Re: STOLEN out of BERKELEY- 95 e350 Sportsmobile 4x4 Champag
I've probably wasted more time thinking about this than it is worth.
However, after a friend had their van stolen from a shop lot during a trip, it certainly is a real issue. FWIW, she got the van back but everything inside was gone. In her case that was supplies for two weeks of camping + tools + clothes, etc. Sure, she's filing a home-owners claim on the contents, so she'll get some of the money back, but just thinking about the hours I have sunk into finding and sourcing all the really right tools and finding clothes that work and fit? On top of it, she got her somewhat damaged van back, which would have, in the end been a much simpler write-off.
Based on all that, I feel like I want to do what I can to prevent the van from being stolen in the fist place. However if it's gone for long enough for someone to have gone through the interior, I'm really not sure I want it back anymore. -- No, I won't do anything questionable to skip proper procedure and all, but I also don't think I'd drop money on a GPS locator that may just as well make me responsible for a flaming mess by the side of some road.
I have an alarm with a started cutout, and a some non-obvious ways to keep the fuel pump from running. The last thing I'm considering is some way to make it harder to open the doors. Slide bolts that you close on everything but the last door you pull shut seem like a cute trick that might puzzle a thief for long enough to get them to move on.
'99 EB ex ENG KSWB news van, low rent 4x4 conversion (mostly fixed by now), home built interior.