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Old 08-15-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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If it wasn't for bad luck...

We purchased a used 2012 AI EXT in late May and oh the stories.

First, we knew in advance the original equipment Kenwood stereo did not work and we replaced that to the tune of $1000.

Second, we took a trip to St. Louis over the Independence Day holiday and while parked two blocks from the Gateway Arch, someone broke into the van and stole that brand new stereo along with $3500 worth of computers, iPads, cash and personal belongings.

After getting the dash fixed and another new stereo installed, the generator stopped working two weeks ago. After having it looked at, it was determined the pre-damaged batteries caused problems for the gen-set and all the wiring on the gen melted. There went $4000 for a new gen, batteries and labor.

And now when we run the AC with the generator, the Tripp Lite inverter starts acting strangely and the AC will start to cycle on and off. I'm wondering if the we now have inverter issues.

Any guidance or a shoulder to cry on would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-15-2015, 08:36 PM   #2
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Should of bought an alarm before that stereo.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:41 PM   #3
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You say you're in Elk River.
But we all know you're really from Edina.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:05 PM   #4
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Yikes - doesn't sound good. You are the second owner of a Sprinter based B-van that I know of who had their van robbed in the St. Louis area. Mike Wendland the Roadtrek blogger had his robbed in the St. Louis area.


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Old 08-16-2015, 11:29 AM   #5
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Damn, and I thought i made a bad purchase.
sorry to hear of another cash vacume victim.
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:07 PM   #6
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Still having an Interstate after melting all the genset wiring is great luck. Bad luck would be having a smoldering pile of aluminum and steel sitting where you Interstate was once parked.
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:18 PM   #7
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Yikes.

You have had your share of problems....time for some fun!


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Old 08-16-2015, 01:27 PM   #8
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while parked two blocks from the Gateway Arch, someone broke into the van and stole that brand new stereo along with $3500 worth of computers, iPads, cash and personal belongings.

Any guidance or a shoulder to cry on would be greatly appreciated.
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Should of bought an alarm before that stereo.
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You are the second owner of a Sprinter based B-van that I know of who had their van robbed in the St. Louis area.
I'm not in St. Louis, rather the New Orleans metro area, but I can sympathize. When I bought my 2012 Interstate, I drove it home and made plans to head out the very next morning on my first camping trip. Didn't happen. Less than sixteen hours after I brought it home, it was burglarized. The vile miscreant broke out the passenger-side front window and used a crowbar, tire iron, whopping big screwdriver, or some such semi-sharp implement to pry my Kenwood head unit out of the dash. Never mind the Kenwood unit, the repairs to the dashboard alone cost $3500! And of course the insurance company took their own sweet time negotiating with the dealer, so it was every bit of two months later before I was able to get my Interstate back from the dealer and finally go on my first trip.

I had always intended to install an alarm system in mine, but the burglar beat me to the punch, so I did the next best thing, having the alarm installed by the same sub-contractor who installed the new Kenwood unit— who just happened to be an authorized Viper alarm system installer. So before I got the van home a second time, the alarm was installed and doing its job.

Since the alarm system cost about the same as one year's insurance, it was a wise investment in my opinion.

ON EDIT— Nearly forgot the moral of the story: The difference between a disaster and an adventure is how you tell the story afterwards. If you moan and cry about it, it's a disaster. If you can look back on it and laugh at the way you reacted to it, THEN it's an adventure, and you should get a lot of social mileage out of it telling the story around a campfire with a bunch of new friends.
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:37 PM   #9
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The MB emblem on the van smells like money to any savage types on the street.. I have a friend who got a MB van and changed all the logos over to Dodge to masks the smell..

