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Old 11-03-2009, 02:53 PM   #71
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Though I think most have gotten comfortable with the fear of being alone exploring in our rv's just cause the draw of the great outdoors is so amazing but we still need to be cautious and be prepared to protect ourselfs. I do have a couple of guns ( Dh's, but he can't use them anymore) and believe I could use it if confronted by someone who ment harm to me or my loved ones. I suppose you truly don't know till comfronted with that type of situation. But one thing I learned a long time ago, was noise is a huge deterrent. Barking dogs, car alarms, home alarms, car horn, etc can send the bad guy running. This also tends to be true with animals, which is where I have a little more experience. We have lived in some very out of the way, wilderness settings. And bears have been an issue, nothing like opening the back door to find a bear greeting you or taking a afternoon walk only to crest a hill to find a bear sitting in the middle of the path. And was always told to smack pan's together or in the case of hiking/walking talk loudly on your walk to let the wild things know your coming. (which for me always takes away the from the puprose of enjoying the great outdoors) use a whistle, basically anything to make noise.

So I had this brain storm,
And had heard of and used a form of this suggestion years ago when we live in the middle of no where. But this spring we were going to be camping in the middle of bear country and needed something to carry with me that I didn't have to carry pots and pans on a hike , so I was in wallie world picking up other supplies and saw a Marine/Sport Horn bought it, got it home and decided it was to big to carry on a hike but thought throw it in the trailer just in case we had bears wander in the campsite. Well no bears that trip but I decided to leave it in the trailer after hitting the button on accident ( wow, it's screaching) and thought hmmmmmm, the whole campground would hear that if you depressed it and draw a lot of attention so in theroy it would send the bad guy running. I figure if an intruder were to try and break in, in the middle of the night my first line of defense will be the Horn, if that doesn't scare them off then I will pull the gun. But it at least let's me feel a little safer. I even carried it recently on a road trip, took it into the hotel with me (after traveling as much as I did years ago for work, I don't ever think I am safe in a hotel) would almost rather sleep in my car at the side of the road. Boy could I tell your stories from my and my co-workers experiences. So for another (cheap $6-ish) form of security try blasting them! Of course you will be subjected to the loud noise as well, but your holding it and know the loud noise is coming, though you will still be startled but I figure they have no idea so it will be worse for them. Robin
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:38 PM   #72
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Too had been walking through WalMart some years ago and saw the little air horns. I purchased two sizes the of which I have no idea where it is. The smaller is stored conveniently in the Scamp.

I had in mind that it would come in handy when I went to Alaska for Bears. I never did need it but I know it was there.

Since that trip I have thought that it will work fine if ever needed for two legged fo's.

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Old 11-03-2009, 09:18 PM   #73
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I'll 74 and getting a little slow. Every few months I'll look in on this "full timing ladies" column and enjoy it. But this time I was taken by how much I could learn here for us single old guys.

There have been a couple of times these last few years when I could have used a bear spray or an air horn. and not on bears.

There are a few trips I could have taken and didn't because of the concerns I made up in my own mind. And a few trips I did take that worked out just fine.

And when I did something dumb, like discharging a battery overnight, there was someone to help out.

So Joy, Robin, Donna, Raya, and Karalyn .... lead the way, us old guys will follow

(In the most polite way possible!)
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:35 AM   #74
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Hi Ron, and welcome to the thread.

Reading about the horns reminded me of something I carry, which is a powerful spotlight (I own it for SCUBA diving). I keep it in the car/camper with me, and it can be handy for finding places at night, but also, I think it would be a decent deterrent if necessary. If the beam were shined in someone's eyes I think it would blind them, and confuse their actions.

Of course, like any "weapon," you'd want to be reasonably sure you were not pointing it at a friend in this manner.

I like the light because I already own it anyway, it has other uses, and it's legal to carry through Canada.

Raya

PS: I see they don't make my "D" Battery model anymore (they have newfangled things like LEDs now); mine is shaped like this one but is slightly larger and takes D batteries:


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Here is the page that shows their current dive lights. They do list the lumens so you can tell how bright they will be:

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They also have other types of lights, if you back out to their main page and then go in to another category.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:19 AM   #75
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Raya,
I like your idea of carrying a bright spot light as a deterrent. I find the Blue-White LEDs to be particalarly irritating. I normally carry a flare gun for emergencies and it can be used as a weapon. Down side is that it will put a permanent hurt on someone if you hit them and possibly start a wildfire.
Thanks again for the great idea.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:18 PM   #76
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Ron, I actually don't full time at this point, but have rv'ed all my life. And had the pleasure of owning a big rig park where we had many single ladies full timing on their own. Due to my husbands illness I basically am on my own even when he's with me. But having a man along does keep the impression of protection, though in his case he wouldn't be able to protect anymore. So I kind of have the theory of Raya, confuse them, or in other words baffle them first hoping the bad guy will run for the hills......................... At the very least think I am a crazy old women and figure they don't want to tangle with me.


I think all and all, just being alert to your surroundings goes a long way to safety. But having a skillet handy to pop the bad guy over the head or the marine/sports horn ready for action just make me feel better and not like a sitting duck.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:32 AM   #77
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I gather a lot of couples do this, and single men. But it takes moxy for single women to go 'round full timing, right? Just curious.
I had to look up moxie, as I thought it had a slightly derogatory meaning. But the definition sounds exactly like the qualities I work to develop:
[b]1. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.[b]2. Aggressive energy; initiative[b]3. Skill; know-how.
I am not yet full-timing, but have spent years doing things alone that more sheltered women seem to find daunting (like moving around the country, traveling long distances, buying and rebuilding houses). The questions about doing things alone generally come from people who have someone to partner with them (that is what I mean by sheltered) and apparently would not consider traveling, etc. by themselves. I would have missed out on all the richness of my life if I stayed in my "safe" rented apartment because I didn't have a partner to accompany me.

