How to Secure Camping Trailers and RVs from Theft

If you’ve recently purchased a camping trailer, RV or travel trailer, you know what a significant and important investment it is. Unfortunately, camper trailers are also frequently targeted for theft because of their high value, the fact that they are sometimes left unwatched, and the ease with which they can be repainted and sold.

Luckily, there are a few simple steps that owners can take to make sure that camping travel trailers are less likely to be stolen or vandalized.

Locked Garages and Anti-Theft Devices

Thieves have started to become more bold in recent years, sometimes stealing campers right out of driveways or garages if they are convinced that no one is home. It’s always best to leave your RV inside of a locked garage or fenced-in and locked backyard, rather than parking it in the front yard when you are away from home. And purchasing a quality electronic anti-theft device (available from most dealers or in retail shops) is a wise investment that could help you deter theft and track down your vehicle if it’s ever stolen.

Especially if you don’t have an anti-theft device installed, you are inviting theft if you leave your camping trailer parked in the driveway when you’re out. Don’t think that simply locking the doors is adequate in keeping it safe from all threats.

Making Your Camper Look Occupied

If you have to leave your camper trailer unattended at a campsite or in a wilderness area, do your best to make it look like someone is around. Set up lawn chairs outside, put dishes and silverware on a picnic table, or hang up clothes to dry on a line. Anything you can do to make it look like the owners are right around the corner will help you protect your vehicle from thievery.

Wheel Clamps, Towball Locks and Locking Hitch Pins

Wheel clamps are an affordable, noticeable and effective theft deterrent. If you’re unable to lock up your camper behind a fence or in a garage at home, using a wheel clamp will help keep your investment secure. Wheel clamps are difficult to remove, and there are several different brands to choose from. A good wheel clamp only costs a few hundred dollars, and they are simple to install. Towball locks and locking hitch pins are also inexpensive (although slightly less effective) options for securing a camping trailer.

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (855) 629 3326.


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