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Old 08-29-2014, 11:26 PM   #41
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Hey,

It appears there are different camps again. Same as when an RV security system was discussed. It also appears the thread has taken a little bit of a side road but not to worry. I thought of installing a small safe as a way to store some things I do not want to tote around in my pickup truck which has no trunk, locking glove box or under seat storage boxes nor does the console box lock (Yes there is a safe for a Tacoma console just not interested in it takes all the space). I thought it might end up going down the same road as the security system but oh well. If I was to be on the road a long time I have to carry certain things with me that do not do well in high heat or extreme cold so storage in a vehicle is not an option. I also wish not worry about having some extra cash around for those places that do not take debit cards. Before anyone says all places do, no they don’t case in point my primary care civilian physician does not and will not any time soon. Perhaps keep the book passport medical DVD / Thumb Stick there as I have the passport card too so I lose one I have the other. Maybe even store my tablet, Laptop, Ipod etc in it. All of which also do not do well in extreme heat or cold. If it is hidden well enough a casual break in and theft of anything vehicle or RV is all about speed pretty sure it would be an in and out with anything left in the open or drawers. And yes I have that information on very good authority do to my current occupation for the last 18 years. I gather no one has one currently and has not had one go across the border with them either. Oh well it is certainly entertaining reading some of the stuff written here. :}

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:39 PM   #42
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Left the Ford Explorer unlocked one night. Next morning I could tell I'd been burgled because CDs were spread all over the driver seat and foot wells.
But, nothing was missing. My music was not to their taste.
Not everyone likes ABBA I guess!
Go figure.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:28 AM   #43
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Concealment is usually the best option as anything locked, including safes, can be broken into and the cost/trouble to repair can exceed the value of the items inside ...

So, where is the best place to hide someting in our trailers? Under the mattress? Most thieves will not want to struggle with an RV mattress...

Seriously, in my 19, I have the smaller fridge with a cabinet underneath. I was looking for a small brush I had put in there. I could not find the darn thing until I got on hands & knees and looked. There is a small shelf at the top back of the cabinet. A small lockbox could be hidden on the shelf, perhaps secured in some way, perhaps with a small piece of wood used as a false wall to conceal the shelf and box? Just thinking ....
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:44 AM   #44
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Not hidden anymore now, the www now knows about!! It is a nice place to keep things like griddles and other flat items, I had one in my 19' also.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:27 AM   #45
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Not hidden anymore now, the www now knows about!! It is a nice place to keep things like griddles and other flat items, I had one in my 19' also.
Not too concerned ...
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:19 PM   #46
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I will add my 2 cents here. In my truck I have a small lockbox. It uses a fingerprint reader and a keylock for back up to open. It comes with a steel cable that you can wrap around a seatpost that secures inside the box so it cannot be removed when the box is closed. It is big enough for a wallet, passport etc, and/or pistol if you are so inclined.

After I saw how easily the thieves in Mesa AZ cut a much bigger cable lock to steal my bicycle, I can report that this cable would stop a casual thief, but not one with bolt cutters or a really strong pair of wire cutters.

The fingerprint reader on this thing is pathetic. If you were storing a gun in this for safety and needed it in a hurry, I assure you it would be too late more than half the time by the time you got it out. The work around is to read your finger(s) into the memory numerous times so that HOPEFULLY whatever angle you slide your finger over the reader, it might open.

There are a number of different small gun safes on Amazon that might work for our trailers, I cannot tell you which ones work, but I am dubious of the ones that read fingerprints that you have to slide the finger over to actuate.

Your experience may vary.
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:49 PM   #47
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I will add my 2 cents here. In my truck I have a small lockbox. It uses a fingerprint reader and a keylock for back up to open. It comes with a steel cable that you can wrap around a seatpost that secures inside the box so it cannot be removed when the box is closed. It is big enough for a wallet, passport etc, and/or pistol if you are so inclined.

After I saw how easily the thieves in Mesa AZ cut a much bigger cable lock to steal my bicycle, I can report that this cable would stop a casual thief, but not one with bolt cutters or a really strong pair of wire cutters.

The fingerprint reader on this thing is pathetic. If you were storing a gun in this for safety and needed it in a hurry, I assure you it would be too late more than half the time by the time you got it out. The work around is to read your finger(s) into the memory numerous times so that HOPEFULLY whatever angle you slide your finger over the reader, it might open.

There are a number of different small gun safes on Amazon that might work for our trailers, I cannot tell you which ones work, but I am dubious of the ones that read fingerprints that you have to slide the finger over to actuate.

Your experience may vary.
Right on two counts. I would not trust a cable to keep a lock box/safe secure. It needs to be bolted down. Also, if quick access to contents is important to you, the pattern/button locks are way better than the electronic fingerprint readers.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:18 PM   #48
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There's just no perfect answer -- Not having everything of value in one place is something I try to do as well as all the common sense things that have been mentioned. The first day of our first cross country trip I had my daypack either beside me or on my back and someone reached in and stole my wallet, meaning I didn't have my drivers' license for most of a three and a half month trip. When we returned, there was a package waiting for me -- my wallet with some of the money, all of the credit cards (which had been cancelled by us of course) and a letter -- a man returned it saying a young boy had taken it. I have always wondered if it was his son. Anyway, I'm a lot more cautious now.
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There's just no perfect answer -- Not having everything of value in one place is something I try to do as well as all the common sense things that have been mentioned. The first day of our first cross country trip I had my daypack either beside me or on my back and someone reached in and stole my wallet, meaning I didn't have my drivers' license for most of a three and a half month trip. When we returned, there was a package waiting for me -- my wallet with some of the money, all of the credit cards (which had been cancelled by us of course) and a letter -- a man returned it saying a young boy had taken it. I have always wondered if it was his son. Anyway, I'm a lot more cautious now.
You were very lucky to get it back.
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:14 AM   #50
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I was lucky and it was only money and inconvenience. Far worse was the time our truck was unlocked in the driveway -- five feet from our house and five feet from the neighbor's house -- and the neighborhood firebug opened the door and set it on fire. The airstream with the propane tanks was only a few feet away from the truck. The truck was totaled of course but no one was harmed and the houses didn't burn down. We now lock our vehicles.
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