RV camping is something to be excited about! From exploring new places to relaxing at your campground, there’s a lot to look forward to.
But as an RVer, it’s also important to take precautions and make sure your family and belongings stay protected at your home away from home. There’s a lot to think about beyond just locking your doors.
Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. So whether you’re heading out on your first trip in your RV or a seasoned RVer, here are some things to consider regarding RV safety.
Get to know the area
One of the best things about being RV-life is that you’re able to travel almost anywhere at any time. The flexibility is a major perk – but in new areas, it can also carry some risks. Before heading off into a new neck of the woods, take some time to get to know the area.
Of course, get excited about all the new places to explore. But also make sure to think about:
- Are there any potential weather concerns?
- Where is the nearest city? (for medical or any unexpected necessities)
- Who to call in an emergency?
You may also want to have a back-up plan or a plan B if something unexpected happens when you get to your campsite. For example, a nearby hotel or a different campsite. Trust your gut and your instincts when it comes to safety.
RVing is a great opportunity to disconnect and get away. However, disconnecting doesn’t mean that you should be completely off the grid.
Before heading to a new campsite, take the time to let friends or family know where you’re going. As well, make sure they know when to expect to hear from you or how you’ll connect with them.
This way, they know when you’re simply enjoying the great outdoors or when they should be concerned.
Choosing a campsite with strong cellular service or premium WiFi means that you can feel safe knowing that you can connect to your loved ones with just a click of a button.
Stick with a crowd
In most situations, it’s best to avoid parking your RV somewhere there’s no one around.
So rather than choosing a random spot, go with a quality RV campsite where there will be many other campers. Most RVers are friendly, so everyone will look out for each other. (Plus, you’ll know you won’t have any issues hooking up to necessities like water, electricity, or sewage.)
Where it’s not possible to park around others, do the opposite and keep your camper out of plain sight. This limits the chances that you’ll be the target of a crime of opportunity.
Be social media savvy
The rise of social media has made it much easier for us to stay connected. However, the downside of social media is that many of us have a habit of sharing just a bit too much online.
These little details make it easier for you to become the target of a crime.
While there’s no reason to avoid social media completely, here are some best practices to stay safe while RVing.
Don’t share your or your vehicle’s specific location until after you’ve left!
Avoid sharing times you’ll be away from your vehicle (ie. a planned hike).
Keep daily schedules to yourself. (ie. you take a 2-hour walk every morning at 8 am.)
Lock it up
Keep your vehicle locked as much as possible. Particularly if you’re away or inside at night. This is one of the simplest ways to keep out any unwanted intruders.
When it comes to valuables, invest in a high-quality safe. When leaving your RV, make sure to lock any important items, like documents or valuables inside. For anything too big to store in a safe, lock it inside a closet or lock it directly to the vehicle.
When prepping for the night or leaving your vehicle, make sure not to miss locking up things like your garage or patio furniture.
Invest in a security system
Like homes, having a solid security system for your RV can deter and prevent break-ins or other security concerns.
From simple motion sensors to systems with mobile apps, there are many security systems that you can choose from for all budgets.
When choosing your security system, here are some features that can be particularly helpful:
Cameras: To monitor comings and goings
Motion sensors: To notify you if there is unexpected movement at night or while you’re away.
Alarm kits: These make loud sounds when doors and windows are broken or opened – this can act as a deterrent or notify you of intruders.
To take it a step further, a security system with monitoring can give you peace of mind, knowing that there’s someone ready to assist at any time.
Accidents happen – that’s what insurance is for! Whether it’s something like an unexpected fire and floor or theft, insurance can help you recoup costs for anything lost.
Your RV is likely one of your most available assets, so it’s important that you take steps to protect it. While paying for insurance can feel unnecessary when things are going well, it can make a huge difference when something unexpected happens.
If you don’t have health insurance coverage, it can also be incredibly invaluable if something were to happen while on the road.
Stay at a reputable campsite
Finally, the best thing you can do is stay in a safe area.
While there is no guarantee anywhere, choosing a reputable campsite can help mitigate any risks. These sites are typically well-maintained and busy enough that you’ll be in good company with RV enthusiasts.
Before booking, read reviews and see what others had to say about their experience. You’ll get a sense of safety and security, as well as understand the overall quality of the campsite.
Book your next stay at Mountain View RV Park
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