One of our major concerns before we hit the road was RV safety. Now, some of the things we feared we haven’t encountered in our 3+ years on the road. Additionally, a whole slew of things we didn’t even think of were thrown our way. Either way, we still feel strongly about RV safety and want every RVer to be prepared on the road.
Not only does RV safety pertain to other people that might have ill intentions, but we are thinking about safety from natural disasters and accidents as well. In our experience, we haven’t faced any theft, however, we have faced plenty of thunderstorms, hail, and wind!
There are certain items that will give you peace of mind on the road, even if you never have to use them. Today, we’re going to review our list of RV safety products that have made us feel secure while traveling. Let’s dive in!
Table of contents
- RV Wheel Chocks
- NOAA Emergency Weather Radio
- Walkie Talkies for RV Safety
- Fire Extinguisher for RV Safety
- Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm
- Fireproof Safe
- Security Cameras for RV Safety
- RV Hitch Lock for RV Safety
- Trailer Lock
- RV Lock
- Pepper Spray for RV Safety
- Emergency Kit for RV Safety
- Final Thoughts on RV Safety
RV Wheel Chocks
First and foremost, we want every RVer to own a set of wheel chocks! This might seem and odd item to list first for RV safety, but it’s a major one. We learned this lesson the hard way our second week on the road. If you are setting up on any type of incline, you must chock your trailer tires before unhitching to prevent any rolling.
- Approximate size: 8 inch length x 4 inch width x 5 inch height
- Features all weather construction and a rubber traction pad that make them the perfect choice to keep your vehicle or...
NOAA Emergency Weather Radio
An emergency radio is an absolute must-have RV safety product when RVing. Most likely, you will be traveling in areas that you aren’t familiar with their weather patterns. The last thing you want is a sudden thunderstorm or tornado heading your way! A NOAA weather radio will alert you of any alerts in the area, so you have time to load up and leave if necessary.
- Public-alert certified monitor receives 7 NOAA channels with flood, tornado, thunderstorm, and other warnings
- SAME alert programming sounds an alert only when specific counties are threatened
Walkie Talkies for RV Safety
If you’re traveling with anyone besides yourself, having walkie talkies on hand is a great idea. We use ours to communicate when backing up the RV. When also use them when caravanning with friends. It’s a great way to quickly talk to others without calling them on the phone; not to mention, they’re clutch for communicating with caravanning friends when not in cell phone service.
- LICENSE FREE DUAL POWER OPTIONS 2-WAY RADIOS - These walkie-talkies feature 36 FRS (Family Radio Service) channels,...
- UP TO 30-MILE RANGE - Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction
Fire Extinguisher for RV Safety
Almost all RVs come with fire extinguishers included. However, we’ve heard those aren’t the best and in some cases have done nothing to help put out a fire. We’ve replaced the fire extinguisher in our RV with a better one and think all RVers should do the same. It’s such an important RV safety item, why risk it?
- First alert's home1 fire extinguisher is UL rated 1 A: 10 B:C; it features durable all metal construction with a...
- Multipurpose fire extinguisher fights wood, paper, trash, plastics, gasoline, oil, and electrical equipment fires
Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm
This is another RV safety item that might come in a new RV. Be sure to check your own RV though, because if you don’t have one, you need to add ASAP. By RVing, you are increasing your exposure to carbon monoxide so this gadget is a must.
- 2 AA battery backup
- Low battery hushes
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We use our fireproof safe for important documents and valuable items. This RV safety item speaks for itself. Be sure to add anything you wouldn’t be willing to lose in a fire to your safe.
- Fireproof box is UL Classified to endure 1/2 hour at 1550°F to protect irreplaceable documents, small valuables, DVDs,...
- Waterproof box is ETL Verified for 72 hours of water submersion offering peace of mind in the event of a flood
Security Cameras for RV Safety
We love having our wireless security cameras. It’s been great to be able to check in on the RV whenever we are away from it. An added bonus is we get to peek in on our dog, Carmen as well! They are great for campgrounds but gave us extra peace of mind when boondocking. It felt strange to leave our RV in the middle of nowhere at first and our Arlo cameras eased our worries.
- Spend less time recharging with 6 months of battery life on one charge.
- No monthly fees or service contract required.
Budget Option – The Ring Camera
If security cameras are out of the budget, we recommend Ring. This is a battery-operated model so no dealing with wires. With this option, you can still check-in on the outside of your RV and be alerted if there is motion or someone rings your bell.
- Upgrade your door’s peephole with a 1080p HD video doorbell that enables you to see, hear, and speak to visitors from...
- Get alerts on your phone, tablet, and PC when anyone knocks on your door, presses the doorbell button, or triggers the...
RV Hitch Lock for RV Safety
Our RV hitch lock was another RV safety item that gave us peace of mind when boondocking. You simply lock this onto your hitch so no one can hook up and roll out with your rig!
- More Convenient with Handle, Compared with other kingpin lock, BOYISEN trailer kingpin Lock add handle and turn cylinder...
- Keyed Unique, Unlike other trailer lock using flat lock, BOYISEN anti theft trailer lock using blossom lock, come with...
Similar to the hitch lock, this trailer lock prevents someone from connecting to your RV and rolling out. From our research, we noticed there are cheaper ones on the market but they didn’t have steller reviews. If you’re fearful of someone stealing your travel trailer, this might be worth the investment.
- Molded to fit the specific shape of your trailer or Caravan (RV) 2 5/16 inches coupler when unhitched
- Materials used by AMPLOCK provide good rust resistance for use in all climates
We love our RVLock! Not only is it super convenient, but it’s very secure. If you didn’t know, most RV companies use a rotation of keys so it’s pretty easy to find a key for your RV. Additionally, the locks that come from the factory are easy to break into. We’ve felt a lot more secure since installing our RVLock. The model below is for our Grand Design Solitude but you can visit the RV Lock Amazon Store to find your exact match.
- Upgrade Your RV's Security with the Convenience of Keyless Entry
- The V4 is the Industry's Most Innovative and Secure Keyless RV Handle
Pepper Spray for RV Safety
It never hurts to have pepper spray on hand! We have a few bottles for different rooms of the RV and on our keys. I do want to mention that pepper spray isn’t legal in every state so you run the small risk of getting “caught” by having it, but that’s a risk we’re willing to take.
- #1 PEPPER SPRAY BRAND TRUSTED BY POLICE AND CONSUMERS WORLDWIDE: Including New York PD, Chicago PD and U.S. Marshals;...
- GUARANTEED MAXIMUM STRENGTH: SABRE's professional-grade OC Spray is backed by our in-house HPLC lab testing,...
Emergency Kit for RV Safety
Last but definitely not least is an RV emergency kit. We built out our RV emergency kit after having a few scary situations happen. We have a range of items in our kit, and you should read our article How To Create The Best RV Emergency Kit To Handle Any Disastrous Situation to start building yours. An emergency kit is key for RV safety.
Final Thoughts on RV Safety
You never know what you are going to encounter on the road but taking the proper steps to protect yourself will help. We hope this list of RV safety items gets you headed in the right direction. Once you’ve done all you can, the only thing you can do is expect the unexpected and roll with it!
Last update on 2021-02-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API