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Old 01-28-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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Question Motorhome safe

Have been thinking latelly of installing a small, fire proof safe somewhere in mh to keep valuables in. Probably needs to be bolted through floor or other metal frame, wood cabinets wouldn't work. Has anybody installed a small safe in mh and if so any make or size?
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We have a small fire safe in the basement. Didn't bolt it down, if someone wants to go to all of the trouble to get at it, they will and bolts won't hold them back.

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:18 PM   #3
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I bought a Sentry safe to fit an area in the closet and bolted it down. It has worked out just fine.
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I have a small safe I purchased from Harbor Freight - it's about 12X12X12 and holds passports and other smaller items - wifes extra jewelry, etc. It is bolted down but could be pried loose without a lot of effort. Only keeps the grand kids out of it or honest people honest.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:25 PM   #5
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Key over ride or big numbers...

If you can find a safe with a key over ride and the key is secure, then it allows for a more hidden installation as you do not need to see the dial.

It also helps when you forget the combo or the combo lock fails.

otherwise visit a 'safe store", many towns have locksmith shops who have a wide assortment of units available and they also can do the install if you are so inclined.

Ours is factory mounted in the floor, took a few days to find it as it is under a false pad.

Try to find a location that will allow a reasonable removal upon lock failure, either by drilling out the lock or removing fasteners to remove the unit.

If the safe ever fails you will need to remove it or force it open, having it installed in a place where you can get to the fasteners with a reasonable amount of removal of panels will be secure enough for the burgler who does not have time to find it let alone try to remove it and with time be safely removed for service or forced opening without damaging your MH.

One suggestion would be to build a false shelf under the dining booth cushion, the safe is bolted through the floor under this area, and unless the shelf is opened the safe is out of site, it is under the shelf that is under the cushion...
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we have one its carried at gander mountain and is roughly 8" x 20 x 20
with a key pad and a key override
its bolted to a substantial piece of frame and the bolts are self locking

i would tell you where its mounted but.......you know...besides you would never ever guess if you were in our rig


we keep passports and papers we need, plus some other item.
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When we lived on a sail boat for 12 years and we hollowed out an old battery, cleaned it out and "added it" to the battery bank with battery cables. It was a very effective safe because it really looked like part of the battery bank. Probably a bit harder to do with a motorhome bank of batteries but could be done.
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When we lived on a sail boat for 12 years and we hollowed out an old battery, cleaned it out and "added it" to the battery bank with battery cables. It was a very effective safe because it really looked like part of the battery bank. Probably a bit harder to do with a motorhome bank of batteries but could be done.
Very very clever. There are so many great hiding places in a motorhome, all you have to do is be creative.. Handi wipes, a boot, the skys the limit.
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Best Idea

Kudos to empty battery idea. Almost 50 years in security and I call that one a winner. Only problem I see is not fire safe for things like passport, otherwise great idea.
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Very very clever. There are so many great hiding places in a motorhome, all you have to do is be creative.. Handi wipes, a boot, the skys the limit.
Agree...a safe, other than a protection against fire, is not much good. Your basic pry bar could get any of them out very easily.
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