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pfast

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Posted: 01/15/20 04:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi All - we are taking our Lance Camper down the Panamerican highway for a year. The roof vent is the only opening (besides the door) that is big enough to fit a person through, and I'm concerned that the manual crank/vent cover isn't secure enough. Has anyone else seen any off the shelf or custom solutions to this? Ideally a stronger vent cover that I could lock off from the inside. Or perhaps security grilled on the inside? I'm open to any suggestions.

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Posted: 01/15/20 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you talking about 12"x12" roof vent, or skylight/security exit Lance installs on some models?
I have the 2nd and actually like the idea that in case of lost key I can get inside in 2 minutes with help of screwdriver.
Camper with security? Dream on.





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I’d rather have a determined theft enter through the vent than pry the door open.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

Are you talking about 12"x12" roof vent, or skylight/security exit Lance installs on some models?
I have the 2nd and actually like the idea that in case of lost key I can get inside in 2 minutes with help of screwdriver.
Camper with security? Dream on.


A cordless angle grinder negates RV security.

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A cordless angle grinder negates RV security.


This..."RV" and "security" don't belong in the same sentance! Why would someone go through the effort to climb up onto the roof when they could pop the door open with a prybar or bust a window?


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The only issue that I have heard about with a 12x12 roof vent, is when a black bear in a Montana CG choose that as his method of access into a truck camper. The opening was enlarged enough for access, and the TC was trashed and remained derelict in the CG.

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I think you are overthinking things...but just screw some metal bars on the underside of the opening. Even 1 or 2 would make it so a person couldn't get in.

Even one of the vent covers, so you can leave it open in the rain would make it appear as if it's not a viable entrance. If they are willing to start tearing that apart, they likely would just take a small crowbar to the door.


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I agree about the overthinking. The point of your escape hatch is to be able to escape in case of a fire. If you that worried about going to the place, I’d find somewhere else to go.


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You're worrying about nothing. Just gotta jimmy your cheap door and they're in quick. Whole lots less effort.


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Fair enough, I may be overthinking it. Determined thief’s will always find a way in. That vent (yes it’s the 12x12 emergency exit) just looks way too easy/inviting and I don’t want to tempt a guy that might otherwise not bother. Flat bar across the opening is probably a good, easy way to go. Thanks for the suggestions.

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