Tuesday, 26 June 2012 7:56 AM
Whether you've managed to secure a competitive deal on a second-hand motorhome or splashed out thousands on buying the latest model, it's important to protect your vehicle. Regardless of how much you paid for your motorhome, you shouldn't skimp when it comes to securing it.
Luckily, there are a number of ways in which you can ensure your motorhome does not fall victim to vandals and thieves. Invest in the following products and you should not only benefit from the peace of mind that your vehicle will be safe, but you might also get a lower motorhome insurance premium.
As obvious as it might sound, an alarm is a great way to make your motorhome more secure from the threat of a break-in. Although you might at first think that buying a standard car alarm can provide sufficient protection for a motorhome, this is not the case.
The fact these vehicles are larger than average cars means there is a greater surface that needs protecting, something that a traditional alarm simply cannot do. As well as the vehicle section that is occupied while driving, the motorhome's living quarters and external luggage compartments also need to be to safeguarded, so it is best to invest in a specialist system.
Some alarms come with a sleep function which sets up perimeter protection during the night. That way, you can go to sleep and move about inside your vehicle without having to worry about setting off the alarm.
Other models, meanwhile, will go off when narcotic gases are detected in the air. Thieves are increasingly looking to use sedatives to ensure motorhome owners are knocked out while they steal possessions, so such alarms can help you stay alert and ensure you don't become a victim of crime.
A good way to prevent your motorhome from being stolen is to have an immobiliser. Although these come as standard on virtually all vehicles these days, you should always make the effort to check that yours has one.
If it turns out that your motorhome does not contain one, it is worth seeking a model that has Thatcham Category accreditation. By doing so, any thieves who have managed to break into the vehicle won't be able to drive it away.
In the unfortunate event your motorhome is stolen, a tracking device should ensure that it can be recovered fairly quickly. When activated, these systems emit a signal that police can follow until they find your vehicle.
Although it's possible to purchase self-monitoring devices, it's better to get a gadget that enables the experts to track your motorhome. Not only does this save you the time and hassle of attempting to find your mobile home yourself, but also means professionals can monitor its movements around the clock.
While it's important to take steps to keep your motorhome safe when out on the road, it is just as necessary to do this when the vehicle is stationary.
It's a good idea to leave your vehicle in a secure outbuilding whenever it's not in use, while having a CCTV network can enable you to keep an eye on your motorhome from the comfort of your home.
Regardless of which, if any, of the above security measures you choose to put into practice when it comes to protecting your motorhome, it is important to only choose devices that have been approved by your insurance company. By fitting products that aren't accredited, you might discover that your insurance company doesn’t offer a discount. Worse still, if you fail to comply with your insurance company security requirements, any theft claims you attempt to make in the future could be void.