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Old 04-13-2016, 09:49 AM   #43
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Use the hydraulic levelers in a motor home. It's not permanent and some are hard to see. Most folks won't look to see them anyways. If anyone wants to know how long you'll be staying, they'll see in the morning you're gone. Just my opinion.

Now, when you start planting those little plastic flamingos put out your front porch fake grass carpet and lounge chairs, and you stake your mean ol' bulldog out on the strip of grass with a runner cable strung between two trees, that's a whole other thing altogether.

I have a travel trailer. I try to park so my head is just a little higher then my feet and don't put the stabilizer jacks down or level out. My fridge has always worked fine.
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Now, when you start planting those little plastic flamingos put out your front porch fake grass carpet and lounge chairs, and you stake your mean ol' bulldog out on the strip of grass with a runner cable strung between two trees, that's a whole other thing altogether.

Nuts! I guess the patio mat and the little awning lights are out too?
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We've been staying at WM's, Flying J's, rest areas, Lowes, and wide spots in the road for many years. I try to look it over well as I drive in, but you do need to be observant. Just this winter on the way home from the southwest we stopped in a WM in Midland, Tx, that we've stayed at before. After parking I observed about 8-9 apparently homeless individuals "camping" in a nearby patch of brush, and numerous drivers stopping, exchanging something, and then moving on. These individuals were panhandling heavily at the WM parking lot exits and entrances in shifts. It just didn't feel right, so we moved on. About 6 miles east we spent a very restful night in a highway picnic area. THis was only the second time we've moved on in more than 250 highway overnights, so I'll not modify my practices. Just be aware of what's going on around you and act accordingly.
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When traveling in Utah, we always stop at the rest stops. They are always clean, well taken care of and spaced so one is usually on the route. I have stopped in California rest stops for a couple hours or so and feel safe enough in with the big rigs.
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When we stay overnight in the place like WM, truckstop, rest area, etc. we always arrive late, and leave early. Arriving late, we try to stay away from all other RVs/trucks. If I'm tired from driving, noise produced by the refer truck, or my own generator, doesn't bother me, but the dogs growling wakes me up (if we have no choice but to be close to another vehicle).

As far as security,......no worries at all. We travel with dogs. Two GSDs, and a Malamute. They think the coach belongs to them (and only to them visible boundary around it). Since they are mostly sleeping while I'm driving, they are awake and alert all night. I pity a fool that would try to open that door at ANY time.

Couple of times (in the rest areas) I've heard some deep growling in the middle of the night, and didn't even bother to get up to investigate. If nobody is screaming in pain, we are all good. Somebody probably just walked through what my guardians consider their "safety zone".

On the last trip we spent the last night in the casino parking lot. Went inside for a nice steak dinner, and a bottle of wine. Didn't even bother to lock the door on the coach while we were in the steak house.

When in restaurants, I always try to sit in the spot from which I can see my coach. I never know if I'm going to have to run out to save would be thief, from being mauled by my dogs.

For all other security reasons while in the coach, 12ga does the job.

I do have a sign on the door warning people to open the door at their own risk. The picture of Rommel (my 120lb GSD) is on that sign too. IF that doesn't stop people from opening it (and they are foolish to do it) they'll come face to face with 130lb Malamute (that looks like an ornery wolf). Her name is Holy, she is closely followed by another GSD (Gina) of 90lb. Girls are VERY protective of their territory, Rommel will engage only if girls can't handle it (typical male!).

Last week I had the intruder on the ranch (just some old guy that missed the turn), the guy was locked in his car, and dialing 911. He was upset that both sides of his nice and shiny Lexus were deeply scratched by the dogs. Oh well, maybe he should've paid attention to the sign by the gate telling everyone they are about to enter private property and the roadway, even if the gate was left open for any reason. The guy said he will sue for the damage, because it was "my responsibility to keep the gate closed on my property"!! Funny people.

He said he was nice enough not to run one of my dogs over, and I told him that he is LUCKY he didn't, otherwise he would not be leaving the ranch alive.

