A friend of mine bought a motorhome/campervan/RV and I am going to get it with him and spend a couple of days in a roadtrip.

The idea sounded great until we started questioning security. Especially from burglary. I mean, it's true that they're just like any other car but on the other hand it might be a preferential target as it is sort of a mobile home with all that that implies.

He will be using mostly in European countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy) but Morocco is also an option. With such a vehicle you can stay in camping parks, but that is not definitely the goal since you are almost autonomous.

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Besides staying in camping parks (which sounds to us a bit boring to do all the time given the flexibility) is there a guide to stay safe when using such a vehicle?

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    Safe from what?
    – JoErNanO
    Aug 17, 2016 at 11:45
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    By auto caravan do you mean "motorhome"/"RV" etc - ie a self-propelled vehicle, that contains within it areas for living, cooking, washing etc?
    – CMaster
    Aug 17, 2016 at 11:57
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    Burglars generally don't want to run into people when they're doing their burglary. Aug 17, 2016 at 18:25
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    Where are you traveling? Staying safe in Egypt is different from staying safe in Norway
    – JonathanReez
    Aug 29, 2016 at 15:09
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    @nsn: add such extra details to the question please. comments get collapsed, deleted, ignored, etc. Please add a photo of the vehicle or a similar one as 'autocaravan' is not an English word. Sep 3, 2016 at 8:58

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Most of the tips for avoiding theft for RVs would be very similar to advice for cars. While you are certainly more of a target you also have one significant advantage in that it is easy to keep a potential thief guessing on if there is a person in the RV. We often hung a large blanket between the cab and house sections of the RV both for privacy and so it was tough to tell if we were in the RV or not. The important thing then is to just not leave anything visible in the cab.

Also, give RV parks a shot. We stayed in forests, parking-lots, driveways and all sorts of places on our long trip. RV parks have power, internet and since many people use them for tourism they can often have good access to city centers. Don't expect that you are much more safe in an RV park though. Lock up and hide your valuables.

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