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If you’ve recently purchased a camping trailer, RV or travel trailer, you know what a significant and important investment it is. You’re ready to take all the precautions to keep it well-maintained, store it safely, and protect it from harsh weather conditions. Unfortunately, RV theft is another thing that you’ll need to consider – though it’s fortunately far rarer than you may think!

Despite the unlikely occurrence that you might experience RV theft or stolen goods from your vehicle, it’s still worth the small effort it takes to help keep your RV safe from ne’er-do-wells. Here are some precautions you should consider.

Be Mindful of Where You Store Your RV

Where you store your RV is a major consideration for all RV owners. From preventing RV theft to just keeping your RV protected from the weather, the best storage solutions usually end up being inside a garage or facility of some type. This could be on your property, or a reputable storage rental facility near your home.

Thieves have started to become bolder in recent years, sometimes stealing campers right out of driveways or garages if they are convinced that no one is home. 2020 was a particularly rough year for stolen RVs (likely due to the RV shortages and the increase in their value) though it’s still worth noting that the statistics show it as incredibly low possibility.

The best way to avoid a stolen RV from your property is to leave your RV inside of a locked garage or fenced-in and locked backyard. This will always beat parking it in the front yard – especially when you are away from home. Like anything, opportunity is often the biggest impetus for crime. If someone knows you aren’t home and has the ability to hook your trailer up to their vehicle quickly then leave, they’re more likely to try.

Shop for Anti-Theft Devices

You can also look into purchasing a quality electronic anti-theft device (available from most dealers or in retail shops.) It’s a wise investment that could help you deter theft by making it too time consuming or exposing the RV thief to too much risk. On top of that, many of these devices offer tracking mechanisms. That means if your RV ever were stolen, you’d be more likely to have it safely returned.

The list of anti-theft devices for RVs is similar to the ones you might expect for your home. This can be something as simple as motion-activated lights that make it impossible to approach your RV in the dark to active monitoring systems.

For avoiding stolen items at the campground, locks and alarms are often your best bet. These can be simple things like window or door alarms that chimes whenever they open. This deters most crimes of opportunity.

Make 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. It’s a known fact that thieves generally pick low-risk targets, and an occupied RV is about as high-risk as it gets. Especially if their plan is to take the whole RV!

There are plenty of ways you can make your RV look occupied, or at make it seem likely that you’re somewhere nearby. 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.

Of course, you could always take it a step further and actually do your best to keep your RV occupied. If you’re traveling with a group, it’s never a bad idea to have someone hang back at the RV if it won’t affect their enjoyment of the trip. Scheduling your activities to keep someone near the RV is a great way to keep it safe. As an added bonus, having someone at the “home base” is generally considered a safe travel tip in case something happens to the group – like getting lost or injured on a hike.

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. In fact, if you can’t store your RV in a locked facility or somewhere else that’s already protected from trespassing, you should consider these types of clamps or locks a necessity.

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. This small investment can make all the difference in the world when it comes to stopping a would-be thief from simply driving up, hooking up, and rolling away with your beloved camper.

Towball locks and locking hitch pins are also inexpensive (although slightly less effective) options for securing a camping trailer. They’re extremely easy to put on and take off (for the owner) and add an additional layer of deterrence for thieves.

Keep Your RV Well Lit

Lastly, when it comes to RV theft, the best thing you can do is make sure your RV isn’t somewhere that can be accessed unnoticed. At home, that means keeping it in areas that will be well lit by your lighting system. If you don’t have a garage light or similar fixture, they’re typically not too hard to add. Just keeping the RV lit up makes it less appealing to try and approach at night.

When camping, always stay in well-lit areas when possible. For boondockers this won’t always be an option, but if you’re at a campsite, in a parking lot or anywhere else, aim for areas underneath lights or nearest to populated areas. Nobody wants to be under the spotlight when they’re doing something illegal, after all!

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With cold weather ahead, you may be looking for your last vacation of the year. Or maybe you’re fine with camping in the cold and have a lot of weekends planned ahead! Either way, finding a campsite with the right RV park amenities for you and your family is important to enjoying your trip to the fullest.

Read on to learn about some of the most popular RV park amenities to keep an eye out for during your trip planning process!

