You want to enjoy your motorhome in safety and in the security of keeping it out of the hands of those up to no good.

Safety

In our pages offering motorhome advice, we spell out some of the safety rules inside your motorhome and its mechanics.

Fire

Since you will be times when you are living in your motorhome, that means cooking, heating and using a fridge – all them likely to be powered by LPG gas. You are also likely to have lighting and other electrical devices connected to the onboard battery of your motorhome.

Both gas and electricity, of course, are potential sources of fire, so always ensure that supplies are disconnected when you leave your motorhome for any length of time and treat all appliances fuelled by them with care and caution.

Smoke alarms and CO2 detectors may also give you further peace of mind.

Although manufacturers are required to use fire-retardant materials in the construction of your motorhome, exercise care when parking up at your campsite and ensure you maintain the minimum 6 metres between vehicles, suggested an article in Out and About Live on the 13th of January 2020.

Servicing

To ensure that the onboard water supplies remain clean and that everything continues to work as it should, make regular appointments for both habitation and mechanical servicing of your motorhome.

Here at Derby Motorhomes we are fully-equipped and ever-ready to conduct both types of servicing for your vehicle.

Security

Keeping your motorhome secure means keeping two principal threats at bay:

  • someone stealing and making off with the vehicle; and
  • preventing intruders who are bent on causing damage or stealing any valuables you have inside.

The principal defence against theft of the vehicle is an immobilisation device.

Practically every new motorhome manufactured these days comes already fitted with an immobilisation device that meets Thatcham Category 2 standards.

They work by cutting off the fuel system, starter motor, ignition or a combination of all three when someone tries to start the engine without a specially coded key – the ignition key or fob (a touch key) for your particular motorhome. Without the unique code, the engine cannot be started, and a dual immobilisation circuit prevents the vehicle from being “hot-wired”.

Additional ways of immobilising your motorhome are described by the Camping and Caravanning Club. Some of these have the advantage of providing either a visual or audible deterrent – the sight of wheel clamps, for example, or the audible warning made when a lock between the gear shift and handbrake is disturbed.

To help trace your motorhome if it has been stolen, a tracking device may help by providing a 24/7 GPS locating signal.

The simplest and most cost-effective way of keeping unwanted intruders out of your motorhome, of course, is to ensure that you lock all doors and windows whenever you leave the vehicle unattended. (This will also typically be a condition of your motorhome insurance policy too).

Extra security might be provided by intruder alarms or motion detectors, which also warn you when someone may have broken into your motorhome.

Finally, it is worth remembering that the more secure you make your motorhome, the better your motor insurer is going to like it – and may even offer a discount on your insurance premiums as a result.