I think of courage, not as being fearless, but as doing what needs to be done even when I am afraid. So courage, and "the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage", is not inborn but is learned through experience. So, in order to learn to face the "difficulties" of full-timing, it is critical to plan long trips with my egg to gain that experience. I am packing to leave on Monday for Arizona and I am nervous since I count my experience in hauling in terms of minutes, not days! But, I am taking precautions to reduce my anxiety (purchased roadside assistance from Good Sam, plotting route for maximum cell phone coverage, taking two well-trained dogs) and just make myself DO it! Having survived the abuse of childhood and a 15 yr marriage, I feel that if I can learn to have moxie, so can most other women. And now, the adventure continues!
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Hi Anne! Wishing you safe travels as you head west. Bring yourself, the dogs and that MOXIE out to Quartzsite, AZ and say hello! Give a holler if you're in the neighborhood - we'd love to visit. You go, Woman! L 'n D
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I had to look up moxie, as I thought it had a slightly derogatory meaning. But the definition sounds exactly like the qualities I work to develop:
[b]1. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.[b]2. Aggressive energy; initiative[b]3. Skill; know-how.
I am not yet full-timing, but have spent years doing things alone that more sheltered women seem to find daunting (like moving around the country, traveling long distances, buying and rebuilding houses). The questions about doing things alone generally come from people who have someone to partner with them (that is what I mean by sheltered) and apparently would not consider traveling, etc. by themselves. I would have missed out on all the richness of my life if I stayed in my "safe" rented apartment because I didn't have a partner to accompany me.

I think of courage, not as being fearless, but as doing what needs to be done even when I am afraid. So courage, and "the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage", is not inborn but is learned through experience. So, in order to learn to face the "difficulties" of full-timing, it is critical to plan long trips with my egg to gain that experience. I am packing to leave on Monday for Arizona and I am nervous since I count my experience in hauling in terms of minutes, not days! But, I am taking precautions to reduce my anxiety (purchased roadside assistance from Good Sam, plotting route for maximum cell phone coverage, taking two well-trained dogs) and just make myself DO it! Having survived the abuse of childhood and a 15 yr marriage, I feel that if I can learn to have moxie, so can most other women. And now, the adventure continues!
Good for you!! You will find there's a lot of well wishers on your side. Please keep us posted.
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:22 AM   #80
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Hi Anne! Wishing you safe travels as you head west. Bring yourself, the dogs and that MOXIE out to Quartzsite, AZ and say hello! Give a holler if you're in the neighborhood - we'd love to visit. You go, Woman! L 'n D
Awesome! I was reading about Quartzsite yesterday and I decided I'd like to visit sometime on my way to San Diego. I wondered if any FG people were spending the winter there. I've read so many of your posts and I'm excited at the chance to meet you! I will let you know when I'm in the area.
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Great ... we'll leave the (moon)light on for ya! Happy trails - L 'n D
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Anne, I am here in Q for the winter working. There is also a Fiberglass rally in February out on BLM land

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You will find there are various types of "Fulltiming" I am a Workamper.. meaning I travel around from job to job with the seasons, and I actually park and LIVE in my rig rather than travel around for the purpose of camping. Its a very different dynamic.

No, I am not a homeless little waif wandering aimlessly, I have jobs lined up through 2012 and am actually turning down offers. The money isn't great, but the living is inexpensive and I am getting to do things I never thought I would do, and seeing spots I probably would not have set as destinations to go to on my own time, but am pleasantly surprised to be in and make a living at.

My first gig was this summer in the white mnts of Arizona and boy, was I ever put in my place when I saw it. The perception that Arizona is all dust and desert was what I went over with and I found lush forests and MANY camping, hiking and other green and mountain type activities that I happily indulged in on my time off.

My preference for work is managing campgrounds, however, in the winter, that is not always possible, so this gig here is cleaning and decorating RVs (Big stickies) for sale (Lots of work in Q starting about now if you want!) and taking care of the offices. I never envisioned myself as a cleaning woman, I came from an engineering career, but the work is easy and casual, and it pays the bills. Decorating RVs is not exactly horrible work either. :-P

I live on private property with full hook ups at a minimal rent, and altho I am constantly adjusting the set up, I have a workable set up for me, the dogs and it can be easily duplicated for all weather conditions when I move on to my next gig in Wisconsin. My "home" dynamic will not change much, just the location. This is important, especially with K9s.. as you know, they like routine and constancy.

Anyway, where was I going with all that?

1. Its not hard, it's just different.
2. I personally believe that "Vagabonding" without structure can be tiring and stressful. Keep your set up as consistent as possible, this allows you to be aware much easier. Aware of your sorroundings and of your rigs systems.
3. There is a compromise sometimes when doing it this way. I will *visit* the Quartzsite gathering, but not be bringing my trailer. It would be a major endeavor to pull out for just a couple days.

I am fairly new to this, only since March of this year, and everyday I still have to squelch back the mindset of going back to the big job, the house and routine. "Oh yeah, I don't do that anymore". For now, it's sort of like being on permanent vacation.. I call it my being able to retire early.
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Gina, this is a little off the subject, but when are you planning to be in Wisconsin? Some of us in this area might want a little get together to meet you as we kinda feel we know ya from being on this fiberglass board. Please keep it in mind to let us know when you are up this way.
Now back to the origional topic :-)
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Karalyn, my start date is May 1 but I will no doubt be there a couple weeks early.

One of the beauties of the fulltiming lifestyle AND working is that you get a couple vacations a year... traveling to the next job. I have never been farther east than Colorado Springs, Co, and I want to take the opportunity to see that part of the country a bit before I settle in.
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