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Wire Grid Theft Deterrent For Campers

Welcome to the eighth entry in July’s Medium Mod Contest.  One Medium Mod will be published in every Email Alert in July.  At the end of the month, we’ll hold a reader vote to determine July’s winner.  Click here for information about the 2022 Mod Contest, including how to enter.

Wire Grid Theft Deterrent

Shawn Lucas, Puyallup, Washington
Wire Grid Theft Deterrent For Campers
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
2000 Bigfoot 10.6

On our rear door camper, the lower rear view window was an easy target for a thief. Someone could break it, reach in and unlock the back door while we are exploring a new trail or beach. I wanted to improve the security of our camper.

Theft Deterrent Wire Grate Being Welded

I took a wire grid rack from an old bakery tray, cut it to size, and welded some small washers in place for the rivets. I also welded each grid with a tiny zap to improve its strength.

Theft Deterrent Wire Grate Attachment

Then I used some aluminum flat bars across the screen door frame to rivet the grid to the screen door.

Theft Deterrent Wire Grate And Frame

It is sandwiched between the screen door and the back door, making it very difficult to remove through the lower view window.

Wire Grate Theft Deterrent Two Doors

The new grid fits like a glove. It’s just part of the screen door now and actually makes a good grab handle when opening the screen door from outside.

Theft Deterrent Wire Grate On Screen Door

Theft Deterrent Wire Grate Blocks Breaking Window

The bread rack was salvaged. The aluminum flat bar 1/8-inch by 1-inch wide by 6-feet can be purchased at any hardware store for under $20.

Wire Grate Through Bottom Window

It took me two hours to complete this modification and cost me under $50. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.

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