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Old 04-13-2008, 10:25 PM   #1
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When I asked about best purchase individuals made no one mentioned any related to security. I read in a post how someone felt vulnerable in his/her egg. Have you thought of how you would deal with difficulties. I have never felt uncomfortable in a campground in Alberta, but I am planning a trip dowm the Oregon Coast. I hike and have bear spray and thought that I might purchase a portable boat airhorn. What do you do to feel secure? The comment, bring my wife along does not cut it this time.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:46 PM   #3
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I bring my 3 dogs. When someone comes into my camp and asks, "Are they friendly?" I reply, "That all depends." When strangers see my big, black 85 lb collie they think twice even though he is very friendly. However, if he senses something is not right about an approaching person he let's EVERYONE know about it and can be quite the imposing figure. I also bring bear spray as well and have this on a leash in case something attacks one of my shelties while I'm walking them. Bear spray works perfectly well on people if necessary.
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:26 PM   #4
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Just reading something like this on another forum (and we don't need to deteriorate into a bullet-launcher discussion; most of us have already made our minds up on the subject and won't be persuaded otherwise).

It was pointed out that alarms, esp ones that don't sound like car alarms, like horns or whistles are a better thing in a campground than at home -- Folks are far more likely to pay attention to them, esp if there is a Camp Host.

When contemplating the use of bear spray, one must stop to consider wind direction! Having experienced several different kinds of people spray, it is wise to be upwind!
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:01 AM   #5
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When contemplating the use of bear spray, one must stop to consider wind direction! Having experienced several different kinds of people spray, it is wise to be upwind!
Point well taken, Pete. One thing to mention about bear or pepper spray is that they project a fine stream about 12 feet out rather than a broad mist. You need to target any of the mucous membranes, i.e., eyes, nose or mouth, and be pretty darn accurate (and close!) There have been several times that my dogs were on high alert while walking and I cocked the spray head just to be ready if needed. Thank goodness I've never had to use the stuff but I feel safer knowing that I have this option.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:26 AM   #6
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I just lay my .45 Auto by the bed.

Don't come in my trailer unannounced, ......... unless I know you really good.



(oh, .... I am licensed to carry and X-law enforcement - 22 years)
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Remember that this thread was started by someone crossing an international border. That limits a lot of options!
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:11 AM   #8
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Just reading something like this on another forum (and we don't need to deteriorate into a bullet-launcher discussion; most of us have already made our minds up on the subject and won't be persuaded otherwise).
Good point, Pete. I made a trip down the Washinton/Oregon/California coast with only my wife for defense. Found her to be all that I needed.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:50 AM   #9
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When I asked about best purchase individuals made no one mentioned any related to security. I read in a post how someone felt vulnerable in his/her egg. Have you thought of how you would deal with difficulties. I have never felt uncomfortable in a campground in Alberta, but I am planning a trip dowm the Oregon Coast. I hike and have bear spray and thought that I might purchase a portable boat airhorn. What do you do to feel secure? The comment, bring my wife along does not cut it this time.
We had some folks who were thinking about dealing with security difficulties back in 2006. Security while Travelling Alone
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:28 AM   #10
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My very first night out in my trailer alone, I sat up in bed and asked myself what I thought I was doing. It wasn't long until I looked around and remembered some things. First, I know my trailer and where everything is. Second, all I have to do is sit up and I can reach into my flatware/knife drawer. Third, chances are the would-be trouble maker would hit his head coming into my trailer, stumble over my shoes as he tried to come in. This would leave him so discombulated, by the time I was on all over him, he'd be begging for mercy. At this, I simply laid back down and have never given it a second thought.

When my dog goes with me, it's definitely not an issue. Besides his size, there is also his water bowl at the door for the intruder to try and step around.

I don't know how I would feel if I were in a bigger trailer, but the inside of my 16' is MY world and I own it. When traveling, these little trailers draw so much attention, it's not likely that anyone will bother you.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:48 AM   #11
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This is not so much security when your sleeping but when your away and worried about your trailer, my husband read a post about how to protect your tent when out in the boonies camping. Five guys had set up five tents and when they came back from camping four of them had been ransacked. Trying to figure out why the fifth was not the others discovered his secret...A box of "RID" ( used to kill head lice) was opened up and made to look like it had been used just inside the tent. Box open, instructions out, nobody wants to steal the sleeping bag or anything else from the tent that has lice in it. I thought it was a clever way to protects ones things without the use of force. Now as far as protecting ones's self at night in the trailer, trust your instinct and get to know your neighbors. Just a thought, everyone is posting what they have, what they would use for protection but anyone can read this forum. Not saying someone is going to stalk any one and chances are if some lowlife is going to be breaking in to a trailer he's not researching them on the internet but it does make you think just a little about divulging hey I'm going to campground "A" and I have a dog who seems intimidating but is really a sweatheart. Something to think about
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:47 PM   #12
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We rely on the boat horn (specified for a 35 ft boat) and we have dogs that bark and lots of blunt & sharp instruments and know where they all are.

I remember having this conversation around a campfire and liked one idea, I heard... a lone traveler put out a big worn pair of work boots, a heavy gage dog chain & a big dog bowl of water.

humm, I like the alarm idea -- help protect when you are aware from the trailer.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:53 PM   #13
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Step one. Close your blinds when you are not in the trailer. That way the would be thief can not window shop.

Step two. Lock both locks if you have two like the Casitas.

Step three. Be aware of where you park. In a resturant ask for a table near the window. Don't park between two big rigs because this provides good cover for a parking lot thief.

Step four. Don't do inside tours if you plan to leave the trailer where it is and go away for several hours. (See, we have a microwave inside this cupboard and a TV set up here and I plug my computer in here just gives them a list of what to look for when you drive away.) I know this is hard when we have such cute trailers.

Step five. Meet your neighbors in the campground and walk up and say, "hey, we are heading to a two hour hike, would you keep an eye on our camp spot while we are gone?"

Step six. Try not to stop where you don't have cell phone service and keep you cell phone within arms reach when you sleep. Also if your auto has an alarm keep your key chain where you can set it off if need be. Draw attention.

And a silly but real comment. If you yell, help help help, you will not get as much responce then if you yell 911, 911, call 911. The thought behind that is people yell when they stub their toe or bump their head but if it is a real emergency, calling 911 provides help and keeps the neighbor from having to put themselves in danger.
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These are all interesting ideas, my wife and I drove from Alberta last summer, all the way along the coast from Washington, all the way down to Mendocino California (had to go back to work). We stayed in all sorts of campgrounds along the way, and found everyone we came across to be exceptionaly friendly, we had no concern for security.

The only incident we had was in a rest area in eastern Washington, we had pulled over for a little rest, and some young fellows in a car took a couple of trips through the rest area screaming and honking their horn, never saw them again. Just a guess, but had I confronted them, that might have been the invitation they were looking for to start something...

Don't worry, have fun, it is a great trip!
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