Top 5 caravan security products

Top 5 Caravan Security Products

The Best Devices To Protect Your Touring Caravan

Every year 100s of touring caravans are stolen from driveways or caravan storage facilities, touring caravans are attractive to thieves due to their high resale value. With this in mind it’s important to take some simple precautions to secure your caravan. It is advisable to use a number of caravan security devices to deter criminals, caravan security experts suggest at least two security measures or devices should be installed. Caravan security products can provide a visual deterrent, they also make it much harder for thieves to steal a caravan. Many caravan insurance providers will ask for one or more security devices to be fitted as a requirement of insurance cover.

Hitch Locks

Hitch locks are designed to cover the tow ball hitch at the front of your caravan or trailer, there are numerous designs of tow hitch so hitch lock manufacturers produce various designs to either cover the whole tow hitch or prevent access to the coupler. The best hitch locks are made of tough metal, designed to cover the whole hitch and coupler with a barrel lock rather than a padlock. Look for a hitch lock with the ‘Sold Secure’ mark, this provides an independently assessed quality guarantee. Hitch locks can be used when you caravan is stored and when you are on staying on your pitch.

Bulldog Hitchlocks

Bulldog hitch locks fit over the whole tow hitch and handle. They are easy to fit and protect your caravan or trailer whilst it is uncoupled from the tow vehicle. 

Bulldog hitch locks start from around £80  
Buying tip make sure you know the correct make of your hitch/coupler (e.g. ALKO, Bradley etc) as well as the model number, designs are very specific

Wheel Clamps

Caravan wheels clamps are also a good visual deterrent, the best wheel clamps are designed to cover the whole wheel and all wheel nuts.  Wheel clamps made of high quality steel are much harder for thieves to break or remove. Look for a wheel clamp with the ‘Sold Secure’ mark, this provides an independently assessed quality guarantee. Wheel clamps like hitch locks can be used when you caravan is stored and on-site when you are pitched up.

Bulldog Titan Wheel Clamps

Bulldog Titan wheel clamps are highly rated, made of tough steel and designed to fit over the whole wheel and all wheel nuts.

Titan wheel clamps start from around £160
Buying tip make sure you know the correct wheel and tyre size to get the correct clamp size for your wheel. 

Steady Locks

Caravan steady locks are relatively new to the market and are designed fit to the winder nuts that raise and lower a caravans steady/feet. Steady locks basically lock the winding mechanism so the steady/feet cannot be lifted. Whilst steady locks provide a visual deterrent they might not be recognised as a legitimate security device by some insurance providers, so make sure you check. 

Caravan Alarm Systems

Caravan alarm systems are often fitted as an optional extra in new caravans. A alarm can be a simple audible deterrent but many modern alarm systems provide both an audible alarm and also instant notification via a text message or automated call if a break-in or movement is detected. Make sure any alarm is securely fitted in a concealed location so it cannot be disabled or removed by thieves. 

Caravan Tracker Systems

Caravan tracker devices use modern satellite technology to monitor movement, a tracker could increase the chance of your caravan being located and returned if it is stolen. Like alarms trackers need to be professionally fitted in a concealed location to prevent removal or disabling by thieves. The best caravan GPS tracker systems provide 24 hour monitoring that can be set to trigger when your caravan is moved without prior notification by the owner.  

Quality GPS Caravan Trackers usually start around £200 (fitted) and will have a monthly or annual service/monitoring plan usually around £10 – £15 per month, until cancelled. stock a Thatcham S7 rated GPS tracker at £229 plus monthly/annual or lifetime monitoring plans.

Caravan Car Breakdown Cover

Breakdown Cover Cars & Caravans

Break down cover for cars towing a caravan or Trailer​

It’s not compulsory to have break down cover or roadside assistance however it is a wise choice if you do a lot of travelling. Many car breakdown and roadside recovery plans now include, or provide an option to include a caravan or trailer with your car breakdown cover or roadside recovery cover. This enhanced cover applies to most towable items like trailers or horse box trailers. 

Roadside assistance & recovery for cars towing caravans

Entry level breakdown cover which includes caravan and trailers starts from as little as £45 per year. The companies included in table below all offer car breakdown cover with caravan recovery either included as standard or the ability to add caravan or trailer recovery as an extra. We have highlighted cover where caravan breakdown recovery is included as a standard feature of cover.

Breakdown Cover With Towed Caravans

GEM Motoring Assist Breakdown

Recovery Reclaim – from £65.42 annual cover
1 Person/single driver (includes towed trailer or caravan recovery). 
Recovery Extra – from £80.55 annual cover
1 Person/single driver (includes towed trailer or caravan recovery). 

Caravan Recovery Included
Caravan up to 7m in length 
Or trailer up to 3.05m in length
12 months for the price of 10

AA Car Caravan Breakdown 

AA Breakdown Cover

Included as standard
Caravan or trailer connected by standard 50mm (2 inch) towing coupling.
Max weight 3.5 tonnes. 
Max width 8ft 3in (2.55m).

Car breakdown cover will often provide breakdown cover for a touring caravan or towed trailer, if not available as standard cover you can often add a caravan or trailer as an optional extra, good breakdown cover will provide:

  • Roadside assistance: Cover for call outs when you break down away from home.

  • Caravan/trailer recovery: Covers towing your caravan or trailer to any location if it cannot be fixed by the side of the road. Caravan and trailer recovery usually includes recovery of the tow vehicle if needed.

  • Onward travel cover: Covers temporary cost of a hire car, public transport or overnight accommodation so you can continue your journey where possible.

  • Home start: Covers breakdowns that happen at your home. 

It all depends on the level of cover. Some break down cover will allow for unlimited call outs, basic policies might only allow one claim or call out per year. 

YES – If you have break down cover with caravan/trailer recovery, your recovery service should arrange to take your caravan to the garage with your car. Some policies will allow for a caravan to be towed separately to the nearest campsite if you car or tow vehicle is not able to be fixed the same day.

Most breakdown and recovery policies offer European travel as an optional extra. It is always best to check with your service provider before you travel to confirm whether your breakdown cover in Europe will include recovery of your caravan or trailer.