Caravan with car alarm fitted ????

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 08:09
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Has anybody fitted a car alarm to a caravan ?????
I see so many reports about vans getting broken into and stolen and almost all have battery power so why cant i fit a car alarm to my van ????
Whats your thoughts on it.
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Joe
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 10:55

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 10:55
Great idea if you leave your van in the front yard at home, otherwise I would look at a unit that calls your mobile ( Telstra if bush camping) if someone breaks in to your van, or your van is moved out of an electronic GPS fence. Unit that we have, you can see your van being driven down the road ( on a map providing its in a Telstra 3G coverage area) cost $950, 6 or so years ago now seen them available for around $200.( but with less options)

Of course you need a Telstra sim card from memory cost $30 for 6 months.

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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:08

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:08
Hi guys,
What if you are in a "no signal" zone ?????
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Joe
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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 10:57

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 10:57
you certainly can. use reed switches on windows and doors, and turn the sensitivity down on the glass breaking sensors, or use ultra sonic movement sensors, make sure the battery is always charged,
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:14

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:14
the alarms on cars cant draw much as they can go for weeks at a time on a car and the battery is fine to start it again, and i hope to have a solar panel on it soon..
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Reply By: dindy - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 11:05

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 11:05
Hungry Rottweiler.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 13:07

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 13:07
I don't think a car alarm is the appropriate type of alarm. They are designed to integrate with the ignition circuit of the vehicle. You would have to simulate that to be able to initiate the switching. Also do car alarms come with a remote control pad for operation or do most of them rely upon the ignition being switched on to disarm them?

I think you will find better models out there from places like Jaycar or specialist alarm companies. A lot of these will have their own batteries so you will not have to worry about the house battery condition (actually most vans do not have batteries, you will see batteries in many of the vans at shows but a lot of those are just part of the options.) Just make sure that the alarm comes with a movement sensor (even some car alarms came without those.)


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Follow Up By: Jarse - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 17:20

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 17:20
You could easily work around the ignition thing, NN.

I reckon that with appropriate protections you could set it to apply max trailer brakes when triggered (to prevent thieves from towing it away).

It might not stop them, but it will sure slow 'em down!
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:12

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:12
Dunno Peter D, all the ones i see do have but i live remote so i suposse that is why, i cant se why it wont and i think "J-arse" has a really good and simple idea ...
Might look into that..
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 13:33

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 13:33
We have fitted a normal household alarm that sensors when the door is opened......(there is a default time for you to enter and punch in the code to disarm as usual)

The alarm when activated emits the normal loud screech etc which in turn is picked up by a UHF radio inside the 'van on a VOX standby.......just pick a quiet channel in the area u are in at the time

When leaving the 'van take a handheld UHF with you....obviously on that channel..........limited by the distance you are from the 'van.......but in town or bush camping the chances are you will be within range.....many km's in other words

Works well on test....just hope I dont hear it in real life and come back for the confrontation

Other options are the GPS devices so if in Telstra range you can track on your mobile where it is.....trouble is it is gone then!.



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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 16:18

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 16:18
hi all
so are we about to enter an error /sorry era where we are going to have to listen to screeching alarms that go off while the owners are down the road waiting for a signal to come through on their uhf some where
as well as generators that are left running
oh! no whats happening to what used to be a peacefull place to stay and relax
is everyone becoming paraniod about being robbed or broken into ??????
a video camera would be a quieter option
just my thoughts
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:22

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:22
i guess you do have to admit that there was a day you could leave your van and go for a walk and no bastard would even go anyware near it, these days it will probally get done over after 10 mins alone .......
I do think a camera is not bad but only good AFTER you find you van and/or contents gone, it is to late then ......
I am keen on hiding under the bed with a shotty but the law is not keen on the, or the missus for that matter so i will stick with the really LOUD noise when some low life mongral trys to break in and if you are next door and see him running for his life ... or take a shot at him please ........ LET THE DOGS OUT hahahahahaha
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 15:43

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 15:43
hi joe
a video security camera and a clear sign telling crooks that they are been filmed is a greater deterent these days and a huge number of thieves are being caught by police by this method on a daily basis
rather than just been frightened off by a noisy siren that doesnt show who it was that set it off
people around become very complacent with sirens and dont even bother looking to see what set it off
where-as a camera records the event in detail jaycar have a range and there are several others on the market too that run off 12v
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Reply By: landed eagle - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 17:00

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 17:00
A unit that would lock the electric brakes on if unauthorised entry or movement occurs would possibly be an idea? Any clever inventors out there?
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 17:28

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 17:28
You could tie that to the immobiliser circuit, L.E.

Some of the tracker devices have a remote ignition cutout which could be set to apply the brakes, also. That would be a piece of cake.

You would need to set up a fail-safe so that the brakes could not inadvertently be applied by the alarm system when the legitimate owner is towing the van.

That's easy enough to do.

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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:23

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:23
That sounds like a really good idea ...
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Reply By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 12:52

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 12:52
one company I used to buy allarm gear from years ago had a little 3 sector pannel that they used to sell heaps of into flats and caravans.

It was about the size of a fat double switch plate and all on 1 PCB.

For a caravan ya realy don't need anything too complicated.

in the past ya would have lashed something up out of a bell timer module.

One thing to be sure off...put all the noisemakers inside the van....it works in buildings too.

The object of the exercise is to scare the Bjesus out of them, if that fails rip their ears off.

A couple or 4 120db screamers inside a caravan and no one wants to be in there long.

I did one isntall and when I tested the screamers the office girl fell off her chair..inspite of being warned

cheers
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Reply By: Member - Jaap (QLD) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 13:56

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 13:56
Have an alarm

Called Sleep Dog

But makes a lot of noise when woken especially if has not been fed

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Reply By: D200Dug- Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 00:02

Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 00:02
Apart from my serious snake phobia I would suggest a couple of reptilian traveling companions :-)

A domestic alarm with a few additional screamers would usually do the trick

Most grubs who do this kind of thing would quickly move to a softer easier target.
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 20:54

Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 20:54
Jaycar sell an alarm for vans complete with remote for turning on and off. Works similar to a house alarm.
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