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Old 01-05-2016, 01:55 PM   #15
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Depending upon the park, and the number and types of animals that frequent the campgrounds, you may find that everything has to be stored inside.
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Buddy of mine used to do seasonal law enforcement for the National Park Service in the '80's & '90's. His slant on it was that visitors tend to feel they are on vacation from crime, and that those so inclined know it & take advantage of it. I could share stories that would horrify you about Yosemite & Lake Mead. Felonies. Good to hear that most of you have avoided problems. I hope to avoid them by practicing 'safe camping'.
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Thanks for all the great advice!! I guess vigilance is in order as well as
a couple of cable ties.

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In my 9 years of camping, I only ever had one incident of crime: I left a cheap cooler with some cold beer outside the trailer overnight and it was gone in the morning. This was in Oklahoma at a COE park that locked the gates at night- meaning, of course, that the thieves were already in the campground. I have never locked or had stolen anything else, including bikes (cheap ones) and camping chairs. I put my cold beer cooler inside my trailer or inside the back seat of my pick-up at night now and have no problems.
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In my 9 years of camping, I only ever had one incident of crime: I left a cheap cooler with some cold beer outside the trailer overnight and it was gone in the morning. This was in Oklahoma at a COE park that locked the gates at night- meaning, of course, that the thieves were already in the campground. I have never locked or had stolen anything else, including bikes (cheap ones) and camping chairs. I put my cold beer cooler inside my trailer or inside the back seat of my pick-up at night now and have no problems.
Well bless their hearts. They done run outta beer and were locked in... I bet they were going to replace it eventually.

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Hi all - We'll be on the road by next summer. New questions keep coming up. Here is my scenario...

We've just pulled into a national/state park and have set up a number
of outdoor items. Loungers, grill, table stuff, inflatable canoe, lantern, etc. We'll be there for 3 or 4 days. Question: Do you have a plan for securing these kinds of items overnight? What about those times when you may be out and about for the better part of a day?

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We've been full timing for 6 years, prefer staying at state parks and COE's. We don't leave obvious high dollar items like radios or computers out in view, but have never had anything taken from our campsite, including bikes, chairs, grills or coolers. Only problems we 've ever heard about anywhere we've stayed in with those high dollar coolers, like YETI's. We have a very nice BBQ grill and fairly expensive camp stove, we cover it with a tarp to protect it from the elements more than anything, that might be a deterrent to most. We've left our 27 gal tote behind the unit as well as bikes (not locked)...nothing gone yet.
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At night we run a cable thru the grill sitting on the picnic table, thru the frame of the picnic table and then thru the frames of our folding bikes. The cooler goes inside, chairs etc. are not secured. No sense temping anyone.
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More of the same - never had an issue. I lock my bikes (expensive) and put away valuables (to include tools, electronic gadgets, and my favorite insulated beverage container). I do have locks on my tow bar and Jeep gas cap (need to get locking caps for the coach).

Btw; I will add that I think people WAY over think the whole "security" thing. Maybe there are places where it is necessary but where I stay (all over the west), it is simply not an issue.
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Again... Great input! Thanks everyone for taking the time to tell of your experience. The question is completely answered!!
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Generally I store everything at night - I've been in a couple of places where the wind came up at night and blew things around. It doesn't take very long to put things back in the basement. The only things I remember leaving out are lawn chairs and I fold them and push them under the RV.
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This was in Oklahoma at a COE park that locked the gates at night- meaning, of course, that the thieves were already in the campground.
So, they couldn't just go under or over the gate and get in?
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