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Old 12-21-2015, 09:04 PM   #29
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Picked up a new Airstream security system today.
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:08 PM   #30
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Only issue is that it only works when you are close to the AS.

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Old 12-22-2015, 01:14 AM   #31
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Or just do your camping in Canada. The motto up here is "peace, order, and good government." We could debate #3, but the Canadian crime rate has been steadily dropping and the adjusted crime rate (per unit pop.) is much lower in Canada. Plus, you could visit cool sites like the Canadian Rockies while you're relaxing up here. Do declare your firearms at the border-- if you feel you need them.
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:43 AM   #32
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What do you do about security - in storage facility, in caravan parks, and boondocking when with the vehicle, and away? Are there security systems for AS - water, fire and personal? Video camera's if someone around during the night and you're in a remote location. I've seen the firearm issues discussed in previous forum threads but not general security.
Since this is the "Electronics and Connectivity" sub-forum and the OP has expressed that he's NOT interested in discussing the relative merits of "Guns for Airstreamers," can we please get back to the OP's questions about securing an Airstream for when you're NOT in it or near it?
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:52 AM   #33
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I purchased a orange tire boot for my trailer (mentioned here on airforums) and have been to lazy to use it...I also have the ball lock thingie...
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:56 AM   #34
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Since this is the "Electronics and Connectivity" sub-forum and the OP has expressed that he's NOT interested in discussing the relative merits of "Guns for Airstreamers," can we please get back to the OP's questions about securing an Airstream for when you're NOT in it or near it?

You may want to read post #1 again...
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:13 AM   #35
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You may want to read post #1 again...
Perhaps you didn't see that I quoted post #1? The OP has seen the firearms issue discussed in other threads, but not general security. I took that to mean the OP didn't feel the need to discuss firearms again. It may be presumptuous of me to speak on Tarcoola's behalf, but I'm speaking on my behalf as well when I say, let's try to move the discussion back to something more pertinent.

I'm a life member of the NRA, and the right to keep and bear arms is near and dear to my heart, and I live in a state with a very permissive interpretation of said right.

But that doesn't mean that every discussion about security has to drift into a discussion about how firearms can be used to protect an Airstream. Fact of the matter, firearms cannot be used to protect an Airstream, legally. It's only property, and the right of self-defense does not extend to the use of deadly force to protect mere property. Firearms can only be used to protect the people inside. So it seems to me that based on Post #1, what the OP wanted to discuss was this… what do you do to protect your Airstream?

So can we please get back to discussing general security for an Airstream?
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:03 AM   #36
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I want to thank everyone for your perspectives on security and your AS, really appreciate you taking the time to respond. One of the great things about AF is the variety of responses you receive and this has been most helpful. Sounds like the basics of a good hitch lock and AS insurance is a mandatory, then it's really up to your individual preference. Dogs (our lab is 13 but still has a good bark), alarm systems (a couple were mentioned in the thread, just need to be conscious of power, and will investigate solar options), and then there's firearms which is a different thread - maybe later. Thanks again.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:05 PM   #37
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Smile Fact, Faith, Feeling - Break-ins

The fact is that anyone can break into an old airstream through the back window in a matter of seconds. Although we keep virtually nothing in the a/s, we did, use-to-have, at one time there existed, a built-in radio/cd player. About two years ago, someone popped the back window, ripped or cut the screen, and borrowed/stole/lifted the $200 system while the trailer was in storage. The person of great value did leave the door open for easy access when it departed.

I thank the Lord Jesus that we didn't have anything like jewelry or firearms stored in the trailer!

My feelings on security is simply stay in up-scale campgrounds and carry plastic. Leave the frills at home or keep them on your body. Like your car/truck, the a/s is not a safe place.

I liked the remedies though: dogs, guns, insurance, surveillance systems. Mine is simply insure the vehicle, go light and have a great time!
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:52 PM   #38
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Perhaps you didn't see that I quoted post #1? The OP has seen the firearms issue discussed in other threads, but not general security. I took that to mean the OP didn't feel the need to discuss firearms again. It may be presumptuous of me to speak on Tarcoola's behalf, but I'm speaking on my behalf as well when I say, let's try to move the discussion back to something more pertinent.

I'm a life member of the NRA, and the right to keep and bear arms is near and dear to my heart, and I live in a state with a very permissive interpretation of said right.

But that doesn't mean that every discussion about security has to drift into a discussion about how firearms can be used to protect an Airstream. Fact of the matter, firearms cannot be used to protect an Airstream, legally. It's only property, and the right of self-defense does not extend to the use of deadly force to protect mere property. Firearms can only be used to protect the people inside. So it seems to me that based on Post #1, what the OP wanted to discuss was this… what do you do to protect your Airstream?

So can we please get back to discussing general security for an Airstream?
Seems like a lengthy discussion off the topic for someone wanting to get back to the OP.
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:04 AM   #39
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Seems like a lengthy discussion off the topic for someone wanting to get back to the OP.

Yes, and still missed the point of my suggestion!
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:22 AM   #40
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What about personal devices that can help RV campers raise their level of security, short of having a firearm or dog?

One oddball "security tool" I will be getting for the trailer is a hand-held air horn like boaters use. These are very loud up close, and can temporarily dissuade someone trying to get into the trailer. Add hearing protectors to the list also I guess. Another off-beat device is a small strobe light on a lanyard, again like mariners use for man overboard situations.

Wish I had had these two tools years ago when a drunk camper must have confused our trailer for his own, and was trying to break in during the middle of the night. Fortunately the door was securely dead-bolted, and our shouts of "wrong trailer" finally got him to realize his mistake.

A third possibility might be an EPIRB radio beacon, also from the sailing community. In a true emergency, it could be deployed, although I am not sure if doing so on land is strictly legal. Is there approved device like this for campers and hikers? Commercial airliners monitor this frequency I believe, even over land. TBD

The three tools would make for a valuable trio of security enhancements at modest cost.

PS -- And ditto to the many earlier comments about using common sense and your own innate street smarts, in order to avoid risky situations and hostile encounters. No point in "looking for a fight" which in my personal opinion is an attitude which can catalyze, rather than side-step, a possible confrontation.

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Old 12-23-2015, 06:34 AM   #41
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I carry a small hatchet....would work for self defense, as well as chopping things.

I'm not too concerned about it, really. Locked up, it would be very difficult to get into the Interstate.....and, the truth is, break-ins happen on occasion, but they simply are pretty rare, especially in a campground/when occupied.

Doug always said "bad guys want a sure thing", and I believe that was and remains valid.....if they can't see thru your tinted windows, they don't know that you aren't holding a shotgun or something equally lethal.

Unlikely they are going to try to break their way in when they don't know who or what is on the other side.

Reasonable precautions, wherever you are, and store in a safe area.


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Old 12-23-2015, 07:37 AM   #42
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I keep a canister of pepper spray near the door. Any suspicious strangers come-a-knocking it's right there just in case. If traveling in Canada you can get it labeled as Bear Spray and I gather that they will permit it. But as pepper spray it is prohibited.
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