Is Full Time RV Living Safe?

This Monday our word of the week is SECURITY. We’ve been asked many times, in many different ways, how do we deal with RV security?

In this article we’ll discuss what security means to us and the different tools we use to obtain “peace of mind” on the road.

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Security & Safety is a State of Mind

We’re big believers in the idea that “security & safety” is just a state of mind. No matter where we may be, unexpected situations are always possible. Rather than focusing our energy on the unexpected, we like to follow our instincts and use a little common sense when traveling & setting up camp.

Having a home on wheels gives us control of where we visit and spend the night. If we feel uncomfortable, we leave. It’s as simple as that.

Research

Before arriving to a new site, be it Walmart, a campground or  a boondocking site, we always do research. Reading reviews on Campendium and Free Campsites gives us a good understanding about the safety of a camping location. Many times we’ll go a step further and research the local community online.

There have been specific times this research has payed off. We’ve had friends unfortunately have their bikes stolen at a boondocking site we passed-up due to reports of theft in the reviews.

Considerations When Setting Up Camp

Before unhitching the camper we like to scout out the area and see what type of vibes we get from the location. We take note of the amount of traffic and whether the traffic seems to be locals or fellow campers.

If we feel good enough to unhitch and set up camp, and depending on the site, we’ll park within eyesight of other campers or under a light in a parking lot. If the location is out in the boonies with no one else around, we’ll set up where the view is beautiful and position ourselves to be able to exit efficiently if need be.

We feel most safe & secure when boondocking deep in nature. In these situations, the only people we’ve encountered have been like minded travelers looking for peace and solitude. Cell signal is important to us in case of an emergency – if we don’t have any at the campsite, we like to be aware of the area where it becomes available again.

Precautions When Leaving Camp

If we feel safe enough to sleep somewhere, we also feel safe enough to leave our camper there and venture into town. We do lock everything up; the trailer hitch, the camper door, the truck bed and the generator.

We understand that locks don’t guarantee security, but they do add an additional layer of protection.

Most importantly, we chose this life to embrace minimal living. We don’t have many belongings of material value, and even fewer that are essential to our happiness. On a typical day, the most expensive item left inside the rig is our composting toilet! 🙂

Overall

Everyone has a different idea of safety and security. The routines that work for us won’t work for everyone. Living in the present and not fearing the things we can’t change is the best tool we have for feeling safe & secure. Full time RV living is an amazing lifestyle that has introduced us to so many kind people; our faith in human-goodness has only been increased because of it!

UPDATE: We’ve begun work on a new music project! In April we’ll enter the recording studio to capture an album inspired by life on the road. If you’ve found our blogs informative or inspirational, please give this a look. We need your help to complete the album.

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6 Comments

  1. Your security and safety precautions are on the money! I’ve been camping for 30 years (boondocking and campgrounds) and have never had anything stolen although, like you, I take common sense precautions. But thefts at campgrounds do occur. If I were traveling with a trailer, I would get a Denver boot for one wheel in addition to your trailer hitch lock. They’re expensive and rather heavy but very intimidating and difficult to defeat if it’s a quality boot that covers most of the rim. Happy Travels…you’re doing it right!

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  2. I n addition to your great, common sense precautions, a big dog works well as a deterrent. I tend to travel and camp alone, I never worried about a single thing when I had my 100# Shepard. Planning on getting another one when I retire to full time RVing

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  3. We’ve campground hosted and my personal observation is people tend to get sloppy with security when they’re at popular public parks. There’s something about being out in what can seem like an idyllic setting that makes people forget to lock up bikes or stow their fishing gear. There might also be some sort of perverse safety in numbers effect: if the campground is full, people are less paranoid than they would be if they were the only people there. It doesn’t occcur to them that the really friendly guy a couple sites over is capable of quietly stealing their fly fishing rods or their cordless leaf blower.

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    1. Nan…you make an interesting and worthwhile point. But a leaf blower? Seriously? LOL…have never seen that one! Takes all types I guess!

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