Campervan immobiliser

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  1. Borderland

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    Can anyone suggest an immobiliser to fit to a campervan to comply with insurance requirements. It does not have to be any specific type or category but one fitted by an approved company (whatever that means). I am just looking for something fairly simple.
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    A bloody great krooklock on the steering wheel. had one for years. It deters even me.
    Phil
     
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    That really surprises me.......

    Usually insurers insist on a Thatcham approved immobiliser/alarm system and depending on vehicle value it is usually a thatcham cat 1 system.

    Also, unless the van is getting on in years the factory fit immob is usually adequate for insurance.
     
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    The insurance schedule says it has to be an electromechanical or electronic immobiliser fitted by a VSIB approved installer.
    The vehicle is a Japanese import and doesn't have anything fitted.
     
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    According to the internet VSIB no longer exists !, unless I am looking at old information.
     
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    It appears your insurer is living in the past.

    VSIB is now part of Thatcham which is a government funded body for all thing automotive safety and security.

    Wind up your insurers by asking them for a web link to the website.

    http://www.vsib.co.uk/vsib-no-more/
     
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    Hard to believe but this is a new policy by a well known broker.
    Time to amend original post. Can anyone recommend a good Thatcham approved immobiliser.
     
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    Cheap enough on ebay but you need a recognised fitter which may mean searching your area for an auto electrics/audio place local to you but you will probably have to buy from them to get fitting..
     
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    Always worried about fitting fancy immobilisers. What happens if they go wrong, how do you override them.
     
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    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    Once again there is some misunderstanding of "Thatcham categories". They do not specify a given level of effectiveness of an item as such but relate to different levels of protection for the vehicle in question.
    Cat 1 refers specifically to a vehicle protected with an larm AND immobiliser, both of which must comply with and be certified by Thatcham.
    Cat 2 refers to a vehicle protected by an immobiliser only, again the immobiliser has to meet Thatcham standards and be a make/model certified by them.

    As an example: a simple hidden switch wired in series with the "start" feed from the ignition switch can be a reasonably effective immobiliser but will not meet Thatcham standards. All modern vehicles have a built in immobiliser from the factory that is Thatcham approved nd almost always now involves a microchip in the key, without which the engine will not start.

    Look up Thatcham certficication via your favourite search engine for a more in depth explanation.

    D.
     
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