Ep. 105: Boondocking Security | RV camping tips tricks how-to

Ep. 105: Boondocking Security | RV camping tips tricks how-to

Welcome back to Grand Adventure!
I’m your host Marc Guido, and on this episode we’re going to talk boondocking
security, so stick around! So one of the biggest fears folks seem
to have about boondocking is personal security out in the wilderness. We get
asked all the time, and it seems to be mostly from folks who have never
boondock before or maybe have only done it only a few times, they worry about the
personal safety. They worry about the security of their gear and their trailer,
and I’m here to tell you we don’t worry about it at all.
As a matter of fact I get a little more concerned about stuff disappearing, or
things happening — weird things with other folks — if I’m in a campground or an RV
park. When I’m out in the in the middle of nowhere, out in the wilderness, quite
frankly I feel extremely secure and I don’t feel that I need to have somebody
right next to me to serve as a security blanket. I’m here to explain to you what
steps we take just to keep an eye on our stuff, and keep an eye on ourselves, so
when we leave camp to go explore for the day stuff like… you know… our chairs and
our table, and our outdoor, other outdoor furniture, we don’t do anything with that.
It just sits there. Never had anything walk away under its own power yet,
everything is always there when we come back at the end of a day exploring.
Now, a couple of more valuable items we will put a lock and cable on them just to
discourage the casual thief. Things like our solar panels — you know, that’s four or
five hundred dollars we’ve got in the solar panels. Things like our generator —
we all know what generators cost, and it’s so easy to drive by in a pickup
truck and conveniently throw it in the bed of the truck and drive away. We’ll
also do it with our satellite dish but that’s really about it.
We’ll use, like I said, bicycle cables and padlocks just to secure it to the
trailer to discourage the casual thief. Now, is that going to stop anybody who’s
really determined to take it? No, it’s not, but it’s going to discourage the person
who’s looking for a crime of opportunity. Now as far as personal safety goes, yeah — sure, we lock the door of the trailer when we go to sleep at night, but you
know, in decades of tent camping I didn’t have a lock on the tent door. There was
nothing I could do about that. I’ve never had some crazed axe murderer show up in
the middle of the night. Personal safety and our security of our gear, it kind of
goes to the fact that a criminal is not going to wander around the middle of
nowhere looking for someone camping to be an easy mark. They’re going to go
looking in urban areas where there’s a large concentration of people and a
large concentration of stuff, and they’ll commit their criminal acts there. Now one
thing I do want to talk to you about is your trailer key. Yeah, I almost
guarantee you have one of these on your ring of trailer keys. It’s called a 751
key, and it’s called a 751 key because printed right on it is CH751. Now I hate
to break this to you, but every other RV owner has a 751 key, so you know that
door to your basement where you store all your stuff? Anybody who has this key
can also open yours. That’s why we’ve replaced our basement door locks with
combination locks from a company called Combi-Cam. You can set your own
combination and conveniently open the door while keeping folks with the CH751
key out. You also don’t need to have your keys on you to be able to unlock or lock
the basement doors. They’re quick and easy to install by virtually anyone with
a wrench, and we love ours. We’ll put a link in the description down below to
these door locks on Amazon if you’d like to upgrade your basement door locks. So
anybody who’s been watching our channel Grand Adventure for a while knows that
our preference is for boondocking. We’ll boondock any time we can over
staying in an RV park or a campground, and don’t let a fear for your own
personal safety keep you from boondocking. It is wonderful to get out
here and have absolutely nobody else around, and have all the space to enjoy
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58 thoughts on “Ep. 105: Boondocking Security | RV camping tips tricks how-to

  1. It’s weird when I’d tent camp I was never scared of buglers or theft just bears but when I was in a trailer I was scared of buglers and thieves! By the way I think this is the most you talked in your videos which I throughly enjoy! Please talk, discuss, narrate or just give us a little more of your personal lives while your adventuring. ?? And, remember life is adventure! Hehe ✌?

  2. In California on the coast in a rural area about a dozen years ago a young couple were killed in their tent. About 10 years later they got the guy only because he used the same gun to kill his brother. Crazy people in the boonies are just as dangerous as those in a city.

