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Old 10-01-2020, 11:56 AM   #1
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Keeping Important Documents Safe?

What is your best practice to keep important paper documents & maybe cash $, safe with just an RV for a home. I am thinking of purchasing a fire proof safe and bolt it to the floor of my RV somehow?
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Old 10-01-2020, 12:18 PM   #2
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We got a small safe and installed it under the bed where it can be hidden by bedding and such. It's just a deterrent any determined thief could pry the safe loose. Be sure to read the comments on Amazon for these safes, quite a number have very cheap locks that can be opened with a BIC pen
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What is your best practice to keep important paper documents & maybe cash $, safe with just an RV for a home. I am thinking of purchasing a fire proof safe and bolt it to the floor of my RV somehow?
Safes? It's been awhile since this has come up...

Nutshell: they come in 2 flavors - burglary, and fire. The hybrid offspring are comparatively big and heavy. There are industry ratings for resistance to each peril. How much (size, weight) do you need to protect?

Class A DP fires? Engine compartment, followed by everything else. Safe under bed might be better for burglar protection but bad for fire protection. It comes down to what needs to survive (and for how long) and the location options in your coach.

There will be discussion of back up documents stored with family members, cloud storage/app access, all kinds of ways to help recover in event of an emergency.
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I have a fire safe in a closet.

In addition to that I scan the important stuff to PDF and stash the files on a portable hard drive, a thumb drive, and on a Dropbox (i.e. an encrypted cloud). The dropbox has the feature that you can access the images on your cellphone if necessary.

A waterproof flash drive containing images and text files can be handy. Proof of insurance, vehicle titles (images), wills (image and text files), prescriptions, etc.

And a second flash drive with all the RV info (tire receipts/warranties, battery purchase dates, wiring and plumbing diagrams, appliance manuals, etc).

If you do modifications (like the classic relay mod to the headlights) then a cellphone photograph of the before, the new wiring diagram, and the after can be useful.

The second flash drive can also have photos of the outside and inside in case there is an accident or a fridge fire and you want to prove pre-incident condition.

NOTE that flash drives have a propensity to SUDDENLY DIE with no warning... and there is no recovery (this is the voice of experience). DO NOT keep irreplaceable stuff on a flash drive - ALWAYS HAVE A SECOND COPY somewhere else, maybe on a laptop hard drive. The RV folder on my laptop has almost 4gb in it and copies live on a second flash drive and on a desktop computer.

I spent a some time in the aerospace industry, more in the banking industry and some working for an HMO. All of them stressed that flash drives / thumb drives / pick your name were not to be trusted as a single copy of anything.
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ANOTHERMIKE gave some very good ideas.

Have you ever seen how fast a RV goes up in flames? I sure wouldn't want to have to get to a hidden safe to get things out before exiting the RV. We had friends encounter a fire and opened their supposedly fireproof safe and everything was ashes from the heat.

We always had a 'bug out' bag packed and sitting behind the passenger's seat. It was ready to grab in an emergency. We also used it if having maintenance done on the motorhome. We took it with us while it was being done. We also boondocked a lot so grabbed the bag when going out for the day to explore.

We paid everything via credit card that we used exclusively for purchases. We didn't carry more than $200 cash at a time. It's easy to replenish.

Another credit card or bank account was used exclusively for autopay of bills just in case the 'purchases' credit card was compromised then we didn't have any bill-paying issues.
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Thank You, I have a 5th wheel

Solo_RV_Guy, Sorry if this was covered elsewhere in the forum; a search on 'safe(s)' was difficult to filter through the results.

Leaving my rig to run to town when boondocking was the source of the question. Maybe I should keep it in my vehicle. Of course my truck could get stolen too.
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To us, taking our 'bug out bag' into our vehicle when boondocking seemed a lot safer than leaving it behind in the boonies. If someone breaks into your RV they will do a lot of damage looking for things. It's not common to go on errands and your vehicle being broken into.
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What is your best practice to keep important paper documents & maybe cash $, safe with just an RV for a home. I am thinking of purchasing a fire proof safe and bolt it to the floor of my RV somehow?
Most people—including us—usually always have a place where they go back to every year. It may be where you winter. Maybe using a CG as your home park that you visit once a year. Maybe the place where you get your annual doctors appointments taken care of, relatives or kids that you visit every year. Just fill in your answer that fits you. Then in that town, get a Safety deposit box and put all the important doc's there. This is what we do for all important paper work, titles, etc. We also have pictures, copies of all that stuff, along with other important stuff encrypted on a thumb drive that we carry with us in a safe, hidden place. Carry some cash but not a lot. There is no 100% way to cover every single base, but redundancy will cover you 99.9% of the time.

IMO, a safe in an RV is a waste of time, money and space.
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As far as storage of images goes you can put the images in an encrypted ZIP file and email them to yourself at an web-based email account and store them there. If you're really worried, get two email accounts at different vendors and send them to both. I store documents that way all of the time so I can get them wherever I happen to be whether or not I have my computer. As far as paper documents I'm just using a fire safe but in the lower part of the coach as heat rises. I realize it's not foolproof but at least I increase the odds a little bit.
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As far as storage of images goes you can put the images in an encrypted ZIP file and email them to yourself at an web-based email account and store them there. If you're really worried, get two email accounts at different vendors and send them to both. I store documents that way all of the time so I can get them wherever I happen to be whether or not I have my computer......

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We use a fireproof safe and a fireproof pouch inside that. Things we really don't need to carry we have a safe deposit box and instructions and spare key with our kids
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Fire Safe & Pouch

So I ordered a fire safe as well as two fire pouches. I will keep that on board for things necessary to have available. Other items like old photos I think I will leave with relatives. I am using google drive for most of my data, I don't have a printer/scanner however.
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Solo_RV_Guy, Sorry if this was covered elsewhere in the forum; a search on 'safe(s)' was difficult to filter through the results.

Leaving my rig to run to town when boondocking was the source of the question. Maybe I should keep it in my vehicle. Of course my truck could get stolen too.
No problem. The search function here is kind of "funny". Powered by "G", you'd think it would find things...

Protecting small, important things and papers in an RV requires awkward choices; good to hear you've found a solution that works for you.
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