To get am Motorhome Alarm or not? Which is the best one

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  1. Cyclewalkbob

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    Hi,

    I am thinking of getting a motorhome alarm. However we had one on our caravan, but did not set it as we kept the roof lights open and that would set the alarm off!

    We had a tracker - what a scam that was - bought a lifetimes cover, could not transfer it and could not get a refund when we sold the van!!! £195 down the drain!

    Therefore now wondering if I should get one for the new motorhome, or get habitation lock re-enforcements?

    Any thoughts would be welcome

    cheers

    Bob
     
  2. Jim

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    Hi Bob, there are quite a few alarms to choose from. But it's easy to make a shortlist.:thumb:

    When you filter out the alarms that really are car alarms poorly adapted and unsuited to the size and use of motorhomes, these alarms probably won't have add-ons for bike racks or lockers or disorientating screaming sirens that ensure a thief does not spend time inside your motorhome. Choose alarms specifically designed for motorhomes and that narrows it down a bit.

    Choosing a specialist motorhome alarm that is Thatcham approved narrows it down further and may well get you discounts from your insurer.

    Choose a company that has an excellent reputation for the quality of their workmanship and the list is getting smaller

    Choose a company where the owners have been motorhome enthusiasts for over 20 years so really knows what works and what doesn't, your list is getting very small now.

    A company that has a nice campsite right next to the workshops

    A company that will give you all that; and give you 15% off if you are a subscribing funster

    That list is short now... Here it is.

    1. Vanbitz
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  3. slobadoberbob

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    Yes Vanbitz is number one

    Yes, as Jim says..VanBitz and you get 15% discount at the moment if you are a paid up member of MHF.

    Plus they have a nice campsite to spend the night before or after the fitting.

    The equipment also gets me a discount on my RV.. 10% so that is welcome.. Safeguard reconise VanBitz and allow 10 days to get it installed.. not easy to get a slot in that time, but we did.

    The system is designed for motorhomes.. I have extra horns under the chassis and a thatcham immobiliser fitted .. already have a Ford factory alarm and immobiliser fitted but due to value the insurance wanted a UK recognised system.

    I also have the external alarm loop which I can put to my trailer or any other item I want when the alarm is on.. plus you can alarm the outside while the dog ois on board or at night. A system built for motorhomes and is very good. Not the cheapest about but then you get what you pay for... I would not like to be the person in the cab when it goes off.

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    Bob:Smile:
     
  4. Movin' on

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    Have a look at "Outsmart the Thief". I have set the alarm off at least a dozen times by accident, Britain, France and Spain, in the last 18 months and each time I get a phone call within 30 seconds. I believe these are the only company that liaise with the police and can turn off the engine remotely if it is safe to do so on the say so of the pursuing police car. They are certainly worth a look.
    Adrian.
     
  5. jhorsf

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    You have picked an excellent time as the only company I would recommend has a discount for us a the moment and they will give good free advice and no hard sell
    Vanbitz:thumb:
     
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    Just read Outsmart the Thief and does look very clever...... Interesting.
     
  7. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Hi Bob,

    As your in West Sussex and we are in East Sussex, why not pop in and have a chat to Glenn Harris our Service Manager, theres mince pies and mulled wine this month and promotions in the workshop to save you money!

    Peter
     
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    Pies and Wine!........

    I'm a long way away, but tempted! :BigGrin:
     
  9. SilverF1

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    I had a Sigma S3 alarm on my old van.

    On our new van we had a Strikeback Alarm from Vanbitz. I have no connection with the company other than as a satisfied, very satisfied, customer.

    Fluttering curtains etc, will not set it off. Eddie gives good service, you will not regret having his alarm fitted.
     
  10. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Oh theres all sorts of temptations this month.

    Peter



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    The alarm list is a little bigger than some think!

    Let me throw another system in the ring... Samtrac, designed for Motorhomes, works with your mobile, even if someone steals the keys to take the MH, the owner will know the instant the van is unlocked, entered or towed away.

    No Monthly Charges, see it's location on a smartphone map, in the palm of your hand, by making a simple phone call. There are 7 detector circuits, both open or closed operation, Internal Sensors and ultra low current drain too!

    Safe Stop Control is employed, should someone take the van from you, just let it go, too many folk have been hurt trying to stop a theft. Just call the unit, this activates Safe Stop! Now when the MH is doing less than 1 Mile an hour, the vehicle shuts down, activates the hazards, sets of an internal and external siren! Then it calls you to tell you where it is, sending you a map, showing you it's location.

    This is just a quick overview of it's capability, as for it's pedigree, you can't do a better test then with Law Enforcement, several sting operation during development, proved it's capability, in the field 27 thefts, 27 recoveries!

    We have the system installed on our Bessacarr E560 and will not use anything else, with over 30 years experience as a Auto Security Engineers, I have seen a lot of systems, but have found very few that can match this units capability.

    As for the fitting, that's easy too, you can have the system installed at our own Campsite in Kent, All backed by a no quibble Lifetime Guarantee. Things a set to change in 2012, there's a lot more choice for Motorhomes Funsters.

    Cheers and good wishes. Steveutwg :Smile:
     
  12. haganap

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    I had an alarm fitted by Dave Newall (a member here) on my last van. It was simple, effective and done the job. it was not particulaly expensive and Dave done a lovely job of fitting it.
    My new van has a sigma alarm on, complicated to say the least but Im sure I will work it out eventually. :thumb:
     
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    That sounds brilliant.

    Peter
     
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    I know there are a lot of happy vanbitz customers so that would be have to be a first port of call if you want a proper motorhome alarm.

    However, I have not been convinced by the marketing of any companies alarms.

    For me there are three parts to security

    1. Preventing Access
    2. Preventing movement
    3. Tracking and retrieving.
    An alarm doesn't help with any of these.
    1) Prevent access. Get deadlock on all the doors and not the friendly ones with internal knobs. Proper deadlocks require a key. These are visible and practical deterrents. If they can't get in they can't knick it.

    2) Preventing movement. Fit a proper immobiliser. The standard ones are ok but an additional one will add an extra layer of confusion to the would be thief.

    3) Most commercial tracking systems that will allow you to get your MH back will cost you less than a years insurance.

    Alarms are over rated in my view as the don't stop the twats getting, They don't stop them stealing your van and they don't help you get the van back.

    Alarms are only good in my view for waking you up in the night if someone is breaking in. A bit of string round your left testicle and then looped round the habitation door will be more effective... :Rofl1:

    I have a budget for security, I spend on the deadlocks first, then the immobiliser. Whatever is left I spend on simple alarms. I skip the tracker to be honest because if it ever gets knicked I don't really want it back... I want the insurance money.

    PS: I would also recommend a safe for your really valuable valuables. I do know the scum get in through windows but this is rare tbh unless things are left on display where they can grab them easily.
     
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    The person i stole my van off had an alarm fitted:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    It's not a Compass 140 is it?
     
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    it is you dont want it back i hope:Smile:
     
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    All well and good Gromett but what you have not taken into account is the insurance TELLS YOU cat1 is required if your van is above a certain value so you have no choice about fitting an alarm
     
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    Nah. My daughter wet the bed so often it really ponged.:BigGrin:
     
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    iv been trying to find wot that nice smell was can you send me a bottle of it thanks :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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