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Old 01-04-2016, 04:58 PM   #1
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Campground security issue

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?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 01-04-2016, 05:05 PM   #2
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Coolers are about the only thing that people seem to have problems with. The rest of it, fold up chairs and place them next to the RV. I hate to say this but the only place I have had issues was a NF camp ground over run by a bunch of Russians that felt ther were entitled to everybodies stuff. We no longer camp there.
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We've never had anything disappear at a State or National Park. If you are worried, fold up and put away if you plan on being gone from your site.
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I use cable locks to secure my generator and my canoe. Everything else just sits out. In about 40 years of this, I have never had anything stolen.

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We've never had anything disappear at a State or National Park. If you are worried, fold up and put away if you plan on being gone from your site.
X2. For the vast majority of time, items left at your campsite are undisturbed. Although there's always those low lifes who are opportunistic so if you're concerned, just don't give them the opening to pilfer your stuff.

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If you're worried about it, you won't have fun.

Take the measures you want to that you believe will prevent theft of your stuff so you can enjoy your time away from your RV. No one else can do this for you, really.

I secure with a beefy cable and lock my gennies and the gas for them, and my bicycle. If I have an amateur radio antenna up on the mast and tripod, I bring the mast, tripod, and antenna in the trailer when I leave, and leave the coax on the ground and shut the window I had it poking through. Everything pretty much stays in the trailer 24/7. I set it up that way. I haven't had any problems yet, but I haven't been doing this for very long.
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x3... the only item that we lock are our bikes of which are quite expensive. Other than that whatever we set-up remains as is until we break camp. Unless it rains..then we scramble...

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Bikes, generators, and portable satellite dish get cable locks.
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9 years fulltime. Only thing we lost was a cooler out of the back of our truck at a truck stop. In Quartzsite and other big venues we certainly cabled our Genny when we had a portable. Lock up the big stuff!
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Coolers are about the only thing that people seem to have problems with. The rest of it, fold up chairs and place them next to the RV. I hate to say this but the only place I have had issues was a NF camp ground over run by a bunch of Russians that felt ther were entitled to everybody's stuff. We no longer camp there.
Funny that you should mention coolers. I have just posted today in the "General" section a query about Dometic 12 V/110 coolers. After getting positive feed back from a couple of folks I am all set to purchase it. This particular model costs over $680.00 and I don't want some dirt bag walking away with it while we are gone!
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Funny that you should mention coolers. I have just posted today in the "General" section a query about Dometic 12 V/110 coolers. After getting positive feed back from a couple of folks I am all set to purchase it. This particular model costs over $680.00 and I don't want some dirt bag walking away with it while we are gone!
Those Dometic coolers are not weather proof and need to be someplace out of the weather anyway. We bought one last year and it works GREAT, but it is not meant to be left outdoors.
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You're gonna hate doing it, but put one of these through one of the walls, washers on each side, tighten it up pretty good without smooshing the insulation, and attach a lock and a cable to it with the other end attached to your rig. Just making it really hard to walk away with it will go a long way to preventing theft.

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Or buy an old fashioned ice chest and buy a bag of ice every now and then and don't be as worried. How about $70 bucks for a cooler and a $3-5 bag of ice every few days?
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As for security, we have never had a problem. We don't leave high-dollar stuff outside, and I always leave the TV on inside the RV while we are away. That helps keep our little dog calm, plus gives the "illusion" that someone may be inside.
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