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Old 05-05-2005, 06:45 AM   #15
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We almost always leave the stuff out too. Often it gets slid under the fiver to avoid dew, pine sap, etc. The kids bikes usually get chained to something, or a least to each other. It depends on the value of the item and the ease of theft. A bike is simple to steal, a generator is awfully tempting. Otherwise I use the chain to tie the kids together when they get out of hand .


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Old 05-05-2005, 01:40 PM   #16
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Otherwise I use the chain to tie the kids together when they get out of hand </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I don't think that's such a good idea. They might get wet. It would be better if you could secure them in some kind of storage bin or something.

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Old 05-06-2005, 03:47 AM   #17
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Anne, take a look at some of the pop-up campers.

I'm one of them. Security? Yeah, right.

Valuable things are in the locked tow vehicle or stored out of sight.

I use 100' of rope to secure the kids. Its lighter than chain. Yes, they could gnaw through it, but they won't eat that much fiber. Besides I dyed it green. Kids don't eat green stuff.
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Old 05-06-2005, 05:49 AM   #18
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I don't like having to get up in the middle of the night when the wind kicks up to close the awning and secure my stuff. Valuable stuff and really light stuff gets stored in the basement. Chairs, tables, etc. get folded and put under the overhang. This is an easy chore since I am not into taking 'everthing I own' camping with me and having it all scattered about the campsite.
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Most stuff we leave out. Grill, chairs and stuff like that goes under front of f/w.More costly items goes back in storage bin.
Also we strive to keep a "neat" campsite so putting things away help accomplish that.
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Old 05-07-2005, 02:38 PM   #20
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Nothing we bring is of any great value, so for the most part, it all stays outside.

I try not to worry too much while camping.
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I've been "camping" for around 30 years, and the only time something was stolen was at a small country rodeo. Evidently some "kids" were scavenging for beer and stole about 20+ coolers left out overnight. All the coolers were found in an ajoining field, with spoiled meat and such inside, only beer was missing. I still leave chairs and such under the awning or RV at night. A 3/16" cable is much lighter, harder to cut, and easier to use than a chain to secure my genset. The weakest link is the padlock anyway, a quick clip with a small bolt cutter will destroy most of them.
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You people are hilarious! I love the comments about what to do with the kids! I'm almost done shopping for trailer stuff, now I just need the grill..... oh yes, and food! I'm getting more excited as it gets closer to the weekend we're going, and more excited each time I get to shop for trailer accessories.... I'm a shopaholic!


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