RVer Safety: Let’s review safety and security ideas

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By Mike Sherman

We have discussed several ideas for RVers’ safety and security over the past few months, so let’s recap a few of the ideas for those who may have missed some. And it would be great if our readers would add their suggestions so we can all learn something new.

1. Set out an extra chair or two around the campfire if you are camping solo.
2. Set a pair of size 14+ logging boots outside the door if you are camping solo.
3. Keep your car keys next to your bed so you can activate the alarm with your key fob if needed.
4. Keep a powerful flashlight near the front door so you can easily illuminate the outside through your RV windows.
5. A fire extinguisher is a good defensive tool, along with oven cleaners, bear spray, wasp spray and mace.
6. A firearm – pistol, rifle or shotgun – can be an excellent last resort in an emergency.
7. Got dual entry doors to your RV? Extend the entry steps for both (especially important in case someone exits the RV in the dark).
8. Protect your TV antenna. Hang your ignition keys on the antenna crank … ya gotta crank before leaving.
9. If you camp and hike often in the boonies, consider taking a personal safety alert device.
10. Let family/friends know where you are headed and for how long, especially if you will be without cell service.

I have also learned the hard way to follow a written list of procedures for breaking down camp. While I learned a lot as a Boy Scout, I have also learned that managing an RV has many added responsibilities. Making mistakes can factor into safety and security issues.

If you have suggestions, please help us promote safety for everyone, and thank you for your time in doing so.

Note: We know what we discuss in this column may be controversial. While we invite your polite, constructive comments, inflammatory remarks will be immediately deleted.

RVer Safety: Let's review safety and security ideasMike Sherman is a retired street cop and investigator with 30+ years of RV experience as a traveler, camp host and all-around advocate for the joys of living on the road. His articles are for general discussion purposes only – you should always consult your local authorities or legal counsel for specific answers if necessary. Write him at [email protected] if you have questions, or leave a comment below. 

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Jayne Bierman

Heads-up on the #3 Key Fob suggestion. Excellent idea to have the key fob near for the alarm, yes! Be aware, though, if you have a keyless entry system, that the proximity of your key fob may permit someone to open and drive away your vehicle! Excellent discussion and preventative options on the Truck Camper Magazine site: (TruckCamperMagazine (dot) com, search for ‘key fob’). https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/camper-tech/keyless-tech-warning-update-and-feedback/?singlepage=1

KT Gillespie

What source would you recommend as the ONE to use for traveling with a weapon in the trailer, but staying within local/state laws…

Mike Sherman

KT ~ Diane @ RVTravel has an excellent suggestion. Every state has different rules. Basically, your RV can be….maybe….depending on the location….your legal domicile….your “home” if you full time and most laws allow a “homeowner” to have a weapon. Bottom line….better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. As long as you are actually defending yourself, it’s hard to imagine a jury convicting you for a wrongful death claim. Unless you shoot the burglar in the back as they are fleeing. Every single shooting is judged on the specifics of the circumstances. Order the book if you seek… Read more »