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Old 08-01-2004, 04:15 PM   #1
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Angry Our 345 Was Broken Into!

Came by the office to check on our baby and found the entry door window smashed and the screen door cut. Doesn't look like they took anything. I had tools and socket sets and electric drills lying around and nothing was even moved. Not sure if they even figured out the lock and got in.

I notice a mark on the kitchen window last week and a small dent below it. Both looks like brick residue. We had a huge storm that weekend so I though maybe one of the broken bricks on the building next to the AS was picked up by the storm and hit the side.

Now I think it was their first (failed) attempt.

Already filed the police report and am taking pictures and calling the insurance company.

Needless to say I'm furious and all that goes along with getting your AS broken into. It's coming home tonight and will stay with us until we find a more secure location or can install some counter measures.

Does anyone know where to get a replacement door window?

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Old 08-01-2004, 04:23 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by swebster
Does anyone know where to get a replacement door window?
Steven, sorry to hear about your episode. I currently have mine in storage, but I visit it regularly. Check with Smily on the forum, I think he has a whole window assembly that was cut out of a door, frame and all. Smily user info.

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Old 08-01-2004, 04:25 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by swebster
Came by the office to check on our baby and found the entry door window smashed and the screen door cut........


Any chance a video camera was in the area to identify the perps?.......

Not that you would want to submit the ID of such miscreants to the police.

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Old 08-01-2004, 04:43 PM   #4
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An active response would be to go to your local farm supply store, and buy an electric fence power supply. Hook it up to your (bare metal) MH, and plug it in. They may break a window, but trying to get inside would be a "shocking" experience for them.
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Old 08-01-2004, 05:33 PM   #5
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Dr Joe a 345 owner in SC had his door completely bent when some scum broke in and robbed it. He had to get a major repair done to straighten out the door frame. Sorry to hear about yours Steve,,,at least they didn't get anything. probably looking for a tv or something electronic.
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Old 08-01-2004, 05:44 PM   #6
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sorry to hear 0f the break in. it could have been worse. .
my unit was vandalized in my drive way. they didn't get into the unit but they destroyed the door lock . the handle was busted and the tabs on the bolt plate were broken off.
i found a lock for my unit. some one was looking after me
don't know when it was done i went out one morning and there it was. the new kid on the block went back to Ohio real quick . i told the police i thought he was the low life that wasn't smart enough to get into the unit. I'm sure he didn't want to make a lot of noise as my dog would have went crazy. and i would have caught him before he could steal a thing. plus my dog might have taken a piece out of his backside.
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Old 08-01-2004, 07:38 PM   #7
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Looks like they did take some tools. Not all of them but my big toolbox with all of my wrenches, multimeter, etc. Not sure why they didn't take the rest. Maybe someone scared them off.

Anyway the AS is in front of our house for now (screw the neighbors). I'll try to figure something out on Monday.

The worst part was the reaction of my children. Specifically my middle daughter who was scared that they would come back and steal her Teddie Bear (she keeps it on the RV for camping trips). No amount of reassurance worked.

I've had a car broken into before but this just pisses me off (excuse my french). The AS is such a part of our family's lives that this feels like they broke into our home. I guess in a way they did.

Thanks for the encouragement. I'll contact Smilie about the window. I'm sure my insurance company won't know what to do about it without my help.
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Old 08-01-2004, 08:51 PM   #8
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I'll never understand the kind of mind it takes to think that someone else's property is fair game. We had our home broken into years ago, and I'll never forget the sense of being personally violated. Being a Christian may be part of my lack of understanding the mindset of thieves, but I think one could have a similar view just from being raised with a sense of others' property being off limits. My condolences to you, and the sense of outrage as well. Best wishes with the repairs.

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Old 08-01-2004, 09:33 PM   #9
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sorry to hear of the breakin. I hope the repairs go well
I'm glad mine is next to the house and the dogs sleep under it.
I don't know if they think of it as home and protect it ,but they will make alot of noise if anything is in the yard.
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Old 08-01-2004, 09:56 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear of the breakin. Around here motorhome breakins(any brand) seems to be very bad. It doesn't matter if you keep them at a locked storage facility or even in our local dealer's lot. Apparently the thieves figure that motorhomes have a lot of fancy electronic gizzmos and lots of storage.

A couple in our local unit had their Airstream motorhome broken into at their storage lot. Everything electronic was crowbared out of the interior. Then the outside storage compartments were all sprung open.

A few months after the repairs were done, the motorhome was at the dealers waiting for some minor repairs. Someone scaled the dealer's fenced lot and broke into the motorhome (and others). I've talked to others and the motorhomes seem to be the choice of the thieves.

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Old 05-17-2005, 12:30 PM   #11
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There must be a rash of break ins going on...

Hi, I have not been active on the site for a year or so, but I, too had a break in last evening and need help finding a door lock and other things! I have my 1987 345 AS parked in my mother's yard in a small town neighboring Seattle to the north...used to be a very nice place, not anymore.

I just returned last evening from being away from my baby for just three days and found someone(s) had broken in. I need a door lock...they totally chiseled the inside wall out and broke it completely after twisting the door almost off it's stupid they did not know enough to just turn the lever up. I will need a lot of other things now too, like new windows, hinges for the outside drawer box below and to the right of the door (heading out).

They ripped out all the electronics, speakers, DC inverter, took all my tools, heaters, lights and a lot of personal all my spices, can't figure that one out. Must have been looking things to pawn...seems like there is an increase in Meth use in the Pacific Northwest.

If anyone can point me to a supply place that can at least help with the windows, I would be most thankful.

I don't mind the equipment and personal stuff being missing...its the physical destruction of my pride and joy that I just can't handle. She is (was and will be again, I hope soon) such a beautiful coach.

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can provide...

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Old 05-17-2005, 12:35 PM   #12
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So Sorry to hear about your breakin! I can't imagine why they would take spices! You've contacted the Police dept, pawn shops and local RV dealers?
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Police, etc...

Thanks, for you note....

Yup, contacted everyone, now I have the job of finding and pricing out all the necessary parts to bring her back. Don't want to be caught short on the insurance quote. Think I should at least know where some of the original parts may be located so the mechanics won't put in something that is not AS.
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Gee Carol,
My heart goes out to is full of surprises but when someone violates us this way it sends our mind and heart reeling.

I would have a hard time accepting this if this happened to Mariposa. I don't believe in an eye-for-an-eye but I would sure try to come up with something to do to them if I ever came face to face with the sorry culprits.

Wish you luck in finding parts so you can get her back to where she was. I know there are plenty on this forum that can help.


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