Valuable storage in an RV bug out vehicle
By Joseph Parish
Since I use an RV as my primary bug out vehicle the safety of my valuables is of major concern to me. I am always looking for more secure methods of keeping money and jewelry safe from theft and intruders. These are one of the little things in life that the manufacturer seems to have forgotten all about.
One such option would be to install a fireproof safe. It is likely that when you first viewed your motor home with all the locking compartments around the outside that you figured you would be safe from any burglars that may try and capitalize on your hard earned assets. Well my friend, nothing could be further from the truth.
The sad truth of the matter is that just about every RV brand on today’s market as well as those produced twenty years ago all have the exact same storage compartment locks. These keys are usually the CH751 key set which are readily available at a cost of less than five dollars for a package of 10.
Does this surprise you? As such aside from changing every lock on your RV and installing alarms you may wonder what your options are.
As one option you may wish to consider a floor safe. Many of the newer models are now equipped with these safes and your older RV version can easily have one installed as well. There are many fine after market floor safes that would serve your purpose. I would like to take a few moments at this time to tell you why you should consider a safe.
RVs are relatively easy targets for thieves and robbers. These vehicles are simply not very secure places for keeping your possessions. Without doubt if you use your RV enough you are likely to become one of the statistical victims of theft. As an owner of an RV you know yourself how easily they can be accessed.
Even the all familiar deadbolt is no guarantee that your possessions are secure after all they are only protected by plastic window latches which hold the RV windows shut. Many latches are nothing more then small plastic tabs which ride within a groove thus preventing the window from sliding open. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to force past the latch and enter your RV by way of the window.
As you can see if you leave any money or personal items of value inside the RV you can be certain it will not take a thief long to find them and happily remove them from your possession. This brings us back to the RV safe which is the only method that can protect your valuables when you are not in your RV.
Often the more costly motor homes today have floor safes which are permanently mounted in one of the closets or perhaps under the bed. The major benefits of the factory mounted safes are that they are usually installed to be structurally part of the RV. When bolted from the inside they become very difficult to remove from an RV. Aftermarket safes can be installed in just about all RVs and provides a convenient place to store your small amounts of cash or jewelry. When planning the installation of your safe remember that it is only as secure as the installation itself.
In addition, a fireproof safe will provide you with a measure of protection when it comes to fire or even water damage however in reality it provides only little value in protecting against theft. Any box or safe which can be carried by a thief is likely to disappear rather quickly.
The surest way to ensure the safety of your jewelry is to simply leave it home in a safe deposit box at your local financial institution. Don't carry large amounts of cash with you when traveling. Rely upon a good credit card and take only one card with you on your trip.
You can easily find ATM's at any convenience store across America. I can travel cross country with less then $50 in cash with me. You can purchase just about anything these days with a credit card. So remember just locking your RV does not keep your possessions safe and above all never let anyone know that there is anything of value in your RV.
Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish