lots in urban Atlanta for 25 years. Never had a problem with theft. There was one story on the news (last year I think) about someone breaking into several trailers on a lot - they took tools from some work trailers but nothing from the RV's - just damage.
Unlike cars, I don't think there is much of an underground market for RV parts. A thief can't dump them on a fence quickly. The exception, as has been mentioned, is batteries.

My problem with storage lots are that in this area "Landscape" companies rent spots on lots. These are usually unlicensed companies that don't have an office. They park their trucks and trailers in the storage lot at night. In the morning the whole crew shows up - pulls out the trucks, parks their cars there and goes to work. In the evening they reverse the process. I've had more damage from careless maneuvering of landscape trailers going in and out than anything.
Visit your lot at night - and if it has lots of landscape or construction trucks - go somewhere else.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:24 PM   #13
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The only things that would bring in easy money from an RV would be the battery(s), Tv(s), Microwave, and maybe the radio/dvd. All of which take a few minutes to remove and would give a few dollars in return. Multiply that by a few RV's in the lot, would make it worth their effort.

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A long piece of yellow "Crime Scene" ribbon around the RV will likely do a better job than new locks, cameras, or alarms.
LOVE IT! I might have to try that! I have a big spool of yellow "caution" tape in my garage!

Though I would be afraid of someone getting curious and going in to "see what happened".

OP: With a big dog, big lights and cameras, I wouldn't worry too much. We stored our boat for years, and now our trailer for almost 3 years and have never had anything happen to either of them. Of course, we always remove batteries (even in the boat) like I mentioned before.

Visiting the lot at odd hours also helps too IMO. If someone's "casing" the lot, and they see a lot of activity at all hours, they'll likely go elsewhere. I go to our lot late at night quite often (obviously, I'm "prepared").

I also think that equipment trailers (like what contractors use) are bigger targets. Just in the last year, we've had several major "hits" on those types of units around our little town. One of my clients was a victim (though he didn't have any tools in the trailer, he was pissed about the damage they did getting in.) They hit him just when it got dark on the first night of a long holiday weekend. It's a LOT easier and more lucrative to fence stolen tools than some POS TV out of an RV. I also doubt they would take the time to take out a fridge. An AC unit might be stolen for the copper? But those things are not very discreet and take some time; not something most thieves are interested in.

Question for you guys with keypad entry: What's the exit like? I've seen many lots that use a pad on ground inside the gate to open the gate, with a key pad on the outside. My lot has a key pad on the INSIDE to open the gate on the way out. This deters people from "sneaking" in behind another vehicle because you have to punch a code to get out. Again, criminals are observation averse, so the more times they are seen, the less likely they are to commit a crime. Of course, it's just chain link, so they could just come in the "new side entrance" ...
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Question for you guys with keypad entry: What's the exit like? I've seen many lots that use a pad on ground inside the gate to open the gate, with a key pad on the outside. My lot has a key pad on the INSIDE to open the gate on the way out. This deters people from "sneaking" in behind another vehicle because you have to punch a code to get out. Again, criminals are observation averse, so the more times they are seen, the less likely they are to commit a crime. Of course, it's just chain link, so they could just come in the "new side entrance" ...
Our lot use proximity card sensors for both entry and exit, so yes, both are recorded. The cool thing is that the sensors for the cards have great pickup (much larger sensor than the ones at the office) so they sense the card about 2-3 feet away. Don't even have to get out of the driver's seat, which is great when you have a fat trailer behind you.
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Thanks for all the replies so far.

I'm dropping my camper off there this evening, but only for a few days, maybe a week... (we still have camping to do ). The gates are wide open during 'office hours'. I'll assess how I get out of the lot this evening and report back.


I don't want to mess with removing the battery until I'm done winterizing in a couple months but that's definitely coming home with me over winter. Other than the theft issue, having it sitting in sub-zero weather, uncharged can't be a good thing.

I had a battery related question but I'll save that for another thread as it's really unrelated. I have a battery tender for my motorcycle that I swear by, so I'll get another one for sure.

The camping world in Golden Colorado where I bought my TT uses this same lot to store their 'extra' inventory. It's just far enough out of town that you are unlikely to get a lot of vagrant / homeless types lurking around. I'm only going month to month for now. I hope by next year I can store it here on site.
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