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Kayteg1

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Posted: 01/16/20 12:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gbopp wrote:



A cordless angle grinder negates RV security.


In my construction experience I had to enter house with lost keys few times. Usually I could get inside without doing any damage in about 20 minutes.
Than had few jobs when determined person enter locked house in 2 seconds.
The $7 dead bolts with short screw on the latch plate will give you that, or less. Long screws will add 10 seconds.
On new house couple years ago I was thinking about importing real locks from Europe, but then house has alarm system, who I signed monitoring with company having security patrols and that is the only security that will work (with 1 hr delay).





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I have a Max Air roof vent cover. They would have to remove that before entering. Not saying it can't be done,, But it covers the roof vent and would take a few extra minutes to remove it.

If you are away from the camper, a longer throw dead bolt would help.

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We have been traveling down thru Mexico for most of the past 15 winters. The only break in we have ever had was in the San Juan mountains in Colorado. A bad guy wouldn't even know there are holes in the roof. There are few traveling campers down there these days and you're more likely to mistaken for a bus when traveling than recognized as an RV. We have been to Belize and Guatemala, but always had a dog and they can be difficult and expensive to get into countries south of Mexico.

If you have a diesel, don't expect to find any ULSD or the DEF fluid south of Mexico. Mexico now claims to have ULSD, but you never know, our truck is a 2006, non ULSD.

For information find an old and out of date Church's Guide to Mexico, it and ioverlander.com are the best information out there. Dumping the black tank can get tough particularly south of Mexico consider swapping out the toilet for a cassette toilet which can be dumped at any gas station. For maps, there is a Guia Roji highway map of Mexico, probably available on Amazon. For GPS maps check out openstreet maps.

Most overland travelers stop at Overlander Oasis a small campground at Tule just east of Oaxaca. That is the best place for information further south and many of the people are from Europe but speak English.

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it is what it is. if they want to get in they will.

just enjoy the trip and use common sense.


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Hey MikeJinCO that's helpful information, thanks! I bought my diesel in 2005 specifically because of the ULSD concerns, so we should be ok. Didn't want to be reliant on it either.

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I wouldn’t worry to much about them getting into your TC through the roof. I’d me more concerned about them taking the whole thing. Quicker, quieter, more valuable.


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You realize that this is an emergency exit? Screwing bars across it is going in the opposite direction of what it is designed for. Even one bar and by the time you find a screw driver in a fire you are dead. And if you think you can pull it off if there is a fire then it won't be strong enough to stop someone then.

Also, why would someone climb up on top of a camper to try and break in??? They don't know if the hatch is big enough to fit through. You have windows lower down and a door that would be easier and faster.

If you are set on doing something then I would suggest making a hinged set of bars that can be locked in the closed position to stop an intruder. Then unlocked when you are in the camper and swung out of the way and attached in the open position to the ceiling. That way you won't be found dead looking for a way out.


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If they want in bad enough to climb up on the roof, and break thru the vent. Doors aren't going to stop them.


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I moved into a new house and I changed the locks. While he was here I asked the locksmith if he thought it would be a good idea to install a deadbolt. He said he would be happy to install one, but that if a thief wants to get in he'd just break the window next to the door.

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Bingo, normal “home security” stuff like a deadbolt or locking your operable windows just means a burglar is going to cause more damage gaining access.

There is a placebo effect, that I’ve personally never had, about locking everything up good and tight, but while I’m not a burglar or car thief, I know how quickly I can get into most vehicles or houses and I’m an amateur!
Do the normal stuff to prevent the looky loos or low risk opportunity folks and carry a sidearm and insurance for the rest.


"Yes Sir, Oct 10 1888, Those poor school children froze to death in their tracks. They did not even find them until Spring. Especially hard hit were the ones who had to trek uphill to school both ways, with no shoes." -Bert A.

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