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Old 02-17-2015, 06:27 PM   #15
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It is a GREAT idea even if not used for cash.
A MH safe needs to be BOLTED in place.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:37 PM   #16
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Safe in RV

I have not dealt with a bank since 1975. My "bank" has been just this one good credit union (FCU) ever since.
Haven't been in a financial institution for over 15 years. Haven't used an ATM in over 10 years.
We have been fulltime for 3 years and have 2 each of debit and credit cards, so we are never without.
When one gets hacked, the FCU calls me to verify stuff. They close that card and send another. The hacked funds have never been withheld, ever!They are never even debited!
No fees of any kind from my FCU, ever! Banks will bleed you!
Cash? Cash back at the checkout!
For over 10 years now, everything is online, no muss, no fuss, no paper, no mail. We write checks about 2x per year; places that don't do CCs. Now, we even deposit (the rare) check via photo deposit. Nifty!
A safe? It's an empty one under the bed. But we don't have any Rolex or crown jewels, etc.
It is too easy to do it correctly, with full control, risk-free and without fees or delays.
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Profile much?
I don't speak for others but yes I DO profile. I NEVER let my credit/debit card out of my sight. One of the EASIEST places to get your CC# stolen along with CCI number is with restaurants - got me once before the police tracked down the ring. My wife had her's stolen at a drive-in CVS.

Simple rule of thumb, I NEVER let my credit card leave my sight or use cash.
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Our CC company thought our card was compromised even thou they called us while we were still at the store. I explained that yes we had made the purchases but they cancelled the card and sent us a new one. Only thing was we were over 3000 miles and 100 days away from returning home and no address to have the replacement card sent to....so this is the reason for back up cash.....
Some MH's come with a floor safe, it's permanently attached to the vehicle framework. I see no reason an aftermarket safe cannot be installed if you locate the right spot. Avoiding wiring, plumbing, and avoiding reducing structural integrity is paramount.
My wife has two small safes in storage, I've been thinking about installing one in our MH if I can locate the perfect spot.
We were in Alaska when Discover informed us our CC was de-activated because it was scammed while we were still in MT getting ready to leave on the caravan. We were sure glad DW had another CC held in reserve.
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I've never heard of a bank that wouldn't cover fradulant charges. You're not liable for them if you notify the bank in a reasonable timeframe. Normally, the bank notifies you first when it sees abnormal charges.


RE: a 'hidden' safe. Think of what would happen in a fire. There's no way you'd have time to get to the safe, open it and get out of the RV. RVs burn in minutes.


We also kept a 'to go' case near our front door to grab and run. In it were copies of important papers. Originals were stored off-site. We also kept a small amount of cash for emergency. We took that case with us if we needed RV maintenance done.
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I have one for my hand guns in my TT. It is bolted down in a hidden, but accessible location. I use it every trip.
I have a special safe made specifically for that, it was between the drivers seat and wall in the Dutch Star. The Magna has less space between the wall and seat and has a heated tile floor so I may not be able to use it. Darn, I really liked it there too. Very accessible but still safely locked if the laws call for that.
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Some MH's come with a floor safe, it's permanently attached to the vehicle framework. I see no reason an aftermarket safe cannot be installed if you locate the right spot. Avoiding wiring, plumbing, and avoiding reducing structural integrity is paramount.
That's the case with the Magna, but I do need to verify that it's bolted to the frame as it's on the floor of the closet, out in plain view when the door is opened. Some hide them under a floor panel or under a drawer.
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I bolted a small safe in mine too. The hard part is deciding where to mount it--unique to each coach and owner.
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Many of the "safe's" I have seen installed in motorhomes seem thin and easily entered, and more a lockbox than a safe. For thieves a safe becomes a target, and their locations installed in motorhomes by manufactures are no secret. However, we know our motorhomes better than anyone else, and there are places I am able to "stash" valuables that would be more difficult to find than a safe.

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I don't speak for others but yes I DO profile. I NEVER let my credit/debit card out of my sight. One of the EASIEST places to get your CC# stolen along with CCI number is with restaurants - got me once before the police tracked down the ring. My wife had her's stolen at a drive-in CVS.

Simple rule of thumb, I NEVER let my credit card leave my sight or use cash.
All I'm saying is that all people who look or dress differently aren't necessarily criminals. The thief(s) who stole your card probably looked as normal as you or I. Nothing wrong with being cautious, but suspecting someone of being a criminal because they look or dress different is
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Have a safe in my class a. Use it a lot. Kind of fun. Semi hidden. Yet easy access. I like having plenty of cash. You never know.
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I keep a heavy, waterproof/fireproof safe in the RV, and it's not that well hidden. Course its full of rocks. They see it, steal it, work hard to open it and have nothing. Did the same thing when we lived on our boat. Stolen once, but since I didn't lock the boat, no damage done to expensive windows and doors.
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RE: a 'hidden' safe. Think of what would happen in a fire. There's no way you'd have time to get to the safe, open it and get out of the RV. RVs burn in minutes.
Some safes are Fireproof for a certain temp for a certain length of time.
A you stated RVs burn fast. Way under the time Fireproof safes are good for.

I have 2 small ones inside a Fireproof file cabinet inside my MH.

They may contain a amount of cash to get me through any after hurricane.
Where a Debit or CC doesn't work good for you at places with no electric or phone services.

Also sometimes you can get a discount on monthly rates using cash.
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Profile much?
Yes I do and so far I haven't been disappointed. If people doing business with the public want to be taken seriously, they can dress appropriately.
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