Full Hookup Stations

One of the best parts of camping at an RV park versus boondocking is enjoying the benefit of a hookup station. Reliable electricity and water can simplify your camping trip quite a lot! While these partial hookup stations are easy enough to find, a real luxury is staying at an RV park with a full hookup station.

What’s the difference? Full hookup stations include sewer hookups too! That means you can check “finding a dump station” off your RV departure checklist. Even if you’re used to using dump stations to clear your black water tanks after a great trip, it’s a treat not to have to worry about it.

This type of RV park amenity is all about making your RV really feel like a home on wheels. Removing some of those basic chores from your trip can go the extra mile to letting you focus on enjoying the vacation, the park and your surroundings!

Free Wi-Fi

Access to the internet is something we all take for granted. With 4G or 5G connections that rival home internet speeds, you always expect to be able to check the news, your emails or social media whenever you want! But when you’re out in the wilderness, it’s not always a guarantee. The more remote your campsite is, the more likely you are to find out you can’t get a signal (unless you packed a strong signal booster!)

Wi-Fi service as an RV park amenity guarantees that steady level of connection that we’re always used to at home.  In most cases, this Wi-Fi access gives you flexibility when it’s time to rest in your RV after a day of fun in the sun. You may still not be able to do some things, like streaming HD video, but you’ll have guaranteed access to catching up on the latest news and information.

Some RV parks take it a step further and provide strong Wi-Fi access around the park grounds. So even if you’re not in the RV, you can still hop on your preferred social media platform to check in or even share photos of your trip!

Onsite Laundry Facilities

Camping can be an experience full of dirt, mud and grass stains. The more time you enjoy outdoors, the more likely your clothes are to show the evidence! If your RV has a washer and dryer, it’s not a big deal to you. But if you don’t have these essentials in your RV, you’ll need to come up with another solution.

Many RV campers choose between packing enough clothes that you don’t need to worry about laundry or cleaning their clothes the old-fashioned way at the campsite. Depending on your family, the length of your trip, and your willingness to put in the elbow grease, these may not be ideal solutions for your relaxing vacation.

If your choice of RV park includes an on-site laundry facility, you can think about extending your trip from a few days to a week or more! These types of RV park amenities make it a lot easier to enjoy extended trips without the logistical headaches that often go with it. If you’re a full-time RVer, it’s also convenient to stay somewhere and get your laundry done instead of driving off to the nearest town laundromat before you hit the road to your next destination.

Easy Parking

While it may not be classified as a typical “amenity,” the idea of easy RV parking is something that beginner and veteran RV owners alike will enjoy. No matter how experienced you are maneuvering an RV, they’re still massive units that take a bit of work to get where you want to go. This is especially true when you’re trying to squeeze through tightly packed campsites with plenty of other RVs and people moving around.

An RV designed for easy parking tends to mean pull-through parking. It’s exactly what it sounds like – pull up to your spot and park. No backing in between anxiety-inducing campsite poles that seem impossibly close.

And when you’re ready to pack up and leave, you just keep pulling straight through and head on your way out! Whether you have a compact RV or a luxury destination trailer, you’ll appreciate the convenience and ease of any park that offers simple campsite parking.

Pet Friendliness

Lastly, one RV park amenity that campers are bound to love are those campsites designed to make it a vacation for you and your furry friends. The freedom of RVing means avoiding strict hotel rules, including the ubiquitous “no pets” part that can mean a vacation for you but doggy daycare for your pets. RVing with pets is convenient, but the best parks will make it a much better experience for them (and you!)

Of course, any park is going to be heaven for your pets, but a truly pet-friendly park will have everything from dog parks to dog-friendly hiking trails and more. When you do your research for your next destination, you can look at their websites or call ahead to find out their policies on pets and what amenities they may have to pamper your pup.

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You want to get the most out of everything. Why not get the most out of your RV and all the space in it as well? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of each item you pack – great RV camping hacks!

Tension Rods for Storage Safety

RVs are designed with a lot of storage in mind. However, sometimes rough roads or just motion in general can cause items to shift or get jumbled around during travel. A great RV camping hack is using tension rods to keep items in place during transit.

