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Old 09-02-2016, 08:27 PM   #15
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We keep our door locked and our compartment doors locked at all times. That does not make us snobs, just cautious and we love state and and national parks. Why make things easy for people to steal.
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Old 09-02-2016, 09:06 PM   #16
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That couple is uncomfortable, insecure in places unfamiliar. It ain't their fault! Locking doors and bays is just a reflex action.
Chill out. Be patient.
Ain't nothing here that a good beer and a friendly talk wouldn't help.
Both sides need to talk honestly, listen carefully, and learn the differences in their camping styles.
This has worked for me many times!
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You are a wise man Dave!
It's very natural to fear unknown or unfamiliar surroundings. I'm guessing an over night in a Walmart parking lot would cause heart palpitations. If they are open to expanding their experience base then they would certainly gain a great deal by following your lead.

It might be good to have a frank discussion about their fears & see if they would be open to new challenges.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:34 AM   #17
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I love the State/National/Provincial/Federal Parks!
But what on earth is wrong with locking storage bays?
Why do manufacturers put locks on them?
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Old 09-03-2016, 01:31 AM   #18
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I've worked both armed and unarmed security and will swear in court that locked anything is safer/smarter than unlocked. And some insurance companies will refuse a claim if doors/windows/etc. isn't locked. As for areas to camp, contact local law enforcement for where you want to go and ask them about number of service calls within minimum 1/2 mile area. Sometimes you will find higher crime rates in 'high-end' areas simply because it is 'high-end'.
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:49 AM   #19
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You likely can't change them. You can only change the way you see them. They may have very good reasons for their fear, but even if they don't, it's theirs. Bend to their will and their fears to be around them, or don't.

But it ain't your problem.
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They are what they are.. reason or not.

I lock my stuff. but that is what Insurance is for.

I stay at state parks.. 40 plus years. not one issue.

I have had 2 cars stolen.. both times cars were Locked. one at home other at work.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:01 AM   #21
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We do not use state parks at all! Why my DW wants full hook-ups and both A/C running, when we need them to run. Will this will leave out most state parks since they do not offer sewer and some do not even have 50 AMP sites in our area. I also need 50'+ size long sites to park the trailer and truck on the site.


We have used C.O.E. parks with full-hook up 50 AMP site and some federal parks that also offer full-hook up 50 AMP site.


We also lock all of are compartment doors on the trailer 100% of the time. Why ask for trouble by not locking.
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Nothing wrong, but when I'm sitting under the awning I don't worry about it, I do lock them when I'm not around.
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We travel with other friends, and one couple in particular wants to avoid either state parks, or parks that that don't look like a high end resort? Their reasoning is that there is too much riff raff that will rip you off. We don't mind staying in state or other well maintained RV parks. I've never been vandalized or ripped off. This couple locks their storage compartments and every lock on their coach even when they are inside. What's other people's experience or thoughts around this? Regards, Marc
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Those people are paranoid, (maybe paranoid snobs?).

My compartments have not been locked since my coach was new to me, (except if/when it was left unattended overnight at service shops).

Nothing has ever been stolen from my coach, (or from any campsite). even in not so well maintained RV parks, rest areas or Walmart parking lots.

BTW I don't know how paranoid people can enjoy the RV experience, (or life for that matter).

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Old 09-03-2016, 09:52 AM   #24
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Well I feel sorry for your friends and anyone else that makes blanket decisions like that. Very short sighted to say the least. I call it ignorant. Their loss. Imagine all the beautiful experiences they are missing in life with that attitude. Either way, more room for the rest of us.

Life is short, surround yourself with positive people and experiences.
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Our motor home has the remote control compartment locks. I is a simple task to push a button to lock and unlock the compartments. I also use the remote on my Explorer to keep it locked, but it unlocks when I touch the door handle. I hate the inconvenience of locks, but I hate even more the inconvenience of not having what I put there gone.
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I say to each there own doesn't make you a snob.
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Guess we are snobs!

I HATE parallel park campgrounds where the view from my awning is the neighbors utility center and his sewer hose runs under my picnic table - also don't necessarily like gravel or dirt, and don't like looking at skirted resident units with all the crap stored around it.

But - you do what you have to do to get where you need to be. I've met some of the nicest people at some of the dingiest campgrounds.

PS - I really wished my compartments locked with a switch. It takes a while to lock and unlock and I regret not pursuing that feature further. I lock, not because I care about the value, I just want to find my grill there when I get ready to cook a burger.
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Tell them to park between the Prevost and The Newell like we had at the last State Park we were in then they can be the riff-raff. They are pair-i-noid for some reason. I keep all but two bays locked, they are the wet bay if I'm using it and the bay with the drinks, both are locked when traveling. If newer RVers you might change them if not you will not change them. With all that said I can see their point about some places and parks. But if they are firm or the State parks, boy they are missing some great places to stay.

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