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trashguy

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Posted: 01/02/21 06:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone tied into their cameras for security when parked. It would be nice to see if someone is around the motorhome without turning on the signals or putting it in reverse.

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It sounds like you’re either parking in the wrong area, or RV’ing maybe isn’t for you.

I take 6 to 12 trips per year in my m/h, and have for nearly 30 years. I overnight to & from in rest areas, parking lots, commuter lots & etc. and have never once had any issues, nor heard of anyone else having an issue.

Life is short, relax and enjoy the ride.

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Actually the side and rear cameras in mine work fine without the ignition or turn signals on but like JaxDad I've never felt the need to use them except while driving.


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Many camping trips to a total of 38 states so far over 27 years and no problems with anything missing or signs of anyone trying to get in and we are usually gone most of the day. Only scare was when we were sleeping and it sounded like someone trying to mess with the supports on the rear slide bed. Went out loaded for bear and it was a deer that tried to go by on the slope under the rear slide and got his antlers stuck in the support. Got him out and we all relaxed.


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I'm not new to Rv and camping, have had one rig or another for 35 year and not generally paranoid but a place we boondock and ride our Atv's and have for the last 25 years seems to be not as safe as once was. A girl was shot out there a few weeks back. Just figured it would be a stealthy way to peek around the rig at night when things go bump.

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The problem might be that the dash monitor is not easily seen if you are in bed, or anywhere else in your coach. Just walking to see the monitor may alert the "intruders" that you awake. Then again, if you being awake makes them leave, than all you have to do is just walk around if you hear a sound outside.

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For me its not the technology but it becomes a mental mindset.
If I need to watch cameras at night it ruins my experience. If I don't have a camera option then I won't develop that mindset.
Cameras may act as a deterrent, but they need to be conspicuous vs. being hidden to do so.
In the long run too much focus/awareness on crime and safety puts a damper on the overall experience. If the area is safe go and enjoy yourself if the area is unsafe choose another area. Trying to camp in reconnaissance mode is no fun.
Sort of like sleeping with one eye open .....that's really no way to relax and have a good time!


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trashguy wrote:

I'm not new to Rv and camping, have had one rig or another for 35 year and not generally paranoid but a place we boondock and ride our Atv's and have for the last 25 years seems to be not as safe as once was. A girl was shot out there a few weeks back. Just figured it would be a stealthy way to peek around the rig at night when things go bump.


Turn on your outside lights if you have them. My turn and back up camera also can be on without engine running. As others have stated you have to leave on a monitor or Tv to see or get up. We started in 75 so been around a while. Only once did we get excited about what started happen around the RV. It was our place to park for the week-end. It only happen once and never again. Enjoy.

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Our MH had a security system but only the door. Dealer disabled it apparently.
Cameras work independent of ignition on ours anyway.
Perimeter sensors and selective alarm/light buzzer and cell notification, even call 911 is available fr cars. Remember the early days when if you got too close, by the alarms standards, you would hear step away from the car or some such. As to cameras triggering an alarm or notification if someone approaches, entirely feasible but I'm not versed in it.
Someone here, surely is versed in alarm systems that are available for MHs.Don't see them offered at Dealers, or we haven't Seems an excellent opportunity for someone, to set up shop at rallies. A thousand dollars should get a real thorough setup.
One good thing we see less and less reports on current vandalism. etc of MHs these days here anyway.Boon docking I don't think I would without one.
Sensor lights like we have at home linked to cameras and monitor/and cell is an excellent idea. We only had two lights on our MH. four and one on rear and one on front would be good but wiring it though the ceilinng might be a chore. Is anyone offering security lights for MHs?

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Like many have said above, our four camera system can work independently from ignition switch, sure we can use it whenever but it is rare indeed that we use it for security purposes. Same thing as most have indicated, for the 3 decades we have been RVing never had any issues, of course we are prepared for such occurrences. You could add cameras hardwired to 12 volts, lots of options on Amazon and Ebay.

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