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Old 08-13-2008, 09:40 PM   #15
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Heh-- looks like David just beat me to it!

My thoughts on this are that the Marinco is easier to steal, so crimes of opportunity become more likely. It's kind of like using The Club on your car. The device can be defeated, but it takes effort, while stealing a car without The Club is easier.

Maybe the same with Marinco versus old-school?

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Old 08-13-2008, 09:49 PM   #16
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Copper pipe has become the hot item in Phoenix. Thieves are cutting any piece that sticks out of the ground off and selling it as scrap. The latest theft was at the Animal Shelter where the animals were left without water until repairs could be made.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:54 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by utee94 View Post
Heh-- looks like David just beat me to it!

My thoughts on this are that the Marinco is easier to steal, so crimes of opportunity become more likely. It's kind of like using The Club on your car. The device can be defeated, but it takes effort, while stealing a car without The Club is easier.

Maybe the same with Marinco versus old-school?
My thoughts exactly. If I do make the change, I wonder if there is a way to secure the cable thereby making it more of a challenge to steal?

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Old 08-13-2008, 11:14 PM   #18
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Power Cord Security...

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I've considered changing out the 30 amp hardwire power cord for a Marinco twist on arrangement but am concerned about how easy it would be for someone to steal the power cord if I left the trailer with the AC unit running. I understand that if they want the current power cord then they could just unplug, cut the cord and run like crazy. It will just cost a little more money to replace the yellow Marinco cord.
Well, we have 50 Amp service in our 30' Classic with a detached cord. It's black; you do NOT have to buy it in yellow if you do not want to.

I ALWAYS loop the power cord through the rear stabilizer jack and put a large lock that I bought at a Harley dealer on the cord such that the lock is over both pieces of the cord loop that goes through the stabilizer jack. This way someone will have to cut the cable to get it away from the trailer.

Certainly not foolproof but it will be much easier for them to move next door and take my neighbors cord.

As a matter of course we always lock everything we own with the exception of hoses and filters. I guess I could loop the hoses but I don't see that being a hot item for theft. I could be wrong.


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Old 08-14-2008, 07:23 AM   #19
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After my 3rd incident of copper theft at our weekend property I am installing an alarm system that works across the cell network. It seems ideal for RV's that are stored outside since a solar panel and a pair of 6v batteries would run the thing completely off the grid.

The last time the copper theives hit me they stole the powercords of off a microwave, a coffee pot and a fan...musta been worth at least $.25

The Deputy I called said they had just caught 2 guys that were tossing a rope over live rural powerlines and dragging them down with a car.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:45 AM   #20
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They stole the refrigerated drinking fountain off a local bike trail the other day.
As this is happening everywhere, among other crimes, it makes one wonder how many of the people we come in contact with each day are in reality slimeballs??
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:57 AM   #21
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Slimeballs INDEED!!!!

But the real pond scum are the outfits that BUY the stolen stuff from these guys!!!
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:41 AM   #22
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:39 AM   #23
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After I had my Honda 2000 generator STOLEN .I mounted my new one on a piece of aluminum plate and park the trailer wheel on the plate.
I hope this will slow them up while I call the law and get my shot gun out.
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I don't have any ideas on how to prevent cord theft but do have a way of perhaps minimizing the cost of replacing the cord.

I wanted the convenience of a detachable cord but didn't want to spend the money for a marinco setup. Found a 30 amp 110 v recessed twist lock inlet plug manufactured by Leviton comparable to the 30 amp plug sold by Marinco, but without the water proof cover. (Cost about 25 dollars as I recall) I mounted a handy box for the Leviton plug inside the service bay of my 67 Caravel, mounted the plug in the handy box using a standard 4x4 cover plate with a single round opening and wired the twist lock inlet plug into the umbilical circuit.

The box and inlet plug are now inside the trailer and out of the weather so no water proof inlet cover or cord plug needed. Bought a 25 foot 30 amp RV extension cord at wall mart. Cut of the plug on the trailer end and attached a 30 amp non-water proof twist lock plug to mate with the twist lock inlet plug in the trailer. I plug the cord into the outlet in the service bay and run the cord to the outside of the trailer as though it was the permanently attached OEM cord. Now if someone wants the copper, they have to cut the cord outside the trailer not simply unplug it. It is relatively cheap to replace the cord by simply buying another extension cord from wal mart and salvaging the trailer end twist plug from inside the trailer from the remaining piece of the cord that was cut and reusing the plug on the replacement cord.
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:21 PM   #25
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The floor in one of the closets in my MH is the top of a compartment that holds the power cord when it's not in use. I plan to make that floor removable so when I stow the power cord it will drop all the way into the compartment and no longer be accessible from the exterior of the MH.

There is a slight possibility that, given my age, I'll go to plug in and be unable to locate the cord. Oh well - that's what solar is for.
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Locally here in my part of Florida scrap dealers have to record identification info for sellers. zz
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This happened in Ohio,renters moved out of 60' mobile home,the next morning there was no siding left on trailer. Crack heads need their fix. Dave

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