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Old 05-08-2019, 09:09 AM   #1
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E-series partition recommendations.

Hello,
I have a 2013 E350 passenger van and I’m wanting to install a partition.
After a weeks worth of research I’m coming up dry on finding info or other people who recommend good partitions.
My main goal for this partition is for cargo area security. So if someone breaks into the cab of my van, they can’t gain access to the cargo area.
The ones I have seen so far are from Adrian Steel, Weather guard, and Kargo Master.
The Adrian Steel one has the highest weight at 100 lbs, compared to the others around 50 - 60 lbs so I’d assume that means it’s stronger, but I’m aware that might not be the case. And I’m not one to assume.
I’m hoping someone on here has had luck with a partition in these vans and can recommend one to me.
I might just try to find a metal fab shop to do a custom one.
I know installing a partition into a passenger van will have its difficulties but I think it can be done with some modifications. I’m not planning on keeping my rear headliner or carpet so those items won’t be an issue.
I’d go with a Havis prisoner transport partition but none of them have doors, so that’s not going to work.
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:48 AM   #2
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I have no experience with partitions, but I do know I've seen plenty of them in salvage yards, so you might have a look around and save a bunch of money.
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If you want one for free and are in CA send me a pm. I took one out of my van and have no intention of using it. I think it is a weather guard one.
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If you want one for free and are in CA send me a pm. I took one out of my van and have no intention of using it. I think it is a weather guard one.
I figured there must be a few removals floating around that people didn't know what to do with. Generous offer.




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If you want one for free and are in CA send me a pm. I took one out of my van and have no intention of using it. I think it is a weather guard one.
I appreciate the offer.
The problem I have with all the pre-made partitions is that it seems like it would be easy to break through with a pry bar.
My van will be sitting out at trailheads and other places with $10,000 plus worth of gear and equipment and I donít trust those pre-made partitions that I have seen so far.
I talked to a custom metal fab shop today.
Going to go that route as long as it doesnít cost and arm and a leg
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I understand the desire for a partition and concerns at the trail head.

How do you plan to secure the cargo area from outside area? also disabling the door locks? Can the equipment bee stored in a locked box recessed into the floor?
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:06 PM   #7
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I understand the desire for a partition and concerns at the trail head.

How do you plan to secure the cargo area from outside area? also disabling the door locks? Can the equipment bee stored in a locked box recessed into the floor?
Iím going with the Havis window screens. Theyíre not cheap at $1,300 but they seem impenetrable.
And as far as locks, Iím thinking about getting puck locks for rear and side cargo doors.
Also car alarm.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:01 AM   #9
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As good as all these deterrents might seem on paper they're really no match for the thief motivated to get your stuff. The Ravelco system could be highly effective but that doesn't even begin to address keeping valuables inside a vehicle safe from theft.

Puck lucks are screaming advertisements high value cargo on board---they're so easily defeated its sadly comical. The typical thief would destroy your doors removing them if that's what it takes---they're quite impolite and uncaring.

Window screens no matter how costly only slow down well-practiced thieves. Glass by itself is a huge vulnerability making it one of the first things "attacked"

I have electronic dead bolt locks on my work van--there's a good $15K in tools inside. I have no illusions a highly motivated thief could gain access inside if given a few minutes. If that van were left unattended at a trail head I'd not be shocked upon returning after 24 hours or longer to find it empty or completely gone.

I"m not trying to dash hopes of keeping valuables safe and secure but them NOT being inside a parked vehicle is the only real way to not have them stolen. I don't have a solution how to achieve that but it might be the better option if at all possible.
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What JWA said.

With a battery operated saw, grinder, drill, sawzall, a large sledge and bolt cutters how long is it going to take? A thief who is targeting a TH parking area will come very prepared. Nearly everyone else at a TH is going to be there to go camping or hiking.

Lower profile look outside, dark tint and window shades, a recessed/ hidden locker inside, Ravelco (or well hidden fuel cutoff switch) and a loud intrusion alarm with a couple of flashing “armed” LED’s.

(I am guessing you “have to have” the vauables with you, so leaving elsewhere may not be feasible)
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