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Old 02-15-2013, 11:57 AM   #15
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I have to ask. Is securing these things necessary because theft/tampering is a big issue? In over 1300 nights in all kinds of commercial and public campgrounds, noone has ever messed with our unsecured unit, and I have never heard anyone talking about theirs being stolen or vandalized. Maybe I am just naive or lead a sheltered life.
I haven't camped nearly as long but I just think if I'm dropping a couple hundred bucks on something that sits out in the open like that, it's worth a few more bucks to secure or deter. I never worried about locking my truck until I woke up one morning and it was gone! Kind of changed my perspective on things.....
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:04 PM   #16
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I haven't locked mine in over 4 years (knock on wood). However, Surge Guard makes a device that clamps around the connection of the RV's power cord and the surge protector then you put a lock on it. It "locks" the power cord to the surge protector. Even if they unplug it from the pedestal, one still cannot free the surge protector.

http://www.surgeguard.com/lock_hasps.html

This one is a updated from the one I have, but the principle is the same. I am sure itcan be breached with a little effort (locks only keep the honest people honest) but doing so surely would draw some attention.
I bought that device and it's garbage. It's made out of a cheap thin plastic and to test it out I put it on and locked it and you can easily tear it apart. They need to make a metal or aluminum one.
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I agree. It only takes once. It doesn't happen often , but it unfortunately does happen. If their is a thief in my CG , they'll have an easier time elsewhere and move on ( hopefully ) .
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:10 PM   #18
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I bought that device and it's garbage. It's made out of a cheap thin plastic and to test it out I put it on and locked it and you can easily tear it apart. They need to make a metal or aluminum one.
I had read the same in some reviews and thus this thread. Looks like a good old lock and chain will be my best bet.

Thanks to all. All opinions are welcomed by me!
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I had read the same in some reviews and thus this thread. Looks like a good old lock and chain will be my best bet.

Thanks to all. All opinions are welcomed by me!
Lock anc chain is a good idea. I did what others suggest and cut the cord, attached a female plug ($5 at Home Depot) and then put another male plug at the end ($5 Home Depot). That way it is in the storage bin locked.

If your plug is outside then lock and chain
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I have never worried about securing mine. In fact I left one hanging on the post at a park in Cheyenne WY when I left in the middle of a downpour. Later that day and about 200 miles away, I called the RV park. They found it and sent it to me free of charge. It beat me home since I was in the first week of a 3 week trip. Good folks at A.B. Camping RV park.
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I carry a pad lock and lock the door on the power box if possible. Some times I don't even lock it then, and I usually don't lock the basement doors as it is a pain to get back in for me. I would rather they steal my stuff out of the basement then pry the doors open and do mega damage to the coach. Some parks use a double pedestal for two rigs and if you lock it nobody else can plug in. I have locked some of these because there was hardly anybody else there, and that way I wouldn't have a close neighbor as they would go to another empty post. Nobody seems to steal much out where we camp, and most of the time we just dry camp anyway. I always keep a case of wine in the front curb side bay and that's the only thing that would really tick me off, if it came up missing!
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I bought that device and it's garbage. It's made out of a cheap thin plastic and to test it out I put it on and locked it and you can easily tear it apart. They need to make a metal or aluminum one.

That's too bad, on the link it certainly looked better. And I am sure this new one costs more than mine. The device I bought (years ago) is made out of metal. I'm sure a determine individual can cut thru it, but that surely would attract attention.
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I have never liked the durability of the portable surge guard units. I have had a HW30 unit for about 4 years, having survived several known power surges, and after moving to a 50 amp 5er I purchased an HW50 Surge Guard unit and I have installed it in the services bay. If the unit does not allow the power in, you need to look very hard, because there is something wrong with it. I will NOT BYPASS one of these units, because if the unit will not pull in, there is something wrong with the power that you are trying to hook up to!
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I have the portable surge guard and I have the device Kstar has posted about and have not had any issues.Good Luck.
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This is a great solution. I have been doing the exact same thing for four years now. Don't have to worry about anyone stealing my surge protector!
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