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Author: philandnic PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:17 pm    Post subject:  Caravan door security

been looking at products to increase security on caravan door. Im not overly concerned about when im inside, but rather when the van is parked up. We usually leave via the caravan door (cab doors tied together with strap), so this door is the weak point. Now i know if someone really wants in they can just smash a window. Im more concerned with the lowlife who comes along, say in a supermarket carpark, where smashing a window would create attention (hopefully) and sees a easy target with caravan door, which im sure i could pull open if i really wanted. Anyone had any experience with the fiamma door "security 46 pro" - see this link (
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) , or a similar product. what about the Fiamma Safe Door - on same link as above. Anyone got any other ideas, preferably cheap ones! Oh, the caravan door is a stable door - if that makes a difference.

many thanks, phil

Author: philandnic PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:26 pm    Post subject:  

i just noticed the link doesnt work properly - sorry Embarassed . The locks are found by clinking on the accessories button and then security.

Author: TheOggies

Location: East Yorkshire

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:42 pm    Post subject:  

We do the same, straps across front doors leave via caravan door.

I am planning on fitting the Fiamma Safe door, not sure how you will get on having a stable door - maybe place it over the join of the two sections, or you may be better using the Security one 31 or 46, this will cover both doors.

Not sure if there are any other products, iwould be interested to know if anyone else does

Author: Grizzly

Location: Oxfordshire

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:36 pm    Post subject:  

I've always seen the caravan door as the weak point -fairly flimsy and with a plasticky lock, and the cab doors as much stronger. Wouldn't it make more sense to leave by the cab doors and reinforce the inside of the van door with some sort of bolt or similar ? There is a photo of a wooden wedge designed and made by ??? on the site somewhere.

(Sorry ???, I can't remember who you are !)

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Edit: See MarcleLeisure's photos on the Members Photos


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Author: TheOggies

Location: East Yorkshire

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:45 pm    Post subject:  

I know what you mean Grizzly, think it was me old mate Pussers design.

It was, here's the link
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Author: Grizzly

Location: Oxfordshire

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:48 pm    Post subject:  

That's the one ! Thanks . I think the one on Marcle Leisure was for a device to remove the vent cover from a gas water heater without removing finger nails in the process.

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Author: TheOggies

Location: East Yorkshire

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:48 pm    Post subject:  

Grizzly, don't think Marcleleisures pic is of door security, think it has something to do with the truma water heater cover

Author: gaspode

Location: Exiled in Surrey

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:19 am    Post subject:  

We fitted Fiamma safe doors on our last two M/Hs. What I like about them is that they provide a visual deterrent as well as making it a bit more difficult to open. Let's face it, if they REALLY want to get in then they will, whatever you do. Our modus opperandi when leaving the van parked up is to deadlock the cab doors, leave by the van door and apply the safe door.
One other point worth mentioning is that the "frame" model can be better than the normal model if adapted properly - and it's considerably cheaper. If you have enough door gap to insert the tongue (few have in my experience) you fit it as normal, then drill & tap two 8mm holes in the backplate and bolt through the van wall with a piece of 30mm x 6mm steel plate as a backing plate. If you can also screw the tongue into the door frame as well then double strength is yours. If the tongue won't fit in the gap between door and frame you simply saw it off and use the bolt-through fixing. This also has the advantage that you put the through bolts where you want them - not where Fiamma has decided they should go. Fiammas location is bound to be just behing your furniture fixings or similar.

Author: HelenB

Location: Shropshire

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:07 am    Post subject:  

I have the cheaper type of Fiamma door lock but am very pleased with it, not only as an extra security device when leaving the van, but also I lock it when travelling as have always thought that if Jess ever got off her travel restraint she could conceivably jump up at the door and easily open it from the inside, to my mind it has a 'visual' security look about it to a casual passer by but is neat and not too intrusive. An excellent 25 spent to me.

Author: TonyHunt

Location: wimborne dorset

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:24 am    Post subject:  

The Safe Door lock is an excellent product, I have one on the main door positioned in such a way to cover the top and bottom stable doors and also one on my largest locker where I keep my sporting equipment. The other product thats really good is the small lock that you can fit on the front Ducato doors on the inside. Theres no drilling you just position them under the arm rest screws. This lock replaces the strap set if you have one on each door. No way they can unpick them from the outside.



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