caravan security tips for free camping

Caravan Security Tips When Free Camping

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Caravan security is always a question when free camping and sometimes in caravan parks.

If someone is out to steal a van or other items, they will go out prepared. Then there are the opportunist thieves that might see an easy target.

The harder you make it for them the more likely they will be to go to an easier target. It's a deterrent if they are fumbling with the security measures you have taken. People around them will also notice.

Our van is not just for holiday's, it's our home. So we don't take leaving our van lightly.

We don't use all of these measures ourselves. But wanted to share what we and others use to give you some ideas.

Here are 11 caravan security tips that may help when free camping

Tips On How To Stop Your Van Being Taken

1.Tow Ball Lock

A basic must have. There are a few different versions you can choose from. The basic through to one with a 120 dB alarm.

  • Saracen Hitch Lock by Purpleline is $83.95 made from hardened high tensile steel which they say is resistant to cutting and drilling. The high security, 9-lever barrel lock is resistant to picking, drilling and gas freezing. More information can be found Here

saracen-hitch-lockl

saracen-hitch-lockl

  • Ark Coupling Lock – $24.90 can be found at many stores. This one is from Bunnings Wharehouse. Found out more Here 

towball lock

ARK Coupling Lock

  • Trailer coupling lock – $44.99 can be found at Supercheap auto. More can be found Here

towball lock caravan secutity

Trailer coupling Lock

  • KOVIX - KTR-18 - Alarmed Trailer Lock - Built-in 120db Alarm System, Heavy duty, stainless steel construction, 8mm stainless steel pin with anti-cutting sleeve. $199.00 available Here

KOVIX towball lock caravan security

KOVIX Alarm Trailer Lock

  • Caravanplus has a wide range of security including the above Here 

2.Padlock Your Awning

If you have an awning and it's not to windy, leave it out. Put one or more padlocks on the arms. This is a deterrent and will hinder them putting it down and driving off. Your caravan security might be as simple as buying a couple of padlocks.

Awning arm security lock

3.Padlock Your Stabiliser Legs

Modify your stabiliser legs and drill a hole if they do not already have one. As with your awning, put padlocks on your legs (your caravan legs that is) Making it more inconvenient and harder to put up.

caravan leg security

4.Attach Your Sunshade

Yes they can remove it easily but you are making it more inconvenient so they go else were.

5.Wheel Clamp

  • SCA Anti-Theft Wheel Lock $69.99. Find it Here

  • SCA Wheel Clamp from Supercheap Auto is $71.99 Take a look Here

SCA Wheel Clamp

6.Lock Your Wheels

with something like this 6.5mm G316, Marine grade Stainless Steel 7 x 19 multi strand cable. This one Here is $35.00 from Ropecable.com 

7.Leave The Radio On

Some people have said to leave the radio on so it sounds like someone is home. Others have said to get a barking dog sound machine which goes off when someone comes close to the van.

8.Chose Popular Free Camps

If you are new to free camping you might want to choose a camp near other people. This is also a good option if you want to leave your van. Have a chat to your fellow travellers and get a feel of how safe it is. Other campers might notice if someone is messing with your van in some way.

9.Go With Your Gut

However safe another person says the camp is, if you get a bad feeling, don’t leave your van.

The Good.....We were happy to leave our van at Jerry's plains recreation ground, a great free camp. We chatted to an older couple that had been there a couple of days. They and the other vans parked up gave us the feeling this was a place we could unhook and check out the surrounding area. We got to see wineries and a lovely country town close by.

The Bad..... At one cheap camp we arrived late and were alone. Someone decided to do do-nuts in the local park behind us. We didn't even put the slide out out or put the legs down. Needless to say we didn't sleep well and left early the next day.

Tip's If Your Van Gets Taken

10.Leave a Phone Behind

  • Buy a cheap android phone or if there are two of you leave one phone behind. You can use “find my phone” to find where it is.

phone caravan GPS

 I have to admit I didn't know about this simple idea.

How to locate your phone with Google

  1. Launch a web browser from a phone, tablet, or computer.

  2. Navigate to Google if it is not your default search engine or home page.

  3. Type find my phone android in the Google search bar.

  4. Tap on Find My Device (usually the first option in the search).

You can also get app's for your phone and I believe iPhone has the same kind of feature.

11.GPS Tracker

  • NutTag Australia – Seek GPSTrack in real time anywhere with no range limitations. Set movement alerts or when it moves out of a safety zone.

Seek Vehicle GPS $199.00

+ One year Vodaphone subscription - $294.00

+ One year Telstra subscription - $387.40

Find more about Seek GPS Here

SEEK-GPS-NUTTAG

SEEK-GPS

  • SPOT Trace - GPS Tracker AustraliaThis detects movement and will automatically notify you of its GPS coordinates via SMS or email, so you know exactly where it is. The tracker is $199.00 + the basic service fee of $175.99 (USD) Here is more information if you are interested. 

Spot Trace GPS

Spot Trace GPS

  • WITI – Anti-theft SystemSpecifically designed for caravan and camper trailers. The system immediately applies the brakes to prevent the caravan or trailer from being towed, as well as flash all the external lights and sound a 105db alarm. IT's $449.00 Here at WITI. We liked the sound of WITI so much we installed it ourselves. Read our full post on WITI here.

WITI GPS caravan security

WITI GPS

  • Black Night Z3 GPS Tracker. Track in real time from your phone, receive alerts if it moves or becomes disconnected, and playback up to 12 months of travel history. From $29.00 for a monthly plan (min 24 months) This is for the tracker plus connectivity bundle. You can see more Here

Black Knight GPS

Black Knight GPS

Only you can decide which fee camps are right for you and the kind of caravan security measures you wish to take. Just to add we mostly lock away all outdoor furniture and BBQ when we leave our van.

If you have any questions or other security ideas that you use please add them in the comments below.

Note: we are not affiliated with any of the above

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    • Carolyn Oors
    • March 2, 2018

    Very helpful. We are just starting to prepare for a 12mth trip

    • Ben & Judy GROTHUES
    • March 8, 2018

    Some great advice here. We have been caravanning for some 30 years or more and have been careful to try and leave our van well secured. You have shown us some other ways to help keep our van even more secure. Thanks!

      • Sue
      • March 9, 2018

      Hi Ben & Judy,
      Thank you, We are glad to help 😀 With over 30 years of caravanning do you have any more tips for us? We would love to hear about them if you do 😀
      Safe travels

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