Is Full Time RV Living Safe? 👮 🚔 💯 Security Tips for RV Life | Boondocking & Camping Safety Tips

July 12, 2019 posted by



hey everyone I'm Olivia and I'm Kyle and we're driving in vibin today is Monday so we're going to continue our word of the week series this week's word is security and we got it from a lot of questions received from our YouTube channel over the last few months now we wanted to take this time to talk a little bit about how we approach security while on the road and the precautions we take and we'll start by discussing what security means to us and how we approach the idea of it I think we have a similar mindset as a lot of other our viewers and friends of ours where we think it's mainly a state of mind and we use a lot of our instincts and common sense when we approach the subject yeah we're aware that anything can happen to anybody at any time of the day so we try not to focus on that but instead we try to focus on the areas where we can obtain peace of mind while out here on the road yeah our first step in getting that peace of mind is doing our research we research the campground the towns we're going to be in we love to read reviews by other our viewers who have stared there before us and it really gives you a good sense of what it will be like going into it yeah campaign iam is good for that but also free campsites is great because they have a ton of reviews and not only can you read reviews of boondocking sites but sometimes Walmart's and places like that so you can get an idea if people have to have issues with theft or anything like that in the past at these locations and there are some things we like to consider when setting up camp the first is just get a feel for it yourself when you get there and scout out the area kind of drive around and see the kind of feel you get from it yeah that's what we do before we even unhitch the camper we're going to drive around and it doesn't matter if it is a Walmart or if it is a boondocking spot we want to see what the area is telling us as far as if we're going to feel good there yeah we'd like to take note of how much traffic is coming in and out I find the nights where we're most restless and don't get as good of a sleep or when there's constant traffic coming in and out all throughout the night yeah in the traffic can vary you know if it's a lot of local traffic that kind of a little more unnerving if it's more campers coming in and out just trying to set up camp then it kind of feels like we're in a part of a community there and it may not have much to do with safety but other than an annoyance in the back that just may not let you get the best nicely so if we are going to be camping at a parking lot like a Walmart or Cracker Barrel something like that or city park or a city park even we want to camp underlie a little well-lit area that just gives us a little better sense of security and we can even sometimes scout out and see if their camera is recording if we're in a parking lot yeah and it's a good idea to always remain visible camp nearby other campers not right up next to them obviously when you want to give them their space but just so you can see one another and people are within distance if you were to need help for any reason and as far as boondocking goes really that is when we're at our most comfortable when we're out in nature boondocking because usually there's nobody there and if there is anyone there it's just another like-minded traveler looking for peace and you know serenity out there in among nature and this is what we typically encounter while we're out on the road one last thing to keep in mind when choosing a campsite or campground or you're in an area it's just to see if you have any cell signal should there be any type of an emergency it's nice to be able to know that you are a call away and even if you don't have cell signal at the site you know just be aware of where the last area was where you did have cell signal so you know where you need to go if you need to make that call definitely maybe just pulling in to the road to the campground was better signal than where you're actually camped at and as far as leaving the camper at a location we do take a lot of precautions for security and safety in those situations and the first and most simple is locking everything up yeah we lock the doors we lock our hitch and we lock the bed of our truck and we even have a log for the generator if we decide to leave it out a lot of times these boondocking sites it does feel safe to leave the generator out locked up yeah it just depends on the fuel you get sometimes we decide to take it with us and lock it into the bed of the truck and not draw attention to ourselves exactly and the last measure that really is helpful when we're leaving the camera behind it sometimes will leave Riv in the camper and having a guard dog is always just one great layer of added security yep she usually likes to sit in the window and see what's going on and scout everything out so we have our little guard dog sitting there watching everyone and if we decide to take the dog with us sometimes we might just leave a light on and one more thing to touch on is that this lifestyle we kind of chose it because of the minimal aspect and qualities of it so we don't have very many things of value to us and definitely not very many things we can't live without definitely I think we have very few valuable items maybe our most valuable is our composting toilet but I don't think many people will want to steal that so I think we're good so to kind of wrap it up we do understand that security and safety means something different to everybody else and everyone needs to find what works best for them in these situations what makes you feel most comfortable but honestly we have never felt unsafe this far out on the road and just a lot of these things on this list we do subconsciously it's not out in the forefront of our mind and it's not a worry we have all the time because we try our best to just live in the present and not worry about things that we can't change and the beauty about having a home on wheels is that if we do feel unsettled or uncomfortable we can simply hitch up and leave and we recommend that to anybody who has that feeling ever because it's not worth your peace of mind to stay somewhere where you don't feel comfortable definitely just follow your intuition and your gut instinct more often than not you will already pick up on the vibe of a place and know whether or not you're going to feel comfortable there and might take some extra precautions in that area or just decide to leave altogether yep so thank you all for asking those questions about RV security in the past week or so we really are glad it inspired us to get around and kind of focus on what makes us feel safe and secure and share with y'all yep so this is how we approach this in our lives if you have any other tips or tricks for the other viewers please leave those in the comments below leave us more questions and comments for us to answer next week and we'll see you guys next time later on

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29 Replies to “Is Full Time RV Living Safe? 👮 🚔 💯 Security Tips for RV Life | Boondocking & Camping Safety Tips”

  1. DarlaKP says:

    You're just the cutest couple and I hope, in a couple years if I dare to take the leap, I will cross paths with you to say 'hi' in person! Best wishes!

  2. Lars Turner says:

    Thanks, guy's.

  3. Marty Galison says:

    BLM Land and Other Federal Land. Did you ever had drifters come upon your site ? People who may be on the run

  4. Maui Time says:

    cool tee. rving across the flat plain

  5. Carol Rix says:

    What about motion sensor lights?

