Methods and Supplies for RV Security

Camping trips should be all carefree fun and adventure. No one wants to worry about RV security during a fun campground vacation. Although it’s not fun to think about, it’s important to consider your RV’s security.

This includes RV locks on doors and windows to make sure that no one can get into your camper when you’re not around. It also includes exterior safety features, like surveillance systems and RV cameras. At Scenic RV Centers, we want to make sure your camping trip is fun and safe. We put together this list of RV security tips, from the basics to the high-tech methods.

Lock Your Doors and Windows

Sure, this one seems obvious. But sometimes there’s so much going on at the campsite it’s easy to forget. The best way to be sure you lock your RV doors is to make a habit of it. Lock your RV door as well as any exterior storage compartments when you leave the campsite. Even if the RV park you’re at seems safe and low-key, there’s no reason to risk it. Make a habit of locking your RV’s doors every time you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a minute.

Window locks may have to be purchased separately if your RV doesn’t have them, but they’re relatively easy to find at RV parts stores or online. You can leave your windows locked even when you’re inside the RV. This way, you don’t have to worry about making sure the windows are locked every time you leave.

Close Your Blinds

This is another easy step you can take to improve your RV security. When you leave the campsite, be sure your RV’s windows, blinds and curtains are closed. Aside from security concerns, closing your blinds will block sunlight from shining into your RV and fading your furniture.

In addition to closing your blinds, it’s a good idea to hide expensive items. Anything valuable, like jewelry, tablets or cameras should be tucked away before you leave. You can always invest in a safe, preferably one that can be bolted down, if you’re still worried about the safety of your irreplaceable items.

Leave the Lights On

Another easy security precaution you can take in your RV or at home is leaving lights on – interior and exterior. Keep your interior lights on while you’re gone, especially at night. This makes it more difficult for potential thieves to determine whether or not you’re home. In addition, bright exterior lights can help deter thieves. You can even purchase motion-triggered RV security lights that will shine directly on anyone trying to break in.

Know Your Neighbors

When you arrive at your campsite, whether you’re staying a few days or for the whole season, take the time to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Talk to those camping nearby and introduce them to your crew. This way you’ll have another set of eyes on your RV when you’re gone, and they’re more likely to notice if someone unfamiliar is at your campsite, trying your RV door, or messing with your camping supplies.

An RV park in the woods with RVs parked.

Pack Items Away

Although it might seem tedious, you should put your things away before leaving or going to sleep. It’s an easy way to protect yourself from campground thieves. Clear your campsite of chairs, cooking equipment, firewood and anything else someone could steal. If you have items that won’t be easy to put away, like bikes, invest in a bike lock, for example, as an added layer of protection.

New RV Locks

New RVs will come with standard factory locks and keys. These base-level RV locks are not very secure, only adding a minimum level of protection. We recommend investing in new, sturdier or high-tech RV locks. You can easily install a keypad lock that requires a code to enter your RV rather than a traditional key-entry lock that can be easily picked. Keyless entry for your RV is often safer, and you won’t have to worry about losing a key and being locked out. In addition to door locks, you can also find RV window locks to prevent potential break-ins through the windows.

RV Security System

It’s a good idea to invest in an RV security system as well. This is more common with full-time RVers, but can be helpful for anyone who wants to ensure their camper is safe. Basic RV security systems are easy to install. They use sensors that attach to doors and windows. These sensors will alert you when someone opens your door or window.

You can also invest in RV security cameras. Security cameras are cheaper than ever, you can find them for as little as $20 on Amazon! They can live-stream to your phone or save video to a memory card. You can find RV security cameras that record constantly or activate with motion. Whatever you choose, an RV security system and camera is an affordable, easy way to secure your camper.

Get a Hitch Guard and Wheel Locks

It’s not very common, but RV theft isn’t unheard of. The downside of having a towable home is knowing that anyone can hitch their truck up and tow it away. While no one wants to think about this nightmare situation, there are steps you can take to prevent it. We recommend a hitch guard. You can lock a hitch guard onto your trailer hitch, and make it impossible for anyone to tow your RV away without unlocking and removing the guard.

Whether you have a motorhome or a towable, you can also prevent the wheels from moving with wheel locks. Make your unit undrivable, even if someone hitches up to your trailer or is able to get a motorhome started. We recommend locked wheel clamps and steering wheel locks. Both of these can be purchased easily online and prevent your motorhome from moving until they are unlocked and removed by you.

No one wants to think about the potential for theft when trying to enjoy a campground vacation, but it’s always possible. Give yourself peace of mind with our RV security tips. Whether you implement new habits like locking your RV or purchase a new RV security system, there are plenty of ways to deter thieves.

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