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Old 07-31-2012, 10:58 PM   #29
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After reading another thread I got the impression Walmart and rest areas on the freeway are not the best places to spend the night...I'm not looking to find out how people protect themselves, I'm just wonder how often unpleasant or very threatening experiences happen. It might change my habits.
IMHO - The questions (to stay at Wallyworld or rest areas -and- how people protect themselves) cannot -or- should not be pulled apart.

I've stayed at Wallyworld, TruckStops (actually the safest in my opinion) and rest stops quite a few times and have never been threatened.

No gun, no club, or any offensive weapons...just practicing awareness and taking positive steps to be safe. Always, always, always lock the doors, park in the most well lit spots, travel together to/from the RV - or stay in visual sight of your partner.

I have gotten approached by the moochers at Wal*Mart and once at a rest stop - but, who hasn't? I just don't bite...I don't stop to listen, I don't pull out the wallet...just keep moving and apologize for traveling only with credit cards. I think it's believeable.

Now for my opinion:
I do travel with a 150kV stun wand with its VERY loud and universally recognized "CRACK-CRACK-CRACK" (good for bad doggies too). But that stays in the RV.
I think Truck Stops are just about the safest places for a short snooze stop. Sure it's LOUD, but you are already gonna be snug, locked-in your RV at these places right? 'Cuz you are surrounded by a huge group of hard working guy and gals that aren't gonna accept any bad guys threatening anyone...and ya' know, I bet trucker Guys and Gals believe in the 2nd amendment.

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Old 07-31-2012, 11:10 PM   #30
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Actually they were Russian missles placed in Cuba by Russia.
Copy that, intent was to indicate geographic origin and general timeline. And probably dating myself having been under a school desk in the gulf coast during that period.

We weren't so much worried about the manufacture rather their proximity to our arse.

Irony is that some years later when they were greater numbers, greater capacity but not in our backyard we didn't seem to be as concerned. Out of site out of mind, I suppose.

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I drove semi for years and can tell you a hundred stories of scams and threats at truck stops. I never park overnight at one. Every pan handler/thief loves truck stops and you are a better target with an expensive RV and being older than a truck driver.

I've stayed in a few Wal-Marts back by the truck docks and never had a problem but I'm always on the look out for anything not right. Let's face it, with the economy today there are a lot of people out of work and they have to feed their families or their drug habit so you are never safe anywhere. I see people getting robbed in parking lots on the local news almost every night.

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Everyone must take proactive steps to feel safe, and defend themselves. Part of the 'feel safe' bit means being aware of your surroundings, and avoiding dangerous situations. For those who choose not to use legal and constitutionly protected tools to defend themselves, doing research and asking questions of peers is a good way to 'feel safe'. I hope that by taking this proactive step, the OP will be able to avoid situations where he might need to defend himself.

So, in answer to the OP's question: I have stayed in Walmart lots, and rest areas without incident, save the occaisional panhandler and "wife pregnant, out of gasser" looking for a handout. I send them away empy handed, though my hand is generally not empty when I do so. YMMV
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Just a moderator reminder folks:

Let's keep the discussion to the OP's question concerning how frequently security concerns are encountered in these locations and NOT about whether or how to arm oneself.

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Originally Posted by Scarab0088 View Post
No gun, no club, or any offensive weapons...just practicing awareness and taking positive steps to be safe. Always, always, always lock the doors, park in the most well lit spots, travel together to/from the RV - or stay in visual sight of your partner.
My weapons are purely defensive although they could be used offensively. Just depends on who is using them and for what purpose. And yes, I have had to show I had them but it was in a truck rest area and not a Wal*Mart.
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In another time and electronic place there is a thread with a title something like "Are we ever truly safe" (I hang electrons in many places). I am not sure just which place it is in fact. so can not post a URL.

But when you consider the thousands of nights RVers (Combined) have spend Wally-Docking v/s the number of incidents (I think two have been reported here in teh forums) Well. not much different than staying in many RV parks.

