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susanjones

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Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:37:43 PM »
I have a class A motorhome that my husband and I have been using to travel the country to visit our various grandchildren (10 kids in 8 states) and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for some extra security? Some of the RV parks we stay in for the night either don't seem very safe or have actually had some type of vandalism. We love being mobile and able to see all the kids and the sights of this great country but we want a little more peace of mind. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018, 06:53:45 PM »
Welcome to the forum.

Extra Security?  Maybe a "Beware of Dog" sign.

I think that the smaller the RV park the less likely to have problems.

Some Rest Stops have night time security which might help.

Common sense plays a big part too.  Park in a lighted area.  Point your RV so you can leave in a hurry if you have to.

Make sure you cell phone is charged up - 911 might be you best defense in certain situations. 

Maybe leave a TV on while you sleep (volume down or off is OK) as it creates a look that someone is watching it.
Most crooks want an easy target and don't/won't bother someone they think is home.

Don't loose sleep over it as it's very unlikely that anything will ever happen and if a thief is determined there is little you could
do to stop them anyways.  It's the world we live in.  However it's rare that RV's are targeted so relax and enjoy the trip and Grand kids.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 07:11:37 PM »
We have lived in thirteen states (traveled to 49) and two foreign countries. We've traveled by car and RV. Stayed in rest stops, Walmart parking lots, behind gas stations, almost anywhere you can think of. We never felt afraid or had any problems. We have been robbed several times in our stick and brick homes.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2018, 07:29:20 PM »
Hi Susan and welcome to The RV Forum. RedandSilver gives good advice. With only one exception in 34 years, we have only stayed at campgrounds (no Walmarts or truck stops), or at an RV Forum rally on BLM land, and have slept soundly.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2018, 07:30:09 PM »
I am not sure what you are afraid of. Someone stealing your stuff? Tagging? Breaking in the RV? I can reassure you that direct attacks on RVs are extraordinarily rare. Stealing stuff left outside is, unfortunately, not as rare. We leave nothing outside except maybe a couple of chairs at a campsite. It keeps two legged and four legged creatures from having anything to get (you have no idea of what a mess a raccoon can make if it finds a cooler!). We also lock the bikes on the carrier with two cables. Same thing with the generator if we have it out. I also know that I have insurance for a reason.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2018, 10:17:35 PM »
In 75 years of camping/RV'ing the only times we've had anything stolen the culprits were little furry guys wearing masks or big furry guys wearing bear skin coats...  ;)
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2018, 07:10:06 AM »
susanjones I apologize for tacking this on to your topic. It seemed to fit.

I have also been thinking about RV security. I was thinking more along the lines of an alarm system. No doubt we could have a car alarm system that includes motion detector & door opening indicators. I would be interested if the home video camera to cell phone surveillance we see advertised for home systems is also available for the RV.

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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2018, 07:47:16 AM »
I have been thinking about SimpliSafe for both the RV, and the sticks & bricks.
I don't know how much of a deterrent a system like this would be, or any system for that matter, but at least you will be notified via cell phone on any intrusions.

I like this system over the competition because they were one of the first to offer a no-contract type of service. You can buy/rent their reporting services as you need without any term contract.
 

Link to SimpliSafe's website.
https://pages.livewatch.com/services/compare-simplisafe-to-livewatch?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_keyword=simplisafe::matchtype_e&utm_content=246993741092::adpos_1t1::network_g::device_c::p_9015121::i_&utm_campaign=livewatch_competitor_simplisafe_exact&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-byjzta-2QIVkIrICh03LgPTEAAYASAAEgKofPD_BwE

Good luck in your search, and let us know if you do pick out a system, your feedback would be helpful to others in the same position.

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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2018, 07:53:25 AM »
Hi all,

I was going to suggest the Simply Safe system also but Corky beat me to the punch. I'd buy a simple system to cover the door along with a couple of motion detectors. You could buy a camera or two so you would have images. Good luck!
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2018, 07:57:06 AM »
If you have concerns about your safety, my basic advice is to reconsidered the your choices of RV parks. As others have said, safety problems are RV parks are rare, at least outside of major metro areas.  Perhaps if you could be more specific about the concerns you have, we could offer more specific advice.

Petty theft can be a minor problem in parks that are in or adjacent to cities, where others may wander into the park, bent on mischief. We don't leave much stuff outside if we have to stay in places like that (we usually look for more rural parks). In 20+ years the only theft losses I can recall are some beverages from a cooler and a couple of our potted plants.  We've stayed in a few places that were rowdy or the denizens (usually long term residents) would get into arguments with each other, but no had any threats to our own safety. We did keep an eye out, though, and moved on quickly. If you aren't comfortable in a park, GET OUT! It's one of the advantages of RVing - you can move easily if you don't like the surroundings.

If I thought I needed an alarm system or perimeter cameras to be able to stay in RV parks, I would quit RVing.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2018, 08:02:15 AM »
   Simply Safe is no longer on my list of potential home security systems! 🤬
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2018, 08:03:59 AM »
Why is that Memtb.
I have Simply Safe at home and really like it. If one of my doors get accidently opened before shutting off the alarm, we get a phone call within 2 minutes. I have 4 door sensors, smoke detector, moisture sensor in the basement and the motion detector in our living room.
Now in your case if you just buy a couple of the stickers placed on the doors, a maybe intruder may think twice about breaking into your rig and would probably move on to another one.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2018, 08:21:55 AM »
We have a 4 legged alarm system with us.  Although Presley is a "mellow yellow" Lab, when he does bark he sounds like he means business. We carry some pepper spray also. Depending on what type of locks you have on your compartment doors, you may want to change them out. There is one lock that is used extensively in the RV world and the chances of a neighbor having the same key as you, as I understand, is very high. The key number is, I believe CH751. Supposedly it is used on a lot of RV's 'cause it makes it easier for salesmen on the lot to have the right key to open all the compartments when showing an RV.  I don't remember all the particulars but I'm sure someone else will chime in. Fortunately, our locks have a key that is not very popular.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2018, 08:53:58 AM »
Why is that Memtb.
I have Simply Safe at home and really like it. If one of my doors get accidently opened before shutting off the alarm, we get a phone call within 2 minutes. I have 4 door sensors, smoke detector, moisture sensor in the basement and the motion detector in our living room.
Now in your case if you just buy a couple of the stickers placed on the doors, a maybe intruder may think twice about breaking into your rig and would probably move on to another one.