  3. I keep my cane corso with me. I also carry .40 reasons from Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson that people are typically concerned with that keeps me safe.

  4. We go back road camping all year round, the rooftop tent, annex, secure our important stuff from bears, cougars, wolves, and other critters around. Other stuff we secure with steel cables, and hardened licks. Good times offroad

  5. I travel with several friends …and they are Mr Smith n Mr Wesson and their good friend Mr Rueger …very reliable friends to have I can assure you

  6. Most people you encounter boondocking are great. But there is a small subset of persons who have felony convictions and no credit cards who are reduced to making their home in the wilds and who ought to be avoided. They are not fans of large canines, and they consider flying lead unlucky.

  7. You make a great point that people looking to steal stuff aren’t gonna go driving deep into forests or deserts or wherever to get our stuff. That actually put my mind at ease. Well that and my hubs with the 9.

  8. I kinda think that the criminals don't want to go that far to steal something. They're usually too lazy. Rather go down the street and steal from their in town neighbor.?

  9. My father who was in law enforcement always made me feel protected because he was calm, trained, and never joked about firearms. I like knowing those men are out there but it is scary to read some of these comments. Paranoid people and guns are dangerous. Some of these people seem off their rocker to me.

  10. 2:53 ~ not yet you haven't, but given time your a statistic waiting to happen!. Campers are a smorgasbord for Serial Killers… they watch from afar (or near) and select only the finest fare!!!

  11. Man you're lucky ever had nothing to happen to you. I guess I don't know if you're American or what but every male American should be armed. And I believe every woman also but at least every man

  12. I have really bad gas when I sleep, come into my trailer in the middle of the night and you are going to turn around and run for the hills.

  13. Hello!!! I’m
    Glad to have my better half JUST SOME MEDIC show me this video it’s absolutely helpful and informative… Keep up the great work sir

  14. RV Security? Brazilian Judge 5 round 45 or 410 bird shot pistol. Get your multi-state concealed weapon carry permit. Good snake gun, 45 is big enough to take down a bear (if you are a good shot) and 410 will ward off any attackers. Wonder if the "make my day" laws apply to RV campers? B&E to an RV same as illegal entry to a home I would suppose.

  15. Just found your channel. Love these vids! You've got a new 'Grand Adventurer'! Thanks for taking the time to put these together sir

  16. For personal safety… Where legal… I carry a gun everywhere I go! As far as shit getting stolen, they are making that product every day, buy new again!

  17. Though not inexpensive still the best, most advanced security system is a dog(s). We have had two incidents boondocking. Not to ring any alarm bells, but it can and does happen. In both instances a few barks from our 90 pound white lab was enough to convince the perps to move along empty handed. Safe travels to all.

  18. I typically stay at church parking lots and hospitals. The most effective security you can have , in my opinion, is light. My rig has 4 high intensity bar lights. When I flip all 4 on at the same time it will light up a lot like a ball stadium. Even the one policeman that knocked did not like it much but hey, we do it for everyone's safety. I also have one ring camera with a magnet mount on the rear at the door ( truck camper) and I can check the phone prior to opening. On the whole no issues at these two spots.

  19. In Australia, the safest places to camp are the Showgrounds
    For half the cost of a Caravan Park, you get similar facilities; double the room; and none of the troublemakers!

  20. Just on the news couple of weeks ago, a couple was attacked in their camper. The woman ran and got away but the young man was killed in the trailer for no apparent reason. Horrible. They were still searching for the murderer last I heard, no update. Making certain to lock door is always good.

  21. Big barking dogs and some firepower is all you need. The dogs should be enough to make any fool change their mind unless they are whacked out on drugs.

  22. Just wondering what you recommend to carry for personal security from state to state being as firearms are not allowed? Thanks and enjoying your program!

  23. I hope it never happens to you but sooner or later…… I use to love to go motor over to a private island on the weekends. The winter was my favorite because no ones around, just animals. I put out remote motion detectors to wake me up so I can watch the critters. One night 2am the two legged kind showed. It’s amazing when you have one of the most powerful flashlights made can cause someone to think again and retreat when you have temporary removed their primary sense.

