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Old 06-15-2003, 07:33 PM   #1
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Security Alarm System for Airstream

I am considering to put a security system in my 86 Sovereign. After reading that over 52% of Airstreamers carry guns, I am much more worried about traveling in the US with my Airstream as I will never carry a gun and we are not allowed in Canada. I am wondering what sort of system others use when someone is trying to break in and also would like an alarm system for when we are away from the trailer. What other items would people carry to protect themselves besides guns. Can you buy pepper spray or mace in the US. It is illegal here as well.

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Old 06-15-2003, 08:14 PM   #2
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I purchased a low cost alarm that hangs on my door and seems on test breakins to do the right thing...loud enough to wake me and loud enough to scare someone off.

It also gives me time to pick up my short baseball bat and tire thumper to thump anything else that needs thumping.

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Old 06-15-2003, 08:20 PM   #3
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Well you could use a automotive alarm systems. Problem is running the wires. I'm not sure I would worry about triggers for windows. I would look at a motion sensor and or glass breakage detectors. They are set up for 12v already. 95% of aftermarket alarms have a remote control for arming so no need to worry about drilling holes in the exterior. Some systems have motions sensors. Some have proximity sensors.

The only other problem is placement of the antenna for the brain so that it will get decent signal from the remote. In a car the brain is usualy mounted in the dash so close to the windshield. In a camper you want the brain out of site so your obvious location would be som inside storage compartmet like under the dinnett seats or the under the sink. Not good locations for the antenna. Most alarms the antenna is just a wire of the approprate length hanging out of the brain. There are some that have extendable antennas.

I like Ungo for their very sensative motion sensor. It's not the type that see heat like one in a home, these sense actual motion and could be mounted anywhere like on the floor in a interrior storage cabinet and be very effective. It's a mercury sensor. Down side is strong winds could cause enough motion to trigger and give false alarms. Should be enough motion left that even when you have the stands under the camper that it would still be effective.

Alpine has a good motion sensor like a home alarm that does sense heat movement. Problem is you would need 2-3 of these to effectively cover the windows in a camper. Next and perhaps the bigger issue is these are normaly mounted in the headliner of a car when installed. That presents a major challange in a Airstream.

Glass breakage and other sound sensors can be effective and most better alarms can have them added. Again these can false alarm from things like heavy rain or thunder.
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Old 06-15-2003, 08:51 PM   #4
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A bit extreme, but what the heck.....

....with a simple sticker on the bumper.. protected by Smith and Wesson (or your favorite vendor).

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