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View Poll Results: What security method do you have on your RV if any?
Have traditional Key ignition with mags L/R/B and start 72 40.45%
Have only switches (toggles, push) for Ignition and Start, not theift prevention 81 45.51%
Have alternate threft protection (hidden fuel or electrical cutoff) 21 11.80%
Protected from theift by a hungry Pit Bull and/or 12g shotgun 4 2.25%
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:30 AM
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Default Theft Prevention - Key ignition or not

So how many of you have a key "mag switch", e.g., the typical KEY switch, L & R & BOTH and CRANK.... verses just toggles and push button?

My thought is to put a kidden kill switch, hidden mechanical battery disconnect, fuel cutoff. So someone can't fly off. Any ideas.

How many RV's have been stolen. I recall one long ago, from a sad post by the owner.

Also if you care to chime in on your canopy lock (store bought or custom) of any RV model that would be great as well.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:33 AM
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I have a key but if I build another will do a push start.

Is airplane theft a problem? (seriously, don't know)

I know some fields have a problem with people stealing fuel.

Also .. the key switch is hardly secure .. maybe the placebo effect would work
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Push button starter and toggles for the mags and no door locks. If they want it that bad they can have it.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:39 AM
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Why don't you put a key switch (not a mag switch) inline with your starter push button?

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Push button starter and toggles for the mags and no door locks. If they want it that bad they can have it.
Where do you park it? Ha ha. (PS make sure it is full)
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Where do you park it? Ha ha. (PS make sure it is full)
Behind the pitbull and shotgun!
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:57 AM
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The ultimate in peace of mind that no one will get away with theft of your investment:https://youtu.be/CMgNpv-wJb4?t=2

For a less destructive approach consider a key switch on the panel with the start position connected to a 300KV strobe capacitor discharging to brass rivets on the seat cushion. Virtually as effective as a taser. https://www.aircraftspruce.ca/catalo...iABEgJHoPD_BwE
In stock at aircraft Spruce. The bulb leg leads can easily replaced by 18 ga. leads in a few seconds.
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I hate traditional key igntion switches. I use a locking toggle switch for each ignition and a push button starter switch.

Theft is not my primary concern. I worry about some kid climbing in and managing to crank the engine and kill someone standing near the prop.

On the first RV I used a key switch in line with the starter solenoid power, but as most key switches will not handle the starter solenoid current the key switch just provided power to a relay that then provide power to the solenoid. On the second RV I just used a hidden toggle switch in line with the starter solenoid. Jury is still out on what I’ll use for the new project.

I also do not have locks on doors/canopies. I’d rather they not break in to steal an easily replaced (and tracked) radio.

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Behind the pitbull and shotgun!
No pitbull.

I cannot confirm, comment, correct, or deny about the shotgun or any other firearm.
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No pitbull.

I cannot confirm, comment, correct, or deny about the shotgun or any other firearm.
I'm scared of firearms. I lost all of mine some time ago in a tragic boating accident and I'm scared to replace them.
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