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Old 05-02-2005, 01:59 PM   #1
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OK, we're getting ready to go on our trip with the TT. I have a sort of silly question... What do you do with your stuff; chairs, grill, table, etc, at night? Do you leave them out or put it all away and bring it back out each morning? Thanks!
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OK, we're getting ready to go on our trip with the TT. I have a sort of silly question... What do you do with your stuff; chairs, grill, table, etc, at night? Do you leave them out or put it all away and bring it back out each morning? Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2005, 03:23 PM   #3
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We normally just make sure chairs and grill are under the awning next to the traler
Put bikes under the front of the fiver.
If we packed everything up each night we'd always be busy packing and unpacking.
We haven't had anything stolen, make sure all food is put away and all scraps put in trash or inside trailer. If you don't raccoons or other animals will be sampling what they find and they can make quite a mess.
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I guess it all depends on how trusting you are of others. We leave our chairs and things out at night, under the awning to keep dry just in case it rains. I've left fishing rods, radios, lanterns and coolers out. Our small propane grill is out all the time.
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies! I just could not see us putting everything away each night, then taking it out again in the morning. That would be way too much work! But it's hard to know these days. When I was a kid, I slept in the car (on camping trips) alone a few times, and I would NEVER let my kid do that now, so when it comes to gear, I just wasn't sure.
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:21 PM   #6
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For items that have some value (i.e bicycles, stainless steel coolers, etc.), buy yourself a length of chain and padlock them to your rig to help keep them from "walking".
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Old 05-03-2005, 07:31 AM   #7
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Out of site - out of mind is my theory. We cover our fire wood at night with a tarp and I will always throw the bikes under it along with the radio-flyer wagon and whatever beach toys and stuff my kids "have to have while camping". The tarp keeps things dry and hidden at the same time. As for the chairs and table and grill and other stuff, it stays under the awning. I have nevver had a problem in the Northeast with sticky fingered fellow campers.
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I tend to believe that most folks are honest. I do leave my stuff outside but I also cover it with a tarp.
The only time I have had any concerns I have put the stuff away like I was leaving in the morning. And this was usually done because of some "rowdy" neighbors.
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WE kept every thing under awning. Larry did put a chain thru the propane and the big coleman grill. Hooked it to picnic table. If you drink beer and it is visible and have a cooler outside, I'd make sure it is taken in. Kids walk by and see you drinking beer and decide they are thirsty after bedtime. In Myrtle Beach Travel Park there used to be kids ???who stole bikinis and bathing suits if they were hanging on the washlines. And also beer. But I think the campground learned , they are "families" only now. No kids alone. Otherwise no problems we heard about in other parks.
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Whether or not you leave your awning extended depends on what the weather reports are regarding wind and rain. We do not normally leave our awning fully extended overnight.

We put our chairs and other items that might get wet in the rain, dew or fog on the ground under the TT to keep them dry when the awning isn't out. Works well for us.
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We have always left our stuff out and haven't had anything stolen yet. We generally put our awning up at night so if rain is a possibility, I just put anything I don't think should get wet under the front of the 5th wheel.
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Depending where we are and in most cases, we will make sure all items that are not of a high value are placed under the awning. If you have a generator and are in a place where you need to use, make sure to use a heavy duty chain & lock to secure that generator as best as you can. I know of more incidents of generator theft than any other camp item.

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Thanks so much everyone! I'll have to be sure to pick up some chain and a lock just in case, for the grill and such. Looking forward to our trip more each day!
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I have never had anything stolen when left outside.I think it depends on where you camp too. Last year in Myrtle Beach I was at the internet kiosk in the office of Pirateland and I heard a guy screaming someone stole his cooler full of beer the night before
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