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Old 09-29-2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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Ever had something stolen at a campground?

There is some discussion on here of worry about surge protectors and other items being locked so they won't be stolen and that has me thinking how often does someone actually experience theft from their campsite (not at home or where the RV is stored).
I asked around at places we stayed this summer and the only time I came across it being a problem was at Seacliff State Beach where teenagers seem to roam late at night and not only steal the ice chests with beer you would expect young hooligans to take but also portable generators and an occasional bicycle.
Have you ever had something stolen at a campground? Any story behind it?
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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Not myself, but there were several reports of theft last year at the Circle M campground in Lancaster. I saw the police in the campground at least 5 or 6 times over a period of 3 days.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:39 PM   #3
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The only thefts in RV parks that I have seen or heard about in 30 years of Rv'ing have all been in State Parks. beer, bikes and an outboard motor.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:41 PM   #4
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I have fortunately never had this happen in my 20 years of RVing. I always try to get to know neighbors on all sides of me. When boon docking I try to put more expensive (grill) away. Been lucky so far! Chinese zodiac shows my year (rabbit) is the luckiest of all signs. maybe that helps!
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:51 PM   #5
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I've never heard of anything being stolen. There's a unspoken kinship among RVers ... we all tend to watch out for each other and leave other's "stuff" alone. That's my experience, anyway. \ken
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Having said that (see post 5), I do lock my Progressive Industries box to the pedestal, and lock my bikes to the motorhome hitch. Hmmmmm.... \ken
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I have never worried about other rv'ers stealing, but have been to campgrounds where outsiders have come in looking for discounts.
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My thinking it is probably very rare over all at campgrounds and most of us probably worry far more than needed. I installed a hard wired PI surge unit because of that nagging theft worry but after my casual survey at a number of locations this summer I am now thinking the odds are almost zero of someone unplugging our surge protector and walking off with it. I guess depending where State Parks are located and what type of area is nearby that could indeed be a problem for theft but more likely we can all agree that teenagers will do just about anything to get some laughs and have some beers.

NRF that is funny, I am a rabbit too so I hope I stay lucky.
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Having said that (see post 5), I do lock my Progressive box to the pedestal, and lock my bikes to the motorhome hitch. Hmmmmm.... \ken
I agree about locking bicycles up, too much invested to risk them "rolling away".

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I have never worried about other rv'ers stealing, but have been to campgrounds where outsiders have come in looking for discounts.
That is exactly my feeling, much more likely outsiders coming through looking for something easy to grab. In the case of Seacliff I was told the hooligans were generally observed coming through around 2 or 3 am.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:06 PM   #10
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New water hose, saw one just a few spots away right afterward. Naturally, no way to show it was mine. Now I put identifying marks on them!
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Have yet to loose anything copper.. On one of my first campging trip when my daughter was still in diapers (now her son is in diapers) We lost our breakfast (lunch and dinner), even before we had a chance to cook it.,, Thieves in the night had stolen our cooler...

That is the only time I've suffered a theft in a campground.

Not so lucky at home.
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20+ years RVing, one kids bike stolen at Pirateland in Myrtle Beach. Mostly lock them up now. Had a hitch pin stolen at another park in Myrtle Beach. Never had a cooler stolen, but emptied more then once, mostly in government parks. The pin was the most upsetting because I assume the others were stolen by kids.


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Stopping at a shopping center with a truck pulling a TT for a restaurant break, noticed an old van pulling toward truck (with bikes, chairs, grill, etc) Walked back toward truck as van stopped next to it. He feigned interest in buying bikes and ended up asking for money to buy gas. It made me much more aware of parking lot situations.

Never any trouble at camp grounds. With a class a I will be sure to keep basement doors locked.
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