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Old 02-23-2014, 12:39 AM   #11
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I would think that using your vehicle as a place to store valuables would be more then sufficient in most cases....
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:49 AM   #12
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I would think that using your vehicle as a place to store valuables would be more then sufficient in most cases....
Well sometimes...and then you don't really want all your eggs in that basket either...
Then the issue of hauling everything to the car...
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:58 AM   #13
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I am in the process of installing a safe box in the floor of one cabinet in my POPUP trailer. I have tons of space under my OFF-ROAD POPUP floor and this one particular spot I can have a rather large storage box installed with a smaller access door. I also share the OUT-OF-SIGHT OUT-OF-MIND theory. The access door may or may not be lockable...

I only want this safe box to make some of my items that goes with my POPUP trailer to be more secure.

Any valuables along with our computers/tablets/cameras/wife's things will all go in my truck and go where we go.... This includes my 2KW Honda generator haha...

Aluminum frame doors are so easy using a large flat blade screwdriver to pry back to clear a dead bolt door lock. In my case the POPUP is so easy to reach through the side Velcro flaps and unlock my POPUP door from the inside. I do this alot of times when hauling in groceries etc. Sometimes easier to do this than sitting down the grocery bags and fumbling around in my pockets for the trailer key.

The large empty dog bowl with KILLER printed on the side with the large dog chain laying next too it unhooked is probably the best lock you can have. Who knows your dog is really a yapping Chihuahua or cute Bichon Frise...

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I had room to mount a large dual-lock gun safe under the rear bunk of my 26BH. There was plenty of room to attach it to the floor, laying on its back. I drilled holes through the back of the safe and used 20 or so drywall screws to attach it to the floor. I just made sure the screws were a little shorter than the thickness of the floor sheathing. I think the sheathing is 5/8" and I used 1/2" screws, so there was no chance of puncturing anything below the floorboards. Before I installed it I called Jayco, and even though they wouldn't guarantee that there would be no problems, they didn't think I would damage anything by using the short screws.

The safe is well hidden under the bunk, and it would take a lot of work to pry it up from the floor and remove it from the TT. As as alternate, you could just use several drywall screws to secure the plywood hatch under one of the beds. A thief might not want to take the time to remove the screws to see what's inside, and might not even be aware that there's a storage compartment under the bed if it's screwed down.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:56 AM   #15
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I wonder if it would be easier to install an alarm system instead? They make several somewhat inexpensive wireless systems that would be much easier and a weigh a whole lot less than a safe. Imagine being inside a TT with a 120db siren going off. You'll want to get out of there very quickly.
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The trouble I see with loud alarms is it will most likely go off when no one is there to check on it Then your neighbor campers will have to put up with the noise until the batteries run down...

I'm more in favor with motion lights coming on but then you will probably get a note from the thief saying "thanks for the added lights - that was very thoughtful"...

I really just keep going back to "OUT OF SIGHT - OUT OF MIND" and hope for the best... Some guys say "don't sweat it - thats what insurance is for" We are always very conscious about putting up things and not leaving them sitting around here and there...

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Alarms need power, disconnect the power and no more alarm.
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Alarms need power, disconnect the power and no more alarm.
Most alarm systems have internal batteries which stay charged off of the mains. Taking power away won't affect it at all.

I would think most thieves are going to go for quick targets of opportunity. First and foremost I agree with the "out of sight out of mind" theory. I also would think that if a thief found your safe they are going to assume that you have something valuable to hide.

Now granted I didn't make thievery my career choice but I would think that if someone were to open the door to your TT and had a very loud alarm go off would run off into the woods to get away. The idea here is to NOT give them the time to root around in your TT.

Something that can also help is a alarm sticker on your door. While it may not deter all the low life's, it may give some pause as to weather or not to try.

Also I did spend a couple of my early years as a full time alarm installer so I am somewhat versed in their operation..

Anywho. . . Just throwing my .2c worth in.
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Whenever I leave my TT unattended I usually close the blinds and leave the radio on so it's just loud enough to hear from outside the trailer. If I'm going to be away at night, I leave the television on so there is sound and the flicker of the screen to deter thieves.
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Wonder about setting up a locked fake drawer in the bedroom that sprays a carbon base india ink when its forced open. Should be easy to find the person from there.
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