My partner and I will be driving our van all the way down the US, through Mexico/Central America, and then (after shipping across the Canal) into South America for the next ~2 years. We are really hoping to do some longer treks and climbs that would take us away from the van for several nights, but are also very nervous about leaving our entire home/car/life unattended!
I've backpacked extensively through South America and feel very comfortable in Argentina, but this is admittedly new territory-- having a van changes EVERYTHING and we're growing concerned about potential theft at trailheads, either of the contents of our home (which are insured, but still) or just driving the entire van away (a bit harder to replace).
We've looked into anti-theft safety measures, but the real question is: does anyone have general advice on where to leave their van for a week while hiking? Safe to do so at the trailheads? Should we try to leave it at a hotel?
Thanks in advance!