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Old 05-21-2015, 12:13 PM   #15
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Hardly worth the cost and effort.
How would you attach such a thing to a wall of a fiberglass trailer. It would look kind of funny sticking out.
A safe light enough and small enough for a trailer wouldn't hold enough to be worth the effort.
I still think the best thing to do is:
> Not carry a lot of valuables. That also means no valuables inside the trailer while parked at home.
> Stay out of upscale anything parking lots. That includes upscale RV Resorts.
> Stop and eat at small restaurants where you have the possibility of watching your trailer while eating.
> Stop at truck stops where your trailer is between big trucks and eat at the truck stop restaurant.
> When camped get to know your neighbors so that you are more likely to watch out for each other.
> Stay out of State Parks, RV Parks, and RV Resorts.
What are attempting to do is reduce the chance of being robbed, you can't eliminate the chance entirely but can help your odds.

Did you just say stay out of everywhere you could possibly camp or visit?
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:25 PM   #16
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Did you just say stay out of everywhere you could possibly camp or visit?
But, the reality is that there is no where that I can think of where someone would be safe from a thief. They are now coming in the house when people are home and I see that as the worst that could happen. So, I figure if I can't be 100% safe anywhere, I should go where I want to be and live my life using reasonable caution.

Maybe there is a difference in insurance companies or RVs but when our pop-up was taken, the insurance man told us to remember to make a list of things that were in the camper so we would get reimbursement for them. Now, it may in the case of the Roadtrek guy that some of those things may not have been covered under his policy since not a lot of people carry $12,000 and counting in their vehicle. Even with our house policy, you need "special" add-ons for certain equipment.

Read your insurance policies and watch for changes each year as some companies reduce coverage and it is easy to miss unless you read the entire very dull policy.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:41 PM   #17
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Did you just say stay out of everywhere you could possibly camp or visit?
If you're limiting your self to State Parks, RV Parks, and RV Resorts you're spending way too much money and missing out on some real outdoor adventures. There's lots National Parks camping, National Forest Camping, Corps of Engineers camping, BLM camping, Dispersed camping, county campgrounds.

If you want to see what I'm talking about go here.


To answer your question directly.. I have stayed in an RV Park once. Januay 1, 2006, the first outing with my brand new 2006 Scamp 13'. The first and last time in an RV Park. State Parks I think 7 or 8 nights. Average nights camping per year, over 100.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:51 PM   #18
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My parents lost everything, including the Westphalia while in Mexico. My mum asked my dad if she should bring her purse or hide it in the vehicle. Being hard of hearing I am sure many hear the conversation. She lost her passport and the extra set of keys to the vehicle was in her purse.
Please think about any questions you are asking each other as you are locking up. ESPECIALLY if you are hard of hearing. "Dear, should I bring the camera? Did you hide the computer?..." I have overhead so many of these conversations in parking lots. Hide and relocate items at the beginning of each day and do not do it at the location you will be leaving your vehicle. You never know who is listening or watching.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:23 PM   #19
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Oliver trailers have a ready made built in safe place, and it's not locked. No, I'm not telling you where it is. But then again, the most valuable thing we take along is the lap top.

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Old 05-21-2015, 09:39 PM   #20
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KNOCK ON WOOD, KNOCK ON WOOD. The only time I've lost stuff while camping was in an Oregon State Park! The first time was during daylight and the group I was tent camping with decided to drive to the river.. 2-3 miles away. Someone came into our site and helped themselves to our purses, wallets and booze.

The second time, it wasn't me, but folk's from California attending the Oregon Gathering at Bullard's Beach State Park. At sleeptime, all their cash, digital camera, etc. was in their locked and alarmed tug was breached.. stuff disappeared. Remember, not all alarms on your tug are door alarms... it's only if someone is trying to start and steal the vehicle!

Keep important stuff with you or in your trailer at night.

Am I the only one that remember the couple here on FiberglassRV that lost EVERYTHING while camping on BLM land and no one was around for miles? Someone even stole their chairs that were around the campfire ring. Sad, true story.

