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Old 08-25-2016, 08:51 AM   #1
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Question Off Site RV Storage and Theft Concerns

Unfortunately I cannot store my RV here at home for more than 72 hours, so like many of you I imagine, I'm paying to store my TT off site in what is considered a 'secure' facility. Which really only means there is a keypad at the main entrance gate renters have the code for (all 3000 of them).

Long story short, what do you guys keep on board, and what do you take home with you when you are leaving your RV at such a location? I have purchased a new set of locks for my storage doors just for a little peace of mind.

Anyone ever steal your sewer hose, chocks, leveling blocks, or anything more serious like your battery, television etc?

I'm not going to strip my RV every time I park it, just wondering what your experiences are in this area.

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Old 08-25-2016, 08:58 AM   #2
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Wow that is trouble some. To me battery would be first thing. There over 100 dollars new. I've seen people reroute there battery in the storage compartment just for that reason. As far as inside theft. I would think electronics, and if they know what there doing, the refrigerator would be next. Price a new one... Put yourself in there shoes. What would you take thats gonna make money in return... Good luck. Changing locks is a good start..

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Old 08-25-2016, 09:00 AM   #3
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Oh and never leave any prescribed medicine. Lot off pill poppers out there...

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Old 08-25-2016, 09:10 AM   #4
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My storage facility has cameras, so this gives me some small measure of comfort. Bottom line on replacing door and storage locks and whatnot; they won't work. At BEST, they will cause a thief to move on to the next (easier) target. Chances are that their "key" is a large flat screw driver and a crow bar, maybe a hammer for good measure. No matter how your doors are keyed, they won't stand up to the "ultimate" key.

People have talked about putting "alarms" (either real or decoys) on/in their rigs to deter thieves with some alleged success. There's one rig in my storage lot that has a "Protected by ADT Security Systems" sticker right on the main door window.

I take my battery home with me every time I store the trailer, but not necessarily because I'm afraid of it being stolen, but because I want to keep it topped off with a Battery Tender.

Really, other than that, I'm more worried about the damage a thief will cause to my trailer than anything they'll steal from inside it. The OEM TV is not great, and I would welcome an excuse to replace it. And my Weber grill being stolen would break my heart a little. Those are really the only items of value in my trailer, and they wouldn't even meet the deductible to file an insurance claim.

The trailer we had when I was a kid was broken into. We think it was a vagrant(s) seeking shelter. The broken window caused ALL KINDS of water damage, and they tore the place up pretty good. But there was nothing of value to steal. They did more damage to the trailer than anything they could steal anyway.

I would say, good insurance and frequent visits/use are your best defense. If you can get the owner to install cameras and lots of lights, they will help too. Criminals don't like to be seen, so whatever you can do to increase their potential exposure while they are being criminals will go a long way to deter the behavior.
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Thanks Bob, good points all around.

I didn't mention that the lot has cameras and decent lighting, but it does. When I signed my rental contract yesterday I also noticed a dog's chew toy on the floor of the office that was 3 ft long and the diameter of my thigh, mostly ripped to shreds. Not sure how that works when they have customers in there at all hours, but like you said, this is why we have insurance. I'll try not to sweat it... just being a little paranoid since 'she's' brand new
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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.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:25 AM   #7
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LOL, maybe add some bullet holes?
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We have been storing off site since 2011 with ZERO issues. I do take my batteries, but that is mainly to keep them on a tendor.

Our lot too is "key pad" secured, however each tenet has a unique pin. This should allow them to correlate who's code along with a security camera image to develop a lead on any potential theft or vandalism.

Theft happens, but I think based on the number of RVs stored in these Facilites compared to the number of issues you hear about; statistics are your best security. It is a very low possibility that your RV will be targeted.
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On this forum, the number one thing taken during a theft is the batteries. Lock them up good or take them home.

Once in a while, you will hear about a RV being broken into, usually by a large crowbar. They do a lot of damage to the door. Inside, very little is taken, maybe the tv, and a few personal items.
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I wasn't too concerned with someone breaking in but rather hitting the trailer. We are on the end (makes it nice to just pull through!) but I've always been afraid of someone clipping the corner. It just happened to us on Monday Those cameras that we thought would help if our trailer was broken into....they just monitor the perimeter and not the inside. Thankfully the person that hit us called the front desk to report it.
Now that this was brought up, maybe we should take the battery off when storing. We don't leave anything valuable in the trailer when storing other than the TV but it wasn't very expensive when we bought it 3 years ago and I'm sure they are even cheaper now! The damage caused by them actually breaking in would be much worse.
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