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RVs are gaining more and more popularity as parents load up their families for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of life. Many families have even decided to change it all by selling their sticks and bricks home and deciding to live in an RV full time.
That’s exactly what we did and we haven’t looked back! But before I was ready to go all in on RVs I had to make sure I felt safe. After all, it’s easy to feel a bit exposed with only some thin walls between you and the rest of the world.
So that leads to one of the biggest questions with RVs, are RVs easy to break into? While RV break ins do happen they’re relatively uncommon and by taking some basic precautions you can drastically reduce the chance of ever having to deal with an RV break in.
Are RVs Safe?
Whether you are buying your RV for the first time, deciding to live in an RV full time, or you are simply escaping for the weekend away in an RV rental, being confident that you are safe and secure is a gamechanger.
After thorough research, I’ve found that the statistics around RV theft and break-ins are pretty sparse. While RV break-ins don’t appear to be as common as some other crimes, you should still take every precaution to make sure your trip is an incredible memory instead of a disaster.
In order for you to be safe in your sticks and bricks home, you need to take precautionary measures to reduce and eliminate the chance for break ins, the same goes with staying in an RV.
Let’s break down some of the key steps you can take that could make all the difference.
Research Your Campsite
Always make sure you’re researching your campsite before you visit. Ideally, before you ever hit the road If you’re visiting a campsite that doesn’t have security or is off by itself, the likelihood of break ins will increase. It is smart to have campsites that are out in the open and not where you are off by yourself. Lighting is another extremely important factor.
I recommend you use a site like Campendium to look for safe sites and check the experience of other RVers.
Another aspect to think about is if where you are wanting to stay has added security with front gates and employees who frequently drive around to check the park. Having security officers or employees frequently driving around makes break-ins far less likely because there is a lot higher chance that someone would easily get caught. Campgrounds with gates that have codes for night entry reduces the amount of people that are coming into the park at night and keeps you and your valuables more secure.
Purchase Quality Locks
Something else that you should be aware of is the locks on your RV door and how easily accessible they are. Many factory RV locks are created the exact same, providing convenience for RV dealerships at the expense of security. With all the locks being the same, others have easy access to your RV as well as your belongings.
There are multiple types of front door locks that you can interchange with the key lock that will make your rig more safe and secure. One common lock that RV users tend to swap out their original lock for is a keypad. Having a keypad in place of a key allows only you to know the specific code and reduces the chances for someone being able to break in your RV front door. There are dozens of options on the market and one of the most popular is this keyless entry keypad and FOB on Amazon.
Not only is it typically more secure to update your locks, it also makes things a lot more convenient too. I wrote an entire guide to finding the perfect lock for your RV that you can read here.
Install Motion Detecting Lights
Motion lights are a great way to deter thieves and even though they can be easy to smash or disable it’s still another step (and a loud one) that would-be intruders would have to take before breaking in.
Invest in an Alarm System
You can install an exterior alarm system such as a Ring camera that will immediately alert you if someone is too close to your rig. Installing an interior security system allows you to check in on pets and belongings as well as see if anyone is inside that isn’t supposed to be there. Having the ability to have eyes on your trailer and your belongings while you are gone is a sure way to leave your mind at ease and make you feel safe and secure. You can also invest in a GPS tracker that you can install on your RV such as the Oyster which if your RV is stolen can easily track the location and hopefully get your rig recovered quickly
Secure your Hitch
Okay, so it’s not exactly preventing a break-in but making sure thieves can’t roll off with your RV is just as important. That means making sure your hitch is fully secured or at least not too easy to access.
Being intentional about how you park your trailer as well as if your hitch is accessible by others is a step you can take to prevent such theft. You can buy a specific trailer hitch lock to put on the front hitch that will keep others from being able to hook up to your trailer, or you can park your car directly in front of your hitch. When you consider the value of your RV, investing is a proper hitch lock is an easy decision and my personal favorite is this option from AMPLOCK (Amazon link) which will fit most rigs and trailers.
Consider A Tire Boot
If a tire hitch isn’t a good option for whatever reason, you can consider a tire boot. Tire boots work just like the ones you see for frequent parking ticket offenders (not that I’d know anything about that) and prevent thieves from being able to move your RV at all.
I ordered this one off Amazon a few months ago and while I don’t use it at every campsite I really like having the option for extra security. I also like that it’s bright and obvious which tells would-be thieves to move along before they attempt anything at all.
Keep a Low Profile
Always make sure that your home doesn’t look enticing to thieves. More often than not, thieves break in because they have seen high value items or are in a wealthier neighborhood, taking away that temptation and closing your blinds is a simple way to protect your RV, travel trailer, or Fifth Wheel.
Make sure that anything valuable inside your RV isn’t easy to remove if they do break in. That means things like your generator, TV, or whatever you’re using for heating and cooling.
Make Sure Your Storage Location Is Secure
Choosing a storage facility that is secure, has video surveillance, and has good reviews can be the difference between a stolen RV and using your RV for next season. Another thought is when parking your RV in or around your home always make sure to account for where your RV is and if it’s easily accessible by others. If you decide to park your RV near your home for storage make sure that you have taken all safety precautions such as RV trailer lock, tire lock, and more to keep your rig and belongings safe.
Traveling in an RV is overall very safe and allows you to take your adventure wherever the wind blows. Without added security measures, you could be leaving your RV open for an easy break in from thieves. Make sure to take your time to plan accordingly and take necessary steps to secure your rig for your future trip as well as for storage. RVing around the country is an amazing adventure and with added security measures, you will be creating memories that last a lifetime.