Comfort awaits you in your luxury RV. The thrill of the open road calls you, and family friendly campgrounds are waiting to entertain you. However, you need to think about safety when traveling in your RV. A potential target for the criminal element, you don’t want your relaxing retreat to turn into a nightmare. Here are some tips to help you keep your family and your valuables safe on the road.
Choose Campgrounds for Overnight Stays
One of the lures of an RV is the ability to sleep anywhere. You could spend the night in a mall parking lot or at a roadside rest stop. Unfortunately, these aren’t the safest choices. The best bet is a campground catering to RVs. The second best choice is a truck stop. It will cost a little more to stay at a campground, and the truck stops are a little noisier, but your rig is less likely to be broken into in these areas.
Lights, Traffic and Activity
When stopping for meals or a brisk walk, look for places that are brightly lit and have a steady flow of activity. The presence of potential witnesses will deter most criminals, as will good lighting. If you must stop somewhere that seems questionable, have a capable adult stay in the RV to keep an eye on things.
The large windows in some campers make them easy to scope out. When you stop, close the curtains tightly to prevent prying eyes from seeing your plasma TV or other valuables. Never leave valuables within easy view of the front windows. If your camper has curtains around the driver’s area, close them as well.
Locked up Tight
Don’t put the welcome mat out for criminals by leaving the RV unlocked and unattended. Even if you are just walking in the store to pick up some lunch supplies, you should still lock the doors and windows. If you are in a well-lit area with plenty of activity, most thieves won’t be willing to draw attention to themselves by breaking windows or trying to pry the door open.
Stay safe on the road and protect your valuables by following these easy tips. Stopping at a campground may not be as convenient, but it will be safer and you will enjoy the brief visit. Always remember that if an area looks questionable, there’s nothing wrong with driving a little further down the road.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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