RV Security for the Newbie

Now that you’ve acquired that RV for fun in the sun—and out of it—how do you keep it safe? No, we’re not talking about on the road, though that’s important too. We’re talking storage unit security. RV life can be seriously disturbed by a break-in or a loss to theft or vandalism. When you want to sit still for a while, the place where you stay shouldn’t make you nervous about the safety of you, your family, and your RV.

Storage Facility Security

Storage unit campuses are generally fenced with keypad entries and external cameras. These are standard for many storage facilities. These facilities have to walk a fine line between keeping the area secure and advertising the presence of something valuable inside the fence.

Luxelocker goes one better. Or two or three better. Luxelocker maintains on-site personnel 24/7 as well as multiple, strategically placed CCTV cameras. The fencing is kept clear of brush or other sightline disturbance. Exits are monitored and controlled with keypad access and have security gates. In addition, owners can set up authorization access if something needs to be done by a mechanic when the owner is not there.

In addition to choosing a secure storage facility and RV park such as Luxelocker, RV owners can take some additional measures that will create increased security no matter where you are.

Door locks

RVs that come off the assembly line could do with some particular upgrades that you can do yourself. (We recommend replacing the door entirely if it shows extensive wear and tear.) Replacing the door lock is the most basic upgrade you can make, not the least because manufacturers often use the same locks (and keys) for multiple RV models and years. A keyless entry pad with a deadbolt is ideal. JT Guardian & Co. produces an excellent do-it-yourself installation unit with a motorized deadlock, keypad, remote fob, and actual keys.

Don’t forget the storage access door. And the cover to the utility hookups.

Security Systems

These systems are often available as a kit, and include Internet-connected cameras, inside and out, and an alarm. Most are easily installed, and remember, you want to include a notice or other obvious signal that the system is on the RV. (No, don’t just add the decal!)

How extensive a system you want depends on your needs. Motion detector-triggered lights can be a great asset if you do a lot of nighttime setups as well as for security. Be sure the system has a sufficient number of sensors and consider the value of night vision and GPS capabilities.

A basic kit costs in the neighborhood of $500, but prices will vary depending on the system you put together and the size of your rig. Some even have their own small solar panels. Systems range from small portable units to larger, more complete systems with cameras, lights, and alarms.

A security system will protect your RV whether it is settled in a campground or storage unit or boondocking in the wild. If your RV has an “off” season, at your house or in a storage unit, security is equally important.

RV Storage Safety Checklist

There’s also a whole host of other things you can do to keep your RV safe and in the best possible condition whilst in storage. Take a look at our checklist that covers the most important items.

Luxelocker RV and Boat Storage

Just think what the combination of the Luxelocker facilities’ security set-up and your personal system on your rig does for keeping you and your possessions safe. All of our Luxelocker Luxury RV & Boat Storage campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art systems, protected access, and onsite personnel. It’s truly “safety first!”