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Old 05-26-2015, 07:06 AM   #29
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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?
A large but gentle Elk Hound.
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Old 05-29-2015, 08:28 AM   #30
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I enjoy Mike's podcast-- it's a very unfortunate thing that happened. I always park the trailer someplace that I can see it while shopping or eating. The exception is just when it is absolutely impossible. Also, even as someone who works out of the trailer, I keep absolutely nothing of value in the trailer or the TV. I use a super cheap, old laptop for work and I use my cell-phone to take pics and video. The most expensive thing I carry is my propane firepit, which is worth about 100 bucks used. I do have full coverage on the trailer, though-- including theft and vandalism.

Be careful out there, folks!
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Old 05-30-2015, 05:07 AM   #31
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My Neighbor...

My neighbor is a gardener and yesterday had 5000 plants delivered. I helped unload the plants. The grower saw my Scamp and almost immediately began with 'aren't you afraid of being robbed, broken into'... A surprising question here we are in small town NH, a state with a low crime rate, where anything rarely happens. As well the grower lives on a rural farm.

In 15 years, well over 3,000 nights of all kinds of camping, we've never had a single incident. Is it part of it the depiction of trailer park residents in TV series?

We do avoid cities with our Scamp and virtually don't even drive through them, certainly neither Baltimore or Chicago will ever see our Scamp. Upscale malls fit into that category as well, obviously a location the 'bad guys' scan for opportunities. Our mall/shopping center usually includes a Walmart, not generally considered upscale. The only issue we ever have is some one waiting to tour our rig, or simply admiring it.

We just bought an Internet thermostat for our FL home, it will allow me to monitor the air conditioner when we're away. (By the way it costs me $25 to run the Air Conditioner and refrigerator this month in FL). A remote system like this could allow a remote camera(s) so I could keep an eye on my trailer from my smart phone or post an alarm to my phone should some one enter.

Back in the day when we had a motorhome, there was no way for anyone to steal $12,000 worth of goods, probably not even $1,000 unless they stole the tires.

We always feel safe leaving our trailer in a campground , have no big dog on guard, and take no special precautions other than to avoid dangerous areas. To me it's like most fears, problems happen but they are rare. If we're broken into the most expensive thing is Ginny's new laptop, $169, definitely not the end of the world.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:03 AM   #32
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We usually "CAMP" at State Parks . We find the camping fees reasonable for the services provided. We avoid the KOA type parks ,they do offer more amenities but I can't justify paying for things we will not use IE; swimming pool ,golf course
, game room. I could save money by camping as Byron does but I would be camping alone. My wife has no intentions of camping in the middle of nowhere just so I can save a couple of bucks .We have never had anything stolen or damaged while camping and have insurance. Like everything in life ,you take your chances and hope for the best.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:26 AM   #33
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^Well said. I actually do all 3 of those types of camping... I stay in KOA/RV Parks when I need more amenities but I 'camp' in remote boondocking locations, as well as State and National Parks/Forests. While I'm sure theft occurs, it doesn't seem to occur often enough for me to hear about it.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:05 AM   #34
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Norm, I've never had a break-in or had something stolen either. Not at home, nor away.

I just try to use some common sense - leave no opportunities, and not make yourself a juicier target than another. I've not been deterred to visit cities like Baltimore (the waterfront is pretty cool), but you must be aware of what you are doing and where you are is all.

I've found most crimes of those are of opportunity, and sadly, most are poor people stealing from each other. A true, professional theif, is probably not deterred by any measures we take, but that is where good insurance comes in.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:51 AM   #35
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Ron, I'm not hesitant to visit cities, but I'm not parking my trailer in them or near them, as to Baltimore I've been there many times in my car.

I do try to be very conscious all the time, 'keeping my eye out for the cougar'. I know there are all too many people that have different standards than I.

As to state parks and private parks over the years we've parked in all kinds of parks, some that actually looked 'shady' (not in the sense of tree shady) where the people were just as nice as any where we parked.

Heck, we park in SC for a couple of weeks a year....
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:08 AM   #36
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I think the only place that I felt vulnerable to gettting ripped of was at Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach. With all the thousands (yes thousands!) of people milling about, it would be pretty easy for someone to walk off with something. I heard neighbors complaining of people taking beer right out of their coolers!

So I found all the locking up and putting things away constantly to be pretty tedious. At the State Park, up the beach a bit, it was completely different. A more relaxed and intimate setting for sure.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:25 AM   #37
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I installed a Chrome Plated Hasp with it's own chrome plated lock on the door of the 5r. It looks very good. Bought it at Tractor Supply.

I also installed a hidden SAFE that I purchased at Harbor Freight. Should you want to do this, you need to be creative where yoy would install it for it to remain a secret.
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:14 PM   #38
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I can't imagine what I'd put in a safe.

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Old 05-30-2015, 01:07 PM   #39
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Plenty of folks use the under seat handgun safe for other items.
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Old 05-30-2015, 02:42 PM   #40
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I can't imagine what I'd put in a safe.

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Money, passport, items you do t want to get wet when you go to the pool.
A hand gun, extra set of tow vehicle keys, iPad. There are all sorts of things you might want to protect.

Additional I for: The safe is bolted down to a floor or wall so ripping it out is not an option.
Costco sold a vehicle save a few years ago for a Chevy Silverado center console and that thing is handy for the above items also.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:59 PM   #41
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I can't imagine what I'd put in a safe.

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Jewelry, gold and silver coins, watches, important papers, or pretty much anything you like. Not just for guns. I have two at home. When we're on the road, I don't carry any of that stuff so I haven't really found the need.
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Old 05-30-2015, 05:06 PM   #42
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I don't carry a lot of valuables and I got rid of my paranoia a long time ago. Maybe if I still had my paranoia a safe would be a good place to keep it.
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