Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-24-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Ocean City , Maryland
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 56
Cool Security System

Looking for a quality security system for my 2014 Interstate ext. any input would be appreciated.

MeandMB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
Rivet Master
DanielB's Avatar
1974 31' Excella 500
Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,066
Blog Entries: 8
What sort of security situation do you have?

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
- Andrew Carnegie
DanielB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
Rivet Master
cwf's Avatar

1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Round Rock , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,472
Images: 2
Originally Posted by DanielB View Post
What sort of security situation do you have?
Or internal? Motion or door/window? Armed or passive?
Peace and Blessings..
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2013, 03:16 AM   #4
2 Rivet Member
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Ocean City , Maryland
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 56
Internal and external systems. Want to keep what we have worked for safe and secure. My background makes me a bit paranoid (retired law enforcement). Can't seem to get my salesman from Colonial to respond to my inquiry.
MeandMB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2013, 05:13 AM   #5
Figment of My Imagination
Protagonist's Avatar
2012 Interstate Coach
Metairie , Louisiana
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 9,085
My Interstate was burglarized less than sixteen hours after I brought it home for the first time. That's what I get for buying around the Christmas holiday and living in the big city.

I had already intended to install an alarm system; the thief just beat me to it. So, while the Interstate was in the shop installing a new Kenwood unit in the dashboard to replace the one that was stolen, I had a Viper alarm system installed. Not from any particular preference, merely that the company that installed the Kenwood unit for the Airstream dealer just happened to be an authorized Viper installer. It was just more conveninet to have the work all done at once.

The Viper system is modular; add the sensors you want. I got the tilt sensor, glass break sensor, motion sensor, backup battery module, backup siren module with its own battery. I did not get the proximity sensor, the remote start system, or the door sensor. Total price of the system, installed, was about the same as one annual insurance premium on the Interstate, or 1% of my actual purchase price.

I detest those proximity alarms that tell you "Please step away from the vehicle." I've set off too many of them myself, when a car with one parked alongside my car, and I was just going to my own car. Since I live in an apartment complex and there will be people parked alongside of my Interstate both at work and at home, the proximity sensor would always be giving off false alarms.

The door sensor wasn't actually available for 2011-and-later Sprinters at the time I bought the system, so I didn't have a choice. But when it came available later, I still didn't get it. Even if I was to accidentally leave the Interstate unlocked when I parked it, the motion sensor would still go off when a door is opened, even without the door sensors. I know because I tried it to make sure.

And I have no use for a remote start system. Having never had a vehicle with remote start, and not being paranoid enough to think anyone would wire a bomb to the ignition switch, it seemed like overkill. It also doesn't get cold enough here on the Gulf coast that I'd have to worry about getting frostbite while waiting for the interior to warm up after starting it, either.

I've only had a couple of false alarms during thunderstorms, and those were on occasions where lightning struck so close that everybody's alarms went off.

There is one drawback to the system. It will suck down the chassis battery in about two weeks if you don't start the engine from time to time to recharge. One reason why I drive my Interstate to work about once a week when I don't have any camping trips planned. If your Interstate has the auxiliary chassis battery under the hood (mine doesn't) make sure the alarm system is wired into that auxiliary battery, not the main battery in the driver's ide footwell.

Next time the local AAA office does VIN etching, I plan to take my Interstate in to get all of the the glass etched with the VIN. This will give me a slight break on my insurance premium.
WBCCI #1105

Engineering: Finding complex solutions to simple problems you didn't even know you had.
Protagonist is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
1 Rivet Member
2013 Interstate Coach
Tallahassee , Florida
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 13
We installed an Avital 3300L alarm system with a 2-way communicator. The system was connected to the chassis data bus using a Nexgen Xpresskit module.

It is a great system because the alarm is integrated into the door lock system and ignition system without any modifications to the Mercedes wiring. In addition, the OEM wireless remotes also continue to work.

The only down side to the system is the need to make sure that the 2-way LCD remote has fresh batteries.
btouchstone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2013, 02:01 PM   #7
Colonial Airstream NJ
Airstream Dealer
Colonial Airstream's Avatar
1968 17' Caravel
Lakewood , New Jersey
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 569
Images: 79
Hello, we sent you a message to your regular email address yesterday afternoon.

Patrick Botticelli - Colonial Airstream 1121 Route 88 Lakewood, NJ 08701 - 1-800-265-9019
Colonial Airstream is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.