It happens, just be as safe as you can. Other's stories may not be your story no matter how many nights they've been out camping.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:07 PM   #21
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Hardly worth the cost and effort.
How would you attach such a thing to a wall of a fiberglass trailer. It would look kind of funny sticking out.
A safe light enough and small enough for a trailer wouldn't hold enough to be worth the effort.
I still think the best thing to do is:
> Not carry a lot of valuables. That also means no valuables inside the trailer while parked at home.
> Stay out of upscale anything parking lots. That includes upscale RV Resorts.
> Stop and eat at small restaurants where you have the possibility of watching your trailer while eating.
> Stop at truck stops where your trailer is between big trucks and eat at the truck stop restaurant.
> When camped get to know your neighbors so that you are more likely to watch out for each other.
> Stay out of State Parks, RV Parks, and RV Resorts.
What are attempting to do is reduce the chance of being robbed, you can't eliminate the chance entirely but can help your odds.
If you stay out of state parks, rv parks/resorts, is the only thing left federal parks?? HELP I think I'm just going to skip camping.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:32 PM   #22
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If you stay out of state parks, rv parks/resorts, is the only thing left federal parks?? HELP I think I'm just going to skip camping.

Good. State Parks, RV Parks/Resorts aren't camping anyway.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:58 PM   #23
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In all honesty, State Parks, RV Parks/Resorts are fine for some people. But I avoid them. Generally they're overpriced, and crowded. I actually prefer no campground, no trailer, maybe not even a tent. But as age has crept up on me I can't carry 50 to 60 lbs on my back and walk up and down mountains for 10+ miles anymore. Hence the trailer. I get a closer feeling for the backpacking type of camping in National Parks, and National Forests.
I mentioned overpriced, example of the expense I had this past winter. We lived for about 90 days in our little trailer. Cost averaged out at around $5.50 per night. No I didn't have electricity, or water hookup or sewer hookup or a toilet. No television, or DVD player. Have to hunting for internet when needed. It a bit different the RVing.. It's closer to camping, but if RVing is what you enjoy go for it if you can afford it.
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:53 AM   #24
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Whether you are hiking, ski touring, canoeing, or in your RV boondocking, staying in an RV park, or anything in between, you are still camping in one form or another. Which ever type you get enjoyment out of is just fine, as we all have differing levels of comfort and desires.

I have often stated that having a trailer like my Escape 19 is camping in absolute luxury, but to many others it would be looked at as totally roughing it.

Coming from a background spending over 1,000 nights of backcountry travel, sleeping in tents, snow shelters, or under the stars, I too prefer a more rustic, out of the way place to camp in my trailer. I just find it more relaxing. Well over 90% of my RVing is off the grid.

However, when travelling, I don't mind State/Provincial parks for the most part. They are usually at a great location, where there is lots, and lots, of activities to do nearby. The campsites are usually largish and spread apart good, with lots of natural beauty about. I spend almost all my awake time camping outside my trailer, and enjoy a nice setting, whether in a campground, or off the grid.

As a last resort, I will use an RV resort. It is usually a matter of convenience when I do, and not a multi-day stop.

I am fortunate that I have never had a single thing stolen when camping in any form. I often leave my gear about camp, and only put away things that matter to me. For me, I prefer to not stress over stuff like being ripped off. Reducing stress is one of the main reasons I have loved camping over the years, and the further off grid I go, the more relaxed I am. Should something ever happen to me theft wise, and as long as nobody (including my dog) gets hurt..... oh well..... all will be good in the end..... and karma is going to get those that showed me disrespect.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:10 AM   #25
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Good post, Jim!

Sensible precautions: good.
Siege mentality: bad.

Reminds me of a quote from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: " 'It is not your own Shire,' said Gildor. 'Others dwelt here before hobbits were, and others will dwell here again when hobbits are no more. The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.' "

I am a fan of state and county parks. We require full facilities, including hot showers if staying for multiple days, and I have found state and county parks the most reasonable places to get them. As you say, they usually have relatively spacious sites, especially if you use the tent areas without hook-ups. Yes, there are other people around, but I like that (mostly). I have backpacked solo, and I have camped in crowded beach parks in the summer. The ideal for me is somewhere in between, but, on the whole, I enjoy being around people.

That said, I fully understand the differing needs of full-timers looking to minimize costs, as well as those who want all the comforts of home and those who seek solitude in a beautiful place. It makes me appreciate the capitalist and federalist system we have in this country that allows for so many different public and private options for "camping," whatever that means to you!
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U can also loose everything just driving down the road
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:54 PM   #27
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Wish they would break into my camper.
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We kept our German Shepherd inside the trailer with the a/c on this past weekend. I wonder what type of dog the person had?
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