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Old 11-10-2016, 04:42 AM   #1
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DIY Security/Alarm Systems?

Hello, I have read through several threads on alarm systems but I still need more info.

I am interested in best options for a simple DIY alarm/security system for my 2012 AI. I want something that warns/indicates that the vehicle is truly alarmed and with an audible alarm with sensors for glass breakage and door tampering. Not interested in remote start and that kind of thing. Will consider tie-in to smart phone.

Again. Looking for DIY. I know I could pay someone to install something but i will end up tinkering with it anyway and i like the confidence I get from DIY and fully understanding the system.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-10-2016, 05:07 AM   #2
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No need for anything electronic here...I have a sweet dog with a very big bark.


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Old 11-10-2016, 06:36 AM   #3
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Maggie,
I like your system but I am thinking about when the vehicle is unattended and family is out and away from it with me. 😊
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Old 11-10-2016, 07:30 AM   #4
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I understand, and it of course was a joke.

Truthfully, unless you are parked on a dark night in a high crime area, I believe the threat of your Interstate being burglarized is very, very slim.

They are quite difficult to get into, locked up, is the truth.

I have over 170,000 miles on mine in 9 1/2 years. Never had a problem, not once, and been in all of the lower 48 states....many more than once.

I think the danger is minimal, using common sense precautions.

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Old 11-10-2016, 07:50 AM   #5
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I don't own an Interstate so take what I say with the proverbial "grain of salt."

Consider looking at Crutchfield - www.crutchfield.com

I looked on their web site and it appears they have alarm systems suitable for Sprinter vehicles. I suggest giving them a call and describing what you're looking for. Everything at Crutchfield is DIY and usually comes with excellent directions, cables, jumpers, wire harnesses, etc. to make the job as easy as possible. Their phone support is better than any other retailer I've encountered.

I've installed a number of audio systems from Crutchfield and most were very straightforward installations. The later model the vehicle the more plug-and-play options you have. A 2012 Sprinter should be straightforward unless the RV aspect of the Interstate compromises or somehow modified the original Mercedes-Benz equipment and that's probably not the case.

Good luck.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:10 AM   #6
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I saw this posted on a RoadTrek blog for interior security:

https://canary.is/canary/?gclid=CjwK...C2PxoCo4bw_wcB

It'll alert you if anyone enters the trailer and allows you to look in on it over video. I've been considering it to monitor the interior, not sure yet what I'll do for the exterior.

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Old 11-10-2016, 09:43 AM   #7
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Suggestions will depend on many different factors, including:

- Do you have your rig plugged into shore power while gone?
- Do you have a WiFi signal there?
- Do you want video surveillance or just door/window alarm?
- Do you want remote notifications (smart phone)?
- loud blaring alarm?
- call police?
- all of the above?

The reason I ask is because what you have is a car....and a house.....all in one, so you have the ability to use systems made for either, or both, depending on your situation when you're away from your rig.

With that said, one of the simplest DIY setups I've seen was on a coach that was parked on a person's property and plugged in. They purchased a Nest camera and set it on the kitchen counter facing the front doors. Installation was a simple matter of plugging it into one of the outlets in the kitchen since their rig was always on shore power. They connected it to their home WiFi, and viola, all done! If the camera senses motion or a loud noise like glass breaking, it will alert you via text message and send a picture. If it's nothing, ignore it. If it's something, call police. Simple, effective, and about as easy to install and manage as it gets. BUT....and there's always a BUT....that one scenario is very dependent on how your rig is stored and what you want it to do (and why all of the questions above).
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Old 11-10-2016, 10:59 AM   #8
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I've been looking as well. The big stumbling block for me has been the pervasive requirement for shore power. But if I have shore power, that means I'm still within the bounds of ordinary civilization, where I don't need extra security.
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Wow! I am getting a lot of good, helpful thoughts as well as some very fair questions so let me add this: The AI is stored in a rural setting right next to my very secure yard and home. Not worried about this at home. Future trips will primarily be in rural settings, state and federal parks. These are generally very safe areas but certain types of criminals (thieves) target these areas. I am an avid hiker and expect that I might want to leave the AI unattended for afew days at a time.

In the end, I want to make my AI as unattractive to burglars/thieves as possible and do as much as I can to avoid headaches, especially when I am trying to have a great time seeing more of the country. I fully understand that there is no perfect solution but looking for a good balence. Looking for a deterent that will help put my mind at ease and have taken every preaution asside from staying home in my cave.☺
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I wish to add that I truly appreciate every reply. There is a great wealth of knowledge, experiance, humor, wisdom, research, etc. here and it is all appreciated. Right now I am in the fact finding process. I look foreward to more. Thank you all.
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Wow! I am getting a lot of good, helpful thoughts as well as some very fair questions so let me add this: The AI is stored in a rural setting right next to my very secure yard and home. Not worried about this at home. Future trips will primarily be in rural settings, state and federal parks. These are generally very safe areas but certain types of criminals (thieves) target these areas. I am an avid hiker and expect that I might want to leave the AI unattended for afew days at a time.



In the end, I want to make my AI as unattractive to burglars/thieves as possible and do as much as I can to avoid headaches, especially when I am trying to have a great time seeing more of the country. I fully understand that there is no perfect solution but looking for a good balence. Looking for a deterent that will help put my mind at ease and have taken every preaution asside from staying home in my cave.☺


Given what you've described above, I would recommend a good 'ole car alarm with glass break sensor. Over a couple of days these won't run down your battery hardly at all, are easy to install (most tie into your existing wiring harness), and typically come with a nice big sticker that you can put in the window that will make most thieves move on to easier targets. Mercedes Benz will sell you one specific to the 3500 Sprinter for a very reasonable $164 (comes with alarm control unit and siren and ties in to existing wire harness). Do a search on the net and you will find a bunch for the Sprinter with all sorts of features and functions.
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I'm looking for temperature and video capabilities because I leave our dog in our Interstate. Hence the shore power limitation.
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So. I found the suggested retail price, $164.00 Mercedes alarm from the Mercedes Parts Center. They also listed several other alarm components suggesting that the did not sell as a complete system. I emailed my vehicle info and the question: Can I bbuy as a complete system or do I have to prchase the components piece by piece. The answer I got was I the Sprinter did not come origionaly equiped with the alarm they cant help me. What???
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So. I found the suggested retail price, $164.00 Mercedes alarm from the Mercedes Parts Center. They also listed several other alarm components suggesting that the did not sell as a complete system. I emailed my vehicle info and the question: Can I bbuy as a complete system or do I have to prchase the components piece by piece. The answer I got was I the Sprinter did not come origionaly equiped with the alarm they cant help me. What???
Call or go down to your local Mercedes Benz dealership that also is an authorized Sprinter dealer/repair facility. They should be able to help you.

If you want more bells and whistles, check out a few of the other choices made for Sprinters (https://www.carid.com/2016-mercedes-...alarm-systems/).
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