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Old 05-14-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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Based on the changing times of more violence in the world, being single and little paranoia thrown in, I am puting this idea out there. The Airstream clan have long organized themselves in caravans travelling the countryside wide and far. On my own I find myself getting cold feet venturing out on my own. I just see it safety in numbers, and wonder if anyone else has ever pondered the idea of travelling in a group ?

I also see it as being more fun and much safer. Personally I would enjoy the camaraderie of being in a group of FG TT. For instance I haven't yet put in for my holidays but was thinking about heading from Vancouver Island to Cranbrook, BC. What about the idea of putting it out there and see who might be travelling up that way. Will be interesting to hear any feedback.
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Old 05-14-2007, 06:58 PM   #2
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My family used to go on vacation with 5 other trailer couples and their kids. It was a big pain in the butt. My father was ALWAYS the lead and had to worry about everything staying together - but not too close. He was the only one that could read a map and even have a map in their car.

What worked best for us later on, was discussing where we are going and we will meet you here and here. So, everyone 2-3 days, we would all meet up again.

We had some people that liked to sit for 2-3 days, drive like crazy to meet up with us at the next spot. Some people wanted to go see Washington, DC - not my father because he had camped on the White House lawn right before he was shipped off in WWII.

Anyway, it's nice to have people with you BUT they can rub on your nerves.
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Old 05-14-2007, 07:01 PM   #3
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I think you have a good idea. Unless you buy a handgun, guard dog, or get a law enforcement officer or former Marine as a traveling partner, it sounds like a good idea for you. You are not paranoid but wise. Good luck.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:32 PM   #4
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I also think that a few trailers in a caravan would be safer in a lot of ways....great idea.. ....Benny
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:39 AM   #5
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Some people prefer traveling and camping in groups and you may be one of them. If so, that's okay. If it makes you feel more comfortable, then I say do whatever it takes to help you enjoy camping.

However, I'm one of many solo camping women. Usually, my dog goes with me, but he has stayed with my husband before. In the beginning, I was very nervous, but time has helped that a lot. Those that have seen my trailer know that my trailer is plain on the outside, however, on the inside, it reminds me of what I strive to be.

“Over the years I've discovered that there's more to being a cowgirl than punching cows, or winning rodeo trophies, or galloping off into a movie sunset with Roy. Cowgirl is an attitude, really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she's just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, an astronaut.”

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Old 05-15-2007, 10:14 AM   #6
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:33 AM   #7
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I like the idea. Sort of a moving rally. It would be fun to plan a trip up the west coast, for example, and have the stops planned ahead so locals could join the group when it came close enough to home. I don't think caravanning on the road is necessarily necessary.. though some people might choose to do it- but having company in the campground at night would be fun, and I'd feel safer with people I knew.

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Old 05-15-2007, 10:45 AM   #8
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I think its a good idea in general.I have been in a situation where my wife and i were the only people around when boon docking.We were being botherd by some high school kids drinking and we were trapped .It got pretty scary , So when boon docking i now make sure others are around.
When travelling i would prefere to be independent and maybe meet people along the way at a prearranged time and place.I find most campgrounds where you pay are pretty safe.
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:12 AM   #9
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Having herded (sheep in Scotland) and having been herded (army, rush hour), I say "baa-aa-aa" to traveling in a flock!
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:44 AM   #10
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I have been in a situation where my wife and i were the only people around when boon docking.We were being botherd by some high school kids drinking and we were trapped .It got pretty scary , So when boon docking i now make sure others are around.
Exactly. Cowgirls ain't dumb. We don't camp in the boonies alone.
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Old 05-15-2007, 12:29 PM   #11
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There are extremely empowered women on this site and I absolutely admire you for that ! It's great that you have no hesitation to "head out on the highway looking for adventure to what ever comes your way---". I have always considered myself an activist towards womens' issues, and presently establishing a womens' resource centre in this red neck community.

So, here is another idea of safety while travelling. When planning for a destination, put it out there where you would be going and the dates so if anyone wanted to join up the more the merrier. I have to add here too, I am single but not looking for someone else's husband because as an original baby boomer it's more about friendship now.
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Old 05-15-2007, 12:51 PM   #12
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So, here is another idea of safety while travelling. When planning for a destination, put it out there where you would be going and the dates so if anyone wanted to join up the more the merrier. I have to add here too, I am single but not looking for someone else's husband because as an original baby boomer it's more about friendship now.
That doesn't sound very safe to me. I would not want anyone being able to find out when and where I was going unless I knew I would NOT be alone when I got there.

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Old 05-15-2007, 12:59 PM   #13
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Good point never thought of it from that angle and you are right. That is critical thinking at it's best. Plan B now.
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:42 PM   #14
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OK, here's my take on the subject of safety while camping. My point is based on observations and some news stories.

We've seen a lot of ladies alone backpacking into to some pretty remote areas and have not heard of any problems.
We've camped in some pretty remote areas beside the car and with the trailer, never even seen anybody that we thought might be a threat. Again no reports we've seen of any problems.
We've camped in campgrounds. Some State, some federal, and some private rv parks. Oregon State campgrounds are very crowded and we've been more concerned there than anyplace we've camped. No concerns anyplace else.
Another observation, the news media sensationalizes any incident that's out of the norm. So the once in 10 to 15 years when something happens it's big news.
It appears to me the biggest danger is traveling between home and your camping spot. There's more crashes and injuries on the roads than any incidents when camped.

Conclusion: Be careful traveling, every other vehicle on the road is out to get you. Once camped, where ever that might be, relax you've survived another trip.
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