Offers Tips On How to Protect Your RV From Thieves

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Recreational vehicle theft is on the rise. offers some tips to keep your RV safe from the hands of thieves.

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In a typical campsite, nobody really knows who their neighbors are., the number one RV purchaser and leader in RV consignment sales in the nation, wants people to be aware of the rising thefts of recreational vehicles throughout the United States. Law enforcement officials speculate that the housing shortage may have a direct correlation with the number of motorhome thefts. Others claim that the rough economy has sparked a higher number of thefts of RVs and RV components for resale on the black market.

RV theft has proven to be a problem in every state. Some of the thefts are from storage units and RV storage lots, while others disappear directly from RV parks and campgrounds. Most of the thefts are witnessed by unsuspecting bystanders. The thieves simply act as though the motorhome or fifth wheel belongs to them. They will drive a tow vehicle to the trailer, engage the hitch, take up the stabilizers, lower the awning and pull away, with nobody suspecting any wrongdoing.

Gerard Pedata of said, “In a typical campsite, nobody really knows who their neighbors are. It’s not unusual to see campers pack up their gear and take off during all hours of the day or night. It is difficult to determine who owns what.” Pedata continues, “It’s common sense that will stop a thief. Put locks on your hitches and make sure your motorhome is secured when you’re not there. Make it difficult for the bad guys and they will move on to an easier target.”

RV theft isn’t limited to the entire vehicle. Parts are harvested from stationary motorhomes and trailers, and are sold at garage sales, pawnshops, flea markets and on Craigslist or eBay. Nobody really has any control over who is selling RV parts and what parts they are selling. has come up with a list of tips to keep your RV in the proper hands:

  •     Keep the doors of your RV locked when you are away.
  •     Use a hitch lock to keep thieves from hooking up to your trailer and driving away
  •     If you leave for the day, place belongings such as bicycles, barbeques, etc. in the locked RV.
  •     Employ the use of wheel clamps to keep the RV from moving.
  •     Be alert to your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, don’t be afraid to notify authorities.
  •     Use a GPS enabled security system so that if your RV is stolen, its location can be monitored and tracked.
  •     If you have a security system, display the decals in a prominent place to dissuade would-be thieves from proceeding.
  •     While your rig is in storage, pass by and check on it periodically. Don’t be forced to tell the police and the insurance company that the last time you saw your RV was four months ago. is a website run by one of the largest RV buyers in the country devoted to one thing: purchasing used RVs quickly and efficiently. is not just another of the many consignment RV dealers; they’re professional RV buyers specializing in buying late model recreational vehicles and motorhomes including: Class A, Class B, Class C, Diesel Pushers, etc. If you have ever considered RV consignment sales, visit and learn the best way to get the sale done quickly and hassle free.

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