This simple solution can be used in many different areas of your RV as tension rods come in a variety of sizes. Smaller ones can be used in kitchen cabinets to keep spices from spilling or in the bathroom to prevent toiletries from tumbling around. Larger rods can be used in pantries or closets to push dry goods or clothing back and keep them secure while traveling. Upon arrival, they are simple to move up or remove altogether when you are setting up camp, allowing easy access to anything you need. Larger rods may even be repurposed while camping and positioned in the shower to hang wet swim suits while they drip dry.

Reuse Everything from Home

Some of the best RV camping hacks are simply repurposing items from home. Items like jars and boxes that have served their original purpose make wonderful storage solutions for RVs. Shoe boxes or Ramen noodle 12-pack boxes are great for storing camping essentials like a s’mores kit. Simply store your graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate together in the box and you have everything at your fingertips for a quick trip out to the campfire.

Empty tissue boxes make great one-at-a-time pop-up plastic grocery bag dispenser for everything from trash to doggie waste bags. Tic Tac or other small candy containers can be used for travel-sized versions of spices.

Your family can brainstorm whenever you empty a bottle or container at home. Make a game of it as you consider all the RV camping hack possibilities for each item to see if it will be a new RV solution before you throw it away.

Add Storage with Stick-On Fasteners & Magnets

Add instant additional storage and organizational space to your RV with adhesive and magnet-based storage solutions. These RV camping hacks can be a life saver in almost any area of your RV. Command strips or similar hooks can be used to hang clothing and accessories in the bedroom or cooking utensils and keys in the kitchen or entry way.

Magnetic strips are another RV camping hack option. They are easy to find and can be quite useful in the kitchen for keeping utensils within easy reach. Magnetic lids for spices can also be a handy way to keep cooking essentials handy.

Let your creativity flow as you think of ways to use all the “blank space” in your RV. You can check out other campers’ ideas for ways to keep important items right where you need them yet organized and out of the way.

Over-the-Door Hooks

Another easy RV camping hack waiting to be used are your doors. There are many accessories designed to hang off doors and ways to repurpose or expand on the original intent. An over-the-door shoe storage caddy can become an RV bathroom linen closet or storage for toiletries. Everything from hand towels and wash cloths to hair dryers and deodorant can have a home on the back of the door.

When you use hooks on the inside of cabinets, small waste containers can be positioned for easy access to and disposal of trash.

Stick-on LED Lights

One of the best ways to enjoy your RV is when you can see it! A well-lit interior is not only more pleasant, but much safer as well.

If the lighting throughout your camper isn’t to your satisfaction, one of the most effortless RV camping hacks is stick-on lights. A pack of these brilliant gems instantly improves the illumination in your RV wherever you need it. No more stubbed toes in dark hallways or squinting trying to read in bed. They can make great nightlights as well.

Stick-on lights last for years and are a relatively inexpensive fix. They provide significant additional lighting for specific areas, even inside cabinets and closets. They are also great in emergencies if the electricity is out, or if you like boondocking and want to save on battery power.

Collapsible Containers Are King

Any type of container that collapses can make the unpacking phase of an RV vacation go by much faster and with less effort. This RV camping hack saves you time and space while keeping things organized on your way to and from your camping destination. Tote your food in collapsible crates or your clothes in collapsible trash bins and you can easily maximize your space when you unpack or when you’re done using what you packed inside them. It’s a great way to help minimize clutter in your RV.

Bungee Cords Keep Things Closed

Bungee cords are the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to RV camping hacks. They can be used to keep RV drawers and cabinets closed when you can pack them a bit too full and they won’t stay closed as designed. There’s nothing more frustrating that arriving at your campsite only to have to spend time cleaning up a mess in your RV from a cabinet or drawer that flung open on a tight turn.

Bungee cords can not only be used to secure anything, they can be repurposed upon arrival. Use a bungee to secure your rolled-up outdoor mat during your trip and use it while you’re camping to hang your campfire forks from your RV or a nearby tree. A few bungees, depending on their length, can be strung between trees for a makeshift clothes line.

The use of bungees, boxes or bottles as RV camping hacks is only limited by your imagination. Have fun, get the most out of all you pack, and hack on!

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