Don’t let Copper Thieves Cut Your RV Shore Power Cord!

Fortress PowerLock 1When you purchased your RV you knew that there were certain locks and security items you would need to get in order to keep you and your camper or trailer as safe as possible. This obviously includes door locks, hopefully a propane lock, and locks to prevent the potential theft of your trailer or truck. But did you know there’s something else you need to protect as well? Can you guess what it is? It’s your shore power cord which has copper in it!

We have a great solution to help prevent your cord from being cut out and stolen. It’s your shore power cord, one of the main life lines to your trailer and camper! The Fortress PowerLock is designed to cover your shore power cord access door to protect your RV power cords from being cut and stolen. It’s currently the only lock available specifically designed for shore power cords in the industry. Not only can a criminal steal the copper in your cord, but could cause hundreds of dollars in damage trying to cut them out.Fortress PowerLock 2

“This simple but clever device is like a high impact aircraft grade aluminum vault that securely mounts to the side of your RV. With the PowerLock cover door closed and locked, there's no way (short of cutting a hole in the side of your RV) to reach in and grab the power cord.”
–Russ DeMaris

Instead of worrying about potential power cord theft on your spring camping trip, use the Fortress PowerLock and focus on enjoying the time you’re spending with your family and fellow camping friends!

Features of the Fortress PowerLock include:

Fortress PowerLock 4• Lock covers shore power cord access door to protect RV power cords from being cut and stolen
• Prevents theft associated with opening access door and removing power cords
• Easy installation
• Lock and keys included
• Available in black or white high impact powder coat aircraft grade aluminum
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Kit includes:
• Fortress PowerLock
• Two keys
• All the mounting hardware

Fortress PowerLock 3If you’re interested in learning more about the Torklift International Fortress PowerLock, there are a couple of options for you! You can either call us at 800-246-8132 and our tech support would be more than happy to answer your questions about protecting your shore power cord from theft. Or, you can find one of our Certified Dealers near you by clicking here, and they can help you with your questions as well as get you set up with one of these locks.

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As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Shore power cord locking device protects against the chance of copper theft

anti-theftIf you have an RV you’re going to want to hear about this. 

Theft is one of those things we don’t necessarily expect to happen to us. Believe it or not, it’s more common than we like to admit. When it does actually happen, it’s unexpected and extremely disappointing. Not to mention a serious damper on your wallet. What’s worse than paying out of pocket for something twice or having to pay up on unnecessary repair costs? The road of life has its ups and downs, but there are ways to further prepare yourself and protect your equipment to avoid those expensive dips along the way.

Copper theft just doesn’t make cents
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Police reports and insurance claims aren’t always filed for each instance of copper theft. Even with that factored in; the amount of copper stolen and redeemed is more than $1 billion annually. Click here for interesting statistics on the rise of copper theft.


With thieves selling copper for up to two dollars per pound, no wonder it’s one of the most valuable and desired of metals. The incline in this type of thievery certainly won’t make any cents add up in your piggy bank.

powerlock-ou1Fortress PowerLockDon’t cut the cord
So how does copper theft apply to you when you’re out and about enjoying life in your RV? One of the easiest targets for copper wiring on your RV is the shore power cord. Whether your RV is stationed at a campsite or sitting in storage, the shore power access cord is a tempting and easy mark for copper snatchers. The wires within the shore power cords are made with copper along with other metals.

Torklift has designed the Fortress PowerLock to protect your RV from this common theft.

powerlock-shutLockable shore power
hatch with key



If you own an RV, you know how crucial the shore power cord is for a successful camping trip. When you aren’t running off of batteries, this external power cord is critical in sourcing power to your RV by plugging it into an outside power outlet. Everything that requires power in the RV will need to run through this cable.


Keep the bad guys away and continue to play
Torklift customer Russ Demaris recently installed and reviewed the Torklift International Fortress PowerLock on his RV.

“This simple but clever device is like a high impact aircraft grade aluminum vault that securely mounts to the side of your RV,” Russ writes.

powerlock-customer-reviewRuss installed the Fortress PowerLock on his RVAs a lockable door cover that blocks access to the shore power cord and plug, the Fortress PowerLock is indeed made from durable aircraft grade aluminum and available in either black or white high impact powder coat finish.

Most RVs come equipped with a very basic hatch made from flimsy plastic, leaving your shore power cord susceptible to damage or theft, not to mention that it’s somewhat of an eyesore. By incorporating a Fortress PowerLock, Russ followed the simple installation method and achieved an indestructible shield from those bad guys.

Step 1: Remove plastic power cord access door
Step 2: Apply sealant tape to access door assembly and slide it into the Fortress PowerLock assembly
Step 3: Apply sealant to the back of the Fortress PowerLock assembly and mount directly to the side of the RV with provided hardware

It took Russ less than 30 minutes to install the Fortress PowerLock. He shares his experience installing Torklift’s power cord locking device on his RV in a detailed blog entry. Click here to read more.

Watch this video to see the Fortress PowerLock in action:

Fortress PowerLock:

• Lock covers shore power cord access door to protect RV power cords from being cut and stolen
• Prevents theft associated with opening access door and removing power cords
• Lock and keys included
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

To purchase the RV shore power cord locking device, visit the Where To Buy section on our website to find a dealer near you. Have a question? Give our Tech Support a call at 800-246-8132.

Click here to learn more about the Fortress PowerLock. Be sure to browse all of Torklift International’s RV security products.



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As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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