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Truck Camper Security Tips

“Most of the campsites I have been to are back-ins.  If I’m going to be there for awhile, I take my camper off of my truck and lower it.  If I’m away for several hours hiking or walking on the beach, I park my truck so that it blocks the entrance to my campsite.
If I leave the campground to go to the market, I have disconnected the power and shut off the water.  When leaving the unit in storage I lower the unit and remove the positive lead off the battery.” – RJ Bickford, 2007 Dodge 2500, 2003 Palomino Maverick 1000

“Well there’s not much one can do except lock all the doors and pray for the best.  However, one thing we do is always park under a light if one is available.  Therefore your rig is never in the dark for easy access.

We’ve been looking for some kind of sign to put in the window to ward off intruders, but haven’t found a good enough one yet.  “Protected by a Smith & Wesson” or “Beware of Dog” or something in the line of, “You’re taking a chance if you enter!”

I know your concern because I think of it every time I walk away.” – Richard L., 2015 Chevy Silverado, 2015 Lance

“We have a paddle lock on the hitch and leave the awning and the interior lights on.  If we’re at a campground, we chat with a seasonal site and let them know we will be gone.  We string a piece of chain through the rim and lock it.  If the camper gets moved it will make plenty of noise and attract attention.” – Eric C., 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, 2016 Crossroads Z1

“Don’t be too far from if you go the stores like Walmart.  Park in an area where you can see the left and right side.  Make sure you can see the back of your camper from the entrance of any place you go to like malls and restaurants.  Lock up your camper every time you and your wife get out.  Now go have a good time and a nice trip.” – Michael R.

“What about having a small camouflaged security camera hidden outside of your camper?  You could use your smart phone to keep an eye on it when your away.  The downside is that your security camera could be discovered and stolen.  It would probably be easier to hide the camera in an outdoor woods setting.  Mount it in a tree maybe eight to ten feet off the ground.” – James M., No truck yet, No camper yet

“Really!  Really!  You are killing me.  Since 1999 we have been traveling.  First, with an Airstream trailer and then, in 2003, we added the truck camper.  Never have we had a problem from Key West to Anchorage and San Diego to St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Really!  The world is a better place that you are making it look like.

I had concerns once the camper was off the truck.  But then we came up with a good security alert – a dog.  Charlee will bark if you touch the camper.  So, she makes a racket!  Dogs are better then an alarm system if you ask me.

Now, if I had a half a million dollar rig I would be scared, but a truck camper?” – Jake and Sylvie M., 1994 Dodge Ram, 2003 Northern Lite 9CQ

“It is highly unlikely that someone will steal the camper off the truck.  Someone might steal the truck.  For this, either lock the steering wheel or put a LoJack on the rig.  More likely, someone will do a smash and grab on the truck (which happened to our truck once).  This is virtually impossible to prevent as the event is over in less than 15 seconds.

The best suggestion is to park in a highly visible area with lots of foot traffic and hide anything valuable from prying eyes.  I have no suggestions for the camper entrance door, with the exception of putting a hasp and paddle lock on It.

The various hatches are very vulnerable because most RV hatch locks use the same key (try opening another rig’s locks sometime with your rig’s key!)  The solution is to change the locks out with cam or tubular locks/keys.  These can be purchased at Industrial Lock and Hardware (http://iss4locks.com) in Palmdale, California.  They are fairly easy to install.” – Jim G., 2006 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 1191

“Stealing a 6,000 pound camper is not an easy task!  Lifting our camper with the installed jacks would take the thieves at least five minutes or so, and the process would not be quiet.  When we do it, it always attracts attention.

Moreover, the thieves would have to use a 350/3500 series long bed dually at a minimum and also have some rear axle suspension enhancement in order to make any kind of a quick get away!  But hey, if the thieves are clever enough and quiet enough and have truck-enough to snag my rig, they can have it.  I’d love to cash in on the insurance value!  Happy Trails!” – Dan D., 2015 Ram 3500, 2015 Eagle Cap 1165

“I rarely remove my camper from the truck.  When parked at home or in a campsite, I put the jacks down to level the camper thereby putting weight on the jacks.  This is an easy/free deterrent to a theft of the whole rig.

When at a short shopping stop, I park in a visible area near other rigs – if possible.  Actually, I worry more about theft from my outside storage areas or my campsite as I have had items taken from these areas on two occasions.  I realize that a dog is a good deterrent, but having been a dog owner for about 30 years, I am enjoying being dog-free at this time.” – Bill G., 2008 Ford F450, 2013 Lance 1181

“Thanks a lot.  Now I suppose I have to worry about that too.  I never really thought about it much.  My policy is to just lock up and go and don’t think about it.” – Allen B., 2008 Dodge Ram 1500, 2016 Northstar 650SC

“I let my 60 pound dog sleep in the camper when I’m away.  He will start barking when anyone gets about ten feet from it.  Plus, he is my best friend.” – Mike M., 2015 Ford Super Duty, 2015 Arctic Fox

“I use the stock locks on the camper and truck, but when I carry items in the back seat of the truck, I cover them with black lawn bags.  That and the tint of the windows keeps things out of sight.” – Bryce D., 2007 GMC 2500HD, 2013 Wolf Creek 850

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