RV Security – RV Security & Safety Series Part 1 | Tips and Recommendations from the Mortons


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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,

Lights

Security Cameras

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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21 replies
  1. Rachel Williams
    Rachel Williams says:

    I have a 41 year old Rv that someone scraped the paint off prying the storage door and bending it. I keep my stinky slinky in there, not much else except more stinky stuff. Nothing was stolen. Hee hee!! I truly hope the thug reached around in there and thoroughly examined everything .!!

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  2. malvin c
    malvin c says:

    My wife said our travel trailer that people can steal your trailer even if you got a good hitch lock they can wrap your safety chains to their truck & pull your rv

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  3. CLM
    CLM says:

    A marine or sports air horn is a fantastic tool to add to your security arsenal.
    In addition to scaring the would be thief away it alerts your neighbours and most importantly keeps you out of physical reach of the thug.

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  4. Störung
    Störung says:

    Wow! When you mentioned the baggage comparent I was SURE that was not going to effect me… it can't be the same one, the guy said he switched them out… NOPE CH751!!! That is just STUPID that dealerships don't inform you of this upon purchase!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  5. John P
    John P says:

    You pay $55,000 for an RV and the idiot manufacturers of the RVs can't have the decency to equip it with security devices and cameras? What's up with that?

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  6. Sander Tel
    Sander Tel says:

    Get pepper spray and if that is not legal to own, get and store handy larger and pocket sized aerosol bottles of Deet or other nasty bug repellent. The police can not view it as an illegal weapon and can not ticket you or confiscate it but it can be used as a very effective pepper spray alternative. Depending on the size of the bottle/can it can be used in the cab or on your person.
    Also use a steering lock on the wheel (you know the kind which has a long section coated in rubber and a grip for the wheel) BUT keep the lock next to the seat when on the road. If for some reason somebody tries to get physical with you you have a means of defending yourself (these locks pack a nasty punch if swung correctly – do practise this before hand…). As with the Deet bottles: a steering lock is not uncommon to have sitting next to the seat while on the road and can not be viewed as an illegal object like a baseball bat or a batton does.
    Me personally have been in the situation where I was very glad I had the Deet sprayer (a larger bottle which I souped up a bit with some extra compressed air added through the normal nozzle so it could not be proven I did so, modifying a sprayer bottle for the purpose to use it (also) as a weapon can get you into trouble if the modification(s) are obvious) to repel somebody who wanted to have an in depth conversation on the road conditions with me, which I was obviously not very keen on having. So I met him with the bottle and a short burst of things to come if he insisted with the debate. Needles to say he left (me alone)

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  7. Gary Moldovany
    Gary Moldovany says:

    I see a lot of suggestions on here about "buy a gun". That's fine, I have no problem with that, but if you are going to own a firearm, please get some kind of training. There are all kinds of courses out there, some  very cheap, even the NRA Basic Pistol course. Anyone who is in the RV with you and has access to those firearms also needs training. Keep in mind that many states require you to keep firearms unloaded and in a locked container where the driver and occupants do not have access, except in the case that you have a concealed carry permit. Know the gun laws of the states you travel through.

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  8. Chris McCollum
    Chris McCollum says:

    great vid! great points all. As a firearms instructor, i agree that situational awareness is super important….in fact it is the most important tool in your self-defense toolbox.

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  9. boo! sboo
    boo! sboo says:

    This is very useful. My mother used to work in security. She says that every little thing you do to slow down a thief gives you a better chance of hanging onto your items. For instance, cover up an item on the back seat to keep it hidden. Then go ahead and put it on the floorboard… then set something on top of it… every tiny little thing helps a lot… just another second or two can make all the difference when a thief finally runs off.

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  10. Troy Phillips
    Troy Phillips says:

    Thank you I really thought that was so cool I really am going to change everything I'm a noobi so I will make my travel more enjoyable thank you so much and I have a dog so fort Knox here I come

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