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Old 08-02-2011, 11:56 AM   #11
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

The rear door of my bus had a barrel slide bolt installed inside the bus already when I got it. That seems like a very simple and easy solution. I can't think of why I would need to lock or unlock the back door from the outside. The first lock Lorna shows is an elegant solution for the rear door that several skoolies have used; and if I needed access from the outside, I'd probably go that route as well.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:47 PM   #12
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

I'm coming in late to this thread, but think it's important to keep information consistent for folks searching for specific subjects...

I'm happy to report that a deadbolt will work as a door lock on a bi-fold door.


It may take some struggling to get it to work, but the end results are well worth the fight.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:37 PM   #13
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I pretty much figure locks are merely deterrents for honest people. A real thief will find a way into the bus if they really wish to get inside. But this will slow them down enough to satisfy me. I may do something better later. Not sure what "better" may be... but something.
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I pretty much figure locks are merely deterrents for honest people. A real thief will find a way into the bus if they really wish to get inside. But this will slow them down enough to satisfy me. I may do something better later. Not sure what "better" may be... but something.
Most thieves are looking for easy pickings. The more deterrents like visible locks, signs that say you have an alarm system (even if you don't), hiding your pricey/desirable toys, exterior lights and/or a motion light ( you can get solar powered motion lights) all go a long way to deterring thieves and lights are very handy when you walk up to your bus in the dark. I figure that we look "poor" enough that a thief will figure we have nothing. Another thing you need to remember... it's no ones business how much money you make or have on hand. You don't tell ANYONE if you carry a gun on board. You never know who you are talking to or who they are talking to. I know a lot of you are very proud of your conversions but you need to play it down to strangers. So don't discuss things like that in front of strangers. Also the big front windshield allows folks walking by a good view all the way to the back of your bus at night when the lights are on. I have noticed that many of the fancy RVs tend to have curtains left open with every light inside on. I say they are showing off their stuff (kinda like the fools who have the TV in the bay that they turn on and then go inside for hours while the TV blares away.). I have also seen some very embarrassing things walking around a campground in the evening (my dog used to require walks around the campground three times a day so she could keep up with any new dogs that may have snuck in). There's a lot of safety in privacy. Just use a little common sense. Look at your setup thru the eyes of an opportunistic thief. And lock your fuel tanks. Diesel fuel can be used in a home heating oil furnace. I want to place a sticker on my fuel tank hatch that says "Waste Vegetable Oil Only". Keep cash, etc in a "secret" place.. not under your mattress or in the freezer. Since we build our buses from scratch, it should be easy (or not so hard) to build a hidey hole into the bus someplace. A 4 hour fireproof/water proof safe can be hidden behind a fake panel to hold valuables and important personal papers. Some of those magnetic "kid proof" locks would make a panel that is securely locked from a casual search but still accessible for you (put the "keys" in a different location). Toe kicks have a few inches of available hiding space... use your imagination.
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

Ya know... I saw those solar motion-sensitive lights at HF the other day and thought that would be great to go INSIDE the bus. Never thought about outside. But that really is a good idea. Thanks.

And I know what you mean about windows being wide open! When I was a very young girl, I was getting ready for bed upstairs when I heard my grandmother start fussing at someone outside. I went downstairs to see what was going on and she was chasing some perv from the sidewalk. I had no idea he could see me standing in the middle of my room on the second floor from the sidewalk! It really scared me. I have NEVER left a window without a curtain or privacy film again!

I will figure out a second way to secure the front door before I travel. But for now I'm happy with the deadbolt.
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Re: Deadbolt on front door?

As far as security goes, I must say that I have never been concerned with intruders. I do not lock my doors. I have not locked them in thirty years, even when I lived in Los Angeles.

You may ask why am I not worried. I will tell you that I have always had big dogs. My dog, Abby, was a doberman. My present dogs are around 60 lbs each. They will NOT let a stranger into my vehicle when I am not in it. I have seen them double team a strange dog who got close to the bus door. It was a scary thing.
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always good to have one's dog and shotgun handy...
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True. And Daphne will be with me this summer. But I don't want to leave her in the bus alone. I want her to come with me as I wander the tourist areas.
What do you do with your dogs when you can not take them with you? Do you have AC running from a generator?
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True. And Daphne will be with me this summer. But I don't want to leave her in the bus alone. I want her to come with me as I wander the tourist areas.
What do you do with your dogs when you can not take them with you? Do you have AC running from a generator?

My bus is plugged into a 30 amp circuit in the barn that I am parked next to. I have air conditioning and heat. I use oil filled electric heaters and propane catalytic heaters.

There have been places that I have lived where it did not get too hot, so I just left the windows open. My present dogs do enjoy being in the bus.
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When we were fulltiming in Chattanooga, David sold home security systems in TN, GA, & AL. We learned a lot about home security. The wireless security system we have is similar to what he sold. One of the things folks always said was they had a gun and/or a dog. David always told them the security system (monitored) would protect when folks weren't home (gun doesn't do much good if your aren't there to use it) and as for the dogs... The local thieves liked to put poison in raw meat and feed it to the dogs. Then they would walk right past the dogs. The more remote locations meant they save the price of the meat and simply shot the dog. I could never figure out which was better for the dog. David had many call backs after the family pet was killed during a robbery. I think the worst was the junk yard owner who gave the gun & "trained" dogs excuses. He called David back and got a system. He told David the thieves waited until he left one day and shot all of his dogs in the head. He had three or four. This was in Alabama and his neighbours were a long ways off. They didn't think nothing of it because they thought it was him shooting snakes or rats.

My last dog could sleep right thru a home invasion unless they were trying to take the bed she was sleeping in. But I could unwrap a slice of cheese in a closed up house with the AC running and she could hear it 300 ft away (in the back yard) and want "her" slice. None of our dogs was what I would call a watch dog. Spoiled rotten lazy furkids but not a watch dog.

A good lock will deter a lot of thieves. Let them go steal from someone else.

We lock our doors. We've been robbed three times by folks in our neighbourhood (once in SC, twice in TN). But not in a campground. Although in Chattanooga, some folks who were camping behind us lost their tag over a weekend (rotten weekenders).
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