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Old 03-23-2004, 08:03 PM   #15
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Unhappy security for the AS? What about me?

I will be spending time by myself, a scairdy -cat 55 yr old woman, in my AS but probably in a park. The dinky lock on the AS door REALLY bothers me. Yet I've been told not to cut the 1971 door. I don't especially want to take my dog with me- I'm trying to get away from dog dander and fleas. and if I had a gun , I would most assuredly shoot myself by mistake. Hey I can barely manage a computer. I wanted to put a push pad lock on the door. How about a dead bolt?
And now I have to worry about things being stolen from the trailer??? I can barely remember where my glasses are in the morning. I thought trailer parks would be really safe??? No??
What are the best things I can do barring guns, chemicals, and hired security guards??? silver suz
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:54 PM   #16
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Dead bolt mechanism in the frame with the receiver in the door.
I like the dead bolt that has 2 lugs that rotate in the receiver when locking.
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Old 03-23-2004, 10:22 PM   #17
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security Lo-Jack

I'v seen a few of your comments regarding security on a trailer. The idea of LoJack is good but its only good depending on where you live. Lo-Jack has its own installers that go to your home/ work or dealership. For those that are not familiar, LoJack works as a tracking system. Once your vehicle is stolen, you MUST notify the police ASAP in oder for them to activate the LoJack signal unit hidden in your vehicle. The longer you wait to notify the cops, the harder it is to find your vehicle. The thiefs now have a good lead in outrunning the cops. The police cars are the only ones that can have a tracking unit in their cars to tell them the location of your stolen vehicle. Not all police depatments have these tracking units in their cars. Mostly due to budget issues. Almost all large city police depatments have them. Out in California, the Highway Patrol DOES NOT have these tracking units!! So if you live in the outskirts of town, chances are your local cops dont have the ability to use LoJack. Also LoJack does not work out of the country (Mexico). I have LoJack in my car and I would recommend it. It usually cost anywhere from $300-$600. So, in summary, LoJack does not prevent a theft, it only helps you recover the vehilce after its taken from you. Good Luck
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Old 03-23-2004, 10:30 PM   #18
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Navigator! where did you get your dead bolt? what kind and would you please send a picture of how you installed it. Not being able to drive, I cant get out to shop around. Thank you very much. silver suz
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Old 03-24-2004, 05:11 AM   #19
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Wish I could help, but the dead bolt came from a 20's garage that was being dismantled. The brand name is Hamilton Twist Lock and I do not have a means of posting pics. I will do a search to try and find same.
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:15 AM   #20
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thank you very much. Mainly what I am interested in is how you installed it without damaging the door, or door frame. I have a 1971 LandYacht. Silver suz
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Old 03-24-2004, 01:52 PM   #21
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use the search feature -deadbolt-. There is a WONDERFUL description w/photos. posted 11-24-03...it's on my project list. Good luck.
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Old 06-05-2004, 02:32 PM   #22
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Wondered if anyone has checked out or looked into the security lock called the Trailer Keeper. Kept seeing the ad up in the right hand corner of the Forum Home page. Looks like a tire boot setup. We are looking for something as added safeguard, even tho so far no problem of this sort. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2004, 03:24 PM   #23
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Alpha Tire lock

I use a tire boot type of lock, called Alpha lock, which clamps around the tire and rim. However for this to be effective you must prevent the tire from being removed (or replaced) so this calls for a second layer of defense: Lugnut locks (I use Gorilla brand), one per tire. I also remove the hitch equipment from the tow vehicle receiver and leave it locked to the trailer, hitchball and all, with the hitch pin locks (receiver and ball coupler locks) in place.

And now for the belt and suspenders....I installed a Radio Shack home security alarm box with a dedicated deep cycle battery that is recharged by the univolt with an isolator switch. Other elements used are a roof mounted siren and a (doppler) beam detector mounted opposite the main entry door and aimed at the beam reflector mounted on the door. The whole security system is armed by a round security key lock switch mounted on the exterior (installed through the exterior wall) at the approximate height of the main door lock. If the main door is opened the alarm sounds instantly when armed. If a window break-in occurs the alarm sounds when the beam is broken. I would not use an infra-red dectector due to false alarms cause by air currents. My experience over the years has been these beam detectors are more reliable than infra-red detectors and magnetic switch detectors which degrade over time. If you wanted to add a vibration type of detector, this may detect a trailer being stolen by hauling away (like they do in Mexico with tow trucks used to steal vehicles!)

Hope this helps....
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Old 06-06-2004, 07:07 AM   #24
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What to know were your trailer is, try this. http://www.gpsnorthamerica.com/
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Old 06-06-2004, 07:20 AM   #25
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Too expensive, try this.


http://www.gpsanywhere.com/gTechnicalSpecifications.php
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Old 06-06-2004, 02:42 PM   #26
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This GPSAnywhere technology sounds very interesting! Does anyone have any experience with this? It appears to be a web based service where you can access your GPSLocator device via their service which uses cell phone technology and a GPS receiver in/on the item being located. The GPS coordinates are sent to their service and they report this location to you. I wonder if they give you a map oriented position as well as the GPS coordinates. This system would require that the GPSLocator device be in an area covered by cell phone service. I like the fact that the system would work in many countries, although in cell service areas only.
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Exactly. You could watch your AS on it's way to Mexico via the internet. Prehaps even arrange a rally along the way if you catch my drift. Hook this up in your stored AS with a small solar panel and you are ready for the bad guys.
I would be really neat if you could remotely activate your brakes just to tease them a little.
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