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Old 04-21-2016, 12:08 PM   #15
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Opinions on here never fail to crack me up. And Byron says the "State parks" are where he feels the LEAST safest.
Not a surprise.

For starters Byron is a male so I have no doubt he feels very different about his personal safety in a variety of different locations and situations that most females would

Secondly, if I am not mistaken he does not travel on his own - another big difference. I also feel much safer camping at a many different locations when camping with a second party, than I do when camping on my own.

Do not know if Byron carries his own fire power or not, I do not and I suspect many single females do not either, which again might account for some of the difference as well.
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Old 04-21-2016, 06:28 PM   #16
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I would never tell about my firepower. Potential opponent's uncertainty and doubt are good.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:05 PM   #17
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I would never tell about my firepower. Potential opponent's uncertainty and doubt are good.
My own feeling is a woman is best off if her defense comes as a total surprise. The attacker should not see it coming at all. I guess I figure a man forces his way into a woman's camper and something bad happens to him without warning, well what did he expect?

Armed females generally do not scare male attackers nearly as much as one would expect. Too many reports scattered through news over the years when the attacker did not act as one would if one felt their life was threatened. Camper is a space that puts a physical attacker close enough that if you hold up a weapon and threaten there is a good chance the other person is close enough to take it away.

Large males on the other hand can often avoid fights simply by looking ready for it. Hard look and a baseball bat is like a skunks stripe, lets folks know what they are dealing with will be unpleasant.

Like the keys for the auto alarm idea. Which brings something to mind. If you are in any kind of campground there is pretty sure to be a majority of decent folks around. In those situations while in your campsite you are not really all that "alone". Accepting an invite at dusk to hike out into the bog to see the fireflies or swamp lights, or going for a long ride in a just met "friends" boat is pretty foolish but people that should know better have done just that. Seems like such a nice person is something that sociopaths and predators tend to be good at faking.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:53 PM   #18
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I would never tell about my firepower. Potential opponent's uncertainty and doubt are good.
I suspect my Canadian licence plates pretty well gives it away without me saying a word!
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:11 PM   #19
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Here are a few pictures.
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I like the new door lock! If you don't mind I would like the information on the lock and where to purchase it.

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Old 05-01-2016, 12:33 AM   #20
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Ken, it has been years ago, and I no longer own the trailer, but I did purchase the lock from Camping World (It was in a closeout bin without a box or instructions) and I believe it was a FIC lock. I feel that the most important part of the modification is to use fiberglass resin inside the new door lock opening, so water will not get into the door filler, causing expansion, mold, and door straightening (losing the door curve). The most difficult part was making a new door striker plate. Mine came out ok, but I liked the one another member (Darral T.) made out of stainless steel. Best of luck with your mods.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:56 AM   #21
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Lock on Amazon

I followed Dave's example and installed a lock like his except in white. I replaced my lock, not for night time security, but to keep the door closed while driving. The existing pin system works well enough for night time use.

Our reason was we had the door open on one of our first trpis while driving. I temporarily installed a screw and bungee cord to keep it closed.

I bought the lock on Amazon $20 or so.

http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Trailer...s=rv+door+lock
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:34 PM   #22
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Your out camping. Your door is so secure it's even hard for you to get out. All your windows are open and the highest security you have is the window screens over the windows. For the most part no one wants to mess with someone in their home, they will wait to enter your trailer when you're out on an ice cream run.

If I was worried I would use a deterrent like an alarm mat. Might just move the undesirables on to easier pickens or if you're in the trailer give you a heads up so you can get into defensive mode.

Pepper spray inside your trailer is a very, very bad Idea. You will probably scrap your trailer do to the contamination and how can you evade a perpetrator when your eyes are burning and you can't see where you're going?

Keep your car keys with the alarm button near you when you're sleeping. Its loud enough to ward off undesirables and piss off everyone in the campground at 2:00 am. But you will gain attention.

Walk around the campground with a big brown dog with white shiny teeth so if anyone was thinking about messing with you they look for easier pickings.

look into something like this. I have never used one or needed on so your on your own here.

http://www.amazon.com/EasyAlarms-Pre.../dp/B001QC98RC
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:29 PM   #23
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I followed Dave's example and installed a lock like his except in white. I replaced my lock, not for night time security, but to keep the door closed while driving. The existing pin system works well enough for night time use.

Our reason was we had the door open on one of our first trpis while driving. I temporarily installed a screw and bungee cord to keep it closed.

I bought the lock on Amazon $20 or so.

http://www.amazon.com/Travel-Trailer...s=rv+door+lock

I had the same thing happen after almost 10 years the door came open. The spring wouldn't push the latch to a full latched position. Replace the latch from Scamp for $16. Problem solved for another few years without the need to cut holes, just simply remove 6 screws and replace. NOTE: The replacement doesn't have to holes for pin. If you want the pin you have to drill your own holes. I never bothered.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:57 PM   #24
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alarm door mat is an interesting idea...wonder if it goes off with raccoon visitors? (Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Is. WA. has raccoon warning signs)
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:13 PM   #25
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My wife suggests if she were alone she would get a dog. Even a small dog could raise an alarm if something untoward was happening and a larger dog could give a bad actor pause.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:42 PM   #26
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Hi, I joined this site last fall after my husband and I picked up our 16' Scamp in Canada and had the learning experience of driving back to the Midwest through Ontario, NY, PA, OH. Wonderful trip but a lot to learn about the Scamp and towing!
We are towing with a 2013 Volvo XC 60. This is the first experience either of us have had with owning or towing a camper and this site has been a valuable resource.

I will be traveling alone sometimes and the lock on the door is not what I would like it to be: it's only a small nail-sized peg on a string that drops through the handle lock. I'd like the door to feel more secure when I'm alone.
Has anybody replaced or modified their Scamp door lock system for the purpose of feeling more secure?
i see that you are new to trailering. I can tell you that campgrounds are generally very safe places, often safer than home. That is, if there are a good number of people around, at least three or four others. It is not the big worry that you may think. We have rarely seen what might be an unsafe situation. That is more likely to occur off-season at a place with no one around. Be at places with camp hosts.

Army Corps is good at patrolling and some of theirs are open year-round. They have a book of campgrounds. Private campgrounds are usually very safe but maybe not. You can usually tell on arriving at a place whether you want to be there or move on. Good reason to arrive at a destination early and have another option. I would not rely on a door lock. I expect to be in a safe place in the first place, and you can probably see if that is the case.
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:32 AM   #27
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Like Cathi

I agree with Cathi. You're probably safer in your camper than your home.

We travel in the off season, rarely traveling during the summer or peak seasons, yet we feel totally safe.

We did install a bolt lock, not for our safety but rather for keeping the door closed while we travel.

We would not consider a dog for safety. A dog can be restrictive to a camper.

For criminals empty homes are better targets, what is there to steal in a little trailer.

Feel safe...
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