5 Smart & Simple Tips to Increase RV Security

Last updated on March 14th, 2022 at 10:06 am. Originally published on June 22nd, 2015

Traveling into the great unknown can be a lot of fun. Discovering new places adds excitement to an RV trip. Yet many people worry about RV safety. RV security is an important factor to consider, and there are several things you can do to increase the security of your RV, no matter where you are traveling.

Here are 5 simple tips to help you make smart decisions about increasing the security of your RV.

1. Change Your Direction

Most people back into their campground site. This makes it easy to hop in your RV and go. The problem is, it makes it too easy! Why give them an advantage? Simply reversing the direction of your rig can help deter potential jacking. Add a hitch and a steering wheel lock to put thieves on their guard. The harder you make the access, the less likely you are to have your rig stolen.

2. Beef Up Your Locks

Houses have doors with security bolts. RVs use locks which engage around the kingpin such as a padlock or a cylinder lock. There are a variety of brands available and each offers a chance to keep your valuables safe.  Rv security begins at your door, so consider upgrading to deadblot lock for only $30 in Amazon.

3. Leave Temptation Behind

This one seems pretty obvious. Don’t litter your site with valuables. Put away the tablets, cell phones and extra gadgets. Pull the blinds after dark in your rig. Don’t be a lone ranger. Camp near other people. Get a safe. Each of these simple steps will keep robbers at bay.

4. Install Security

If you want security, a system is a small price to pay. A favorite from road dwellers in the Simply Safe Security system, altough it does require an internet conection, there is no wiring or contract requiered. You can instal an alarm system for doors as well as indoor and outdoor cameras, a full security  kit comes with a $410 price tag but the peace of mind it will provide you and your family is priceless.

Many RV owners choose to set up their security adding motion detector lights. When motion is detected in the region around your rig, the lights come on and stay on for a period of time. Lights should be placed all around your camper as well as at the door and the corners of your rig. RV security can include alarms can as well. Just remember, if you are in the woods you may also scare your neighbors if the siren starts blaring.

5. Cover Your Boot

Boot locks cover the wheel and prevent it from turning. It also protects your lug nuts. If your lug nuts cannot be stolen, your wheels will stay on.

What would you do to secure an RV? Do you have other ideas or suggestions? If so, add your thoughts to the comment box below this article. We want to hear your thoughts.

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