Protecting your sticks and brick house while you’re RVing

 Protecting your sticks and brick house while you’re RVing

We've been traveling about two weeks out of every month and a nagging worry that doesn't go away is the safety and protection of our sticks and bricks house.

So ths past week, I just installed an alarm system on every door, every window, as well as motion detectors, water detectors, freeze monitors and carbon monoxide and fire alarms on both levels of our two-story home. All of the alarms are monitored 24 x 7 and I have a remote app for my smartphone and computer that lets me check in on what's happening back home.

Entry sensor

The system I got is from a relatively new company called SimpliSafe. They have been doing a lot of advertising and promotion and they won me over with the ease by which I could install everything and, should we move from our sticks and bricks home, I can easily take it with me.

By the way, I have no connection with SimpliSafe. I purchased they system at full retail I paid around $800 for everything. Your cost may be less, depending on how many doors and windows you have.  They just happen to be the company I choose. You can look around and pick the best company for you. I'm just sharing my solution here.

My whole system is wireless. Batteries in the various sensors last for years. And the master control system uses cellular technology to stay connected to the monitoring company, meaning a burglar can't just cut a wire and disable a system, as thieves often do with conventional alarm systems.

I get an email and text alert if any alarm trips or should one of my sensors fail.

Here's a video from the company that shows how easy it is to set up.

While the alarm system really adds to our peace of mind while traveling, it's just one part of our home protection plan.

When we travel, I let my neighbors know where we are going and how long we expect to be away. They also have our cell number incase they notice anything that is not quite right. We have a friend who does a walk around every few days. We also notify our local police that we are out of town.

Something else: We stop all mail delivery. Years ago, on a long trip, we didn't. A thief saw the bulging mailbox and took the mail. Among other things, he got ahold of those blank checks credit card companies often send out and promptly write several thousand dollars worth. The thief was caught by federal postal inspectors but it taught s a valuable lesson about letting mail accumulate. We also notified all our credit card companies not to send us those checks.

We pay most of our bills online and have opted for billing by email to avoid snail mail piles even when we are home.

Those are just a few of the things we do to watch over our house while we're out Roadtreking.

How about you?



Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • I currently have an alarm system but it is older and probably needs to be updated. I like the ease at which this one can be installed. And I love the idea of being able to monitor it from Smartphone or Tablet?

    The only other two issues for me is monthly costs of monitoring and whether it’s available in and for Canada. 🙂

  • Looks interesting. Wondering if White is the only color and if permanent stick-on is the only option. I’d like to see it with those 3M Command stick-ons so it wouldn’t ruin wallpaper, painted wall etc.

  • We use Alarmforce. We’ve been very happy with it. In a break in recently while I was in the house, there’s a staff person at the other end, when you use the panic button. We also have buttons for police, ambulance & fire. Plus the inside monitor is set up for our furbabies, if we are just shopping in town, as in getting ready to stock up our r.v. The alarms won’t go off, when they are moving about. It does involve a monitoring fee of about 20. Canadian.And you own it, install is free, and it can follow you to the next house. Just a thought on our experience. Because when we are motoring, I do worry…

  • we have an alarm system as well. have always had one at this house. we notify them that we are gone and how long. we also have a house sitter as we leave 2 cats home. that shows someone coming and going to anyone watching.

  • What home? Sold everything when I transitioned into a nomadic lifestyle five years ago. My Roadtrek is my home. No storage unit; no nothing. If it doesn’t fit into my rig, I don’t have it. Makes life quite simple.

  • There are few security companies that operate in rural areas with limited internet access or none at all. One of the larger companies, ADT, does do it, through a conventional landline telephone connection. You can’t monitor your house from the road with this system, but ADT can be asked to call a cell phone if the system is triggered.

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