How to prevent a thief from stealing your RV surge protector

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By Chuck Woodbury
If you use a surge protector when you plug in your RV (you absolutely should!), it’s a good idea to secure it so a thief can’t steal it. Most times, you can simply use a padlock that will fit through a hole in the electrical pedestal cover.

We hear reports at RVtravel.com quite often from readers whose surge protectors disappeared during the night or when they were away from their RV.

rv surge protectorFor those times I can’t simply lock the pedestal cover, I carry a combination bicycle lock like the one here and a strong security cable, which most often does the job: I can usually find something to attach the cable to — a tree, picnic table or anything else nearby that can be used to secure it.

We found this photo on Pinterest that shows another way to secure a surge protector when a system like what I describe above won’t work.

Do you have another method? Please leave a comment.

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lee
1 month ago

chain and lock, like the photo, is the way I go. cannot slide over the lid to the box.

John M
1 month ago

I use a surgeguard but the problem is my power cord screws on outside of the motorhome with no inside connections. I have one of those lock box covers that keeps the cord and protector plugged together. The only way to stop someone from taking it or the whole cord is to lock it to the pedestal which is not always easy.

Roger Marble
1 month ago

My SurgeGuard comes with a metal loop on the cord I just use some chain and regular padlock. I think any theft of an EMS is a Theft of opportunity and if the theft requires some effort the thief will go to an easier target.

DebbieG
1 month ago

We also used to “lock” our surge protector. But were informed in many states and counties, that it was considered a potential fire hazard and illegal. So we discontinued the practice. After 5 years of fulltime RVing it hasn’t been an issue in any park that we have stayed in. Yes it would be an issue if stolen, but we had to weigh safety vs peace of mind. For others you have to do what makes you comfortable.

Julie Winkelman
1 month ago

This article has appeared several times in RVTravel. Each time I see it I wonder what would keep a thief from unhooking the plug and sliding the chain up over the power pedastal. Surely you have gotten this comment before.

Bob P
1 month ago

Since most thieves are stupid they probably won’t think of that.

Sink Jaxon
1 month ago

Oh SNAP! so much for THAT idea!

Gary Johnson
1 month ago

I, too use a security cable and a good safety lock. While most people are honest, and, at one time $400 wasn’t a lot of money to me, it sure is now. I recall the shock (no pun intended) when we lost power only to find that rain had shorted out and destroyed our Canco suppressor. So I bought a Progressive Industries model with the weather-proof cover. Getting back to security, I am also amazed to see so many people leaving their Blue Ox hitches hanging off the rear of their motor home or the pins left in the grille of their toad. Imagine their surprise when they go to hook up and a part’s been pilfered. It would certainly delay the next leg of their journey. Lock it up!

Mikey
1 month ago

We solved the problem in our 5’er by hard wiring our 50 amp surge unit inside the trailer right behind the power panel. We also have a digital readout in the cupboard right above it so we can monitor what it is doing any time.

Ted
1 month ago
Reply to  Mikey

Exactly what we did on our Artic Fox 28F TT.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

I use the bicycle cable & padlock, but also cover the pedestal with a large black plastic bag. If the thief comes in the night, he/she will not see it.

Joe
1 month ago

I also use a similar lock and chain system and when possible also lock the lid. A fiend of mine used a cable and had his stolen so for Just a small cost compared to a $200+ loss I like the double protection!

James vaughn
1 month ago

I secured my Hughes transformer to the pedestal by locking the pedestal box at the rv park in Seminole, ok, Bar H Bar rv park. They cut the lock and said it’s a fire hazard and kicked us out. It’s now called the Stuckeys rv park. It’s also a good Sam park . I complain to good Sam about their rating and their treatment towards rv campers . Nothing was done to their rating I would not recommend using their park since you are not allowed to secure your property even though they have transients wandering thru.

Ron T.
1 month ago
Reply to  James vaughn

They didn’t just knock on the door and ask to remove the lock?

James vaughn
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron T.

