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Camper Anti Theft Devices
« on: October 14, 2010, 11:32:03 AM »
Many know my Apache Ranger was stolen in broad dayligh a few days after I bought it.  To rehash a few things, the sellers did NOT have my address, only a PO box and the only phone number they had was cell.  If the camper's back in TN, it's only because that's where the thieves took it.

I am very close to buying another Apache.  However, security of my camper is now paramount.  I have been looking at many anti-theft devices and have come to the conclusion the DENVER TIRE BOOT is the best option short of welding the sucker to the ground.

I'd like to know if anybody has had any dealings with these items.  Heck, fess up if you've been 'booted'.

There are a few other models available on eBay, but that type appears to look the most forbidding.

I had also thought about a LoJack device, but that's for after the fact.  I don't want to get that far again.

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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010, 11:38:31 AM »
No experience with that particular device. But my friends car did get "booted" when we were down on South beach one time. That was a hassle trying to get the ticket payed and the boot off of there took a couple of hours.

I know if I were a theif and I saw that thing on a camper tire, I would move right along and not even try to mess with it.
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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2010, 01:46:25 PM »
Never been booted, but living near Chicago I hear a lot of stories, very difficult to remove.

If you know anyone who welds, they could make one.
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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2010, 02:08:06 PM »
A boot would certainly get the job done.  I believe Lo-jack requires constant power in order to operate though and that could be tough on a PUP that doesn't usually have power.  You would have to leave the battery hooked up I guess.  I like to keep my PUP in the backyard along with my barking dog.  My police car parked in the driveway tends to help deter would be thieves too.  [;)]
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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2010, 03:38:59 PM »
My police car parked in the driveway tends to help deter would be thieves too.  [;)]
That's likely to be the biggest deterrent.  Mind if I borrow it for a few days?

Someone on an Apache site made a comment about making a 3' deep concrete anchor and locking a chain around the axle.  That does seem to have some merit.

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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2010, 04:30:17 PM »
Steve,
If you think of using a chain get yourself a GRADE 70 chain.  [:D] One of the toughest out there and the theif would half to be built like a young Arnold to even make a dent in it. Unless of course he's carrying a cordless grinder.

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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2010, 05:48:05 PM »
I'm thinking wheel/tire boot is likely to be my answer.

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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2010, 06:21:03 PM »
Here is what we use.  Much more compact.
 
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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2010, 07:58:57 PM »
What about alarm?

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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2010, 08:42:01 PM »
Here is what i use. I seems very solid and think it would take someone a lot of time to remove it. http://www.etrailer.com/Locks/Master%20Lock/377DAT.html
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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2011, 12:33:13 PM »
  I use a chain between the wheels, with a lock on each end, never see it unless you look close. But it will sure stop the wheels from turning
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Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2011, 01:57:24 PM »
I have a extra ball that I padlock in my hitch , no room for bolt cutters and no way to hitch the trailer, I also turn mine sideways in the driveway to make it a little harder .

Just another quick story I read on our local craigslist that someone was giving away their  old pop up canvas , whoever showed up took the canvas and their pop up while he tried to hurry and get dressed , but he was to late .
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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2011, 02:11:34 PM »
We used one of these.  It also doesn't hurt that we keep our camper stored in a lot with electrified 8' chain link fence, topped with barbed wire. The lot owner has a sign on the gate that says...

"WE DO NOT DIAL 911. THIS LOT PROTECTED BY ARMED AMERICAN CITEZEN AND GUARD DOGS. NOTHING ON THIS LOT IS WORTH DYING FOR."

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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2011, 02:55:46 PM »
Get a boot and you will never have to worry again. I had my 5th wheel cargo full of band equipment (about $150k worth) stolen back in 90 it had a the head of the itch on it so I thought it was safe...the bastards just pulled the head out of theirs and dropped mine into place then drove away.Thankfully there was a witness who asked them what they were doing and he didn't quite buy the "his old truck broke down so I am here to haul it for him" he had seen me drop it off with my brand new 91 dually. Cops caught him about 2o minutes later at a car wash trying to cut the locks off the doors.
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Re: Camper Anti Theft Devices
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2011, 03:32:12 PM »
We just had our security system activated at our new home and have an extra yard sign...going to bring it when we camp and stick it in the ground at our site and see how many ask about it!  [LOL] [LOL] [LOL]
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