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Posted: 04/03/21 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anybody ever put a lock on a lifting bed? I'm thinking of those locks that are released by a magnet, so it doesn't look like it's locked.

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IMO the visibility of a lock detours would be thieves.


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Once they break into the trailer , whats another lock . You padlock showed them where to look !

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wanderingbob wrote:

Once they break into the trailer , whats another lock . You padlock showed them where to look !


x2 and it's less you'll have to repair after your bed frame is tore up.

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Magnetic locks require power to keep them locked.


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Options for large scale secure storage are limited for sure in campers.
Agree, unless a thief is hurried, they would be more intrigued by something that is not commonly locked that happens to be locked particularly.

This topic came up recently and one suggestion was a "dummy" safe. Cheap or old safe, loosely attached to the structure (to "appear" bolted down), fill it with some rocks and scrap metal, so it sounds and feels like something worth while. And then creatively hide the valuables elsewhere.


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There's a reason I want the magnet lock, it's not visible, and a potential thief would hopefully not see the lock and give up. Open to other suggestions, but I know a "lock" is an open invitation for further investigation.

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philh wrote:

There's a reason I want the magnet lock, it's not visible, and a potential thief would hopefully not see the lock and give up. Open to other suggestions, but I know a "lock" is an open invitation for further investigation.


What are you going to do if there is no power like parked at WalMart and you leave for dinner for example?

Or you have something in mind that works differently?

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Unless you really beef up the framing around the bed then it won't be very hard to tear the mattress platform off the base.
Most all the framing is cheap 2x2's stapled or screwed together that probably already have a few splits in them.

There's two types of thieves IMO. The one's that are looking for an easy in like a door left unlocked or the one's that will tear open a door to get in. The 2nd version will tear the bed platform up to get it open.

Someone with a cats paw could get into just about any area on or in an RV.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

philh wrote:

There's a reason I want the magnet lock, it's not visible, and a potential thief would hopefully not see the lock and give up. Open to other suggestions, but I know a "lock" is an open invitation for further investigation.


What are you going to do if there is no power like parked at WalMart and you leave for dinner for example?

Or you have something in mind that works differently?


I think perhaps they mean the magnet-activated anti-toddler cabinet locks, where you hold a magnet over the mechanism to get it to disengage.

I do agree with many others that there doesn't seem to be much practical reason to have a lock there as described for security. I can see two reasons to want a locked area inside an RV. One is to keep little kids out of dangerous stuff and teens out of the S'mores chocolate, where actual security is not much of a concern. This doesn't seem to be what the poster has in mind.

The other, and I think misguided, is to keep thieves who have already broken in from valuable stuff. I'd guess that, unless you have really, really valuable stuff, the damage caused by the thieves breaking in and destroying stuff to get it out will generally exceed the value of the stuff stolen. Better to have them not destroy the bed and take the stuff than to have them destroy it and take the stuff...or destroy it and decide the stuff isn't worth taking. At that point, you probably already have a broken skylight or something.

(There may be other reasons to latch the bed up, such as to prevent it falling or drifting down due to vibration while en route.)





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