There are no shortage of Americans – old and young – who consider driving the open road in a recreational vehicle to be the ideal vacation. Whether you are bringing your whole family along for the ride, exploring new areas with your spouse or striking it out alone, RVs are a great way to see the country. The great thing about RVs is that they are your home and your vehicle all rolled up into one. However, this does mean you’re probably carrying more of your belongings with you than you would if you were just on a road trip, and your RV likely has a less-sophisticated security system than your house. Nothing ruins a vacation more quickly than a break in, so here are a few tips to keep in mind to help keep your belongings and family secure:
First and foremost, make sure you lock your RV before you leave it. When you’re at a camp site enjoying a drink outside the door after a long day’s drive, it can seem like no big deal to leave the door unlocked. But if you step away or are just out of sight of your door, it’s easy for someone to slip in and make off with your valuables.
In addition, RV locks aren’t always the strongest. A crowbar and some persistence will allow thieves easy access. Consider investing in a deadbolt to reinforce your door. It will not only strengthen it, but it will discourage would-be thieves from targeting you as easy prey.
Keep your valuables safe
Even if you’ve triple-reinforced your doors, there is a chance a particularly determined thief could still get into your RV. Because of this, you need to make sure you are keeping your valuables secure. The good news is, there are plenty of products available that can help you with this. A portable safe, for instance, is perfect for jewelry, small electronics or your firearm. Many of these also feature strong cords so you can securely tether them to part of your RV so no one can steal the entire safe. You can buy laptop locks for your computers, as well.
Use good sense
While you may feel like you are kindred spirits with another couple staying in the same RV park as you, be careful about what you tell them. Showing off your expensive new gadgets or diamond necklace can just tempt those with sticky fingers. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t chit chat with your temporary neighbors. On the contrary, do your best to be friendly to those you meet for a few reasons. First of all, you’ll get to know those around you, and anyone lurking around who doesn’t belong will be more conspicuous. Plus, if you have new allies, they may notice if a stranger is tampering with your RV.
When you pick a spot to park your RV, look for one that is surrounded by lots of people and has plenty of sight lines. If possible, park near people you know and in good light. You may even do well to buy flood lights to make sure the door of your RV is always well-lit.
Finally, consider investing in an alarm system. Most RVs don’t come with them, but they are a great way to ward off intruders. There are all sorts, and they range greatly in price and features. A simple motion detector attached to floodlights may be enough to scare potential thieves off, and an alarm system will be sure to draw attention.