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Truck and RV catalytic converter theft prevention

Catalytic converter theft is a major problem on trucks and motorhomes. In the video below, the folks from Endless RVing show you how to prevent this expensive and hassle-filled road problem.

The video is made by a police officer who has seen the effects of catalytic converter theft firsthand. It is a quick and easy process for thieves. And one with a high-profit margin.

Replacing a catalytic converter will set you back about $2,300. True, the expense will be covered under most insurance plans. However, it can take months to get the part. Who wants to be waiting for a part or stuck on the side of the road for months?

You can go with aftermarket parts. But even these can be hard to get with current supply chain issues. After-market catalytic converters will also put a dent in your wallet as you can expect to pay well over $1,000.

Catalytic converter theft prevention makes more sense. In other words, stop the problem before it even starts.

The invaluable video below starts with an explanation of where your catalytic converter is, along with how and why thieves are targeting this part.

It only takes about two minutes to steal a catalytic converter! And you can’t drive a truck or motorhome without the catalytic converter.

What can you do about catalytic converter theft?

  1. Park in secure, well-lit areas. Unfortunately, this is not always possible.
  2. Install anti-theft products.

After reading reviews, the cop hosting this video chose the CatStrap. He discusses in detail why and demonstrates how to install this powerful catalytic converter protection device.

This easily installed inexpensive gadget has a 99% success rate. Read our own Tony Barthel’s review of it here.

Now, this is not to say that a determined thief will not be able to steal your catalytic converter anyway. Let’s face it, a determined thief will find a way to steal anything they want.

But you can make it immensely more difficult for them to do so. And if your truck or RV is more difficult to steal from, chances are good the thief will move on to one that isn’t.

Inside the strap is a hard piece of metal along with stainless steel aircraft cables. If a thief tries to cut through it, the cables move along the steel, making it virtually impossible to slice through as the blade can never grip (this is demoed in the video).

The CatStrap runs along the exhaust as well as the catalytic converter. It’s also bright orange, so a thief cannot miss its presence.

You will need four inexpensive exhaust clamps for installation. But once the CatStrap adhesive is on, it is NOT coming off.

If the CatStrap is not enough, you can add another accessory, the Cat’s Eye. This is essentially an alarm system that blasts out a 130-plus decibel noise. No thief is going to stick around for that.

Watch the video for a demonstration of how to install both accessories.

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Tommy Molnar
21 days ago

I sold my 20 year old 7.3 Powerstroke (that I had for 20 years!) and bought a new to me 2016 Powerstroke. I absolutely love the power of the newer truck, but all this environmental stuff on it is a total PITA. I hope all these cat thefts are ‘unintended consequences’ that the fed never thought about when they enacted these constricting rules and regulations. The fed is not known for much forward thinking anyway.

Jerry
23 days ago

SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD AND INTERESTING,
HOWEVER, I TRIED SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT 5YRS. AGO,
I HAD SOME CAST IRON PIPES WELDED UP AND DOWN THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE EXHAUST SYSTEM,
HOWEVER, NOW FOR THE 3RD TIME, THE EXHAUST SYSTEM AND CATALYTIC-CONVERTER HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DAMAGED AND STOLEN CLEA UP TO THE MANNIFOLD ON MY TRUCK,
SOMEONE, SOMEHOW, SOMEWHERE, THEY’LL ALWAYS SEEM TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REMOVE THE CATALYTIC-CONVERTER AND EXHAUST SYSTEM, IF NEEDED.
I’VE INVESTED A LOT OF $$$$$ ON MY TRUCK TO KEEP IT GOING AND TO MAKE A LIVING, HOWEVER, NOW ,THE BRAKE LINES AND CABLES HAVE BEEN CUT,
…DUE TO ALL THE DAMMAGE THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO MY TRUCK, NOW I CAN NO LONGER WORK AND MAKE A LIVING, THANKS TO THE VANDALISM DONE.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL THAT HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THE SIMILAR SITUATIONS ,

Jay
23 days ago

They say to park in a well-lit area. But the theft videos show converters being stolen out of well lit driveways. Lights do not stop thieves

Left Coast Geek
26 days ago

so happy my 2002 Ford 7.3 diesel has no cat. of course, the stupid thieves will probably cut out the premuffler thinking it’s a cat.

steve
26 days ago

you could go through those wires with an angle grinder in about 30 seconds and then finish off with a reciprocating saw. Hope no thieves are reading this comment. As though thieves need my help. LOL.

Billinois
26 days ago

If (when) mine gets stolen I’m just going to install a pipe in the catalytic converter’s place. My rig is not subject to emissions testing here.
Maybe when the Fed and State governments get serious and actually start going after the recyclers and scrap yards buying these obviously stolen converters, I’ll get serious too.
Not going to spend thousands only to have it ripped off a second time.

Bob Builder
26 days ago
Reply to  Billinois

If you’re driving a modern vehicle it will have not only a cat but attached to that cat is an oxygen sensor running to the computer, installing a straight pipe in place of the cat convertor without the sensor will be like not having a cat or pipe there still, the car’s computer won’t be getting the reading from the sensor thus it will not run. Good luck if you try it. Post a video a let us know how you make out…

Jeremy
25 days ago
Reply to  Bob Builder

Maybe my 2007.0 Duramax isn’t “modern” but it’s cat was removed and operates just fine without it.

I don’t remember there being a sensor. But if there was you could just reinstall the sensor itself in the pipe. I don’t think the cat actually affects O2 levels in the exhaust, at least not on a diesel truck.

Bob Builder
25 days ago
Reply to  Jeremy

2007 isn’t modern, it’s 15 years old so by tech standards that’s a relic. Won’t work on ” modern” vehicles, I know with having cats taken from 2 of my “newer” work trucks, had to have them both towed to garage for repairs…

Dale
25 days ago
Reply to  Bob Builder

I’m not a church going religious person but, I do believe in god..sooo..just this one time, I’m going to pray to god, and ask him if for one time only, we could all read a reply post from someone who actually knew what they were talking about before posting ridiculous comments. No sir, your incorrect. The vehicle would infact run with out a converter. The last o2sensor would set a code because it would see a change from the first o2 sensor and think the cat converter is not functioning
..obviously it’s because it’s gone. To fix this, we install a cat converter delete module which tricks the computer with a false reading thinking there is infact a working cat converter there.i hope I helped answer a few questions for some people. Please feel free to reply.ps..I have 3 trades in truck, car and commercial transport and I enjoy helping others while having fun at the same time.

Ran
27 days ago

Seems like the melting of the cover sheath would be an ongoing toxic smell?! IMHO, what do you think?!