All You Need To Know About RV Security
Posted by Tom Westley on
When it comes to your RV holiday your number one priority is relaxation. You want to get out on the open road and start enjoying your newfound freedom - but with all that valuable equipment and your belongings inside, security is always going to be in the back of your mind. To help you enjoy your holiday in the knowledge you’re going to be safe and secure, here’s our guide to all you need to know about RV security.
Be Safe On The Road
One of the biggest hazards of any RV holiday is the danger of traffic accidents - something that is unfortunately unavoidable. If the worst does occur, you need to make sure that you are protected from anything that’s beyond your control. That’s why it’s a very useful idea to install a dash camera on your RV, so that in the unfortunate event of an accident that’s not your fault you have evidence to protect you and help your insurance claim.
Additionally, we’d also recommend upgrading your mirrors and installing a back-up camera to help you see any pedestrians or vehicles behind you. Blindspots are one of the biggest problems when it problems for any RV driver and these measures will help to minimize the issue.
Choosing The Right Location
We understand the appeal of boondocking, the tranquillity and beauty that come from finding a hidden oasis in a secluded area — but the risks far outweigh the rewards. If you want to make sure your vehicle is secure, you need to park in a reputable and trusted campground or RV park — such as our very own RV haven here at Salish!
Make sure you’ve done your research and read up on the site using review sites before you make a decision. Once you arrive at the site you should try and find a well-lit area that has either high-foot traffic or is densely populated with other RVs. Also, consider using your parking angle as an additional deterrent — for example, you could ensure all the doors are facing your neighbours.
Parking your RV when you’re travelling is only one part of the equation. You also need to consider how to keep your RV secure when it’s not in use, this is where a number of RV owners go wrong. Many assume that the safest place to keep your RV is in your driveway, however, this can present an easy target in comparison to cars and houses. Instead, consider the possibility of using a reputable dedicated RV storage facility. Just make sure to do your research first and find one that uses a high level of security, and be especially careful when it comes to open lots.
There are a number of smaller steps you can take to signal to any would-be intruder that they should think twice about attempting to break into your RV. The first thing you can do is to take the same approach you would if you wanted to make your house secure while you were away, such as by leaving the indoor lights on to give the impression you’re inside and always make sure all your valuables are securely out of sight and stowed away.
Install Effective Security Measures
Undoubtedly, the best way to make sure your RV remains safe and secure is to install the right security measures. But this isn’t quite as simple as it seems, and you’re definitely going to have to go above and beyond the standard measures that came with the vehicle. This is because many RV companies use the same style of lock and duplicate keys, so it’s advisable to have your locks changed to a more secure model and to have your own keys cut.
You should also make sure to use wheel locks to help ensure your trailer can’t be stolen, as well as a steering wheel lock to prevent theft of the RV.
Beyond these standard measures there are additional steps you can take to ensure the security of your RV. Beginning with installing electronic security devices to help protect your vehicle. One potential option is to install a high-quality security camera, just remember to take the time to research your options and find the best one for your needs. There’s also the option of installing motion sensors, which have the added bonus of being easier to monitor than cameras, as well as helping to guarantee privacy and security.
Finally, we’d suggest making sure that all your valuables inside the trailer are kept in a secure location. The best way to do this is to invest in the installation of a safe, depending on the model and layout of your RV this can either be built into the vehicle’s interior, or a portable safe can be used.
Fire And Air Quality Safety
Of course, the more common threat to the safety of your RV doesn’t come from other people, but rather it stems from the risks of accidents. Just like your home, you want to make sure that your RV is outfitted with all of the necessary safeguards against fire and other accidents. Depending on the size of your RV, you should have at least one smoke alarm installed.
If your rig is larger than a class B motorhome it would be advisable to have two smoke detectors placed at opposite ends of the vehicle. And it goes without saying that you should make sure you have spare batteries to hand just in case! Additionally, you should have at least one, but ideally two or three, easily accessible fire extinguishers in your vehicle. This isn’t just a matter of RV safety — if you’re planning on grilling or cooking on a campfire bringing an extinguisher is advisable.
Another important measure you need to take is ensuring that your RV has a working and reliable carbon monoxide detector installed. There are a number of potential sources of fumes in an RV — especially if you’re planning on cooking in the RV — and in addition to the detector, you should also take care to ensure your vehicle is properly ventilated at all times.
Once you have everything set up so you're secure and safe, you’re free to make the most of your RV opportunities. And there is no better opportunity than that offered by the Salish resort, a premier RV site located within the confines of beautiful Victoria!