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Old 01-26-2019, 12:49 PM   #1
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Our 17A got prowled the other night, via the left front access hatch. The perp just pulled the hatch open (it was locked)and the lip that secures the lock behind gave way. The lip is fairly thin metal. I have been trying to figure a way to reinforce the lip. Has anyone else been through this? Any ideas?
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:04 PM   #2
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The harder it is to access the storage area, the more damage a determined thief will do.

We don’t keep any high value stuff in the camper.

Make it easy on the thief to find nothing and hopefully, they will just move on.


I don't know what key system Escape uses for their storage bin locks, but most every US built RV I've owned had the universal 751 key. The easiest way to steal stuff from a bin is to simply walk around with key 751.

I'm guessing that most any Escape bin key can open most any Escape bin.

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Old 01-26-2019, 02:59 PM   #3
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So sorry that happened. Eggscape has done some mods at this thread that might be helpful:

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Posts 208 & 210.
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:19 PM   #4
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The CH751 locks can be easily replaced. That doesn’t fix the weak lip they engage with though.
https://shoprvlocks.com/
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:10 PM   #5
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The harder it is to access the storage area, the more damage a determined thief will do.

We don’t keep any high value stuff in the camper.

Make it easy on the thief to find nothing and hopefully, they will just move on.


I don't know what key system Escape uses for their storage bin locks, but most every US built RV I've owned had the universal 751 key. The easiest way to steal stuff from a bin is to simply walk around with key 751.

I'm guessing that most any Escape bin key can open most any Escape bin.

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Agree. Not the same area of concern, but I found the dinkiest locks that I could find for my storage box. I'd rather they steal everything inside there rather than break my $700 box.

I would apply the same principle to any exterior hatches if I had them. Fixing a hole broken into the fiberglass is likely not cheap.

Sorry to hear about the break in!
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:55 PM   #6
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I got this sticker but have not applied it yet as I think it might just delay me at the border. I was thinking of applying it to a removable plate but it would probably just get stolen.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:12 PM   #7
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I got this sticker but have not applied it yet as I think it might just delay me at the border. I was thinking of applying it to a removable plate but it would probably just get stolen.
Except maybe the guns inside that you are advertising.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:16 PM   #8
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The big 5th wheel parked next to Ten Forward in the storage yard has this sticker on the door.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:20 PM   #9
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How about "Is this sticker worth dying for"?
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:00 PM   #10
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The local police service and the Alberta Motor Association have promoted the idea of removing valuables from vehicles in a campaign which includes "All Valuables Removed" placards that are to be placed in the vehicle's windows when it is parked. Now, does anyone really believe that those vehicles have all valuables removed... or is it just that the stuff is out of sight? To me, it just seems to advertise that the driver of the car is worried about theft from the vehicle, and I doubt that's helpful.

The "all electronics removed" sign for an RV is particularly implausible - who takes the television out of their RV every time they leave to go for a walk or whatever? Of course many people have no TV - but that would be a different sign.

If I had a firearm in a trailer, I certainly wouldn't advertise it. Whether criminals interpret it as "I have something valuable to protect" or just "there's probably a gun in here to be taken", the message doesn't seem constructive. Of course, if you just want a "conversation" (argument) starter for campgrounds, a sign with a handgun on it will probably work...
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