No.. the idiot that works there knew me since I would pick up the trash as it blows around and they don’t. He walked up and cut the lock. I asked him why did he not ask me to take it off since I was in the rv. He said the boss told him to cut it. These people that work there don’t think. I asked the boss why don’t they fix the water faucets and electric pedestals. She said its the owners problem and not hers. Stupid is as stupid does. Still wish Good Sam would drop there ratings since they are rv unfriendly.

Jeremy
1 month ago
Reply to  James vaughn

Noted – Stuckeys RV park will be on the no-go list.

Beachcamper
1 year ago

I lock the door of the pedestal with a long shackle lock. If they can’t open the pedestal door they can’t steal the EMS.

Jeff
1 year ago

I just wrap this around the pedestal a few times and attach to Surge Protector. Seems to work pretty good!
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Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

By the way, my Wife drives the Truck towing the Chain Trailer! A Dual Axle Trailer with Mini Crane to off load the chain once we get to our campsite!

Gil
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Is this available at Walmart or Home Depot, LOL.

Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Gil

Actually LOWES has it in stock! LMAO!

Mark
1 year ago

I use a cable lock used to secure guns by going through the action. Often they come free with the gun and the one I use says ‘Smith & Wesson’ so it has extra security.

Alvin
1 year ago

I’ve used the largest diameter bike cable available for years, fastened so it can’t be lifted up and over the pedestal, (like someone else suggested) and have never even suspected someone has attempted to steal it. Most set-ups I’ve observed would be much easier to steal than mine, and that’s the object, Thieves are lazy low-life’s, who don’t want to work very hard at anything – thus they’re hard wired to follow the path of least resistance, which I do not offer them.

Rich Arno
1 year ago

I hard wired my surge suppressor inside my electrical cabinet bay. I also lock the cabinet up all the time I am away from home. It has been 17 years and I still have it safe and secure.

William Johnson
1 year ago

I have two electric management systems, 50 amp, and I have had them both for many years. No one has ever tried to take it when pluged in all these years. Someone once told me many years ago that they don’t lock their storage because he would prefer that if they are going to steal from there them he hope they didn’t break the doors or door locks.

Wolfe Rose
2 years ago

I’m surprised no one else pointed out that the chained box pictured wouldn’t do anything to stop theft. Unplug, lift the loop of chain, and walk away with it. What works better is locking the surge cable to your non-removable RV cable so even unplugged its still stuck to your rig.

WEB
1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe Rose

If a low life is taking your surge protector, he would take a long chunk of cable too. “Snip” With the price of copper, it would be worth it.

Stay cool

Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe Rose

The receptacle lid is larger than the post so if you keep the chain short it cannot slide off the top of the pedestal

Billy Bob Thorton
2 years ago

Can’t steal mine, don’t use one. Lightning, bring it!

vernon
1 year ago

you wont feel that way if a surge comes through the wire. had it happen to the campground we were staying at. ruined our tv and several oher campers had even more problems. got a surge protector right away.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

That’s been my solution for over 20 years too, Billy. Haven’t had any issues either.

Linda
1 month ago

Ours was about $1,000 mistake. Blew microwave, coffee pot, heated blanket, digital wall clock, fireplace.

James vaughn
1 month ago
Reply to  Linda

Not the coffee pot!!!

Jerry Miller
2 years ago

We use an extension cord, surge protector stays inside the bin.

Jeff
2 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Miller

same here

Dave Hogan
2 years ago

If I will be staying for a few days at a camp site, I first check the pedestal with my tester/surge protector. If all is ok I use my 50 Amp extension cord from the pedestal to the entry into my basement electrical service and plug the surge protector into the extension cord and the 50 amp service cord into the surge protector. So all anyone sees is an electric cord going under my RV.

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Mike Sokol (@mike)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dave Hogan

Pretty clever way to hide the surge protector.

Jim
2 years ago
Reply to  Dave Hogan

You must watch for voltage drop.
Check the voltage at your breaker box.