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  1. michpiggy

    michpiggy Funster

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    Sorry for another question

    Just on the back of another thread I have been reading,

    Do motorhomes come with alarms?

    Can you set them so that if someone breaks (opens a door or window) in during the night whilst you are asleep will sound but one that will not go off everytime you move in your sleep?




    And here's me thinking that I can just pick a motor home up really quick within a few days and be on the road
    My list of wants is getting bigger


    Band spanking new motorhome for only £18K (dreaming)
    Enough seat belts for the whole family and 2 dogs.
    Fixed or very comfy bed, either double or singles
    Preferably a garage
    Large shower for dog crate to go in.
    Now alarm


    Anything else?
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Yes and no.

    Some have limited alarms which help drain the battery in a week or two.

    Many people fit full house type habitation alarms. Also adding to battery drain.
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    We can set our alarm so that it will go off but the instructions seem a drawn out process so up until now havent configured it for that to happen. My dog is our alarm, unless he gets gassed.:rolleyes:
     
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  4. michpiggy

    michpiggy Funster

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    Maybe a photo saying I live here of my Staffishire bull terrier will be enough to to put anyone off trying to break in
     
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    Some insurance companies ask for alarms. They are a good idea, especially to deter the thief who breaks in on the supermarket carpark while you are shopping - for this you want one which melts their eardrums by the noise they make inside the MH. However, lots of folk don't have alarms so don't think they are essential and everyone has them. Good ones are also expensive!
     
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    Ours has a day and night setting, during the day all entrance doors are alarmed and a PIR inside as well. Night setting cancels the PIR. :D
     
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    The biggest problem with any alarm is USING IT. Many MH owners do not use the alarm that cost them an "arm and a leg" because they are: park up with other MH, at a rally or in a camp site. Our alarm is used every night regardless of were we are parked. The "hab" area can be used as normal, but every door is armed.
    The other thing is not many others test their alarm, if they did they would know what sets it off, how loud it is and how to stop.
    We have Strikeback Alarm fitted and worth the money. Talk to Eddie Vanbitz, he's the man.
     
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    We have just had a strike back fitted by Vanbitz very easy to use and you can set it without the internal sensors at night sou you can get up for a wee wee without waking up the whole area.
    Incidentally our insurance company insisted we had an alarm I think most do.
    The battery drain is minimal not had any problems in that area in three vans over the years.:cheers:
     
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    Mmm that's quite some motorhome your describing there, if budget is around 18k think there are other issues to be addressed like getting value for money, checking pay load, sounds as if you will need a good one, is the van free of damp, if you are in your 30/40 will your driving licence cover you for driving a vehicle over 3.5tons. Things like alarms etc are best thought of as added extras when you have found a vehicle that suits you.

    Sometimes finding a good base vehicle with as many added extras Solar Panel, Fiamma Awning, Bike rack etc is the way to go.

    Good luck in your search, keep your questions coming that's what the forum is all about.
     
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    The £18k. Is just a daft amount.
    Being silly
    Our licence does cover us to drive them
     
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    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Ok, no problem then maybe age of a van if it's two or three years old then maybe not all my answers not relevant, after that the same things would apply find yourself a good van that has what you need then budget for the extras.
     
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    We have just bought a new Swift and it didn't have an alarm fitted as standard.:Eeek:
    As others have said a lot of insurance companies insist on a Thatcham Cat1 alarm.
    My insurance has not stipulated this but I am still having a Strikeback fitted by Vanbitz.
    Just seems sensible to me (y)
     
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    Alarm?

    See avatar.......!
     
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    Strike back alarm being fitted to our Chieftain in Sept.

    One free night at Cornish Farm then fitting the next day.........

    If Eddies back from his hols !!!!!!!;)

    Regards

    John P(y)

    ps....Extra led warning light is being fitted to the rear of the motorhome......For the scrotes who fancy having a walk around before trying to break in,

    Just another little warning in my opinion.(y)
     
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    How much is the average alarm?
    Just so i can budget for it.
     
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    18k will get you about a 10 year old van matching your criteria. and many if not most vans are sold new with no alarm fitted. buying used, its likely to of had one fitted
    other than homes (houses flats etc) then a motorhome is likely the most expensive item people will purchase in their life. unless of course you own top of the range cars. so an alarm is an essential bit of kit
     
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    car alarm £200 ish fitted. all singing and dancing specialist alarm £600+
     
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    Spot on Mr Big One.

    It depends how much you value your beloved Motorhome.

    Regards

    John P(y)
     
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    Thanks guy's Apart from our house it will be the most money we have spent on anything, So it need to be protected the best we can possible can so it is safe.

    Love your Profile photo The Big1
     
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    that's my old girl Kaya, sadly no longer with us, but have 3, no 4 other staffies. 3 are mine the other I inherited from my mum and she shares her time between my home and my sisters. to busy for her living in a pack full time as she is getting on a bit at 14. the others are 4 and 5 so typical manic staffies
     
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