First off I should say that neither my better half nor I have ever owned a new vehicle before and whilst in the big scheme of things our Elddis Accordo 120 is a budget motor home it was still damn expensive. Since buying the Accordo 120 my better half has become neurotic about someone pinching it off the drive, so security has become a big issue.
I know that if a ‘professional’ thief wants to take the Accordo 120 they will have it away, regardless of the security equipment we have but the visible security devices do seem to deter (from what I have read on the internet, in journals and magazines etc.) the opportunist thieves and low educated scum bags.
My wife insisted on a wheel clamp whilst the motor home is parked up in the driveway, and went and bought one of the most expensive wheel clamps on the market – the Milenco M15. This wheel clamp gets good write ups and reviews and it is “Sold Secure” Gold approved so I really do hope that it is worth the extra cost over the other alternative wheel clamps available.
I thought my wife was going to stop at the wheel clamp but it now appears she thinks it is a good idea to get a steering wheel lock too. You know, for those times when we are out and about and leave the van to go for a walk, a cycle ride or whatever.
The chances of us leaving the van unattended not on a campsite is remote, and I do question the use of a steering wheel lock. I agree with my better half that we will leave the motor home unattended at the various campsites we will be visiting, but I have never known of motor homes being pinched (or anything else for that matter) from campsites. Over the years we have camped at some pretty dodgy sites, and in a folding camper (where you can lock the door to the unit but still get in by reaching under the canvas top and simply flicking the locking mechanism) and have never suffered any loss.
Asking around our camping buddies there is only one of them who have had issues in the past, and that was when someone stole the cycle pump of her four year old’s push bike. Yep, despite this family having thousands of pounds worth of equipment with them the only thing they have ever had stolen was a cycle pump worth a few quid. Hmmmm…….. this smacks of a fellow camper needing a pump and grabbing the first (and easiest) pump to hand – which happened to be on the frame of the bike belonging to the four year old daughter of one of my camping friends.
Motorhome and caravan thefts just don’t seem to happen on the sites we stay at so forking out another fifty odd quid on a steering wheel lock when we have already spent loads of money on a wheel clamp just seems pointless to me. Whilst I am not totally sold on the idea of a steering wheel lock I am still going to get one, but only because “a happy wife is an easy life” and all that.
So, here’s a question for all your motor home and campervan owners out there that use a steering wheel lock or clamp – are they actually worth buying or are they just a total waste of money and useless?
About the author
A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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