   The system may be quality!!! With recent events....it’s a “very” personal thing! I will/can  “not” elaborate beyond that! 
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2018, 09:04:40 AM »
   The system may be quality!!! With recent events....it’s a “very” personal thing! I will/can  “not” elaborate beyond that! 

So why bother to mention your situation at all if it only applies to your limited circumstances?
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2018, 09:06:38 AM »
So why bother to mention your situation at all if it only applies to your limited circumstances?

Exactly. You're giving a product a sort of bad name and not elaborating as to why.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2018, 09:26:39 AM »
Exactly. You're giving a product a sort of bad name and not elaborating as to why.

   It’s political....they, along with some others have made my immediate “short list” of businesses that we’ll not help finance! I’ve already said more than I should have or intended to....some research of their recent business decisions should answer any and all questions. And also, bring others to “light” as well!

    The original comment was made inappropriately as I am still “steamed” over recent news events! As is often the case.... you can’t “unsay” that which has already been said! Wish I hadn’t gone there!
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2018, 09:58:15 AM »
I think it might be that SimplySafe cut ties with the NRA.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2018, 10:12:37 AM »
This is a worthwhile discussion but let's stay on topic here please
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2018, 10:23:40 AM »
This is a worthwhile discussion but let's stay on topic here please

Rene wanted to know why Memtb didn't like SimpliSafe any longer and I told him why. Now we can continue with the conversation.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2018, 10:41:31 AM »
https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2498510,00.asp

    Here is a list of security systems from PC Magazine, that will connect to a “smart” phone. Probably most, could be RV adaptable!

   Some have an audible alarm, for when you are at home. Others, have audible plus connect to a mobile device, for when you are away from your RV!

   We are always looking for a better/ less expensive/ more practice system! We use Protect America at home, which connects to the “smart phone”!  Been satisfied for about 15 years!   
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2018, 08:51:32 PM »
Maybe some NRA stickers or "Protected by Smith & Wesson, but really common sense is the most important. Last night I was staying at a Casino without a security patrol, don't think I will do that again, but anyway I had my umbilical (electrical) cord stolen and a center cap from my toad's wheel. I guess a Casino might attract more shady types than other place and well ... lesson learned.

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« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2018, 09:09:05 PM »
Motion lights connected to a audible device. "We don't call 911" stickers. Fly an ISIS flag. FBI, CIA, and all the local police will be watching your property for you.

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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2018, 09:25:28 PM »
8 cameras, 4 at each end of the RV.

Monitor inside and can watch with cell phone if needed.

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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2018, 04:01:40 PM »
A great RV/ commercial truck security I've found is the Owleye by Wireless Prime. It has 360 degree live stitching and can also serve as a back up camera. I'm not aware of any other system on the market that can achieve this for a modest investment.  I've tried fake cameras and stickers in the past and it deters some but not everyone. I like monitoring everything from a all angles. I don't really fear my fellow RV community. We're like a big family in a way. Unfortunately it only takes one bad apple to cause you to take precautions.

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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2018, 06:10:30 PM »
Maybe some NRA stickers or "Protected by Smith & Wesson . . .

I like to keep a low profile so no stickers for me.

Did we scare the op off the forum?

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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2018, 06:29:54 PM »
8 cameras, 4 at each end of the RV.
Monitor inside and can watch with cell phone if needed.

Bill, I think you could drive your rig with the curtains closed  ;)
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2018, 06:47:33 PM »
I am staying at Disney's Fort Wilderness.  Wonder if I need to set out mouse traps and report any Goofy characters wondering around. ;D

We stayed at a KAO recently that had a dive bar attached to the gas station which owned the KAO.  When I first started RVing I would have pulled in and said "No Way".  There were a ton of very, very nice RV's there and no apparent problems - even as the bar closed at 2:00am. 

I think the concern is justified and sympathize but I am willing to take the "risks" since the alternative is to stay home.  Any RV could be broken into with a cordless sawzall in about 20 seconds. I know people who won't RV because they feel uncomfortable leaving their house.  Their loss!
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2018, 07:04:41 PM »
I feel uncomfortable NOT leaving my house.
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Re: Suggestion on Motorhome Security
« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2018, 07:22:44 PM »
We never leave anything out. Once the grill is cooled, it is put away. We lock the bikes to a table, tree or even the RV ladder. We lock the surge protector to the electric post with a skinny, short bike lock. We feel that if someone really wants our stuff, they will find a way to get it. But, we are not going to make it easy for them. Maybe they will see the locks and decide to go elsewhere. As for personal safety when sleeping, we use the deadbolt and keep a can of bear spray handy. Roxie will bark to alert us to someone trying to get in. Luckily for us, no problems so far. Only 1 campground was sketchy. We rely heavily on reviews, looking for what othrrs say about safety concerns.
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