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Hiding spare key and remote start on 3rd gen

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Patch Barracks, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:10 AM
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    Patch Barracks

    Patch Barracks [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Going on long road trip - how do I hide the keyless start fob on my truck so bad guy can't just touch my driver door handle and get in?

    Other than remove the battery? I must be missing something.
     
  2. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:36 AM
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    You have to be within a few inches of the truck with the fob. If said bad guy does not have the fob, he can't get in. Leave it in your pocket. Theoretically the fob should never have to leave your pocket.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:41 AM
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    Patch Barracks

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    Maybe I wasn't clear in my first post. I'll try again.


    I'm going backpacking. I'm parking my truck at the trailhead.

    I'm taking key fob and tailgate key with me.

    I want to leave a spare key fob and tailgate key with the truck in the event I lose the my car keys (or the fob gets wet) on the trail.

    Sort of like hiding a spare key in the olden days.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:47 AM
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    I'm confused at your question. Please elaborate as to why you need to hide it away? The fob only works within like 2ft of the door, if you keep it on you, then you are fine
     
  5. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:49 AM
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    ah...as was noted, the fob has to be within inches of the door for it to work. just put the spare in a safe place in the truck bed...others have mentioned a hitch safe
     
  6. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:51 AM
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    this seems like a good idea..
    (if you have a hitch...)

    HitchSafe HS7000 Key Vault
    • Secures keys, cards and valuables during outdoor activities that are a hassle or can become lost
    • Features all metal construction and vault is self-secured inside the receiver
    • Easily allows you to set and change your own combination any time with 10,000 codes possible
    • Includes a heavy duty rubber dust cover that conceals and protects
    • Toyota Tacoma 2005 - current and Tundra 2007- current require longer bolts, see also ASIN: B00ACM8KI0

    http://www.amazon.com/HitchSafe-HS7...qid=1452001777&sr=8-1&keywords=hitch+key+hide
     
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  7. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:56 AM
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    I can put my fob on the tonneau and unlock/lock from the handle just fine. I don't think you can hide a fob and be assured that someone couldn't just walk up and open your door. If I were you I'd put the fob in a ziplock or vacuum seal a fob.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:32 AM
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    Hold lock on the fob and press unlock twice. This puts the fob in battery saving mode disabling it from sending signal.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2016 at 8:35 AM
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    I used to carry the fob in my wallet, credit card size, fit in there nicely. Never worried about getting locked out as I always have my wallet in the front pocket of pants. If I fell in a pool or some other nonsense and it got wet, I always had the fob's spare back up, pull out key. So never stranded. Also, FWIW I carried a standard key on my keyring along with the house key. I'd never feel safe hiding a key on the vehicle somewhere. Either someone could find it, or it could fall off or something else. Imagine going hiking on an overnite or multi day trip and know your truck is start-able if only the crook can find the key. I'd be concerned, so rather not do that.
     
  10. Jan 5, 2016 at 9:51 AM
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    Take your spare key and pack it in a Fed X overnight envelope and leave it with a friend at home. That way they can overnight it to you in an emergency. Might be a hassle but better than leaving it with the truck.
     
  11. Jan 5, 2016 at 5:49 PM
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    I went thru pep boys with a crap magnet, got it all
    This is a great idea!

    thepinktaco says,
    Hold lock on the fob and press unlock twice. This puts the fob in battery saving mode disabling it from sending signal.

    This works like a charm,thanks! I presently have it strapped to the frame with gorilla tape in a "hide a Key" I will disable it. Its already far enough away to not trigger, but it might be there for awhile till I need it.
     
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  12. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:42 PM
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    Well, maybe not so fast.

    I placed my key fob on my back bumper of my truck (right above the trailer hitch) and was able to unlock my driver's door by touch the handle.

    My truck is new (about a month old) and my key fob seems to work from the back bumper.

    I'm a long time Toyota owner and have never experienced this with a key fob having this range.
     
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  13. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:43 PM
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    I'll try this. Thanks
     
  14. Jan 5, 2016 at 7:21 PM
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    I always thought the ford keypads were gay until I bought a ford. Best thing ever. And they don't look as bad as they did years ago
     
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    Don't think FedEx delivers to the trail head.
     
  16. Jan 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM
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    How is reactivated later when you want to use it?
     
  17. Jan 5, 2016 at 8:33 PM
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    Why don't you put the key/fob in a small ziplock bag and hide it up the trail head a bit under a rock or something? When you come back, you grab it and go. People step off the trail all the time to take a piss, so it shouldn't be hard to place this a few hundred feet from your truck. I don't think many would be going digging around randomly looking for a key fob.
     
  18. Jan 6, 2016 at 4:27 AM
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    I've actually considered this.
     
  19. Jan 6, 2016 at 6:04 AM
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    For reference, this is how it is supposed to work. not saying that you are wrong (If you say you tried it and it worked, I believe you), just referring to the manual for others reading.


     
  20. Jan 6, 2016 at 6:19 AM
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    just bag it and bury as someone stated above. done and done. as for the safe hitch, kinda cool. don't know if I would use one personally, but cool
     

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