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Truck Camper Security Tips

Insurer: “Have you fitted an engine immobilizer?”

Me: “No, it hasn’t got an engine.”

Insurer: “Do you use locking wheel nuts or a wheel clamp?”

Me: “No, it doesn’t have wheels.”

Insurer: “What sort of hitch lock do you use?”

Me: “None, it hasn’t got a tow hitch.”

Insurer: “Oh.”

Me: “Can I have double discount because it can’t be driven away as it’s got no wheels or engine and can’t be towed as its got no tow hitch?”

Insurer: “Um, er… I’ll call you back.  I need to speak to the boss.” – Tony S., 2007 UK Ford Ranger, 2004 Northstar 700 DL

“There is no real way to keep thieves from breaking in if they are determined.  But, I do lock all that I can, and it sure makes me feel better.  I also made a investment of a security camera.  It is real obvious they are being recorded.  It’s also peace of mind.” – Charlie Y., 2013 Chevy 2500HD, Truck Topper Camper

“To be honest, I never give it a thought.  We’ve left the camper for days at a time while we’re off on our ATVs or out on the boat and never had a problem.  I suppose that if something does happen, we have insurance to cover things.” – Dave P., 2015 Chevy HD3500, 2004 Corsair Excella 9.5

“While I’m in it, a Sig P229, 40SW.  When not in in, they just better hope I don’t catch them because I have a pocket gun also.  Honestly leaving my camper is always a little uneasy with the crime rate the way it is.  It seems to me that a good product to make for RVs is a security system.

We have ring doorbells at home that let us know if anyone is around and it sends us a video.  They are chargeable and really do a great job.  The only problem of using them for RVs is they need WIFI.  I would also like some ideas.” – Jim F., 2006 Ford F350, 2014 Northern Lite 10-2SE

“First, we use traveler’s checks and hide valuables behind panels that need to be removed.  Only our daughters know where they are located.

Having your rig fully Insured gives us piece of mind.  We also have a hidden identifying device to track the truck for the police.  We do not park in marginal areas and the club on the steering wheel is surely a deterrent.  I also have a secret kill device so the engine will not start and it is really hidden, but easy for me to neutralize upon return.  We do not carry anything that cannot replaced.” – Bob and Linda R., 2002 Chevy 2500, 2010 Travel Lite 960 RX

“The first tip is lock down your turnbuckles.  Happijac turnbuckles are outstanding, but not cheap!  These are easily removed and remove quickly.  There is no identifying serial numbers.  It’s a great Craigslist item for resale.  Even in campground, lock your vehicle.  Don’t leave high end valuables in plain sight.  A light weight blanket across items in the back seat conceals your items.

Most camper doors are equipped with two locks, the door latch and the dead bolt.  If you are leaving and are securing your camper, take the extra moment to lock both.  The successful thief doesn’t look out of place and gain entry quickly.

Close your curtains.  If a thief can’t see a valuable he/she is just chancing being detected for nothing.  Roof top storage is accessible to a thief.  During extended absences put two small locks on your cases.  It will draw attention when a thief is not immediately retrieving a item. What’s that person doing just standing on his camper’s roof?  Just a few thoughts I employ with thirty-two years of law enforcement.” – Mark H., 2013 Ford, F350, 2015 Hallmark

“I have upgraded to a tubular lock set on all outside locks.  I also lock my camper’s main locks.  We keep our campsite clean.” – Jay B., 2013 Chevy 3500, 2014 Chalet TS116

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