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Old 04-12-2016, 02:50 PM   #1
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Install Safe in 22' Bambi?

How & where to install a safe? I have one to fit 15" laptop. Not sure where I can put it. Anyone done this?
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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I use a small valuables safe with a steel cable. I just loop the cable around something solid (e.g. Clothes Rod) and lock it up.

Other alternatives I suppose are securing a safe with lag bolts or similar.
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Old 04-12-2016, 04:11 PM   #3
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Possibly more important to keep things HIDDEN than to keep them in a safe. Who would look through your smelly socks to find your laptop? So how about keeping it 3/4 the way down in a laundry basket? Or better (really worse!) if you have a cat, make a litter box with a false bottom. NO one gonna go lookin' for buried treasure there!

Seriously, back up your computer to a flash drive, figure out how important your data is and whether you should have the computer ready to destroy it if someone unauthorized logs in.

Someone who'll steal from you will tear the lock off of your trailer door, and start smashing up your whole trailer if they get frustrated by finding a safe there. There is a lot to be said for taking reasonable precautions - and perhaps leaving out a cookie jar to be stolen than super protecting everything.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:48 PM   #4
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Our 86 Limited has a fire proof lock box under the dinette cushion close to the wheel well. The owners manual says it's for valuables like jewelry or cash. Oh oh, I just let the cat out of the bag so to speak. Please don't tell any thieves.

We have never used it as we don't have anything valuable.

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How & where to install a safe? I have one to fit 15" laptop. Not sure where I can put it. Anyone done this?
Safes are a mixed blessing. The harder it is to find, then the harder it is to access, and thus the less likely you are to actually use it.

Laptops are cheap, data is irreplaceable. So protect your data— with multiple flash drives and/or external hard drives (one of which should be left at home or in a safe deposit box at your bank), an account on a cloud server, or whatever works best for you. Let your insurance worry about your laptop.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:08 PM   #6
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You have gotten some great advice here. Back up your data and forget it. You need all the space you can find for things you will use every day. Put your safe in your home.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:13 PM   #7
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Our gently used 28' has a safe under the bed..the door is unlocked to the safe. Nice safe and the key has TS cut into it..hehe The Safe.
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One of the 70's model trailers I owned had a drawer, similar to a safety deposit box, mounted inside the kitchen cabinet. There was a plate steel box, bolted to the floor into one of the cross members, that the drawer fit into. I bought it without a key and I sold it never opened. I still wonder what was in there. It rattled.
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I installed a "safe" from Sprinterstore.com under the passenger seat of my 2005 Interstate. It was just right for a laptop and papers.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:04 PM   #10
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Thank you all!

This is really good advice. I will be gone for a couple months at a time so I will need to take some valuables. Although I may or may not have a laptop I will have other items I am sure. Will look to see if I can secure something in the tow vehicle. Thanks agsin.
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The biggest thing with any safe install is to not put it out in the open. If it's visible through the windows it's just inviting opportunistic thieves.
I'd put it under a couch or a bed.

Use bolts with large washers and nuts on the bottom, do not use Lag bolts as they are easily(ish) removed with a swift kick. A nut and washer has a much larger surface area and would have to have tools to remove.
Just my opinion of course
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Have thought about this in the past. I don't wish to instigate a thread hijack, but I've considered a safe under the floor of a closet for a handgun. Something big enough for a laptop seems like it would have to be pretty bulky, but for small firearms there are models designed to be bolted under car seats. Seems like that kind of size and construction would be easily adapted to sit within the frame members in a trailer as well.
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Thank you. I opted for a handgun safe padlocked to the drivers seat. It is big enough for cash.
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Thank you. I opted for a handgun safe padlocked to the drivers seat. It is big enough for cash.
Perfect! Glad it worked out.
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