Friday, March 24, 2023


Hiding places for your valuables in your RV

By Peggi McDonald
There are many places to create “out of sight” hiding places for your valuables in your RV. It’s difficult to steal something quickly when you don’t know where to look. One common “hideout” is small containers buried inside food packages such as coffee, cereal, sugar, rice, etc.

Other ideas for hiding places

• Screw bottle lids to the hidden underside of a cupboard, place valuables in bottles and attach to the lids. This method, too, is standard, but time-consuming to find when in a hurry.

• Install, hide or camouflage a fire-resistant safe, or use a hollow “California-style safe” that resembles cleaning products/spray cans with a false bottom. When stored with other cleaning supplies, finding the “safe” takes too long.

• Store valuable papers in the freezer – it’s the last place to burn.

• Attach a storage tray behind the plate of an electric plug-in socket assembly. Install to resemble a “plug-in.”

• Areas behind a false panel or under a drawer make a great large secret hide-away.

The bottom line – use caution and common sense to keep your RV and belongings secure.

Peggi McDonald is the webhost of and author of the book “RV Living in the 21st Century.

From the editor: You’ll be surprised at the variety of everyday-looking containers to hide valuables available on Amazon. Just browsing there will give you some great ideas.

More on indoor storage: Don’t forget the little storage spaces.



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James Duvall
2 years ago

I’m thinking the space in the water heater cabinet in a fireproof box

2 years ago

A second consideration is how fast can you get to your cash-CC stash or valuables in the event of a fire or sudden storm where you have to abandon ship in a hurry. Under the bed would be a hard to get to site The first consideration is how fast can you get your family and yourself out in a hurry! (Like :20 to :30 seconds!)

James LaGasse
2 years ago

Velcro a small container under the bed frame or inside the closet over the door frame, lots of hiding places if you take time to think about it.

California Travel Videos
2 years ago
Reply to  James LaGasse

Genius – Velcro strikes again… it there anything it WON’T DO ? 🙂

2 years ago

Just because a freezer is cold doesn’t make it the “last place to burn”. It’s plastic, and will burn right along with everything else. If you look at pictures of RV fires, many actually start in the refrigerator. I haven’t seen a single picture where the refrigerator/freezer still remains standing after a fire.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

You are correct Tom! Since Refrigerator Fires are the #2 Cause for RV Fires (applicable to Gas Absorption Fridges)

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