Motorhome Security Success

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  1. markhub

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    First post on here so - hello everyone!
    Drove from Calais to Dijon on Sunday night & ended up desperate for rest on an aire. Woken at 4am by lights coming on in our van. Got up & found drivers door had been unlocked & someone had tried to open it. Lights coming on (or me standing up in my boxers) must have scared them off. Fortunately we had used the good advice given to us when we first had a motorhome & threaded the seat belts through the door handles, over the seats & into their holders. This meant the door couldn't be opened more than an inch & belts would have had to be cut to open the doors. Just thought it was worth mentioning so that any newbies like I was just a few years ago know there is a free & effective way of securing your doors & to be wary of parking up overnight on some motorway Aires.
     
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    Motorway Aires are a non starter for me either in Europe or UK. Glad they isn't get in and your ok though.
     
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    A cargo strap across the door handles is also effective though I have now had Milenco door stays fitted, along with a Milenco external bar across the hab door which locks from the inside as well. I have Lock m out fittings on the windows along with Milenco window alarm (no I don't have any affiliation with Milenco!), every little helps. Steering lock always on when I leave the van. But, as mentioned, I also avoid motorway aires.
     
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    Glad your ok but as been mentioned on here before, some are aware of using the seat belts and can cut them..
    So this gives you an added complication of not being able to use the belts, or being stopped for not wearing them. As well as the expense of replacing the belts..

    Might be worth investing in a steel wire or chain when you can...

    Stay safe..
     
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    Door deadlocks for me -get them from your hardware shop not expensive and fit them yourself .Puts scummy off as soon as it sees them .
     
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    I fitted some Yale deadlocks after finding the offered Abus ones were far too expensive, I welded up a fitment that stepped the lock ou to the correct distance and fitted one to each door of the Hymer, The left door is a special the would have been the drivers door and had a place for the lock but just too close to the outer skin to get the lock into it hence the tigwelded alloy tube spacer. The hab door was anther one that needed a wooden block made to space out the lock to catch the edge of the body. These are really good security locks and only cost £14 each for the basic lock with the yale key set. I am going to fit a pair to the rear garage doors for when we are parked up so that we do not depend on the plastic catch variety fitted.
     
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    Cheap but very effective option is to do as i did.Went local ship chandlers and had a 6mm dia plastic coated wire strop made up to the correct length c/w a loop/eye at each end .
    Thread them through the armrests and padlock them together, job done, doors cannot be opened all for the sum of £15.00
    Bonus is that the moho can still be driven away with it on if required !! We have had on in use for past 10 years.
     
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    Your allowed to remove it when your driving:rofl::doh:
     
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    Any idea how they opened the doors, any damage?
     
  10. markhub

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    Not certain how but suspect either a skeleton key or some way of triggering the remote - no damage evident & everything working fine

    Thanks for all the helpful comments made on here - must say I recommend the lock m out fittings - they seem a simple but effective solution to the vulnerability of the Windows. Have just bought a cable alarm to stretch across from door handle through steering wheel to door handle and back - fits tight & if cut it triggers a very loud alarm

    Weather & tranquility in Provence this last few days is making it all worth it
     
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    Can you give me a link to where you bought it please.
     
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    Good job you were awake
    A good deterrant may be less stressful in future
    Safe travels !
     
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    Like this....
    but they do an 8ft & a 15ft one for around £35.00. Also available on eBay.
     
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    Have a look around the bottom of the door locks, that is along the bottom edge of the big black plastic thing which has the door handle. They may have pushed something sharp in, either through the plastic itself or perhaps under it. Assuming it's a Fiat this is a known way of getting in. You can get metal plates which fit underneath the handle to defeat this type of attack.
     
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    I ratchet strap the doors together, and of course avoid most toll motorways, too expensive for class 4, always pick a small village aire or somewhere from France Passion, for the cost of a bottle du vin.
     
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    We use a Strikeback alarm. Anyone opening anything will be deafened........
     
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    I assume you turn the internal alarm off when you go to bed, or do you wear earplugs? :)
     
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    What? .........what? .....

    .....did you say something?
     
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    We always set our Strike Back at night but as you say DBK we disarm the internal sensors. (y)
     
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    No wonder Mrs Deluxe complained about the noise....


    .....I assumed it was just my snoring:blush:
     
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