You follow the primary rules.. If you pull into a parking spot, be it Wal-mart or Hidden Rv Park, and you look around, and you feel... Uncomfortable... do what a motor home or Trailer which is hooked to a tractor does best.... MOVE.

I might add, I feel a whole lot better in most Wall-Mart lots than I ever felt at home. (But then I am known as John FROM Detroit,, I no longer live IN detroit (I live in the motor home) but the old house is, last I checked, still in Detroit, the house next door.... Shot up and firebombed.. Like I said, I felt uncomfortable after that so I moved.)
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Originally Posted by TRAILERKING View Post
OH YEAH............Well us CANADIAN folk visiting down in the U.S. don't get the opportunity to wave a gun around. I guess that's is why I'm not quite as "Six feet tall and bullet proof " as you are.
My appologies too.....................SIR.
Again no offense intended....Actually I am 5'9" and have the scars to prove that I am definitly not bullet proof. I assure you I never wave my "gun" around. ( you fellow vets can stop laughing now)....Other than that , the gentleman surrenders the argument....

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You cannot make a turtle run....the attempt would be an exercise in futility.
Beating a dead "make it a gun thread" horse is another one- but what the hey, right?
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I do not stay at truck stops due to the noise. I have stayed at Wal-Mart's with the Managers approval. On a trip to Alabama last October to play golf, I had my son and two son-in-laws with me, in one Wal-Mart we were awoken by a bunch of teens/young adults who were using the parking lot to party and drag race. One of the drunk individuals banged on the door in a drunken voice asked if anyone was inside, laughed and went away. My boys were more worried then I so I went back to sleep. After some time they moved on without further problems. Would I stay at a Wal-Mart again, yes!
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I have parked in dozens of Wal-Marts, rest areas, and truck stops over the years without incident. Only panhandlers I have seen or encoutered have been in truck stops. If anything, they leave with a piece of fruit and a blessing.

But I also travel with a dog and have stickers and bikes on the toad that would indicate that a group of us are traveling. Also park near other RV's and keep your eyes open!
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MR D...... I don't know why there is an 'n' in that sentence. I definitely DO like the 2nd amendment. I support Zimmerman's actions, I don't see it as vigilantism and have to wonder if we had more things happen like the lady that took on the five would be robbers in her store - would we have as many robbers.......
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Originally Posted by fleamarketer View Post
You got to be kidding me.You go to a store manager and ask to stay in his lot for FREE and then want to talk about what is safe or not???. What is he to do??. Ignore his store operations and train his cameras only on you??. I think THAT is pretty BOLD on your part while asking for a favor from Walmart.
Fleamarketer, I don't know why you responded the way you did. I have stayed at Walmart and rest areas before. I'm just asking a question to determine if it is safe due to a number of other people's comments from another thread. I've only been RVing for a year.

I was hoping to not get another gun discussion going. I just wanted to know if there were people that had actually had bad experiences.
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On our way back from Orlando we stopped in Antlanta Walmart for an overnight rest and to purchase a bunch of items. It was close to midnight and my wife was tired and wanted to hit the hay. So I went in to the Super Center myself and asked permision to stay overnight as we'd be up and gone by 7:00 AM. They said no problem. I purchased a vacuum, some cleaning supplies and various other items. I'm strolling back to the motorhome with my full cart and this small car comes racing up to me (I'm about 30' away from my motorhome). He has his window down and a cell phone in his hand. He's rambling on anout how his wife was rushed into the hospital to have a baby and he has to get there but has no gas money. He wanted $20.00 for gas. I pulled out my wallet and all I had was a $10.00. He wasn't too happy but he said that will help and took off. (We leave all our money hidden in the motorhome and carry small amounts with us as we need). What got me worried after, I was thinking what if the guy pulled a gun on me and demanded my whole wallet. There goes all my credit cards, debit cards, ID.........everything. After that I told the wife we don't go anywhere without being together all the time. Period.
Pretty scary. Usually I tell folks I don't have an extra cash.

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