RV Security – RV Security & Safety Series Part 1 | Tips and Recommendations from the Mortons
In this video series we are going to be covering some RV Security ans Safety recommendations for anyone traveling in an RV.
In this first video we cover some things to help keep your RV and personal belongings safe from theft.
First thing is locks, Making sure your locks are non standard and the best they can be. Locks for your fifth wheel kingpin or travel trailer coupler are recommended as well. We also talk about putting in an electrical disconnect lock to prevent operation of your jacks. Other locks include pin locks for hitches, brake pedal locks or a steering wheel lock for motorhomes to further immobilize your vehicle.
The locks that come on the RV from the manufacturer for the door and the baggage areas are usually pretty basic locks, and believe it or not they are often keyed the same, especially older model RVs (CH751). While these can work for much of the time (keep the honest thieves out) they are not the most secure of locks. We recently made the decision to upgrade our door and change our baggage locks to increase our security level.
We installed an RV Lock – keypad, keyfob, more easy to lock more often, don’t have to take keys with you when you go to the pool or the pickleball court, etc. They also offer keyed-alike baggage locks. By doing this we replaced our CH751s.
If you have bikes, these are probably one of the most vulnerable items to be stolen. We had our bikes stolen off the back of our RV at night while we were inside. They had been locked, but the thieves had cut the cable lock. We now use a Bike Lock that sounds an extremely loud alarm if it is tampered with or cut.
If you have a hitch on the back of your RV for bikes, etc you’ll want to have a hitch locking pin – the thieves could take the whole hitch with your possessions!
Other things discussed in this video are,
Alarm system –
Be sure to have a safe for your valuables.
Recording Serial Numbers
Another great thing to do to reduce chance of theft is really easy – keep things out of sight.
If you have a truck, you’ll want to invest in a bedcover to hide things in the bed of your truck. We have a Truxedo cover that has worked great for us). When parked, hide your valuables and pull the shades down to keep people from being able to look into your car or RV and seeing what you have inside.
Be alert to your surroundings – especially when you’re traveling unfamiliar territory, watch for any suspicious behaviors and listen to your gut if you feel like a place isn’t safe. Often just being aware signals to potential predators that you’re going to be harder to slip past.
Finally, Don’t leave your keys in your car, truck or RV. This may seem like common sense, but many car thefts happen this way and makes break-ins very easy.
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