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Old 05-24-2018, 10:50 AM   #15
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I plan on leaving a small TV tuned to a 24/7 channel and pointed at a outside window with volume up loud.
Burglars are a little more sophisticated nowadays!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:12 AM   #16
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Burglars are a little more sophisticated nowadays!
Yep, they break in even if you're home!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:16 AM   #17
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Local deputy told me that thieves watch your house, and when they see your RV is gone, your house now becomes "FARE GAME"
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:42 AM   #18
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I leave about 6 months/year.

The mail is delivered daily to my mailbox which has the bottom cut out, so that the mail accumulates in the bottom of the structure, which is about 30" x 30" x 5' tall. I get a daily email from the USPS with a scanned copy of the 1st class envelopes being delivered daily. This is called Informed Delivery and it is Free. I like Free. All bills and utilities are handled on line. I have the insurance dates in my cell phone and a copy emailed to myself. (in case I loose my phone) I turn the water to the house off but leave the landscape water system on. I set the furnace and hot water heater on it's lowest setting. Leave one light on inside. I have a neighbor check on the house once a month and I have made arrangements with a friend who is a handy man to handle any issue that may come up. I have a battery tender (from Costco) connected to the car/s I leave in the garage. I travel with a document that has all our medical info including Prescription drugs, dosage, pharmacy info, med history, Drs and phone numbers, blood type and vaccinations. Saran Wrap over the tops of the toilets will keep the toilet water in place longer and prevent odors if the water gets too low. Just don't forget it's there when you come home. I do not have a security system or camera system. All I have is Home Owners Insurance. I would rather not be home if I'm robbed. Been doing it this way for 10+ years w/o a problem.
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Only thing I have different is I do have a wireless camera system outside and home alarm system (piece of mind). I get an alert on my phone for motion sensors on camera in driveway and entrance to house. Works pretty good. I also have good neighbors.

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Old 05-24-2018, 07:28 PM   #19
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Local deputy told me that thieves watch your house, and when they see your RV is gone, your house now becomes "FARE GAME"
We've got the opposite problem. Due to HOA rules, we can't park our coach with our house, so it not being there isn't the trigger. However, we're allowed to park in the street in front of our home for up to 72 hours for loading/unloading. So when the coach is out front that means the countdown is on for when the S&B's will soon be vacant.

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The duration of hold mail is only like 30 days. So I do a temporary change of address and have mail sent to daughter who lives close. Turn off water, have internet thermostat and some lights, camera on front door, security system. Live in condo so donít have to worry about outside maintenance, snow removal, etc. otherwise donít worry about it. 99% of my bills are auto pay online so mail mostly junk anyway.
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We've got the opposite problem. Due to HOA rules, we can't park our coach with our house, so it not being there isn't the trigger. However, we're allowed to park in the street in front of our home for up to 72 hours for loading/unloading. So when the coach is out front that means the countdown is on for when the S&B's will soon be vacant.

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Same here. Though the last couple of trips we have loaded stuff into the Jeep and driven over to the RV storage facility to pack the coach. That way we are departing from there and no one's the wiser.

Our next door neighbor is "Gladys Krabbitz" who keeps a sharp eye on things, and next door to her is a Sheriff's Deputy. We also have a security system, motion-activated cameras, etc. We put a hold on our mail delivery while we're gone and our lawn service just keeps on comin'.
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Among other things, I put ice cubes in a zip-lock bag in the freezer.

When we return home several months later, if the ice cubes are still intact, I know that the freezer hasn't gone through a thaw/re-freeze cycle and the food is still safe.

I do a few other things, too. Much of which has already been mentioned by others.

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Preperations when leaving home.

DH read in his Handyman magazine that is a good idea to turn off all your ceiling fans as they run 24/7. This eliminated the possibly of electrical troubles.
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We do alot of what has been suggested but we have camera security outside and signs saying so but before we go anywhere I set up two cameras inside motion detection that sends me an e-mail and a photo when motion triggered and I can live view all of the cameras with my phone or computer from anywhere. I only set the inside cameras to e-mail me otherwise it would flood me with detections from all the cameras if a bird or rabbit or even a wasp were to trip it, I do get some emails from the sun going behind a cloud and the light changing fast enough to trigger it but I see its working like it should.
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This was our first year of being gone over an extended period. We were gone 3 1/2 months. We live in MI so freezing pipes are a concern. Advice given was this.

Turn off your water, water heater, softner, and unplug anything that does not need to be plugged in. Light on a timer in two different rooms. Turn the heat down to 60*.

USPS has a forwarding system and it worked great. Didn't have to have anyone bother collecting mail. It came to us. Put a stop on the mail, started forwarding when we arrived in FL at our CG. Stopped 10 days prior to leaving and had it restart at home. Was very easy. If you want to just stop it for a few weeks, they can do that.

Had a plow service plow the drive so it looked lived in. Cost $250. for the season. Brother and Son checked it weekly, watered the plants, and made sure nothing was broke into. If you have a church member you can trust to check the house, that may work for you.

Our electric company has a "Power Outage" alert system that sends a message to your phone telling you if there is a power outage. Just go to their website and sign up and it works fine. We recently had a power outage and it notified of the progress of the repair too. Worked great!

Covered the toilet bowl with cellophane and it worked.

It was scary to leave the house this first year because we did not know what to expect. It's our home and a big investment. Brother called often to let us know all was well. We will be gone 6 months this winter and feel much more confident in leaving the place.

Don't have a service here that I know of but would seem to be a smart idea if you cannot find someone to check.
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Among other things, I put ice cubes in a zip-lock bag in the freezer.



Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing
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Last thing we do just before leaving .... reset the boobytraps.
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I just tell my neighbor and good friend across the road we are going to be away for a few days.
At 6'4", retired after 28 years in the Army, having been through 9 deployments and retiring as a Lt. Colnel my neighbor can handle most any situation which would arise. He misses NOTHING! He has a gun collection too.
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