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Do You Trust Your RV Park Neighbors?

Do You Trust Your RV Park Neighbors?

Do You Trust Your RV Park Neighbors?

RV season is here, and the parks are at full capacity. Today we’re exploring the issue of RV park security. Do you trust your RV neighbors, and what strategies do you use to stay secure?

We know locking the camper door is good practice. But, what if any other precautions are necessary to make sure your belongings don’t wander off.

Let’s dive in!

No Two RV Parks or Campgrounds are Alike

RV parks and campgrounds come in all shapes and sizes. Onsite security differs from every location.

Many RV resorts and public campgrounds have gates that lock overnight, while standard RV parks can remain accessible to non-guests 24 hours a day.

Additionally, RV park demographics can be wildly different. Many RV parks in Arizona and Florida have a 55+ age policy. KOAs, on the other hand, cater to family travel.

All of these factors can affect how much you trust your RV neighbors.

Locking Your Trailer Hitch is the First Step

No matter if you trust your neighbors or not, you should get into the habit of locking your RV hitch. This security measure applies to any towable RV.

A trailer hitch lock won’t offer 100% security, but it sure will make it hard for a potential thief to drive off with your RV discreetly.

Prevention is the best first step when it comes to the security of your RV.

Do You Stow Away Belongings Every Night at the RV Park?

An RV campsite, whether at an RV Park are public campground, is like your home away from home. Getting comfy is key!

Most campers travel with patio chairs, outside coolers, and bikes. These recreational items can be prime targets for theft.

But, who wants to lock them up every night?

We rarely lock up our outside stuff. Instead, we read in-depth reviews about RV parks and choose a camper-trusted location. 

If you feel better locking up your expensive exterior belongings, we understand entirely. Long rope-style bike locks like this can loop through bikes, chairs, and coolers with a single rope.

The Perception of Long Term Campers & RV Park Theft

Many RV parks have long term campers. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with long term campers, but they are perceived negatively by the majority of RV vacationers.

Here are a few perceived security issues they pose:

  • They create more local traffic. This means more eyes on your belongings.
  • Long term sites are stereotypically more cluttered, creating a perception of less security.
  • Many long term campers are on the job. They may have less ties to the local community, creating a perception of distrust.

Let me reiterate. These are perceptions and not truths. While they may not affect your security, a lack of perceived trust may arise when too many long term campers are in a single park.

Having Rude Neighbors Can Breed Mistrust

Rude RV park neighbors can be found at every campground. To be fair, these neighbors may merely be having a good time…just a little too loud. It’s their vacation, and they’re soaking it up.

Sometimes we mistake the overly zealous neighbors as a security problem. However, that’s rarely the case.

Remember that a thief comes in all shapes & sizes. Take the appropriate security measures, but avoid casting negative perceptions on your RV neighbor if possible. 

Rude neighbors are just one of the many “dirty secrets of RV camping” that the dealers don’t mention when they sell RVs. You can discover the other dirty secrets in the video below:

Do Most RV Campers Trust Their RV Park Neighbors?

We surveyed our online community and discovered that RVers are very trusting. The majority of RV park campers trust their neighbors.

However, it’s not an overwhelming majority.

Many people we surveyed also shared stories of campground theft and lessons-learned.

The most crucial factor to consider is what makes you feel safe. Buy the tools to keep your mind at ease, and have fun camping!

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Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

I even put wooden soles in my rv so they cant open them cause they can and close all my shades when we leave nothing left outside but a rug plus we have two big dogs

Stephanie Tallent

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Like the gentleman above, I was law enforcement (state trooper) for 25 years. It amazes me at the high dollar items left in the open and cars left unlocked. I know not everyone will have the same outlook that I have(and some days I'm envious of their blissful ignorance). I lock and alarm my expensive ebike, we lock our yeti coolers to the rig with gun locks. Our generator is kept in the truck bed under the tonneau cover and locked to a tie town hook in the truck bed. Everything is insured to the max but don't be a target. If someone asks you about a certain item or is eyeing it over(especially on Sat evening before Sunday checkout) then you may want to take time and secure it close to the rig. With the explosion of RVers the likelihood of petty thefts will continue to rise.

Raymond Clark

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Something you didn,t touch on is that free park WiFi, in Homosassa River I had some neighbor steal my passwords :(

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