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wdwwildbill

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Posted: 10/12/13 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Guy's, new to the forum on this end. But have been camping most of my life. In between campers at this time and starting to plan for full-time in the next 2-3 years. My question is this, seems like I will have most of my life with me on the road. How do you keep the camper secure and not lose all your things ? I already had 2 break ins and lost alot. Can't imagine what I will need for full time. How do you keep it safe from the bad guy's ?

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Posted: 10/12/13 10:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Welcome to rv.net!
We may have been lucky, but we have never had anything sprout legs and walk off.
Yes, we do secure large expensive items like tow bar and portable satellite dome.
It would be beneficial to add your rig to your signature or profile.


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Posted: 10/12/13 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I too have been going to alot of off road places in my OFF-ROAD POPUP. Have lots of gear stowed on both the front deck of the popup and in the back of our truck bed which has a lockable folding bed cover on it.

SO far have not lost anything. I do make a big effort to keep important things to us out of sight for the most part. It seems to be the easy targets will get the most visibility.

I suspect this 2KW generator and SAT DISH in this photo might be short lived if left unattended for a long period of time even in the daylight hours. One must use alittle bit of common sense...
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There is always the threat however... We have noticed alot of fellow campers always go out of their way to watch out for each other. A good cup of coffee sitting around the camp fire visiting with the neighbors goes along way...

I almost think the thief treat is worse in congested areas listening to others tell their stories...

I guess the big thing for us is to always be aware of our surroundings...

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Never had any problems in over 40 years of RVing and now full timing. We usually stay in campgrounds or at fair grounds. We seldom lock up the rugs, grill, table, and chairs. The main thing is be aware of your surrounding and if it doesn't look or feel right then it's time to leave!





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I see a lot of folks "enabling" thieves like the photo posted above. They are as much a part of the problem as the the dirtbag thieves. Had a couple of guys come through a lakeside CG, one driving a pickup while his buddy emptied every site of anything that was not nailed down into the back of the truck. Almost everyone was down at or out on the lake for the day and they obviously knew it (probably locals). A couple of folks saw them but they were in and out in just a few minutes and some folks lost a lot of expensive gear. If you want to keep it, lock it up! [emoticon]





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Posted: 10/12/13 11:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There isn't an RV compartment, door or window that can't be opened with a sturdy screw driver........that is why we have a FT'rs home insurance policy.

The other measure we use is 'introduce ourselves to neighbors' when we get set up in any CG. Friendly chat letting them know who we are & if THEY need anything just holler.....'neighbors' seem to look out for each other

I didn't worry about thieves when we lived in a S&B and I'm NOT going to worry about them or a lot of other stuff while FT'ng.
Life is too short to waste on worrying about what cretins might do.


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Posted: 10/12/13 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In 8 years of full-timing, the only thing we've lost was a beach ball from under the slide out awnings during high winds. Or maybe a 5 gal bucket that flew out of the back of the TV.

We've stayed in nice RV Parks, less nice Mobile Home Parks. Large cities and out in the country. Some were gated, some were wide open, but we've always felt safe and secure. Including leaving the unit for long weekends and up to 7 day stretch for vacation.


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For what it's worth, you are MUCH more likely to have break ins while the RV is in storage than while on the road using it. Break ins and theft in the campground is not a common thing but in a storage lot it is VERY common.

As for security, Most Rvs are an easy target since they can be broken into with a small hammer or can opener. It's a GOOD thing that RVers look out for each other and that theft among them is rare. I've been camping for over 50 years now and have been in commercial RV Parking lots and back country campgrounds and NEVER had anything stolen.


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Just for information, OP. I wouldn't post any nra stickers on your Vehicle or Trailer. You might get some unwanted visitors. That is all i am going to say on this subject. I Don't want to start another discussion that has already been talked about.
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RoyB wrote:

I too have been going to alot of off road places in my OFF-ROAD POPUP. Have lots of gear stowed on both the front deck of the popup and in the back of our truck bed which has a lockable folding bed cover on it.

SO far have not lost anything. I do make a big effort to keep important things to us out of sight for the most part. It seems to be the easy targets will get the most visibility.

I suspect this 2KW generator and SAT DISH in this photo might be short lived if left unattended for a long period of time even in the daylight hours. One must use alittle bit of common sense...
[image]

There is always the threat however... We have noticed alot of fellow campers always go out of their way to watch out for each other. A good cup of coffee sitting around the camp fire visiting with the neighbors goes along way...

I almost think the thief treat is worse in congested areas listening to others tell their stories...

I guess the big thing for us is to always be aware of our surroundings...

Roy Ken


Why would someone steal a standard Satellite dish? I could see an automatic dish but not the regular one as they are a dime a dozen


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