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Fire is more probable than theft in an RV. I would protect against the greatest risk. To that end, I keep copies of my most valuable documents in my bugout bag so I can grab it on the way out the door every time I go out that door. The only time it doesn't go out the door with me is when I'm staying in camp or when Dave is there to grab it for me.

 

Linda Sand

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Paper stuffs I only keep certified copies in my rig, and another set it my TV. The originals are in a safe deposit box. For personal property.... INSURANCE, insurance, insurance. :lol:

 

Extreme valuables are individually identified/documented on my policy.

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Different items, differs solutions. For physical stuff like fire arms, jewelry and such you just need to make sure they are covered under your insurance. For a few documents you can get certified copies, like birth certificates, and keep the originals elsewhere. Other documents you can scan them into PDFs and copy them off site. We use both iCloud and our financial advisor also has a secure site to store electronic documents. Just depends on the type document.

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Different items, differs solutions. For physical stuff like fire arms, jewelry and such you just need to make sure they are covered under your insurance. For a few documents you can get certified copies, like birth certificates, and keep the originals elsewhere. Other documents you can scan them into PDFs and copy them off site. We use both iCloud and our financial advisor also has a secure site to store electronic documents. Just depends on the type document.

I never thought of asking my Financial Advisor about that! Thank you for that idea!

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A hidden safe might work for theft but it would be iffy during a fire. Have you ever seen how fast a RV burns? You wouldn't have time to get to the safe, open it, grab other things, and get out of there.

 

Like Linda Sand above, we always kept a portable fire box close to the door to grab quickly. We also took it with us during any repair facility visit. It's easy to grab fast. Of course, included were just copies of things and a small amount of cash to get us started in an emergency. The originals were stored on disk at daughter's house and we carried a disk, also.

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We did the same as Stanley for the box. We kept ours when traveling near the entry door but out is sight to be able to grab it in an emergency and in a space with outside access, on the opposite side from the refrigerator and well clear of the furnace & water heater when parked for extended periods. We also had/have a safety deposit box at our son's bank and he is also a signer and that is where the vehicle titles and critical papers are located.

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Good question, and good answers...

Agree on taking copies of originals (notarized) .. as well as good hiding places..(tough to come up with)

As far as firearms, if hand guns specifically, take the time to get the right CCW's and just carry them with you all the time...

Cheers,

Bob

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I had planned on installing a fire resistant lock box in the trailer, and this thread has removed any lingering doubt about that. That is fine and well for documents. Firearms are another animal. Every state has different requirements, a CCW is not always reciprocal to where ever you might be and in most (all?) cases you have to be a resident to even apply for a CCW. I have found this site to be very helpful in planning if we are going to take firearms on a trip with us or not. http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/USRVCarCarry.pdf

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Thanks for the ideas. I wish I could do a safety deposit box but that means we'd have to return to where the box was located. I don't have any family and my husband doesn't have reliable family so I'm stuck on that one. I currently have a fire-proof box so I guess I'll keep that for paperwork.

 

You can engage a local attorney or other agent to access your safe deposit box for you, if need be. I would talk to your bank to see what they recommend, but it's very doable. Some banks provide services in-house.

 

My credit union has my key and has a limited power of attorney on file in the event I need to have original documents forwarded to me.

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You can engage a local attorney or other agent to access your safe deposit box for you, if need be. I would talk to your bank to see what they recommend, but it's very doable. Some banks provide services in-house.

 

My credit union has my key and has a limited power of attorney on file in the event I need to have original documents forwarded to me.

Thank you. I will do that!

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