  24. I have a great simple idea for personal protection. Simple, safe and affordable.
    I though about sharing it but maybe I will be a greedy aMErikan and PROFIT then be a good honest giving human being as I have for 54 years. No one gives a shit anymore anyway it's aMErika ME ME ME not WE and it shows.

  25. Is it possible the folks that hit the 1 in a million super unlucky jackpot and bumped into a really smart serial killer that has figured out their are victims available that cant even call 911 have a reason for not posting videos warning others? Maybe to embarrassed to talk about it :). Hmm

  26. The murder of a boon-docking RV couple a few weeks ago (South Padre Island, TX) broke my heart and increased my desire to see eye for an eye justice in this world : (. Glad they caught the two rats / perps:

    The Butlers set off October 15 from their home state for a camping trip south. The couple stopped responding to texts and calls from relatives on October 16.

    Their bodies were found on October 27, buried on Padre Island beach in Corpus Christi, Texas. The couple had set their truck and RV up to camp near where their remains were found, police said.


  27. Forgive me, I mean no disrespect, but a lot of people go missing from National parks with absolutely no trace ever found of them, not remains, not gear, nor clothing or shoes…nothing. I try to help with missing person cold cases, and I can't help but feel that their stories could have been very different if they had had a weapon. Although I understand what you're saying, that the common criminal won't be out there…but just because you're out in the middle of nowhere, it doesn't mean that someone who wishes to be off grid for a 'reason' isn't out there, too. That is the perfect place for someone sinister to lie in 'wait', and unfortunately, they aren't as uncommon as we would like to think. Just pointing this out, because although I dont think anyone should let tgis possibility stop them from following their heart to these beautiful places, I absolutely do think that it should be a concern that is on their mind, so they are aware of their surroundings…especially if you are traveling alone, and more so again, if you're a female. Personally, I like the guy with 'the Wolf Dog and a .45's idea of security.

  28. Thank you so much for not adding to the paranoia. I have hiked in the wilderness for years and have never ran into any threatening people here in Canada.

  29. Last year in Colorado a camper had a shoot out with a guy that was fleeing law enforcement from a few counties away. The guy was in a stolen truck and it ran out of gas so he figured he would take another vehicle from a guy camping up near Rampart Range. The bad guy did not make it. There was another indecent that I cannot remember the details on but point I am trying to make is that you can become a victim in the back country if you are not prepared to defend yourself.

  30. As far as being armed when camping I've had the CCW permit but found that carrying is just impractical. Typically I have a firearm locked in the trunk and can become armed if I sense trouble. But if I sense trouble I'm not staying in that area anyway. Your best weapon is common sense.

  31. I dont want to hook the phone up for internet I like it to be hotspot for my cameras so what do I use I misunderstood stand you then

  32. Very helpful, I agree with everything you said.

    Under Ep. 84 I mentioned the existence of master keys — just before I finished watching this video (Ep. 105) and realized Mark covers the topic well (beginning at ~3:20). D'oh!

    Since this is a more appropriate place to discuss the subject, I thought I'd add a bit to what Mark said. My experience is with Winnebago, but my understanding is that almost all RV mfrs are similar. Winnebago uses a handful of master keys — about 7 total. That's better than the one 751 key, but not by much. Contrary to what the lock mfr, TriMark, told me, the master keys are readily available online, without restriction. Unlike with the 751 key, one of about 100-200 unique keys are given to RV owners, so that helps deter casual theft or "borrowing". In addition to having access to the basement storage, if the entry door deadbolt is unlocked, a thief with the master key(s) can walk right in. If anyone happened to be watching it would look perfectly normal. We never used to lock the deadbolt but we do now.

    Having said that, I agree 100% with Mark that the further one gets from civilization the less there is to worry about. We've been traveling/camping for well over a full year out of the last 8 and the only thing we had stolen was some firewood. The firewood was left at the campsite by the previous camper (but still…) and — get this — the thief left us a 'speed wrench' for our scissors jacks (I'd been using a ratchet, extension, and 3/4" socket).

  33. There's an old saying, "Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear" Still my intuition tells me this guy knows what he's talking about.

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