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Old 01-29-2017, 06:50 PM   #1
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I did a forum search and did not turn up anything on this topic for the first 10 pages.

Does anyone mount a small safe inside their Class B's? It would seem that a small safe to store jewelry, passports, etc., that was relatively hidden and welded to the frame might make some sense. Am I alone in this? Does any manufacturer offer this as an option? Perhaps in the floor?

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Old 01-29-2017, 10:04 PM   #2
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There was a discussion about safes in motorhomes not too long ago. Lets see what I can dig up

http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f6...safe-3251.html

I also found the post below

http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f8...-b-rv-324.html

No B manufacturers have a safe as an option that I am aware of.
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Our GWV legend came with a locking plate that converted the Sprinter's passenger seat pedestal into a safe. I don't know whether it was a commercial item or whether they had it custom manufactured.

This is a quite secure area. The problem is that the opening isn't big enough for a laptop, which is why those tall, thin safes have become popular.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:53 PM   #5
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There was a discussion about safes in motorhomes not too long ago. Lets see what I can dig up

http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f6...safe-3251.html

I also found the post below

http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f8...-b-rv-324.html

No B manufacturers have a safe as an option that I am aware of.
Advanced RV installs safes, at least they have in the past.
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There was a discussion about this on the unofficial Roadtrek Hymer group on Facebook. Seems like most people use a strong box of some kind to make it difficult to get to items easily but not so difficult that they destroy the van... the van is typically more expensive than the items in the safe. hiding small valuables in false drawer bottoms etc seemed like good ideas as well for jewlery, cash, and documents with a strong box style safe for laptops and cameras.
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There was a discussion about this on the unofficial Roadtrek Hymer group on Facebook. Seems like most people use a strong box of some kind to make it difficult to get to items easily but not so difficult that they destroy the van... the van is typically more expensive than the items in the safe. hiding small valuables in false drawer bottoms etc seemed like good ideas as well for jewlery, cash, and documents with a strong box style safe for laptops and cameras.
Of course if you are out of the country there is not much more valuable than your passport, which is mostly why we have one. You really just need to make it a time consuming job to get the safe loose, so it won't be worth the risk, plus exiting the van carrying it.
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We have a fireproof safe in our Advanced RV. It can hold quite a bit including our two laptop computers. You would have to pull the wood cabinetry out to get it unbolted.

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A good hiding spot may be just as effective as a safe, barring the fire-proof claims.

Most thieves are smash and grab, without a lot of time to rifle thru your RV. If you are wanting to store a handgun, then you also want to get to it quickly, which I question using a safe with that in mind.
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A good hiding spot may be just as effective as a safe, barring the fire-proof claims.

Most thieves are smash and grab, without a lot of time to rifle thru your RV.
Yes. Especially if you combine it with a LOUD alarm with the siren mounted INSIDE.
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I have mounted a safe underneath the cabinetry, above the bed, aft of the toilet on a 2003 Chevy 190 Popular Roadtrek. Along with two internal sirens that activate when a door opens. It is not fireproof. It is 6" or so high and matches the cabinet size. I have been unable to find the identical unit on the market. I think it carried the First Alert brand.

I use the safe for a few valuables, passports and cash. I find it most useful to keep items that tend to get lost, like remotes, spare button batteries, and such.

I can get more details (size and brand) if anyone is seriously interested. It is large and uses unused space. Cabinet destruction would be required for removal. The door locks are armored and once opened the internal sirens let loose. So far no one has tried.
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A good hiding spot may be just as effective as a safe, barring the fire-proof claims.

Most thieves are smash and grab, without a lot of time to rifle thru your RV. If you are wanting to store a handgun, then you also want to get to it quickly, which I question using a safe with that in mind.
It is for that reason that I chose a Pacsafe Travelsafe. It's essentially a reinforced pouch and yes, it can be defeated, but only if someone is carrying a nice set of wire cutters, which smash-and-grabbers tend not to do. Plus it's flexible so it can be squirreled away in obscure locations where they are not likely to find it.

As for handguns, my preference would be individual concealment in obscure locations. They are small, so that's easy.

There are locking doors that are (or were) available for the Sprinter passenger seat base, but I don't fully understand those. The void space is there because MB made it available to receive an additional battery - in my 2006 Sprinter, at least, it was never designed to serve any other purpose. All one would need to do is reach under the front edge of the seat, unlatch the seat cushion, and remove it, and get at the contents from above rather than from the side where the locking door was installed. This is pretty obvious to anyone who looks at the seat.
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Try Dean Safe out of LA. They have a lot of security containers that may work well for a van. I was looking at them or Fort Knox for laptop storage while on the road.
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