Motorhome Alarms

Discussion in 'Motorhome Security' started by Petros, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Petros

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    I have looked into motorhome alarms and from advice given by funsters i am settled on Strikeback or Cobra A4615 MH systems. Both are specifically designed for motorhomes. Has anyone had any experience of Cobra alarms? Seems most people recommend Strikeback but I have a Cobra fitted to our van and that has been trouble free!
     
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    Dont know if Eddie Vanbitz does cobra l am afraid mine is based on does Eddie do it ...if not l wont trust it. Unfair l am sure just l trust him and his reprobates
     
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  3. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

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    Hi Petros, if you already have one and are happy with it, why change? I have a Strikeback and now I am used to it am really happy with it .... (the times I wake people up in the early hours because I didn't disable the internal alarm when I go to the toilet are lessening :) ) ... but if your alarm is sufficient and reliable I wouldn't change it. Motorhomes are expensive enough to run without added cost. :)
     
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    If it's not broken why fix it........................
     
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    We've got the Cobra. Does what it needs to do. No fuss. You can isolate the interior sensors if you want to while maintaining door/locker protection. I would have liked an additional warning led mind. The standard one can't be seen with the blinds closed.
     
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    Thanks the comments help alot
     
  7. Hymie835

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    It appears that you do not always have a choice. I was going to get a Cobra from Outdoor Bitz but found out that they do not have a version to work with a 2009 Renault Master. I have not contacted VanBitz yet about the Strikeback but that may not work either!
     
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    Movan (Joy) has a similar vintage Renault Master, I think, and that has a strike back fitted
     
  9. ASLEEPER

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    Don't be misled by people always saying they trust Vanbitz ,every one can have a bad day, which they most certainly had when they fitted my Strikeback alarm!Broke down" completely dead" after 70 miles,and was told by repairing garage"somebody didn't make an electrical connection properly"!!! On confronting Vanbitz ,I was told "we don't disconnect anything ,so it couldn't be our fault" Im sorry but I couldn't quite believe that?!! If you go there just hope theyre having a good day!!! Regards Nuevoman
     
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    LOL as specialists we can work on any motorcaravan.
     
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  11. eddievanbitz

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    When did this happen? and what "electrical connector" Could we see a report please?

    I am surprised that any of our staff would have told you that. It would have been reffered to Dave our workshop manager or myself for further investigation.

    If you would care to PM me your details we will look at your notes and the subsequent telephone call
     
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    Eddie, this person only joined yesterday, just a bit suspect?:cautious:
     
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  13. ASLEEPER

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    This was a totally genuine observation by myself it really happened! I was really put out by not only having to leave my van at a garage for a week [that's how long it took to find the problem by Howards of taunton the local Peugeot dealer] but also by the way it was handled by James at vanbitz ,also I had a nasty experience of trying unsuccessfully to claim some sort of recompense from Safeguard ,who I had been insured with for 12 yrs! Regards nuevoman
     
  14. eddievanbitz

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    I am sorry to make such a provocative statement as you have, you really need to give us more to go on that this.

    When did this happen, can you email me a copy of the invoice? and why if the garage thought that Van Bitz were responsible would you try an claim "recompense" from Safeguard? What exactly does the invoice state?

    I fail to understand how a loose connection would take a week to diagnose.

    James is my Son, and one of my other Son's is the Business manager for Howards, Taunton and Weston-Super-Mare I am sure that if we were responsible I would be aware.

    I PM'd you earlier asking for some information.

    One last observation. Your opening, first ever Motorhome Fun post you said

    Van Bitz are in Taunton and you claim that "Howards of Taunton" You live in Cornwall from your profile. So if you started up and left Van Bitz in Taunton, drove OK for 70 miles and then broke down, completely dead"

    How did you manage to end up back in Taunton at Howards?

    Without more corroboration, I remain unconvinced
     
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  15. ASLEEPER

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    Im sorry Eddie, this was not our first alarm fitted by yourselves ,the first one I would give 110% for the general overall experience a first class job! Because of that I had no qualms on booking my last alarm with you, but as you have read we had a bad experience.I will add that there is no way that anyone can say exactly where the loose connection originated ,that is the nature of M/H construction, but the circumstances surrounding the occurence pointed to the most recent activity in the vehicle.It is a long story about the mileage I was actually on your site at Cornish Farms when I was low loaded to howards, we ended up stopping overnight at a premiere inn and getting transport home to cornwall next day [the reason for the claim to Safeguard] Howards took a long time granted ,but there was talk of fitting a new ECU at one stage something Peugeot don't do lightly! Before they finally found the underlying fault.I will just add we had done approx. 3500miles without incident prior to this unfortunate occurence
     
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    seems a very tenuous link between having the alarm fitted and the unrelated loose connection. be interested who and how and why the conclusion was reached that the fault was directly related to the " most recent activity in the vehicle". which connection was actually loose?

    clearly Vanbitz take their reputation very seriously so if you are genuine about your complaint i would be following up Eddies invitation and give him the details so he can properly give you feedback.
     
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    PS; every business gets it wrong now and again thats an unfortunate fact of life.

    if a person uses their first ever post to put down a business on open forum the business should be given the opportunity to know the true facts and react accordingly.
     
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  18. Brian and Jo

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    well we will certainly be giving some thought to Eddie and a strikeback system when we get our motorhome in March(y)
    Brian & Jo
     
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    Mine is 6.5 years old and only had issues of the "not read the manual" kind. Telephone assistance is excellent. 10/10
     
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    I agree, had a problem in France, my fault, and Eddie and his team sorted me out over the phone!
     
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