How to Decrease Your Risk of RV Break Ins

Over fifteen years ago, the tool trailer for RVLock’s Founder, Cade Harris, was broken into. Thousands of dollars of equipment were gone in an instant. Annoyed, he realized two things about rig door locks at that time. First, just how easily the standard locks on trailers could be forced open with a quick pry. Second, most trailers arrive installed with common key codes, meaning any given RV key could have a shot of unlocking your rig. 

In response, he spent years developing a strong, convenient, and stylish upgrade to the standard trailer door lock. Now the leading keyless handle in the nation, RVLock has helped thousands of expert and novice travelers better secure their trailer. 

Safety and security is something that crosses every traveler's mind, especially when your home is on wheels. Aside from just upgrading your lock, there are other ways you can decrease your risk of theft or break ins. 

If you follow these tips you will become more aware of your surroundings and potentially less of a target.


First, research the areas you are visiting. Try to get a basic idea of where things are before you even arrive. Familiarity in a location makes you seem confident and therefore less of a target. Look at previous reviews and tips past visitors have posted online at Campground Reviews. Oftentimes, previous campers will leave valuable information regarding the campsite and the surrounding area. You are less of a target when you’re more assertive when navigating the surrounding area.


No one can deny the safety of locking your doors. This is a simple precaution that can save your RV from getting broken into. Get into the habit of locking your doors both when leaving and staying inside. Breaking a window and doing damage to a rig looks much more suspicious than simply opening the door to walk in. 


‘Out of sight, out of mind’. If a thief can’t see what you have inside your rig they are less likely to break in. By closing your shades and blinds others are unable to discern if you are inside or not. This decreases the risk of theft by adding an extra uncertainty to your rig as a potential break in.


Keeping your interior lights on when you go out combined with closed blinds and shades makes it appear that you are home. This makes the theft process more of a hassle because the robber doesn’t have the luxury of knowing that your RV is empty. 


It is also beneficial to keep your exterior lights on. A rig is less of a target when it is well lit. In addition, parking in a well lit area is a great way to increase your security. A thief doesn’t want to be seen and is more likely to be caught when stealing in a bright area. 


Chat with your neighbors and become friends with them. Talk with them about watching for suspicious activity around your rig and that you in turn will do the same for them. It never hurts to have an extra set of eyes, especially if you go out. 


Upgrading your standard handle to a Keyless RVLock Handle immensely increases your security. Many RVs have keys with little to no variation in the keycode. RVLock products are the highest quality trailer security products on the market and offer thousands of unique key codes. We provide our customers the comfort and security that are so desired when traveling. 

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At RVLock we highly encourage our customers to take these tips and apply them in your travels. Take extra time to be aware of your surroundings and apply necessary precautions. Practicing these simple tips can greatly reduce your chance of break in and keep you and your RV safe. 

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  • Same problem though I bought locks for my propane doors and front compartment on the GD Reflection 337 RLS From you and they did not work. Stuck with locks I can’t use.

    Steve Judge on
  • I like the main door lock that I installed last year. But the locks I ordered for my compartment doors came nowhere near fitting. I have a Cedar Creak Silverback 5th wheel and the doors are too thick for your cargo(basement) locks. Waiting for you to come out with them.

    Doug Edgerly on

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