I don't think he will be back.
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I used to be on five wooded acres, and I had a backhoe. And a sign that trespassers and criminals would be used to feed trees. When we sold the place, a friend took the sign to use it on their twenty acres East of us. For some reason I never even took a picture of it.
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We have stayed at probably a hundred different Walmarts, rest stops, Flying J's, Pilots and other overnight parking areas throughout our years of traveling to races by motorhome. I don't think twice about it. We pull in and if there are other RV's, we park close to them. We have never had a single issue and its true, a lot of Walmarts have security patrols. I just give the area a good once over as we are pulling in to make sure it all looks safe. There was only one Walmart that we pulled out of as the neighborhood was a bit sketchy. I believe it was near Atlanta. Our parking lot stays are not because we are too cheap to get a spot in a park. We are just traveling to our next destination and usually have to go straight through due to time constraints.
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I've had good luck in rest stops for some reason. Park in well lit areas and don't sweat it. Do to hours of service changes a few years ago for trucker the rest stops are always full of truckers that do a good job taking care of each other. They fill fast though so stop a little earlier then you think you need to and have a good nights sleep.
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When feeling really adventurous, look at Ioverlander.com. There are a few RV camp sites in Vietnam, a couple in Afghanistan and a bunch in Iran. We met two German couples that loved Iran. They went through on way to Cambodia and then back again on return to Germany. They found folks friendly everywhere except on valley in Pakistan, and the military said that the folks there did not like anyone.

If you open Ioverland.com, it will ask if it can use your current location and it will show sites within a hundred miles or so. You can expand or contract map. It is extremely useful and everyone we met in our last 4 months in Mexico use this site.

Ioverlander is not that important in US since there are so many other attributes that can be used. We have found FREE, a book with free or low price campsites.
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When feeling really adventurous, look at Ioverlander.com. There are a few RV camp sites in Vietnam, a couple in Afghanistan and a bunch in Iran. We met two German couples that loved Iran. They went through on way to Cambodia and then back again on return to Germany. They found folks friendly everywhere except on valley in Pakistan, and the military said that the folks there did not like anyone.

If you open Ioverland.com, it will ask if it can use your current location and it will show sites within a hundred miles or so. You can expand or contract map. It is extremely useful and everyone we met in our last 4 months in Mexico use this site.

Ioverlander is not that important in US since there are so many other attributes that can be used. We have found FREE, a book with free or low price campsites.
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Reed, except for Vietnam, you are scaring me.
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Vietnam is supposed to be on of the friendliest places to visit. Friends of mine from my time in RVN (66-67) have traveled extensively in Vietnam and loved it and the people. Our daughter has been there twice on school trips (from the international school she attended in Hong Kong and as a Tisch Scholar from NYU) and a niece spent a semester at a university somewhere near Hanoi while attending Swarthmore. A Swiss couple we know (who have been RVing around the world for 17 years) and two German couples enjoyed traveling through there.

It is a bit more than we could do at age 76.

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Well, now I need to figure out how to get from TX to Vietnam...with my fiver.
Love it the way these posts wander from the original topic.
Lots of posts, with no indication of problems on WM lots/FJ lots/etc.
We travel and stop when we are ready--rest area, WM, or just a wide turnout. Never a problem. Years ago, we did this w/o any security, now we have what we need if the dogs alert.
Headed to AK again this summer--lots of large turnouts to stay in up there, and no protection available except our wits in Canada.
Kind of funny--trailered for years w/o guns, now have what we might need, and can't take them thru Canada. Did the trip in 2012 and it took maybe a week to forget I didn't have a gun with me.
Your results may vary...
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We travel and stop when we are ready--rest area, WM, or just a wide turnout. Never a problem. Years ago, we did this w/o any security, now we have what we need if the dogs alert.
Headed to AK again this summer--lots of large turnouts to stay in up there, and no protection available except our wits in Canada.
Kind of funny--trailered for years w/o guns, now have what we might need, and can't take them thru Canada. Did the trip in 2012 and it took maybe a week to forget I didn't have a gun with me.
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That's the way we've always done it, although with a TC which is a bit shorter. Sometimes longer when towing depending on what we are towing. Sometimes close to 50'. For the Alaska trip we went with just the TC because the ferry part was a lot less expensive and easier that way.

We did an Alaska trip a few years ago and were informed by one of the other RV tourists that a shotgun could be transported with a permit that had to be applied for several months in advance. That is something you could check on if you still have time.

We loved Alaska. Have a great trip!

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We went to Alaska six years and took a shotgun and a Marlin 94 in .357 M. Showed the SNs at border and paid permit to cross (had to be locked in Canada) to AK. This permit was good for two months and had to get a new permit going south. Had paperwork from Canadian border officials when we went to New Brunswick (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador) and was told by the lovely LEO at border "Sir, this is not Western Canada, there are no Grizzlies, perhaps a cranky squirrel or two, so you will have to return to US, there is a hardware store in Calais with an FFL that can handle shipement!" This we did and upon return, the same lovely LEO asked "do you have pepper spray?" "Uh, yep." "Does it hae a picture of a bear on it?" It did and was half a liter or so. That was OK, so if you have a pepper spray can that is sufficient to dissuade a herd of buffalo it is OK, but a tiny protective spray is not.

Side arms are not legal - so leave your guns (pistols/revolver) son, leave your guns at hom.

Do check regulations on line since they may have changed in six years.

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