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Old 02-26-2017, 02:05 PM   #15
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I learned a very long time ago.. lock it or loose it... aka 1962

I was 12... bicycle I paid for, from money I earned doing morning news papers.. it was stolen during a rain storm.. side porch.

later 2 cars... locked... both.. insurance company also stole from me both times.

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Old 02-26-2017, 02:18 PM   #16
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We always lock it when leaving it unattended. And at stores it's locked with a 85 lb Doberman Inside. That doesn't like unexpected guests.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:07 PM   #17
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I leave my house unlocked all the time except when in it. I lock my vehicles all the time, whether in garage, in driveway or anywhere. I lock the RV every time we step away. Way too easy for someone to casually enter and take as evidenced by the above story/video. But I also don't want to walk in on someone stealing.
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:22 PM   #18
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We got hit by this guy a few years ago while racing at Sebring, stole some cash and Rolex from our race trailer Also hit two other rigs close by
Wish I had been part of the race track justice crew that caught him

Lesson learned keep your rig locked
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Old 02-26-2017, 08:09 PM   #19
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I am baffled. Every week it seems the newspapers are reporting of auto burglaries, and so many times they'll say pocketbook, I-phone, laptop etc. were taken from an unlocked car. I can't understand, why you would leave valuables lying around without locking the doors?
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Old 02-26-2017, 08:33 PM   #20
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alarms are a good idea also

There are keys out there that will work on multiple units. Some common ones. Alarm systems are a good idea.
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:47 PM   #21
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We lock. Have a alarm system good locks and movement sensors, that uploads and we can also see live as well as track.

We did this because people we know, acquaintances, had their 5th wheel stolen. Their 5th had tracking and caught the thieves. The thieves were transporting and reselling. I do believe a few people got convicted on this from what I heard.
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I agree, better safe than sorry!
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:59 AM   #23
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Back in the 90s I worked in the cellphone business. We had 1 customer who drove a corvette convertible. He never put the top up and always left his cellphone on the console. He had to buy a new phone at least once a month, but never changed. Some people just don't care.

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Old 02-27-2017, 10:31 AM   #24
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We never leave anything of value in the RV, no sense tempting a burglar. We always lock, primarily for insurance purposes. If it is not locked they will deny
your claim. A safe would be nice but I haven't found good place to hide it where I can bolt it to a secure structure (frame).
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:03 AM   #25
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We always lock too, and secure what can't be locked directly with plastic covered cables and padlocks. Even that isn't enough sometimes.

Once back in the mid '90s we parked the TC on the street near the French Quarter in New Orleans while we took a quick tour. It was in the middle of the afternoon with people and traffic everywhere. When we were returning and within sight of the camper we watched someone walk across the street dodging between cars with a shotgun in one hand and a camera bag in the other. He had broken the vent window, unlocked the door, pried the windows between the truck and camper open, crawled through the boot, and made himself at home.Thankfully, the only real damage was the broken vent window that I covered with plastic until I could replace it. Homeowners insurance paid for much of the loss.

It can happen, but that has been the only time for us and I hope it never happens to anyone else.

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trust everyone, but cut the cards...
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We have always locked our TT if leaving the campsite, but recently had another camper tell us that when they leave their dog in the trailer and leave for awhile they do not lock their RV in case of a fire.
Same here with our dogs. When we don't take our dogs with us we leave our motor home unlocked. In case of a fire or some unforeseen emergency easy access to get them out. Nothing in there worth as much as the pups.
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