Outfit: Swift Challenger 565 - Freelander Location: South Northamptonshire Joined: 31/8/2015
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Do you really need to leave it bigray? Pack yourself some sandwiches before you leave home and use the on-board loo if you need to. Although we always travel as a couple, we rarely need to leave the van at all at services.
------------- Freedom is a light caravan and an open road.
Outfit: Unicorn Valencia and Volvo XC70 Location: Sunny Donny!! Joined: 18/1/2006
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Most thieves are opportunist and will likely be put off by all the security measures you're planning to employ. They like an easy target and I have no doubt there will be other 'vans there that are no where near as secure as yours. Like you say, leave it unattended for as short a time as possible and park somewhere that there are lots of other people.
Outfit: Explore 304 Location: County Durham Joined: 27/3/2012
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I'll quite happily stop in a service station for a rest and a wee, but over night I never leave the van unattended. Like someone else said, I pack sandwiches and flask of coffee etc. and use the on board facilities if needed.
During the day I think its less likely that someone will pinch a van as there are more people around, and thieves hate people watching them.
We've been caravanning for 30 years and have regularly left the van and car at motorway service stations and have never had a problem, or concerns.
With both of my Skoda Yeti's, once the car alarm system is "armed" then if the caravan is unplugged the car alarm goes off. I understand this system applies to all VAG vehicles produced in the last 10 years.
Outfit: Volvo XC60 Swift Eccles 560 Location: Wales Joined: 13/3/2011
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I saw a van pinched at Reading services, the people had parked in the lorry park.transit pulled up, passenger jumped out, unhitched van from car and onto van and gone. 5 mins tops. They were away before I even had time to explain to the police what and where it was happening. So as many security devices as you can if you are leaving the van is my advice.
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We leave ours, but only very briefly. Loo visit, thats it. We also, however, have a hitch lock, wheel clamp and alarmed legs. We always put the car and van alarm on when left unattended and never had an issue. It doesn't matter how much security you have though, if they want it, they'll get it. However, as someone pointed out, majority of thieves are opportunist and the more security you have the more likely they are to leave yours and move on.
------------- Those who sacrifice Liberty for security deserve neither
Outfit: Coachman Amara 570 6 + Shogun SG4 Location: West Midlands Joined: 06/1/2015
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hitch lock and wheel clamp are the minimum requirement of my insurance if leaving the caravan unattended.
to save the trouble of putting these on one of us waits with the caravan whilst the others go into the services.
i always put chemicals in the cassette and some flush water in the tank before i leave so that we can use the toilet on the way and also so that its one less thing to do at the campsite on arrival.
whan i keep caravan on the drive at home in addition to hitch lock and 2 wheel clamps i use some motorbike locks through the wheels and chassis and a big steel box i fabricated that locks over the whole hitch head with a van lock! my neighbours have a newer big twin axle bailey so hopfully the theives will go for that instead of my 9 year old coachman.
------------- First van bailey ranger 550/6
Now the proud owner of a coachman amara