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Old 02-03-2010, 09:10 AM   #15
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Steve & Lynette - Glad you 're ok.

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Old 02-03-2010, 09:24 AM   #16
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I read this and realized that I really need to change some of the things we do. We seldom think about locking our doors no matter where we are in the country or Mexico until we are ready to go to bed. We got in that habbit as we live half the year in a very secure ownership RV resort. I usually feel very secure as in RV parks neighbors are very close. We must go into a deep sleep. We were in an RV park two years ago where a refrigerator caught on fire and burned a 5th wheel to the ground 8 tiny spaces from where we were parked. We slept through the fire engines sirens and lights! I can easily see that someone could enter our coach and bedroom without us waking up!

Glad to hear you are OK. I guess we need to learn to lock the door once in a while! Thanks for sharing maybe it will save us from being a victim?


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Old 02-03-2010, 09:28 AM   #17
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Sure glad that you both are safe and unharmed. After reading your report, and having a flashback of many years ago someone breaking into my car and at the time having feelings of being violated, I am sure you feel the same.

Whenever I am traveling and staying in a strange place, I use a device I purchased somewhere maybe Brookstone or some gadget store that is made by Techko model S184 and this device is designed to typically hang over a regular round door knob. When using it, I hang it over the deadbolt handle. It has a sliding switch to choose two different modes, Chime or Alarm. When in the alarm mode the sound is very piercing to the ears. It will activate with the slightest movement of the door and is driven with a 9 volt battery.

It was made for people that travel who stay in hotels, motels and other places that may not be travel friendly. I carry it everywhere I travel just in case I have some doubts about the area I am in.

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Old 02-03-2010, 09:36 AM   #18
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Steve & Lynette,
That is a terrible experience. Fortunately for us there is something to be learned there, so thanks for sharing.

I do know that our Miya (Husky/Chow) would be very upset if someone came into her RV. I'm glad we have her, and the .40mm

p.s., Oh! And Earlene sleeps with one eye open - I do believe that.,
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:52 AM   #19
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Glad to hear that you're "OK".

Just picked up a Techko S184 on eBay for $9.99 w/$4.80 S&H . . . there's one left.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:08 AM   #20
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Glad you are OK --

There are no more Techko alarms available at this time --- I just bought the last one.
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Glad to hear u are ok I would be still be more than a little
upset. things can be replaced

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Old 02-03-2010, 11:38 AM   #22
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SWteve and Lynette proud that you are safe and unharmed. I had been thinking of changing out the window adjacent to the door as ours does not open...now I have a reason not too. I will now use both front door locks. Many things to think about.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:34 PM   #23
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We have stayed there at Frog City once in late 2007 ... had a tough time getting a normal 40' MH & toad into the site they assigned to us, then had seriously sagging voltage despite very pleasant weather ...campground management said they knew there was a problem at the site due to inadequate wiring but that was the extent of their "fix." How did the management respond to your experience??
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:46 PM   #24
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Sometimes I wonder if it is good to announce knowledge that thieves might use against us, but thieves are probably already aware it.

The lower or non-deadbolt lock on RV's are easily accessible by thousands of master keys all around the country.

All RV dealers have RV master keys to fit the secondary lock on RV doors. Any ex RV salesman (his brother, friends, etc) may have a master key to your RV.

Always lock the dead-bolt and the other (if there is one).

Too bad you didn't catch the creep. Too bad you didn't have a 150 lb junk yard dog at the time.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:52 PM   #25
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Thanks for sharing

Hello Steve and Lynette, glad that you slept thru that "visit"...!!!
I'm glad that it worked out....and NOTHING went missing!!
Thanks for sharing this stopover

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I am relieved to hear that you were unharmed. I always lock my doors and I have a SmartLight 1000 that comes on automatically if anyone comes in my area. If someone made it past the light and touched the door, my two Shelties would let everyone in the area know something was happening that shouldn't be.

Many years ago I had my motorhome broken into when it was at a repair facility so I understand the feeling of being violated. To get in the broke the glass in the entry door. They left money sitting in the ash tray but emptied my makeup bag on the bathroom floor. They tore cabinet doors off just to be mean but they took only three small items.
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:18 PM   #27
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That is just scary! I think I will be getting my security system out of storage next time I go up to NM... or maybe I should have my daughter ship it down to us. The siren on that thing is deafening and it will wake us up at night.

Is it me or does it seem like more thieves targeting RVers or are there just more RVers now and we 're just part of the same percentage. Either way, I think we all need to be more careful, no matter where we park, camp or boondock.
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Just a guess, but w/unemployment at multi-decade highs, there is probably more theft all over.

Thieves this bold will figure out which widows are good bets; you don't have to be terribly clever for this. The driver's side window is usually easy to get to from a chair and large enough for many thieves to enter, not to mention frequently unlocked. The passenger's side window can be close enough to the door controls for a thief to reach.

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