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Old 02-18-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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what kinds of locks are available and what do you recommend. i'm not a scaredy cat but the lock on my RV seems to be flimsy and I feel a bit insecure. Advice please.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:47 PM   #2
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Not sure what is available or what you have on your rig. I personally feel as safe in my rig as I do my home . Most homes that are broken in are by kicking in the door or breaking out a window . The way your door is made going out and usually a little higher off the ground makes it very difficult to kick in. One thing you can purchase is a alarm that will wake you or let you know if someone messes with your door at night . I have been traveling three to four months a year for six years and sometimes have pulled into Wally World late at night and only one time did I feel uncomfortable . It wasn't a super Walmart and wasn't open all night too late to find a campground. Most places we stop at we feel safe the others I keep a 45 as a last resort .
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:02 PM   #3
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I agree, the locks on the doors can be thick as steel, but a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, and I believe an RV is no more secure than a house, and vice versa, being that the windows are the weak link.

My house has three deadbolts on the front door... kind of overkill I think when I have a large window just two feet away from the front door...

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And also consider many of the compartment locks have the universal 751 keys. If you get in the front compartment on my trailer and many others with a front bedroom, you just raise up the bed and you are in the trailer.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:35 PM   #6
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I have a 1911 security system.
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And also consider many of the compartment locks have the universal 751 keys. If you get in the front compartment on my trailer and many others with a front bedroom, you just raise up the bed and you are in the trailer.
Raise the bed?!? Do you have any suggestions on fixing this situation? Is the bottom of the bed part of the underneath of the trailer? Kind of confused about this.

I was wondering about security as well. I'm not a gun owner nor do I ever plan to be, so that's not an option for me. How secure are those locks on the doors? And how are the windows latched against entry?

I remember years ago seeing an alarm that you could hang over your hotel door to let you know if anyone was trying to break in. I've thought about looking around for something like that for my upcoming rental trip.
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Raise the bed?!? Do you have any suggestions on fixing this situation? Is the bottom of the bed part of the underneath of the trailer? Kind of confused about this.
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On many/most Travel Trailers, the front pass through storage is open to the storage area under the bed at the front. On those designs, the front bed pivots up, opening up a storage area. One of the first protects on my 'To Do' list when I get the trailer home, is to build a wall to separate those two areas.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:26 PM   #9
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Found these while doing a google search for RV security systems:

http://www.safewise.com/blog/keep-rv-safe-theft/

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...d/25869054.cfm

Some Doberman alarm systems on Amazon that work on doors and windows.

Another system from Amazon that I didn't read the details about:
http://www.amazon.com/Skylink-SC-100.../dp/B0002YPFBS

Something on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorhome-RV.../360754153767#

And finally:

http://www.doityourselfrv.com/need-rv-security-system/

I like the tip about changing out the factory issued locks for something else.
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Here is an interesting War Story with some suggestions: http://www.rv-motorhome-answers.com/rv-security.html
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