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Old 04-06-2012, 10:06 PM   #15
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I'm pretty sure I know why none of our stuff has ever "walked away" from our camp...
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #16
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Maybe your grill is safe out here in AZ but portable generators have been known to disappear.

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Old 04-07-2012, 12:18 PM   #17
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Oh... I wouldn't dare leave the generator unsecured... Even with the wolf-pack on duty.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:31 PM   #18
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Most campers are honest...but it's the non-campers I worry about.

The sign below was posted at the CG to warn RVers:
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #19
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We don't leave much outside, cheap little table-top BBQ and chairs.
But we do lock toad and MH doors and chain down bicycles.
Haven't lost anything yet.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:52 AM   #20
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I have never had anything stolen while camping in over 30 years of taking 4-6 trips per year. There are likely a couple reasons for that:

1) good luck
2) I make sure that things of most value are secured when I go to bed or locked up when I leave the campsite for a quick trip. By secured I mean in a storage compartment out of site at a minimum, or tucked up under the trailer or locked inside. This would include our grill since it's a WeberQ and runs about $150 to replace. When we go to bed, I don't neccesarily lock or put everything up. I tuck it under the camper right below my bed so I or our dog would likely hear someone dragging it out from under the camper. It also prevents it from getting rained on.
3) We try to not take anything too valuable with us when we go camping. Laptops and such on the few trips we have taken them (7 days +), get locked in the truck or camper.
4) We try to be friendly to our fellow campers and give a wave or offer to assist when they pull in if they look like they need help getting backed in or setup. If we are leaving for a day trip, we ask if they are going to be around camp all day to keep an eye on our campsite. We do the same for them when we are in camp which is most of the time. Rarely are we gone all day unless camping at a destination campground such as Gatlinburg or Disney.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:44 PM   #21
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One thing to remember, it only takes seconds for someone to rip you off... don't ask me how I know. Always better to be safe than sorry. My work pickup has been broken into twice. The first time I was inside for less than 5 minutes, and when I came back out, the right door lock was knocked in and my camera and laptop were gone. The last time they got a no-longer-working digital camera that was destined for the e-waste bin anyway, but the same lock was knocked out the same way. The sad part is, if a thief wants something of yours, they'll probably get it.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:38 PM   #23
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Just purchased a very nice 22,000 btu fold up grill, should I be concerned someone will swipe it while we're gone? Should I carry a chain and a lock to tether it to the RV or picnic table?
No matter where you camp you're taking a chance when you leave something of value at your site. Although most campers are honest people there are always those dirtbags who would rather steal from others than work or spend their own money for what they want or feel they need or deserve.

What campgrounds in the Nashville area are you planning to camp at? We like Seven Points and Poole Knobs in LaVergne.

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