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BeerBrewer

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My wife and I are considering buying a travel trailer. I already own a pick-up and we were thinking that we'd buy a "new-ish" used travel travel (within towing limits of my truck) and leisurely tour the country (not full time), now that we have more time.

We thought travel to an area of interest and stop at a camp ground, unhook the trailer and then use our truck to tour the surrounding area. Basically using the TT as a home base. So over the past few months I've done a ton of reading/learning about RVing, towing, travel trailers, etc. Unfortunately, I keep reading more and more that travel trailers are prone to theft. I've read stories about people returning to their campsite to find their rig was broken into or that their entire rig was stolen!

Obviously we have to take precautions but I'm wondering how big this problem is and if it is a real concern. So is it a big concern or are these just isolated incidents? Does anyone know the real statistics on TT or RV theft or where I can find them?

Your comments and experiences are greatly appreciated!

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BeerBrewer wrote:

My wife and I are considering buying a travel trailer. I already own a pick-up and we were thinking that we'd buy a "new-ish" used travel travel (within towing limits of my truck) and leisurely tour the country (not full time), now that we have more time.

We thought travel to an area of interest and stop at a camp ground, unhook the trailer and then use our truck to tour the surrounding area. Basically using the TT as a home base. So over the past few months I've done a ton of reading/learning about RVing, towing, travel trailers, etc. Unfortunately, I keep reading more and more that travel trailers are prone to theft. I've read stories about people returning to their campsite to find their rig was broken into or that their entire rig was stolen!

Obviously we have to take precautions but I'm wondering how big this problem is and if it is a real concern. So is it a big concern or are these just isolated incidents? Does anyone know the real statistics on TT or RV theft or where I can find them?

Your comments and experiences are greatly appreciated!

Thanks


I've not heard of it being a "big" problem. I've had a pop up for 13 years and never a problem. I went to a TT this year. They are easy to break into but I've not seen it or heard of it happening.

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BeerBrewer wrote:

Unfortunately, I keep reading more and more that travel trailers are prone to theft. I've read stories about people returning to their campsite to find their rig was broken into or that their entire rig was stolen!


In a storage lot, sure, but in a campground? [emoticon] - after 20 yrs of this that would be news to me. I can't think of a single person I know who has suffered trailer theft from a campground. If you're concerned put a coupler lock on it, make sure it's properly insured, and forgetaboutit. [emoticon]

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RV theft per se is pretty rare in or from an established camp ground. If you have to store your RV in some parking lot, sure, lots of problems there. But in over 35 years of RVing my RVs have always be next to my house. There are ways to better secure an RV, coupling locks, locking wheel chaulks, digital entry locks. These sorts of things will stop all but the most dedicated criminal.


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I agree with SoundGuy, lock it up and don't worry. Just about anything can be stolen or vandalized.
Chances of any problems at a CG are very slim.
Will you have a housesitter for your S&B while you're traveling?

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In a campground there is always a lot of people around to "look out" for such activity.

We do a lot of dry camping and boondocking where we are the only people around. Never had a problem in 16 years of camping. We do have a lock on our hitch to security it when towing and to keep someone from towing off the trailer, but the lock is easy broken -- don't ask me how I know -- lost key


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BeerBrewer wrote:

Does anyone know the real statistics on TT or RV theft or where I can find them?


Most likely, such break ins or thefts would be reported to local police departments. I doubt that there is any national or even state entity that compiles such data. Most likely they would be lumped in with all other burglaries or thefts of all kinds.

Which means we're basically left with anecdotes and speculation rather than real evidence . . .

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I agree with the others. We've been RV'ing since 1997 with various types of trailers and haven't been broken into. We use caution where we camp. We lock up, put a hitch lock on it and take into consideration where we are. Sometimes we stay put if we're not familiar with the area, but then again, we may only be there overnight, so staying put is not an issue. If we're in a good area, and you'll know, then touring for the day is not a problem. We do that a lot, but DH feels better doing this in a new area while at a campground as opposed to boondocking. But, we do that often while boondocking locally because we know the area and safety of it.


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BTW, I would guess that 5th Wheels are less likely to be stolen than regular trailers. Every truck seems to come from the factory with a receiver these days, but someone would have to go to the trouble to set up to pull a 5th wheel in order to steal one.

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When I was still active in our truck shop, I was involved in several RV repos from campgrounds. In every case when the debtor wasn't on site or cooperative, other guests in the campground approached us asking what we were up to while we were hooking up and disconnecting power, water, sewer, etc. In some cases we saw them take pictures of our truck and license plate, and once called the police. We nearly always advised the park management of what we doing on arrival, so they didn't get involved. The only time we didn't notify the park was when it was the park owner's RV we were repossessing. [emoticon]

As said, in a campground everyone tends to look out for everyone else, so true thefts of an RV are less likely. Storage lots on the other hand, are much easier places for both thieves and repo folks to work undetected.


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