Over the Memorial Day weekend some friends were traveling the highways of the United States. They remarked that they’ve never seen so many RVs (recreational vehicles) on the roads in a long time.
There’s an RV for every taste and budget. There are motorhomes (motorized) and towables (towed behind the family car, van or pickup truck). There are more than 12, 000 RV-related businesses in the U.S. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s most recent ownership report, the fastest-growing cohort of RV owners in 2013 was 35 to 44 years old, which is just slightly less than the industry’s largest cohort of owners, which are between 45 and 54 years old. The average American RV owner was 50 in the 1980s, and today that age is 48 and falling.
RV Crime is increasing
A common concern for those using the RV for that quick get-away is a lack of security options for protecting their RV and its belongs from theft and invaders.
Now, no Walter White from Breaking Bad is going to come break in, hot wire your RV and drive off with everything you own.
There are reasonable precautions you can take to impede the casual burglar. Keeping doors, windows and bays locked are very simple actions. But it’s also important to consider how you will park your trailer. Most people will reverse their RV into a parking spot, which makes it easier to drive off when you’re ready to go home, But, it also makes it easier for someone to hitch up to your trailer while you’re hiking or enjoying the sights in the area. Instead turn your camper around and put the hitch away from the standard access.
You may also want to consider a boot, which covers the wheel and prevents it from turning with an extension. The boot cover also prevents lugs from being stolen from the wheel – an added bonus.
Out of sight, out of mind
Eliminate temptations around the camping spot by keeping valuables out of sight. Put away the tablets, cell phones and extra gadgets. Get a safe.
If you want security, a system is a small price to pay. Many RV owners choose to use GPS tracking system that include motion detector lights. When motion is detected in the region around your rig, the lights come on and stay on for a period of time. Lights should be placed all around your camper as well as at the door and the corners of your rig. RV security can include alarms can as well. Just remember, if you are in the woods you may also scare your neighbors if the siren starts blaring.
But the old advice is sometimes the best advice. Today we’re connected in so many ways but we’ve often forgotten the basics of travel: check in with a trusted friend or family member to make sure they know you might be going off the grid (it used to be called the radar) and let them know your intentions for timing and location.
Aside from all the fear mongering, there are also the natural disasters to be aware of. When you travel check for local weather events. My traveling friends from Memorial Day hit the infamous Florida pop-up rain shower while driving.
Good stuff happens too
Be smart about the risks you take on, challenge yourself to grow, take reasonable precautions. Just have fun while you’re on the road again. To paraphrase the great traveling song by Willie Nelson just keep going places that you’ve never seen, see things you may never see again, and insist that the world keep turning your way way.