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Old 12-31-2011, 05:55 PM   #15
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Great attitude however it still sucks. We work hard for our toys and to have others destroy them is disheartening.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:00 AM   #16
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Well, the only good thing in this is that at least you had a very comfortable bed when you stayed in it to guard against further theft. Pity the poor guy who had to sleep in his SUV to guard it!

Sorry, shouldn't joke about such an awful intro to A/S camping.

We have what I think is a very simple system for our '86 34' Ltd: the PO put in a system that sets off a truly banshee alarm on the hitch when a window is broken and the door is locked. Seems like that would have worked in your situation unless the thief was deaf? And of course there is a notice stuck on the window by the door.

Anyone caught yet for the dirty trick? So sorry for this to have happened...

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:33 PM   #17
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We have what I think is a very simple system for our '86 34' Ltd: the PO put in a system that sets off a truly banshee alarm on the hitch when a window is broken and the door is locked. Seems like that would have worked in your situation unless the thief was deaf? And of course there is a notice stuck on the window by the door.

Anyone caught yet for the dirty trick? So sorry for this to have happened…
No one caught. For a while I wanted the perpetrator's head on a platter, still dripping, but I'm over that. Now that I've got everything fixed, I'll be happy if he just leaves the Airstream alone in the future.

Between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, an insurance company that was in no hurry to resolve the claim and make a $3500 payout, and trouble obtaining some of the Mercedes parts required for the dashboard, it took about three weeks to get everything back to original condition.

I had already planned to get an alarm system for the Airstream anyway, but the thieves were too quick for me, breaking in less than sixteen hours after the purchase. The break-in merely convinced me to get a better alarm than I would have otherwise, and ensured that I wouldn't quibble over the price of the alarm.

Fortunately, the subcontractor that replaced the Kenwood head unit for the dealer is also an authorized Viper alarm systems installer. I was able to get the alarm system installed at the same time as the repair work was done.
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:31 PM   #18
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Can you relate more information on the Viper model you used. I remember last year the discussions over what alarm systems worked with the newest Sprinters.

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Can you relate more information on the Viper model you used. I remember last year the discussions over what alarm systems worked with the newest Sprinters.
Viper 5901 with lithium-ion backup battery. Doesn't shut off even if someone disconnects the main vehicle battery.
Vibration Sensor. A person putting his weight onto the running boards or bumpers will set it off, but a loud peal of thunder will not, so I don't have false alarms in a thunderstorm. Already tested in a thunderstorm.
Tilt Sensor. Alerts me to unauthorized towing, jacking up the vehicle to steal a tire, or even slashing a tire.
Glass Break Sensor. Sensitive enough to be set off if someone just taps on the glass with a piece of metal without actually breaking the glass.
Five-Tone Siren with Lithium-ion backup battery. LOUD! Also doesn't shut off even if you disconnect the main engine battery, but can be locked off with a key if you ever want to use valet parking and keep the remote with you. Even with the siren turned off with its key, the rmeote still alerts you to any alarm being tripped.
Two-way LCD remote, with a nominal 1-mile range. I've only tested it to 500 feet, but was indoors at the time, and it worked fine. Not only will tell me the alarm has gone off, but also which sensor was tripped.
Electroluminescent "Armed" display (with the Viper logo) on the windshield. Bright green, flashes on and off, visible from a LONG way off. This supplements, but does not replace, the standard blue flashing light inside the vehicle.
No remote start, though I can add that later if I want; don't trust an automotive remote start to handle a diesel engine that needs preheating in cold weather. NOTE: Without the remote start, the Viper 5901 is identical to a Viper 3303, except that the two-way remote has more than double the range, 1 mile vs. 2000 ft.
No door lock interface. At the present time, Viper does not have an interface module for 2010 or later Sprinter vans. When Mercedes took over the imprint from Dodge, they changed some of the electrical systems so a Dodge Sprinter interface module won't work. When the door lock module comes available (estimated 3-4 months from now), I will add it. Until then, I still have to use the Sprinter key remote to lock and unlock the doors, and the Viper alarm will not detect someone opening the doors if he manages to get a door open without breaking any glass. Once the Viper door interface module is (eventually) installed, I don't know if the Sprinter door remote will work anymore; stay tuned for that one.
No Proximity Sensor. I get irritated enough when I'm parked alongside a car with a proximity sensor, and while I'm getting into or out of my own vehicle the car next to me says, "Step away from the vehicle." I won't do that to others. Proximity sensor is overkill unless you have a convertible anyway, plus I don't know if it will work on a vehicle that large. I'll only see about adding one if the present system fails to act as a deterrent and I suffer another break-in, and then only to serve as additional advertisement that there IS an alarm system installed.

Total cost, parts and labor, tax included, $1155. About the same as a year's RV insurance for me.

There may be better alarm systems out there than Viper. I went on the recommendation of a coworker who has a Viper alarm on his sports car. No one else I knew was using a better competing system. And no, the dealer didn't influence my decision, even though the installer I chose turned out to be the same company the dealer chose to install the new Kenwood head unit. Either way, the alarm was installed at the same time the damage was repaired, which was convenient for me (and allowed the installer to put some alarm system components inside the dashboard that otherwise would have been under the dashboard).

And while it doesn't offset the cost of the alarm, just the fact that I installed it saves me an extra $80 per year on my RV insurance. Of course, all it has to do is stop one thief and it has paid for itself, but how will I ever know? You can't really prove that some event was prevented.

Down side to the Viper system, not including the present lack of a door lock interface, are that the electroluminescent display AND the antenna for communicating with the remote are both glued to the inside of the windshield. If the windshield is ever broken and needs replacement, I might need to replace those components as well.

The most important thing, since I had the alarm installed, no one has messed with the vehicle, and that's what it's all about.
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Many of those New Orleans punks moved to the Dallas area after Katrina and spiked the petty crime rate substantially. Several friends have had their houses , vehicles, ect., ramsacked.
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Many of those New Orleans punks moved to the Dallas area after Katrina and spiked the petty crime rate substantially. Several friends have had their houses , vehicles, ect., ramsacked.
Doesn't matter. We found more punks to replace them.
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