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Old 03-11-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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New member here! Please be gentle...

Hello everyone!

I am new here. My husband Hans (HHaase) has been a member of this wonderful forum for a while, and now that we are finally getting the ball rolling in getting our '65 Safari home, I decided to join the forum to acclimate myself with what an Airstream truly is.

I was born in the Dominican Republic, and from what I could remember I have never seen anything as unique as an Airstream before. Actually, it wasn't up until a couple of years ago that I first saw one in person, and to me it looked like a "metal twinkie".

I guess that from having very long and interesting conversations not just with Hans, but with a couple of other people, I started developing an interest to it. Then interest morphed to appeal, and from there on I felt like I was going 0 to 60 in 4.25 seconds, without brakes, trying to find out as much as I can about this so called "metal twinkie".

This forum has been so wonderful, loaded with so much useful information, it is just amazing. It's the Wiki of Airstream!

From all the information that I have been sponging for the past week, there is one thing that has been on my mind lately. I have looked at hundreds of photos of a lot of awesome looking Airstream, specifically the interior since we are going to have to re-do ours and I am looking for ideas. I started noticing everything from simple basic interior set up, to very eye-catching sophisticated lay out, and I had to no choice but to drool like our Beagle with envy.

My question to everyone that hasn't fallen asleep by now is, aren't you guys afraid that someone is going to break into your awesome Airstream and wreak havoc? Please keep in mind we are from New York, and I have seen the good, the bad, and the Bronx, so don't blame me for my paranoia.

So, do you guys add a sophisticated alarm system to your Airstream? Do you have LoJack, or Onstar on your speed dial? Or do you just cross your fingers and hope that people won't break into something that's very dear to you?

-Mrs Haase
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:28 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums! We will try to be gentle up until you ask a controversial question, at which time the fight will break out! Sorry, I guess that's just human nature.

As far as being concerned about break ins, we're really not, very. We don't keep much of value in the trailer. Our first Airstream was a 1960 Pacer and we left it unlocked when we went away because someone breaking into it would do more damage than the value of anything that anyone might steal. (We do lock the door on our current Airstream because the lock is not rare, like the one on the Pacer was.)

But in the main, most people are honest. We have been camping for many years, starting in a tent, and have never had anything stolen.

Our security when we are in the trailer, is a different matter. There, we are protected by five traveling companions, three dogs, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Wesson. We have never called upon their protective abilities, and most likely never will. But that's a controversial subject, so I will say no more.

Again, welcome to the forums!
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:44 AM   #3
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Hi, Mrs Haase
We don't live in New York, but have been all over the country and Canada, and have spent some time in some questionable locations without even losing anything from our campsite, let alone the AS. The only time our Airstream was broken into was in our own yard. We're in the middle of 5 acres, 3 miles from the nearest town. Probably the same characters that broke into our house at a different time. To that end, I have installed cameras, and have pointed one specifically at the Bambi.

On the road, in certain areas, I occasionally use a motion detector that turns on a light. A motion sensing alarm may be a good idea if you're really concerned. I have one that was made for a vehicle, so it's 12 volts that sets off an audible alarm, and a strobe light if the vehicle rocks. The sensitivity is adjustable, and it plugs into a lighter outlet or can be hard wired.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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A feeling of safety is different for different people. Growing up in NYC, I automatically become very aware of my surroundings when necessary, but now that I live in rural America, such awareness is usually not necessary. The nutcase across the road has died, so it is safer here than ever before.

But if you watch TV "news" which features anything with blood or fire, it is hard not to think everyone is out to get you. Crime is way down in the US and NYC is one of the safest cities in the country (unless you are in a minority and have to worry about the NYC cops).

Our safety measures are restricted to locks on the tongue so no one can easily tow our trailer away when we are away. You can also get a tire lock to make it even harder to steal the trailer. I suppose there is some sort of alarm if the door is jimmied, but I don't know anything about it. It may be available from an auto parts store.

I think it is a lot safer than you feel. The most dangerous thing may be trying to drive through and out of NYC with a trailer.

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Old 03-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #5
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I worry a little bit about someone stealing my trailer, because it is small and cute, and just about anything could handle towing it. But the trailer is 44 years old, and it has never been stolen in all those years, it has had three owners and traveled all over the country, through Canada, and Alaska (not with me, but someday), spent many nights in wal-mart and casino parking lots (the previous owner didn't like to pay for campsites if he could help it) and it has never been broken into that I know of. Most of the trailers parked around it when we are camping are worth a lot more than it is (have you looked at the price of some of those motorhomes?!). And most people in campgrounds are there to camp, and not to bother anyone else. I feel safe when we're out camping.

I secure it with a good hitch lock, and that's about it. I think the odds of anyone breaking in just to trash the place would be extremely unlikely. My only concern is someone hauling it away.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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Welcome and great question! I look forward to hearing all of the answers that you get. I have read on previous threads that many carry guns but, few have ever had to use them. I know that dogs would be a great security also. Have fun on the Forums. It's a God send!!
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #7
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As you can see, my better half definitely has caught the aluminum bug. Life is good, eh? I guess we just have the midset of folks in an overcrowded suburbia, and have both spent time living in not-so-nice areas. When he lived in the area Dad had somebody break into his apartment, MrsHaase's mother just last year had a vehicle snagged out of the driveway (took most of the fence with it).