Sorry for your problems,, It;s a doggie world out there.
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Old 08-16-2015, 05:43 PM   #10
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If the alarm doesn't notify your cell phone, not sure it'll do much good as far as protecting the contents. Every noticed what happens when an alarm goes off in a parking lot? Usually nothing.
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Old 08-16-2015, 06:49 PM   #11
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If the alarm doesn't notify your cell phone, not sure it'll do much good as far as protecting the contents. Every noticed what happens when an alarm goes off in a parking lot? Usually nothing.
I am well aware. At my old pre-Katrina apartment in the New Orleans Garden District, there was an incident… My neighbor across the street was very proud of his brand-new Corvette, and made a point of demonstrating the car's very loud alarm system for the whole neighborhood to hear. A couple of nights later, the alarm goes off. The owner rushes out to see what was wrong, and finding nothing, reset the alarm. A few minutes later, repeat. And again. And again. And of course the alarm being very loud and right across the street, every time it went off I looked out the window as well. I just happened to see it was a neighborhood kid swatting the windshield with a rolled-up newspaper; apparently the owner never saw that. Finally, the alarm went off one too many times, and the owner quit coming out to see what was wrong. That's when the car was burglarized— they stole the alarm system!

Anyway, without the cell phone interface, range for one of the newer Viper remotes is about 2000 feet— and it's a two-way remote, so even if I'm too far away to hear it directly, I can hear it on the remote within that range. Plenty far enough if I'm at home, because my apartment is considerably less distant than that from the parking lot where I have to park it. And once when I was at work the alarm went off and the ladies from the rental office sent one of the maintenance men to find out what set the alarm off. Turned out it was someone parked next to it bumped the van with a bag of groceries while unloading his car. But the point is, if you have an alarm and it goes off, you have an obligation to see what caused it, every time. If someone is not going to check every time it goes off, don't set the alarm in the first place.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:40 PM   #12
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Well, now I've got something to worry about that I didn't realize before today should be a big concern. Since we got our trailer in 2008 I've never given much thought to break ins. Now, with my AI, I'm suddenly very concerned. Of course, I don't park my trailer in parking lots and leave it for extended periods of time to site see. The trailer only sees the outside of a retail store lot long enough for us to shop for groceries, etc. However, one reason why we added the AI to our garage is to be able to travel - and park - in more tight-fitting tourist areas and then explore for a while.

Say we outfit it with an alarm, head off to see the sights, and the alarm goes off while we're some walking distance away. Have we really accomplished anything? Is the presence of an alarm system obvious? Is that presence enough of a deterrence? If it is, what system should we be considering? I had a car broken into once through a smashed window. It really surprised me how invaded I felt. I'd hate to experience that again so am willing to incur the additional expense of an alarm if it truly influences the thief to move along.



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Have we really accomplished anything? Is the presence of an alarm system obvious?
Mine is. There is a blue flashing light by the alarm system's antenna glued to the inside of the windshield at the rearview mirror AND a green flashing "Viper" logo made out of laminated electroluminescent paper flashing in a different rhythm at the lower left corner of my windshield next to the vehicle inspection sticker. Highly visible at night especially.
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Is that presence enough of a deterrence?
It's hard to prove a negative, so unless you're parked next to one that doesn't have an alarm and the other one is burglarized but yours isn't, you can't really say whether the alarm system is a deterrent or not. But I've owned my Interstate for well over three years, in a metro area known for a high vehicular burglary and vehicular theft rate, and there have been no break-ins— successful or unsuccessful— since I installed the system.
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Viper, of course.
Viper - Car Alarms | Remote Starters | SmartStart | Window Film and Tint | Vehicle Security | Keyless Entry
Drone is also good.
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Well, now I've got something to worry about that I didn't realize before today should be a big concern. Since we got our trailer in 2008 I've never given much thought to break ins. Now, with my AI, I'm suddenly very concerned. Of course, I don't park my trailer in parking lots and leave it for extended periods of time to site see. The trailer only sees the outside of a retail store lot long enough for us to shop for groceries, etc. However, one reason why we added the AI to our garage is to be able to travel - and park - in more tight-fitting tourist areas and then explore for a while.

Say we outfit it with an alarm, head off to see the sights, and the alarm goes off while we're some walking distance away. Have we really accomplished anything? Is the presence of an alarm system obvious? Is that presence enough of a deterrence? If it is, what system should we be considering? I had a car broken into once through a smashed window. It really surprised me how invaded I felt. I'd hate to experience that again so am willing to incur the additional expense of an alarm if it truly influences the thief to move along.



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There's a thread on the forum that discussed alarms in mind numbing detail if you want to do a search. It even discussed different sticker and sign deterrents such as "Due to the high cost of ammo, we no longer fire a warning shot. We think you'll understand".
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