Security is also a good thing to keep in mind with your RV, just as with your home or car. It’s important to take precautions against theft and other types of crime, both during travel and while your RV is in storage. It's always best to be prepared, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area. There are several steps you can take to help protect your family and your belongings. After all, owning an RV is a big investment, and you'll want to do everything you can to protect it. This will give you greater confidence and peace of mind during your travels this camping season.
Locks are the most basic way to keep out potential thieves, as they are more inclined to go for something that's left open, or is easy to break into. Installing deadbolts on each door and other appropriate locks on all of the storage compartments will go a long way toward keeping your belongings secure. You should switch the locks on the RV and storage compartments so they are not standardized. The CH751 is the standard key used for RV storage compartments. The
can be retrofitted into most compartment cam locks. It features keyless entry, with 1000 possible numerical combinations. Other types of available locks include electric door locks
with a keyless entry. There are also security cables and locking cargo trays that can secure anything you have stored outside your RV. Vehicle & trailer theft, while improbable, is still a possibility. A trailer coupler lock, like the Fastway Universal Coupler Lock
, will help keep your trailer safe from drive-away theft. Parking boots on tires will also prevent someone from stealing your vehicle.
Using a security system gives you a similar stronghold to the security system you may have at home. The
WiFi Surveillance System from Pilot Automotive allows you to keep an eye on what's going on around your RV even when you aren't there. It uses a 32GB Micro SD & the GuardCam app to link to your smartphone or tablet, as long as they are on the same WiFi network. The camera has pan & tilt options, and gives you a 720p resolution. A microphone feature allows you to hear as well as see what's going on.
When coupled with a security system, lighting can offer the same increased safety for RVs as it can for homes & businesses. For example, a motion sensor light mounted near the door will help deter any potential criminals. It can also function much like a porch light at home, making it easier & safer for you to climb stairs or open your entry door. The motion sensor feature saves energy by only coming on when it's needed. The
Smart Lights Motion Sensor Porch Light
is one such example. It stays off during the day, and at night can be set to remain on or only come on when motion is detected. Spotlights and path lights can take this tactic even further by illuminating a larger area. An RV with security lighting also gives the impression that the RV is occupied.
Of course there are other basic things you can do to increase security. For example, when you park your RV or trailer, don't make it easy for someone to come along and drive off with it. Potential thieves are usually looking for the easiest & quickest way to take something, and are usually deterred if they have to put effort into it. Just like with a car, you'll want to make sure anything valuable is stored away, and not visible from the outside. It's also a good idea to store expensive items in other places besides the outside storage compartments. An outdoor set-up should not be left unattended. Being around other people at a campground also provides more safety than parking your motorhome in a spot that's separated and hidden from everyone else. Also be aware of the campground's surroundings, make sure it is in a safe area.
By Julie T
Security Accessories for Your RV