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Old 12-10-2016, 08:45 PM   #1
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Ideas to mount a hidden safe in a skoolie?

Looking for ideas to mount a hidden safe in a skoolie. Not a huge safe just a place to keep valuables. I look forward to the replies.
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Old 12-10-2016, 09:00 PM   #2
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Hello,

Well i installed a Nightowl survielance system and put the DVR recorder inside a neat old box, a box covered in a thin metal which was most likely a strong box of sorts.

Well i locked it but also tied a string to the inside and drilled a hole through the bus into the underneath, underneath i connected the string to a switch, so that if anyone lifts the box it flips the switch connected directly to a horn. Setting the box back down wont unflip the switch. aaaaand don't tell anyone lol
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Old 12-10-2016, 09:08 PM   #3
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You might install a mountable safe inside a dinette seat or something like that, depending on how it mounts..... where you have to open an access panel to get to the safe. Or you could mount it between framing members inside a wall, with some kind of mirror, artwork, etc, securely mounted, or if you can arrange it, maybe have the access on the back side of the wall in an area that would normally not be accessed (like a utility closet or such).
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Old 12-10-2016, 09:14 PM   #4
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Some of the high end RV's had safes built into their rigs.

Most were a flush floor mount unit.

If it is mounted in the floor above something else like air tanks, fuel tanks, etc. so it can't be seen from underneath it would be about as secure as anything short of stealing the bus.
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Old 12-10-2016, 09:17 PM   #5
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That would be another option too but the danger there would be cutting into air or fuel lines, or electric wiring when cutting the hole to mount the safe, depending on where the underbody components are mounted and connected up into their corresponding systems.
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Old 12-10-2016, 09:25 PM   #6
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I just had another thought..... why not have a safe hidden in plain sight? Get you a nice deep gang box and an electric outlet, install it in the wall like any other outlet, but just don't connect any wiring to it.... put it in an out of the way corner where it's unlikely anyone will want to plug anything in to it and you're golden. To access it, just remove the wall plate (and outlet, if you have a bigger item to store or remove). Will cost you less than $5 in materials and will likely be more secure as a burglar won't be looking for it.

If you need something a little bigger, make it a 2 gang (4 outlet) box.
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Old 12-10-2016, 09:30 PM   #7
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There was someone that posted a video of a sliding corner wall made out of old pallet wood that was pretty damned sweet!

I tried google image searching key words, but couldn't come up with anything... Maybe someone else remembers it
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It was in a thread here, I think it was in the thread about traveling with firearms in an RV, will have to go back and see if I can find it.

EDIT: That thread wasn't it, just flipped through the whole thing and it wasn't there. But I saw it on here somewhere, within the last month or so.
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Old 12-10-2016, 10:28 PM   #9
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Couple good ideas???
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I built my bed on hinges in order to store stuff under it. With some leftover wood I made my own lockbox in the corner of my bed frame. I screwed it to the floor and the bed frame to be secure. No one has ever guessed that my bed opens up in the first place. If someone ever did get under it there's still no way to open the box. We travel to music festivals across the country. It's always peaceful like minded people camping near us but that gives me peace of mind. Having it allows me to party hard without feeling like I have to go check on the bus.

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When i was a kid i cut a tide detergent box down too about 3 inches tall ad the glued it to the back of my dresser door. Mom never found my cigarettes.
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One consideration for any over the road safe is...fireproofing and waterproofing. Especially for long term trips or full timers who need to have all their "papers in order".
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I've got a pretty cool little lock box (with sliding top)mounted to the wall and wheel tub by the door... Not fire proof nor water proof. But it's handy as a "glove compartment"
Original use was probably be for road hazard stuff, flares, triangles, etc

Wouldn't be good for a firearm... Too far from the bed!!!
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Old 12-11-2016, 02:51 PM   #15
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One consideration for any over the road safe is...fireproofing and waterproofing. Especially for long term trips or full timers who need to have all their "papers in order".
For that you'll want to keep them in an easily accessible fireproof box located right by the exit door so you can grab it as you go out.

An alternative for that is to scan in all your important documents and keep PDFs of them on a flash drive which is on you at all times.... think about it, you usually keep your keys and phone right next to you wherever you are, and if you have to beat a hasty exit you're gonna grab them on the way out.

Another storage option is to save a copy of them in the cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, M$ OneDrive, etc), though if you go this route you'll want to put them in a password-protected ZIP file, or put a password on each PDF file (I think most PDF file generators will let you do this).
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I would put it on a thumbdrive or two but i would keep hard copies of some for the cops
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I would put it on a thumbdrive or two but i would keep hard copies of some for the cops
With that being said... The highway patrol around here recognizes my insurance verifications on my iPhone, as does the tag office.
It was an OHP officer that turned me onto the idea. That's how him and his wife use theirs.
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Old 12-11-2016, 04:55 PM   #18
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A cheap option is to use an Ammo Can. These can be had in a lot of different sizes, can be locked with any type of pad lock and be mounted anywhere. You can bolt them down, weld them on, etc. All of them came with a water-proof seal(some better than others) and you can get them cheap from any number of online vendors or surplus outlets(even Cabelas).
The down side is, they are fire resistant, not fire proof. They do not have a built in lock, you must supply it.
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Not all of them can be locked.... the one I got from Bass Pro Shops about a year ago doesn't have any provision for locking. Not a big deal for me since it's just me, but with what I have in it, if I had little ones running around I would definitely want one that locks.
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