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Old 01-03-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Motor home going in for repair

We are bringing the coach in tomorrow for warranty work. I can see removing computers and boxes of tools when the coach goes in. How much do you trust repair people? Is theft a big issue?

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Old 01-03-2016, 06:31 PM   #2
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I've never really worried about it, but as a precaution I don't leave small valuables lying around... things that can be lifted easily, like GPS's and/or electronics, tools, expensive tire gauges, etc.

I also only give them the ignition key and a key to the bays. I have keyless entry, so I program a special code just for them and then delete it when I get it back.

It never hurts to be cautious, but you don't need to be paranoid either

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Old 01-03-2016, 06:55 PM   #3
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I've never had an issue at any dealer (Freightliner/tire shops/RV dealer). If I had to unload every time I went in I'd go nuts. Someday I may get burned but like was stated above I just don't leave things laying around in sight.

I am interested if others have had issues. I always think about it when I take it in but worry more about loosing/misplacing something if I pull it all out.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:03 AM   #4
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Put things away and you can tape across doors to indicate opening maybe.

Ask the service manager how they handle security if it is parked outside and insist they have it locked 24x7 unless they actually are working on it.

Usually the talk with the service manager alerts them and requesting it to be secured will have it watched or secured better.

Take photos with your phone if you wish to document it.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:40 AM   #5
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I had an rv entered and things stolen while in for service several years ago. Not by the service people but by criminals. They had broken into other motorhomes as well while parked in their parking area. I would remove any small items that are of value, lock all the storage compartments, and only give the repair shop keys to the areas they will need access to. I've never had an issue with the service guys.
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If I know we will have work that requires access to the tunnel from front to rear that is accessible via the bays, I unload everything from them.

Inside, I remove medications, booze, and a few of my higher end electronic items that are portable. But, I do this not because of lack of trust of the shop I'm working with, it is because I like having this equipment with us, and of course th booze and medicines come in handy too...

When we are not in our coach traveling, it is parked next to our home garage. We're not in a high crime area, but IMO I have just as much of a chance of someone breaking in and grabbing things here, as I would at the RV repair facilities that I frequent.

Pay quite a bit for full timers insurance (we travel over six months a year), and I do my best to not lo worry about the walking off of our stuff!

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