Hectic Short Trip RVing

RV Security In Storage And On The Road

Because I live in the city, I can’t store my KZ Spree anywhere on my property or on the street. So like a lot of city dwellers I have to put my RV in storage when I am not using it.  To my shock and amazement, two units were stolen right out of the storage lot.  To add insult to injury the storage lot had a guard on site and had a security system for entrance and cameras.  But the same guy managed to get two units out of the locked lot.  Well thanks to the cameras they caught the guy.  But what can you and I do to make our units harder to steal and more secure.  Lets look.

First we can add a lock to the ball area of a TT and a 5th Wheel Hitch Lock. Let’s look at both.  The TT ball lock looks like below.

  • One size fits all (from 1-7/8″, 2″, to 2-5/15″, all coupler types)
  • Key hole cover slides up to seal out dirt and grime
  • Type A key which is a spring loaded, 7 pin, high security key. Resists attempted drill outs. Rugged and durable, the key will not bend or break.
  • Huge 6 tooth, 3/8″ dual ratchet locking system
  • Hardened 5/8″ 16mm steel shackle

Now that should slow down anyone trying to take the TT quickly.  Now lets look at what can be done to slow down the would be thief stealing a 5er.  See below for the 5th Wheel Anti Theft device
5th Wheel Anti Theft device
This unit slides over the hitch pin and prevents the hitch pin from being attached to by the hitch receiver. Simple but effective to slow down our would be thief.
I think we could do more. How about we lock the tires so the RV can not be moved without putting new tires on the RV? Shown below is a RV Dual Wheel Stop with Padlock
 RV Dual Wheel Stop with Padlock

  • Secures tandem tires to prevent movement while parked or re-hitching
  • Fits 26″ to 30″ diameter tires with tire spacing of 3-1/2″ to 5-1/2″
  • Includes padlock
  • Easy grip handle for easy installation
  • Lightweight and durable

This should slow them up but what about something even better?  Lets look at the X Wheel Stop with Padlock.

 X Wheel Stop with Padlock.

While the lock for this heavy duty unit is extra (a Master Lock, that you supply) it will be well worth it, if it slows down someone trying to take your RV.
We have protected (to the best of our ability) someone trying to take your RV but what about protecting the expensive stuff inside the RV and in the storage bay.  Let’s take a look on how to help protect those areas.
First the entrance doors.  Did you know that the key to your RV has been duplicated many times by the manufacture of your RV?  Did you know that almost thief can come up with a key that fits your RV doors?
So let’s look at a lock that is a bit safer. The Keyless RV Door Lock
Keyless RV Door Lock

  • No wiring needed; uses 4 AA batteries (not included) It’s retrofittable in most RV entry doors and it’s easy to install Programmable with a 4 digit PIN number The large buttons are easy to see and use Proximity sensing which illuminates the buttons
  • Self-contained electronic RV latch with Capacitive Touch Technology
  • Offers hassle free touch pad access: no key or fob to carry with you
  • An integral touch pad to the latch which controls the dead bolt
  • Deadbolt key will always be able to operate the paddle or dead bolt lock in case of the user forgetting the code or having a dead battery, 8 inch x 5 inch x 4 inch
You don’t even need a key to get this lock to open, after you enter your personal pin number.  So it will not be a big deal if you lock your keys in the RV.
Lets take a look at the outside storage compartment locks.  Did you know thats the lock code for your storage compartment lock is CH751?  This is the most common lock used on TT and 5th wheels today.  So anyone can get in. Let’s look at a better idea. The RV Storage Compartment Combi Lock.
RV Storage Compartment Combi Lock
  • Cylinder length 1-1/8″” – accommodates material thickness up to 7/8″ thick
  • Durable solid metal
  • 1,000 possible combinations- set own code
  • Retrofits any standard cam lock
  • Comes with 3/4″ prong washer, 1-1/2″ offset cam, 3/4″ straight cam, 1-1/2″ straight cam and a 90 degree stop.

This type of lock is a direct replacement to what comes on most TTs and 5ers. You take off the old one and measure the hole opening and the length of the shaft and order the same size as the one you have.


Follow the installation instructions and your done. A really simple install.

Here is a great list of simple and very inexpensive (compared to having it stolen) All of these items should be available from your local rv parts dealers or amazon. So put a bite into crime and be smart, I have used these types of items for years and never had any issue with any of my rv’s.

About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on September 30, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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