I do agree that the driving through NYC with the Safari in tow is my biggest fear, but that's a whole different subject. Ironic too, as I've driven much bigger on the same rounte back when I was in the Guard. A Deuce and a Half plus trailer is definitely no fun in a toll booth. (even less fun on the belt parkway, I was going to strangle the guy that was leading that convoy).

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Old 03-11-2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forums! We will try to be gentle up until you ask a controversial question, at which time the fight will break out! Sorry, I guess that's just human nature.

As far as being concerned about break ins, we're really not, very. We don't keep much of value in the trailer. Our first Airstream was a 1960 Pacer and we left it unlocked when we went away because someone breaking into it would do more damage than the value of anything that anyone might steal. (We do lock the door on our current Airstream because the lock is not rare, like the one on the Pacer was.)

But in the main, most people are honest. We have been camping for many years, starting in a tent, and have never had anything stolen.

Our security when we are in the trailer, is a different matter. There, we are protected by five traveling companions, three dogs, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Wesson. We have never called upon their protective abilities, and most likely never will. But that's a controversial subject, so I will say no more.

Again, welcome to the forums!
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Hello and thank you for welcoming me to the Forum!

I don't think I'm too concern about any break-ins when we are on a campsite. I'm more concern when we have the trailer home. Our neighborhood is fantastic, I could go for a run at 10 pm and feel safe, but I am also the type of person that triple checks that all our vehicles alarms are on, triple check all doors, windows, if we had a fire place I'll probably triple check that too!

I don't think we would leave anything that's valuable in there, but I've seen pictures of Airstreams with very sophisticated stereo systems, flat screens, etc., so it makes me wonder how owners handle the security aspect of it.

We don't have a Mr. Smith or a Mr. Wesson, but we do have this mean 10 year old Beagle that goes by the name of Lex Luthor. If that doesn't give you chills up your spine on the name alone, thats because it shouldn't. Give him a cookie, a rub underneath his ears and he'll run away with you to live happily ever after.
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We don't have a Mr. Smith or a Mr. Wesson, but we do have this mean 10 year old Beagle that goes by the name of Lex Luthor. If that doesn't give you chills up your spine on the name alone, thats because it shouldn't. Give him a cookie, a rub underneath his ears and he'll run away with you to live happily ever after.
Yes, but a stranger wouldn't know that. We have an attack-trained Cocker Spaniel, a Pit Schnauzer, and a Killer Schnoodle (all rescued), none over 25 pounds. We didn't acquire them for protection, but rather because we love dogs (and they love us).

None of our dogs would hurt anybody, but when all three of them start barking you would think they were the Hound of the Baskervilles. Deterrence is the first line of defense, and anybody hearing that commotion would probably pick another trailer to break into.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:37 PM   #10
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The only time our Airstream was broken into was in our own yard. We're in the middle of 5 acres, 3 miles from the nearest town. Probably the same characters that broke into our house at a different time. To that end, I have installed cameras, and have pointed one specifically at the Bambi.

On the road, in certain areas, I occasionally use a motion detector that turns on a light. A motion sensing alarm may be a good idea if you're really concerned. I have one that was made for a vehicle, so it's 12 volts that sets off an audible alarm, and a strobe light if the vehicle rocks. The sensitivity is adjustable, and it plugs into a lighter outlet or can be hard wired.
Good afternoon! And that's exactly my concern. You have given us a couple of ideas too, and is much appreciated. I like the camera idea, we can even do a webcam so that we can monitor the property when we are not home. Hans and I were also talking about an alarm system too.

Yes, it'll suck if we have a break-in, but thief's do not care about the damages they can inflict on something as unique as an Airstream if something catches their eyes. Thank you so much for your suggestions!
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Nuvite - LOL That's funny! I guess is also true what you said since Lex can do a mean howl.
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As you can see, my better half definitely has caught the aluminum bug. Life is good, eh?
Yes it is!

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I do agree that the driving through NYC with the Safari in tow is my biggest fear, but that's a whole different subject.
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I think we should invest on a kick-a$$ cloaking device like Batman had on the Tumbler. We'll set up a reminder with Siri to activate the thing before we go to bed.
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I couldn't find a link to the same model I have, but here's a link to some other options that range from the practical to the absurd. It may give you some ideas.

Motion Detector Alarms and Driveway Patrol Alerts

I recently installed the video camera system, and it does give us some peace of mind while we're away. Some of the cameras are very obvious, and some are concealed. It also gives you the option of viewing the cameras remotely via a computer with broadband access, or a smartphone, like an iPhone with 3 or 4G. If you're interested, I can give you some links to some good security equipment.

We own another property where we have had some problems, and have installed a digital game camera there. I was amazed by the number of visits we had from stray cats, raccoons, and Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:24 PM   #14
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Oh wow SilverRanger, that is a neat website you gave me the link to, and the prices are pretty cheap too. Hans and I need to discuss which one would be best for us. I do like the option that we can view from our iPhones, specially when we are not around the corner.

Do you mind giving us the link to the security equipment too? There is so much information out there, it's nice when you can narrow down the search, specially if the links are recommended.

Again, thank you!
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