For all of the joy and freedom that RVing offers, it still comes with its fair amount of risk that you need to be aware of if you pursue the lifestyle. Driving a house on wheels is a feeling like no other but you always need to be careful you drive safely to keep yourself, any passengers you have on board, and those around you out of harm’s way. While accidents are sometimes unavoidable, the more you can do to prevent any bad things from happening while you are out on the road, the better.
Just as with your home that doesn’t have an engine, you will want to make sure that all of your valuables and belongings are safe and secure inside of your motor home. And your RV itself can even be stolen if you don’t safely secure it when it is stored or parked at an RV park. This is a worst case scenario and definitely rare but I have heard of it happening. Better safe than sorry, right? Here are some RV security tips to make sure your rig and all of your belongings remain safe and secure wherever the road may take you.
Lock it Up
This first tips sounds pretty obvious but there are still some people who forget to lock their doors when they leave their RV. You should always make sure that your rig is locked and that it has a locking system that cannon be easily broken in to. Most RVs will have at least 3 points of entry – A driver’s side and passenger door and a main side door. RV doors are not always as simple to lock up as your average automobile so be sure that whatever system your door has for security is fully engaged and working when you leave your vehicle.
You can often put after market locking mechanisms on the main entry point on the side of your RV. On my last rig, I installed a combination type of deadbolt lock that allowed me (or anyone else) to easily lock up and access the vehicle when needed. This is a great method for locking up you vehicle if you are travelling with many people. Rather than give everyone a key, they simply need to know the combination to the side door and can punch that in whenever they enter or exit. Just make sure you keep on top of changing the batteries of your locking mechanism as this can result in it becoming stuck on the lock or unlock setting.
You also need to make sure that any side or rear compartments you have on your RV are locked up and secured. Many RVs come equipped with extra storage space below the main living area. This is very useful for many different reasons but it also an easy way for your RV to be broken into and items stolen. Always double check that you have locked and secured any of these compartments when you leave the vehicle and if you feel like these are not safely secured, you could always install a pad lock for additional security.
Keep Valuables Out of Site and the Curtains Drawn
If you leave anything valuable out in plain sight, you RV can be a sitting duck for thieves. While your RV will probably not have quite as many valuables on board as inside your home, you still want to limit and potential encouragement for thieves to want to break in. If they can see right inside of your windows easily, they can make a quick decision on if they want to attempt to break in or not. An easy way to limit this temptation is to always hide any valuables you might have on board out of sight and to also keep the curtains drawn when the RV is parked or you are sleeping. If a potential thief doesn’t know what’s on the inside of your rig, they might not have the urge to break in.
If you keep anything really valuable on board, you should consider installing a lock box that is physically bolted or attached somewhere hidden inside of the RV. You can keep electronic devices, cash, passports, jewelry, etc. inside of this box. I would recommend leaving most of your valuables at home if you can, however. If you don’t need them on the road, don’t bring them along, just in case.
Extra Security Measures
In addition to the two basic tips that everyone should follow mentioned above, there are plenty of other security measures you can take with your RV depending on your needs or preferences. You can easily install a car alarm that will sound if anyone attempts to break in. You can also equip your rig with a GPS tracking device in the off chance that it does get stolen. I once installed a fake security camera on the side and rear of my RV (complete with blinking red light and everything) and this worked wonders as I never had a single break in after covering over 100,000 miles across the country over the course of a few years. Real security cameras are also easy to purchase and install these days and that is another good option.
You should always be aware and alert when you are parking or storing your RV for any suspicious persons or behavior. An RV is a big target potentially full of many items that can be used or sold by thieves. If you stick to RV campgrounds, more rural locations, and other areas where there are other RVs present, your chances for getting robbed will be limited. I have only experienced a few issues with RV security over the last decade of RV ownership but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t happen. The more precautions you take, the better off you will be in keeping your RV safe and secure.