The Elddis Accordo 120 is, after our home, the biggest purchase me and the better half have ever made and consequently both of us are obsessed over security and protecting our second home on wheels. My current workhorse vehicle isn’t worth pinching, and none of my past vehicles have been either, therefore I have never had to worry about vehicle security before. The motor home is different, and this is one vehicle that could potentially attract unwanted attention therefore vehicle security is something we have had to take seriously.
In the big scheme of things our Accordo 120 may not be desirable to that many people, and it is considered a “cheap and cheerful” motor home however the price we paid is an awful lot of money to us, and money we would be devastated to lose.
The first accessories we bought for our Accordo 120 were security related, and we bought these before we took delivery of the motor home so we could immobilize it right away. Most people buy fun and interesting accessories first, such as an awning, a TV, crockery, furnishings etc. but we go down the practical route and buy security products.
We decided to buy a few security products and ended up with two wheel clamps and a steering wheel bar. Two wheel clamps may be over the top, but it is a deterrent to stop petty thieves having a go at taking our Accordo 120. We are under no illusions that if a thief really wanted the Accordo 120 they would get it no matter what security we had on it.
When we were looking for wheel clamps the first thing I noticed was the variation in price. There were some really cheap wheel clamps (which seemed to be pretty poor quality) and some really expensive wheel clamps (which seemed a little over priced to me) and some in the middle. The sales rep really preyed on our fear of our Eldiss Accordo being pinched (which is isn’t fair) and tried to exploit us by pointing us in the direction of the most expensive wheel clamp in the shop. Fortunately, we had done our homework before going to the shop and knew the brand and model we wanted, which wasn’t the expensive model the sales rep pushed us to. We had also come across the expensive model, read the reviews and compared it to the brand and model we wanted so we knew the sales rep was trying to get as much cash out of us as possible. Needless to say, the salesman lost a sale that day (I don’t like be taken for a ride, and I refuse to be taken for a ride) and we walked out the shop empty handed, and vowed never to set foot in the shop again.
We found the brand and model of wheel clamp (which gets an independent 5 star rating) we were after in another shop and ended up with two of them, along with a highly recommended steering wheel clamp. The salesman in this shop was very helpful, gave us loads of information about all the different products and then left us alone to make the final decision. There was no pressure and no hard sell, which is how I like to do business.
The store where we got the wheel clamps and steering wheel lock became our “go to” store and we ended up going back there to buy the other accessories we needed including awning, heavy duty pegs, crockery, chairs, outside table…….. the list goes on.
In addition to the wheel clamps and steering wheel lock I wanted the peace of mind that if the Accordo did go missing we had some chance of recovering it, and the only way to do this was to get some kind of tracking system.
Whilst browsing in Maplin I stumbled across a GPS unit in which sits an SD card. The unit is put in the motor home and whenever you want to know where it is you send a text message from your mobile phone to the sim card which would respond with the co-ordinates. At a little under fifty pounds this unit is exceptionally cheap, and with each reply being the cost of a text at standard rate it is economical to operate too.
The GPS unit in Maplin seemed okay but it’s not ideal. I mean, if I put one of the units in the Accordo 120 and it is pinched, by the time I send a text, the unit replies, I call the police and give them the co-ordinates the motor home could have travelled many miles. The unit from Maplin doesn’t allow for constant tracking, so it is pretty useless in my view. There is one serious problem I have with the GPS tracker unit from Maplin and that is because of my mobile phone service provider, i.e. O2. O2 is fine around where I live but there are many places where the O2 signal is non-existent, and if I end up in one of these blackspots trying to get the co-ordinates from the GPS unit isn’t going to happen. I like the idea of the Maplin unit however it is totally impractical and not worth the fifty odd pound asking price.
Considering the high cost of the Accordo 120 I was dead set on getting a tracking system, and whilst they are expensive I think the cost is well worth it. The proper tracking system, i.e. the one that is professionally installed and offers continuous tracking for the police if our Accordo 120 ever gets pinched, costs around £250 and then there is the additional annual cost as well, but it is worth it for peace of mind. Hopefully, I will never have to activate the tracking system but it is always good to know that I can activate it if I ever need to.
I know there are people out there who think we have gone over the top with our security system, and maybe two wheel clamps aren’t needed (although one definitely is) but I think the additional is worth it, and it is better safe than sorry.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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