  6. dave w says:

    Our Berretta 9mm makes us feel safe 🙂

  7. Donna Lukin says:

    haha I cant imagine going in some ones rv and stealing a composting toilet haha :O

  8. Matthew Ronson says:

    How does one find the lowest elevation passes through mountain ranges?

  9. Gojira61 says:

    Great video with some things to keep in mind.

  10. Bohica1966 says:

    We are not fulltimers so we have a lot about a mile from where we live in a small midwest town where we store the fiver. I went to the lot just before Christmas to start getting the trailer ready to leave for Gulf Shores at the end of the month. Much to my surprise the door had been pried open and both tv's plus a few small items stolen. After talking to a Keystone service center about a new door I found out just how flimsy rv doors are. I think the thief or thieves was used a flat bar and had defeated the deadbolt in less than 5 minutes. Since only the edge that covers the deadbolt was bent and replacing the door would exceed a grand and the door was sooooo flimsy I chose to keep the old door and replace the lock. With all this in mind I decided to drill a 5/16 inch hole in the inside handle on the door lock and wrap a short length of small link chain around the inside door assist handle and use a small padlock (unlocked) to secure the chain to the door handle. This is like the old chain locks used in hotels and motels and is easy to get undone in a hurry if needed and we sleep much better. I also added an led, dusk to dawn, motion sensing porch light that stays powered up all the time and only comes on at night, added security and it is nice to come home and have the porch light turn on when you pull up. As for security on the lot, I put up a high pressure sodium flood light that shines on the trailer. We don't leave ANYTHING of value while the trailer is stored.

  11. Van Dwelling Soul says:

    Love your videos. I always get so much great information and ideas. Thanx for all the work you put in.

  12. andy bosik says:

    I moved into my Rv fulltime about a month ago.
    A couple of times, I'm chilling in my Rv, parked away from other
    vehicles, when all of the sudden I hear another vehicle park right next
    to me and they start talking loud, running their generator, having their
    grey water tanks leaking all over the parking lot, having their dogs
    running around off-leash, etc. They are basically like homeless
    crackheads living in their run-down Rv's. I don't understand why they
    feel compelled to park right next to me and do all their weirdo
    crackhead stuff? So I simply drive away. I wish they would just stay the
    heck away from me.

  13. Shuttle Babe -Beachcricket says:

    Such a great video on this topic!

  14. Michelle Notherday says:

    Several sites talk security. However. Ok, I hope you don't laugh. My family and I used to RV for vacation years ago and we planned around bad weather. Now my wife and I want to full time. But no one ever talks about the dreaded storms, hail, and tornadoes. How do full timers avoid these? Or are we being paranoid? Thanks in advance!

  15. party invitations says:

    Oh my goodness — Olivia!!! you said the most valuable thing you own is your toilet! I totally love that!!!! That is the life I want to live!!!!

  16. Dwight Stewart says:

    Okay, I'm not foolish enough to believe an RV magically makes one more trustworthy than others within our overly violent, crime-ridden, society today. Caution is well warranted. In fact, since criminals have long used the anonymous nature of RV's to hide from the law, even extra caution might be called for.

  17. Emily Buckingham says:

    You guys are great teachers! It's so generous of you to give out this free information. I just bought a small camper and I'm trying to prep myself for RV living while I start my renovations. Your videos have encouraged me to be mindful and excited for RV life. These are the kind of videos people need to be watching before they go hippying about!

  18. jeni Bohl says:

    Love your channel! As we consider this lifestyle, I'm wondering how do you afford health insurance? Thanks!

  19. Chris & Michelle Go Places says:

    Thanks for making this guys — really helpful. Good to know you haven't really had a ton of concerns in your travels so far and that's it's really just what you're comfortable with.

  20. bchrider says:

    did you happen to see gram parsons when you were in the desert

  21. RJ's adventures says:

    Very Good Video, I did a Video about the same thing to post on my channel, Just never did post it. I think you have to get away from the mind set, Everyone wants to kill or Rob you. TV Shows and In my Opinion, The Media, Has us scared to leave our House. Keep you head on a Pivot Trust your Gut and use Common Sense. You will be OK

  22. Jeanette Waverly says:

    Good info and advice, guys! Love that Horus tee shirt, Kyle.

  23. Terry Ragsdale says:

    I'm a retired police officer so I always carry a handgun. This is a personal choice and you should never carry one unless you are comfortable carrying it an feel that you are adequately trained. Keep in mind some states and counties have very restrictive gun laws and if you plan on going into Canada or Mexico then your better off to not carry one.

  24. David Clay says:

    When we leave our camper, we put things like our laptop and tablets under the mattress. Just have to remember to remove them before plopping down on the bed. Lol

  25. Aaron Young says:

    Very good! we have a Dog and motion LED lights around the RV and retired military never without my Beretta.

  26. Peace Dove says:

    Thanks for sharing ✌ 💖 🎼 🎶 🎵

  27. gmaneis says:

    Never had any trouble in campgrounds, but your advice is excellent. Times sure are different. In 1957, we left all our camping gear at Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park, spent four days touring Denver, Co Springs and Pikes Peak, the Royal Gorge, and when we went back up to Rocky, everything was the same. Incredible. We didn't even think about it back then. Now, it would be crazy to think you could do that.

  28. Fernweh Forever/Tear of Joy says:

    As usual, you're guiding us in the right direction….much appreciated. I've been doing some 'security homework' myself and one bit of help I found interesting…..try to buy locks that aren't easily drilled AND shrouded locks are much more difficult to cut off. Thanks a bunch!

  29. Russell Rogers says:

    You two guys are great! Just wanted to let you know this and to say how much your information is appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to help others and hope to meet the two of you someday out on the road. 🙂

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