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Old 10-14-2014, 10:24 PM   #29
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I've not seen anything first hand, but when my first TT was getting setup I talked to a couple that inadvertently picked up a hitchhiker. They had stopped for a bathroom break and the camper wasn't locked. A vagrant hopped in, went for a ride and was sound asleep that evening when they stopped for the night. They found him, he woke up, shoved them down while he escaped.

That's the worst case I've had first hand accounting of.
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Have you been mugged, robbed, broken into while in your MH?


Short answer, "no"
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Yes, 1st year had cargo doors broken & had water cover stolen at a rest stop. My guess it was the beggars we would not fund.
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:55 PM   #32
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I attempt, with much explaining to my loverly Bride, to keep a can of wasp and hornet spray near the door of the camper.

Perfectly legal and good for open carry. 20 foot range and 15-20 seconds of spray. Hurts like a{ moderator edit } because of the petroleum distillates.

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Great idea, can I have one or two!!
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:36 PM   #33
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Biggest problem is , if you find you need a gun and don't have one , its too late .
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:46 PM   #34
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situational awareness will keep you one leg up on those who may want to prey upon you

never ever had issues at even the most remote campground....

having got lost and turned around in sketchy areas......pucker factor was increased


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The only time we felt vulnerable was hosting an OHV forest service site down in SC. Nearest neighbors were in a cemetery about 3 miles down the road. After a few weeks we enjoyed the nightly solitude after the noise during the day listening to the gators bellowing was kinda cool. We were and are unarmed.
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As a Full Timer and a Retired Law Enforcement Officer, I worked in a tourist beach town for more than 20 years. I never answered a call at the many RV parks, except for a meth lab in a tent once. Now with that said, I carry protection, and I'am very aware of my surroundings. Violence can occur anywhere at anytime, have a plan, don't be a sheep among the wolves, be a sheepdog.


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My wife and I have traveled over 150000 miles rv ing back in the 90s We had pulled off in a wide spot in the road to fix lunch very deserted stretch of highway, we had been there only about 15 min when an old junker car pulled in about 100 yards away five very rough looking characters got out and started walking about, noticed they were getting closer when about 50 yards away took shotgun from behind door and while setting on steps racked a round in. the car pulled out in under 5 minutes. Just saying.Ken
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Just wanted to add my wife and I stayed at very few camp grounds mostly remote areas, with no other campers.
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Not Sure What Happened!

We were looking for a truck stop in north Texas along Hwy 287 when instead we found a large convenience store that had an end pump open, so we went for it. It was the middle of the afternoon, not much traffic around. Typical routine for us, while I jump out to pump the fuel, she stays in and makes sure any pilot lights are dealt with, then locks the door to be safe. She then sits in the drivers seat and listens and watches via the rear camera with speaker, while watching me in the side mirror. While pumping the gas, out of nowhere an older model camero pulls up right next to me, almost pinning me to the coach. The female passenger is obviously upset and nervous, and asks me if I have any extra money for them to get some gas since they are traveling broke. I took a quick look at the driver, a male with a baseball cap pulled down hiding his face, and noticed a handgun sitting on his lap. Not sure what to do, what would you have done? I opened my wallet, took out $40 and as I handed it to the female, I said I do not carry much cash since we use credit cards while traveling. She took the money, closed her eyes as if saying a prayer, and they left in a hurry. Their license plate had some cardboard taped over it, so all I had was the make and model of the car, and a description of the male and female. I jumped into the coach, and told my wife what had just happened, and called 911. My wife said she missed the whole event! The dispatcher informed me this sort of thing happens frequently in that area, and that "technically" a robbery did not take place since they asked for a "handout" and I gave them one. As for the handgun, the dispatcher asked me if I was certain it was a real gun. I said it sure looked like one! She asked if anybody pointed it towards me, or made a verbal threat with it? I said no, then I started to get upset with the direction this was taking. She said a report would be filed, and that an officer would attempt to review any video from the convenience store, but that I did not need to wait for the officer. She got all the info from me, and we left. Never heard from that police department again.

The odd part of this story is that I really do not know what I should have done differently, I did feel that something else could have happened that would have had a much worse ending. Now, when I jump out to pump the gas, I only carry a credit card with me and a $20 bill. My wife pays more attention, but I still do not know how to handle it much differently if it should happen again. We do have a firearm in the coach, but I do not want my wife jumping out of the coach acting like Dirty Harry shooting up the place, and I do not want to open carry while getting fuel. In the 35 years we have been RV'ing, this was the only incident we felt threatened, except for the gaggle of Nuns at Lake Texoma, but that is for another story.

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Firebug5....I think you did the safe thing. Way too many gun happy thugs these days.
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Thanks to All,
This pretty much sums up my feelings that a firearm is not worth the effort, state laws, gun safety, pistol vs shotgun, etc. I am a firm believer in your right to carry any kind of weapon you want up to and including a bazookas, if you want. I also want the right to not carry.

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This pretty much sums up my feelings that a firearm is not worth the effort, state laws, gun safety, pistol vs shotgun, etc. I am a firm believer in your right to carry any kind of weapon you want up to and including a bazookas, if you want. I also want the right to not carry.

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Hmmmm, I am not too sure about those bazooka carrying rights Jim.
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