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Old 12-09-2022, 01:56 PM   #1
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Securing rv door

Hello, we are going to dry camp soon and most of the time. I can't help worrying about meth heads, drug heads popping my RV door, and being inside before I can even get out of bed [Mod Edit]. I thought about installing L brackets and putting a 2x4 across it like a fence gate, but I would have to remove the screen door and it won't be pretty with the brackets. Any suggestions? Of course, my door opens out. I have a Fleetwood 5th wheel, thanks
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Old 12-09-2022, 02:04 PM   #2
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One of these on the door thru the screen door opening and one on the floor or face of the step if you have one. Use a ratchet strap between then at night.

Meth heads aren't out in the woods looking for random RVers.
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Old 12-09-2022, 02:05 PM   #3
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Does your door latch have a deadbolt?. I would think anyone attempting to defeat this would make sufficient noise to alert you.

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Hello, we are going to dry camp soon and most of the time. I can't help worrying about meth heads, drug heads popping my RV door, and being inside before I can even get out of bed [Mod Edit]. I thought about installing L brackets and putting a 2x4 across it like a fence gate, but I would have to remove the screen door and it won't be pretty with the brackets. Any suggestions? Of course, my door opens out. I have a Fleetwood 5th wheel, thanks
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Old 12-10-2022, 06:14 AM   #5
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Don't forget you may need to exit the RV yourself. Get a dog. Lots of additional benefits as well and the best early warning system in the world. Pick the states you travel in carefully [Mod Edit].
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I guess the first rule about [Mod Edit] is that we don't talk about [Mod Edit]...... LOL

In all seriousness, a nice dead bolt shouldn't be too hard to slap on there.

Meanwhile, do an EDUCATED inquiry into whether the chances of a "home invasion" are larger than an "RV Fire". Take your time and find the data, while the neighbors are trying to get in to save your sorry derriere.
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There is not a lot of room thru the screen door opening for dead bolts.

I suggest a ratchet strap because it can be cut with a box cutter to get out fast.
Of course, there is the emergency exit to get out of too.
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Put a motion-detector light over your door. That's probably all that you'll ever need. I've been boondocking in some sketchy places for a long time, without such problems.
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Dead bolt, they get in your in fear for you life - that's all I'll say.
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Of course, there is the emergency exit to get out of too.
Which in an actual emergency one would utilize. That said, a large majority of the people I know that RV either wouldn't fit through the hole, or wouldn't have the wherewithal to stuff themselves through it. Visualize yourself going out.....
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Which in an actual emergency one would utilize. That said, a large majority of the people I know that RV either wouldn't fit through the hole, or wouldn't have the wherewithal to stuff themselves through it. Visualize yourself going out.....
If there is a fire chasing me out that window, I'm going.
I'll end up in the hospital with broken bones , cuts and bruses but hopefully breathing.
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I know we all have to identity our own risk factors our, and many other experiences believe the OEM deadbolt it adequate to greatly slow a home invader. Unless you are sleeping like the dead, the deadbolt will take a fair amount of work to get into.

Also if roving methheads is a major concern for the area you are staying, it might be time time pick a better location if possible. They are not out targeting random RVers.

While we have not had a problem, I am more worried about people messing with our stuff while we are away. We often take off for several hours a day and we camp in remote locations. If we are gone, there is nothing we can do and won't even know until we get home.
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Stack soft things on the ground below the fire exit. Most people end up bailing head-first.
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Stack soft things on the ground below the fire exit. Most people end up bailing head-first.
What, like some extra large waterproof pillows?
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