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best deterrent is large barking dogs inside the camper.


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pfast wrote:

Fair enough, I may be overthinking it. Determined thief’s will always find a way in. That vent (yes it’s the 12x12 emergency exit) just looks way too easy/inviting and I don’t want to tempt a guy that might otherwise not bother. Flat bar across the opening is probably a good, easy way to go. Thanks for the suggestions.


I don't see how a 12x12 vent could even be considered an emergency exit . Who could fit through one , except maybe a child .


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Emergency hatches are much larger than 12x12.

Regardless, a thief is not going to draw attention to themselves by climbing up on top of the camper like a baboon to gain entry. They're going to pop the latch on the back door, clean and quiet, while looking like they belong there.

Unless, of course, you've set up your camper door like a Brinks armored truck. Then they KNOW something valuable is in there, and it will just make them more determined.

If you're that paranoid about "home invasion" perhaps you should consider getting a Brinks truck and outfitting it as a camper.


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You still need vents and emergency exit on armored truck conversion. [emoticon]





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The problem with campers is the strength of the doors and frames. You can easily get in with a claw hammer and if the door were to be secured heavily, that same hammer could be used on a window.

I am looking at buying a second home that is more remote and this is my biggest worry until I can move there full time.


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Theft prevention is whole psychological issue.
Most of the break-ins are done by homeless people. I heard that some homeowners in high-break in areas put couple of dollar bills on the countertop and most of the burglars grab this and don't look any farther.
Than putting size 12 work boots at back door turns out as pretty good theft prevention.

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$2,000 dollar repair bill for our 5th Wheel Entrance Door. They used a crowbar and though the damage was extensive to the door and the frame the perps gave up and went to the next RV in the storage bay where they were successful in getting inside. We have several Keys hidden in the Truck, under the truck frame. Not having a Key won’t be my worry.

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What area are you in? https://areacodes.net/678 Read there about the closest points where you go for a consultation. I doubt if you will be able to fix it by yourself. You will need someone who knows all the nuances of these exits. Do not try to repair it yourself as you may damage it even more. Let us know what have you finally decided to do and what solution you have found to your issue.

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Pangaea Ron wrote:

The only issue that I have heard about with a 12x12 roof vent, is when a black bear in a Montana CG choose that as his method of access into a truck camper. The opening was enlarged enough for access, and the TC was trashed and remained derelict in the CG.

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Locks keep honest people honest, a thief wants in he will get in. Kick door, pry doors, break windows, see them go through wall to get in a commercial building. Ever see videos of thief's falling trough ceilings?

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