How to Protect Your Rv (and Everything in It) on Your Road Trip
Protect Your Stuff
Owning an RV is a lot like owning a second home, and you wouldn’t want to leave either without a security system. Theft can happen anywhere, and your empty RV and empty home are both ideal targets. Luckily, there are a few simple ways you can protect against a break-in.
Campers all use the same standard cam locks for basement storage, and you’ll want to replace these locks with something more secure before leaving your RV in busy campgrounds and parking lots.
1. Install Security Cameras in Your RV
For RV use, your lack of a permanent address and landline limits your camera options, but there are several cameras on the market designed specifically for mobile or temporary structures. Even well-reviewed companies like ADT and Simplisafe have camera options for RV’s, if you can tie them to a power source. Look for a security camera with a smartphone app so you can check up on your RV when you and your family are out hiking, shopping, or sightseeing.
2. Change Your Locks
Almost all campers come with locks on their outside storage compartments, but most are inadequate for true security. Campers all use the same standard cam locks for basement storage, and you’ll want to replace these locks with something more secure before leaving your RV in busy campgrounds and parking lots. Most cam locks can be swapped with a few small tools, but make sure the diameter of your new locks matches the old ones so you won’t have to drill into your compartment doors.
3. Install Security Cameras at Home
Smart security cameras sync with a smartphone to give you round-the-clock access to your property when you’re traveling. Consider a security camera that integrates with a monitoring service to ensure your home is looked after when you’re away. The best home security cameras strike a balance between image quality, price, and features.
4. Keep Your Valuables Safe
When you’re traveling by RV, it’s a good idea to keep your most valuable belongings at home. Your RV will never be as secure as your home, and you may be forced park in conspicuous areas. When you leave your RV for some sightseeing or a hike, bring small valuables like your wallet or jewelry with you to avoid petty theft.
5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Most theft problems can be completely avoided with some mindful camping practices. When your RV is parked in a well-lit, populated area, a would-be thief will have very little opportunity to sneak into your camper undetected. Park your RV with your door facing toward any businesses, and park close to streetlights if possible. When you’re coming and going, take a moment to look around to see if anyone’s waiting for you to leave your vehicle.
6. Practice Safe Habits
The most important RV safety upgrades are behavioral. Teach your kids or traveling partner to never leave your RV unlocked or unattended for any length of time, even in quiet areas. When meeting strangers in campgrounds, don’t reveal the location of your site, and keep details about your travel plans to yourself. And finally, know your RV’s escape routes in case there’s a fire or an accident – a simple practice run for an emergency could save your life.