Surfing and rental car keys.

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by maddogg, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. maddogg

    maddogg Well-Known Member

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    Aug 29, 2013
    I'm fine at home. I had another key cut without the fob. It won't start the car but it will unlock the door. So my fob gets locked in the car and the key goes in my pocket/wetsuite/leash.
    My question is more related to rental cars, when you've got 2 big fobs connected together, and probably no friends with you that don't surf, and likely no hitch on the back of your car... I guess I'll stick to hiding them for now.
    I do like the dog poop. that funny.
     
  2. Tlokein

    Tlokein Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    If you didn't have the prob Unky has you can find somewhere to lock that puppy up. Every car has hooks for towing, that should work.

    Good luck. I've tried various ways of taking my key with me but after breaking the zipper on one pocket then almost breaking the stretch cord I had it secured in the key inside the pocket with I just keep it combo locked on the truck. Hopefully I won't take yet another hit to the head and forget the combo.
     

  3. Tlokein

    Tlokein Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    If you didn't have the prob Unky has you can find somewhere to lock that puppy up. Every car has hooks for towing, that should work.

    Good luck. I've tried various ways of taking my key with me but after breaking the zipper on one pocket then almost breaking the stretch cord I had it secured in the key inside the pocket with I just keep it combo locked on the truck. Hopefully I won't take yet another hit to the head and forget the combo.
     
  4. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Keys stay in the car. Doors and windows open with nothing in the car.
     
  5. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Y3FLYWG?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

    You can buy this film Amazon cheap. You put the electronic fob inside it. There is metal thread in the fabric that blocks the radio signal. It feels like cloth fabric. Survivalists buy stuff like this so that the government cannot track signals coming out of their phones, their computers etc.

    You use the valet key to open the door. You put the electronic fob into this protector and hid it. Car will not start if the key is in the protector. Problem solved. I hear all cars in the near future will have these types of ways of starting the engines.
     
  6. EMazzSpicoli

    EMazzSpicoli Well-Known Member

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    Jul 1, 2015
    Betty that's a good find.

    Buoys - I've had to deal with this problem mad times. I typically just stash it in the sand near something I can pinpoint, like a small landmark, or place it in shrubs using the same navigation sense. I keep it covert when stashing and make it look like I'm just reaching down to fix my boots or board or something. If you adjust your junk and package and you stand up, you'll quickly have any voyeurs look away. Unless they're from FL.

    At the home break, my truck has a keypad in it so I just lock key inside. Can't overstate the value and ease of that. Not just for surfing.
     
  7. The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII

    The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    you're an angel.... that find right there was the second coming of christ.
     
  8. jizwhale

    jizwhale Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2011
    Ha, I was going to say hide them inside your back door because it's always open.
     
  9. jizwhale

    jizwhale Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2011
    The real answer is this^^^
    Maybe not windows open because of critters. If the door is unlocked and there is $5 in the ashtray, any 3rd world thief will be stoked and move on.
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2015
  10. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Wow!! Absolute genius idea above.
    I get a ziplock bag, seal it and keep it in my heavily velcroed baggies. Works as long as you are not surfing Tres Palmas at 15ft or greater.
     
  11. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Works well, especially if you leave $2 on the dashboard, enough for a bag of smack in PR. Thats all they need.
     
  12. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Just pop those car keys into one of these containers, bend over & in it goes. Talk about high security...

    https://www.securesearchinc.com/catalog/Concealment.htm

    Word on the street is that these devices are popular with waynetheinsaaaane, short-eyes-phonics, chucka-boo-boo &, of course, raddamoron.
     
  13. surfmyass

    surfmyass Active Member

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    Sep 5, 2015
    I've found that watching Pulp Fiction, specifically the chapter titled "The Gold Watch" gave me a great idea for a solution to your problem.
     
  14. TyroneH

    TyroneH New Member

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    Apr 12, 2016
    LOL! Seems like everyone is telling you to keister your keys. Do that if it's something you're are into, but I have done this stuff for decades without anything going up that end. Here are some options:

    1. In your wetsuit, there should be a pocket on the leg. Put the key there. (All the new ones will have this little slot.)

    2. Put them in the pocket of your boardshorts.

    1-2 further advice: If the key is electronic, then seal it in a waterproof bag.

    3. Put some shoelace either of those pockets and use the lace to open the car (where the key has been stashed). It doesn't need to be shoelace either...check out these options for opening the car: http://united-locksmith.net/blog/locked-keys-in-car-here-are-some-quick-diy-tips

    4. Find a locksmith or just a home improvement store with a key cutter and get a surf key made for a buck. They are not going to check to see if you own the car.

    Just to explain (because I am not sure if everyone knows what a surf key is), a surf key is a spare that is only the metal bit that will open the car and has none of the electronic stuff. If you need a transponder or the fob thing to start the car, that should be left inside the vehicle. Put those keys in the trunk so that if someone does try and steal the car, it will not start.

    If anyone has some serious suggestions they would like to add, I am sure I missed something. But that is a good starting point for you to get thinking about what will work for you.
     
  15. ScobeyviIIe

    ScobeyviIIe Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2015
    Buy the extra insurance, Keep it unlocked
     
  16. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    Yup, this is what I do. Home Depot carries these things for around $20-$30. Latch it on your door handle, or to the tow hook under your vehicle if you want to be more discreet. People always come up to me at the beach telling me what a "great idea" it is.
     
  17. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    If your really concerned- this is the ticket