Ford Transit Chassis Motorhomes & Vans - Essential Cab Security Upgrades?

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  1. Wombles

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    Keep reading about motorhomes (& vans) being stolen with one make & model being the most popular - the Ford Transit! We love our mh being on a Transit chassis as it gives us the option of a 4th bed (only 3 with Fiat Ducato) plus servicing & parts are (relatively) cheap if we shop around but having now done a bit of research find that the manufacturer fitted security is rubbish! The Tibbe cab door locks can be picked very quickly & easily with a tool that anyone can buy online :eek: plus the immobiliser is also easily overcome with another piece of kit again widely available also enabling a new key to be programmed! I've spent the afternoon looking online for a solution & best I can find is the Replok Hykee http://tieronevehiclesolutions.com/products/replock-pickproof-hykee-new/ & OBD Port Protector http://tieronevehiclesolutions.com/products/new-the-obd-lock-patent-protected/ . Has anyone fitted these?
     
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    We have a OBD safe fitted.

    Ours came from Protectavan.
     
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    The door lock is a good idea. It will stop thieves gauging your lock and returning later with a new ign key.
     
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    Not had direct experience of these, used to fit additional dead locks to my trade vans and they generally worked and withstood numerous attacks by scumbags looking for power tools.
    I will follow this thread with interest as also having a Tranny based MH and having noticed that most vans being nicked are Tranny based. Transits are popular as there mechanicals are low mileage and can easily be used in the tens of thousands of Transits on the roads today.
     
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    Transits are popular because the average traveller wouldn't be seen dead in a Fiat!:reel:
     
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    We are thinking of having dead locks fitted to our Transit.
     
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    Protectavan are the designers & manufacturers of both the above products & have various websites. We spoke to them today as we were concerned about the lock design looking like the one that could be opened by a pen top in the past! We have been assured that at present this is unpickable & we did a search online & didn't find anything to contradict that. Don't want to pay lots of money out on a new lock only to find that we are in the same situation again :(
     
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    I like the idea of drilling a hole in the drivers seat swivel so that a padlock can secure the seat in a rear facing position.

    Nobody will drive it anywhere in that condition!
     
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    That's on Mr Wombles to do list! Cheap option too (y)
     
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    Of course you could chop off the OBD plug and fit an alternative plug and socket to the cut ends of the loom.
    If the OBD port is needed, you plug it back in.
     
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    As I use the remote to lock/unlock MH doors I have blocked the keyholes. I have also drilled a padlock hole in the drivers and passengers swivel base and padlock them. I also have a GPS/phone tracker hidden/fitted. Thats enough for me, but if they want it they will take it...............
     
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    Thank you for your feedback & ideas above (y) Have done the padlock through the seat idea with this heavy duty beastie
    - probably a bit over the top! Now also have these & this is where we found the best prices online:

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    http://www.secureavan.co.uk/vehicles/ford/transit-2006-2013-hykee-replacement-cylinder £64.50 plus VAT

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    http://www.secureavan.co.uk/vehicles/ford/transit-2006-2013-ecuobd-protection-device £74.50 plus VAT
    There is £9 next day delivery on these but still much cheaper at £177.60 total than web or negotiated prices with other suppliers that we tried. Paid via Paypal so safe - so far it all looks good :) & fitting method looks ok.
    Hopefully these will help with the Tibbe lock issue - there are lots of good things about Ford ownership but security isn't one of them!
     
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    The new cab door lock looks smart now fitted. Bit fiddly to fit but the instructions it came with were accurate. The ECU lock had good instructions too & easy enough as a diy job according to Mr Womble (y)

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    That padlock would be useless! One slap with a hammer and chisel it would snap, round padlocks are better
     
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    Like all security devices it is a deterrent but can be overcome with the right kit. That padlock does have a security rating of 10 so better than most. Fitting a round shackle type lock through the holes isn't possible on our seats - needed the long shackle on this padlock to make it work. We aren't relying on the padlock through the seat alone - it just adds to the many security devices that we have fitted :)
     
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    Or fill the lock with silicone
     
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    Understood. (y)
     
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    Done...............
     
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