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Old 07-10-2017, 07:11 AM   #1
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What Vehicle Alarm System Do You Recommend?

G'day,

What Alarm system do you have or recommend?

How is your Alarm system powered & activated?

Does it make an Activation sound?

Any Alarm systems not recommended & why?

I am still waiting for Federal Approval for Australian Design Rule Comliance for my
Yellow Ford 4x4 eb50 6.0 diesel Spertsmobile. Vehicle arrived 12th February, 2017, 22 weeks ago. Hopeful, exemption from Federal Transport Minister, soon.

Cheers Doug
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:49 PM   #2
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Doug,
Consensus seems to be the only truly effective anti-theft device is the Ravelco
Ravelco Anti Theft Device

You can read up on it, and find related forum discussions all over the place for several years. A couple tidbits:

Ravelco claims to have 100,000 different possible "caps" .. which is the part you remove and keep in your pocket, thereby disabling a variety of circuits in the engine.

There's currently no Ravelco distibutor in the seattle area, so I submitted a "No dealer nearby" request on their website. A couple days later, the Texas outfit emailed me saying no Ravelco shops in Seattle region, but they could ship me one direct for $399 plus shipping, and have any mechanic install, suggesting it would take about 2 hours). I presume careful attention to the install instructions would be required.

I emailed a Ravelco shop near Denver CO, since I'll be passing thru there. They quoted me $499 + tax installed, and said it would be a two hour install.

Some folks (on this forum? maybe another) have installed it themselves. Try a search.

Have fun reading the user reviews of folks whose expensive vehicles were NOT stolen, but the steering column, ignition, etc were trashed in a theft attempt. One reviewer said he even caught the would be thieves red-handed, and one said he'd been trying to get it going for an hour ;-)
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:14 PM   #3
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Doug, I have what SMB installed in the day which was made by Avital. Nothing special about it. Didn't get the auto start function. I hate the alarm sound in general but that's what it came with. I also don't like the Fob has a short range. I was broke into and the alarm ran them off but that was at home.

Sometimes I worry about security systems that keep the vehicle from starting. If it triggers for whatever reason and you can't defeat it, you're stuck.
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:19 PM   #4
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Sometimes I worry about security systems that keep the vehicle from starting. If it triggers for whatever reason and you can't defeat it, you're stuck.
That's what's great about the Ravelco..nothing to 'trigger'. Either you have the key connection or you don't.
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I emailed a Ravelco shop near Denver CO, since I'll be passing thru there. They quoted me $499 + tax installed, and said it would be a two hour install.
That was exactly my experience here in the Bay Area. When I called about having one installed in a 2003 Ford van, their very first question was "Is this a Sportsmobile?" haha.

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That's what's great about the Ravelco..nothing to 'trigger'. Either you have the key connection or you don't.
^This. They give you two, but you can buy more...hide one, have someone FedEx you one, etc.

Add a Spot Trace and you should be good. I feel quite comfortable with these two devices on our van.
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I don't know if they offer Ravleco in Australia, especially as I think it's only sold as an installed system, installed by their representatives.


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I don't know if they offer Ravleco in Australia, especially as I think it's only sold as an installed system, installed by their representatives.


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I had a chat with the owner not too long ago, and they were happy to send me one direct, for a self-install. I'm not sure if they would do that for anyone, or if that was only because there aren't any dealers near me. But both the owner and his son are very helpful. Don't hesitate to reach out to them with questions.
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