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Outdoor lights “panic switch”? Security system?

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I just watched this video and it got me thinking harder about deterrents....

 

 

They mention using your truck remote to start your engine, if it has that feature. If you leave your headlights in Auto the lights will come on also. Brilliant..... unless it tempts the bad guy to bust into the truck and drive away.

 

Or you can use the panic button to engage the truck security alarm. That sounds good, if the remote range is adequate.

 

Any ideas on how to easily wire ALL the exterior lights in your Ollie to a single prominent switch near the beds? I don’t want to wake up all confused and muzzy at 200 AM and have to walk to the entrance and figure out which switches to flip. I guess it could include a loud alarm.

 

Has anyone installed a security system in their trailer? How about a peep hole in the door? I am concerned about large bears as much as about human predators. Please advise.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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Yes, we did a panic switch for the port and starboard lights.  You'll just have to replace both switches by the door with 3-ways, then run the wires down the gutter in the back of the overheads to wherever you want the panic switch to be.  Ours is on the underside of the curbside uppers so that it's easily reached by whomever is lying in bed.

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I've been looking at replacing all the switches with relays on a 16 channel board with a raspberry pi.  That'd make easy app control, or with the an IO board, easy control with physical switches to include a big red button.  Bonus in that you can now automate it all as well so you get "welcome home" lighting as desired.

 

As for loud noises, we have a dog that will take care of that in abundance.  Animals seem to similarly shy away when the dog goes ballistic.  If someone wants to open the door when they hear the dog, then not much in blinking lights and sirens will work and they are probably high and it's best to turn to plan C.

 

Front cameras don't look like they are offered anymore, but the wiring diagram says there is still power run for it.  Front camera would cover the biggest blindspot.  I'd like to get 360 coverage for parking as well as keeping tabs on what's going on outside without having to peek through the blinds - with recording.  At a minimum, I want to be able to see who's at the door without having to peak out.

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Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think that mine are on three-ways. I think it’s just a separate switch and power. I’ll have to go verify but I seem to remember on one of our trips noticing that the lights were on and not being able to get them to go off - then remembering the panic switch, which had gotten inadvertently flipped.


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I’ve been looking at replacing all the switches with relays on a 16 channel board with a raspberry pi. That’d make easy app control, or with the an IO board, easy control with physical switches to include a big red button. Bonus in that you can now automate it all as well so you get “welcome home” lighting as desired.

I’d be interested if you could work something out like that. I’ve sat on the sidelines with the raspberry pi stuff but it seems like something I’d enjoy learning.

 

Just be careful with dogs in wolf country, as they’ll have the opposite effect if you happen to camp in a pack’s territory.


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Controlling the lights seems pretty straightforward as the 16 channel relay boards are available and plugins for homebridge and other packages already exist.

 

 

 

The places that are the bigger question marks are getting the Dometic thermostat (there is a Bluetooth version), shower drain shutoff, fans, fridge, door keypad, tank monitors (some connected version is coming), mopeka sensors and victron to all pull in as well.  While some of these have their own apps, having it all reported, monitored, and controlled in one place allows some of the more elaborate features.  Some would be outside the scope of security.

 

It’s looking more and more like I am going to have very little free time once we pickup the Ollie to try all of this.  My interim solution for the security part is probably going to be Ring brand cameras VHB taped to the exterior or screwed into nonhull parts like the awnings.


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