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Old 01-19-2012, 11:11 PM   #43
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Mossberg 500 pistol grip, dowel removed, and extra five shot holder on side of breach. No one in the world does not know the sound of a pump shot gun being worked. Never have had the need to even pull it out.

My other job is long haul driver and I have spent my night in some bad parts of towns.


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Old 01-20-2012, 10:28 AM   #44
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We have had two "wake up" calls in 12 years of RVing. the first was in a Flying J Parking lot where we were asked, through the closed door, to move on as there were so many of us that the pumps were blocked by those coming behind us.

The second was in a campground on the CA coast when the tsunami alarms were being sounded after the quake in Japan. That time it was accompanied by rolling red lights from a couple of fire trucks in the campground sent in to roust us out, we could not hear the alarms down in the cleft where the cg was located.

In Walmarts we stay near the lights, we seldom go off where we are all alone. My weapon weighs 22,000 lbs and the key is always in the ignition.

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Old 01-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #45
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Here is something to think about concerning “safety on the road” As far as the safety in an RV is concerned I feel that I am basically as safe in my 5w as in most houses, why?
Most houses-
· Shrubs surround the house/yard and deck furniture etc on the deck for an intruder to hide behind.
· Window sill height (patio slider) is often very low, making it easy to climb through.
· 36” wide entry door that opens inward.
RV parked in a mall etc.
· Only park o’nite AFTER checking out the surrounding area. Park in the middle of the area under/near a security light, unless other RVs are present then park close to them.
· The lowest window sill height on my RV is 42 inches, that makes it very difficult to climb into plus there are 2 wall hugger recliners to climb over.
· 24” wide entry door that opens outward, to reach the door knob you have to step on the steps then you have to step off the steps to open the door. If you don’t unlock the door it would be very difficult to break into.
· I realize that a tow vehicle with a TT or 5w you have to get outside to drive off however, my tow vehicle “clicker” will activate the “panic” horn and lights from anyplace inside the 5w. Then there is always cell phone 911.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:03 PM   #46
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my tow vehicle “clicker” will activate the “panic” horn and lights from anyplace inside the 5w. Then there is always cell phone 911.

Till now didn't even gave a thought to the panic button on the tow vehicle remote!

Great tip!!!
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:34 AM   #47
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A long time ago, before we we're full-time, we pulled into a State campground in lower FLA after dark and after the gates were closed. We parked in a overflow lot near the beach. After dinner and a drink, we decided to watch a movie we had and had a knock at the door about half way thru.
I did the most stupid thing, I looked out to see 2 teenage girls and opened the door to find out what they wanted. DUMB, DUMB, I know. They could have had the males waiting on the other side or they themselves could have had weapons.
As it turned out, they had drove up the beach early and were now stuck in the park because the gates were locked. They thought we would have had the combo for the lock.
It wasn't until the following morning that we thought about how stupid I was.......
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:38 AM   #48
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Hey buddy you aren’t playing the part of the Lone Ranger there, sometimes I have to be hit over the head with a 2x4 to attract my attention. I had a PU camper, TT and a 5W for years before the built in capability of a “security alarm” turned on. There are two things that the bad guys hate- noise and flashing lights!
One day when I had time to check it out I took the outfit down to a vacant field and checked out the panic alarm from all location inside the 5w. Then I disconnected the PU and checked out the operation of the alarm when it was parked on all sides of the 5w.
This is even something to check out at your house, you never know.
Basically I am not too concerned about the “bad guy” problem. About 95% of my camping is done on AZ BLM land and in the mountains of ID, WY and MT and in State and FS CGs.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:51 AM   #49
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Tinted windows make it hard to see out at night, even with a porch light on. Has anyone considered or installed through-the-door or through-the-wall peephole viewers? If so, got any tips on use or installation?
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:03 PM   #50
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What reason would you open the door at night? I can see no reason to unless the person was a police or some other type of authority figure who has identified themselve and you can see their id thought the window and they told you to exit. I can carry on a converstion through a window and call 911 if needed. When you open the door or exit the RV another set of issues comes into play. While I am still in the coach I can use the coach for protection and as a weapon if needed.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:18 AM   #51
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We all do "Dumb things in the night"... luckily we often get to live thru them and realize in the light of day just how dangerous what we did was !

Life has no better teachers than experiences, and if we play it just right we might even get older and learn a few things.

You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit "into the wind", you dont jerk the mask off the olde Lone Ranger and ya best not EVER knock on my door in the middle of the night unless you have your red/blues flashing and are using a loud speaker to hail me in the RV !!!

Safely enjoy the Open Road, Thank a Vet for our freedoms, and wave as ya pass me by... my Hurryin Days are Over !!!
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #52
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If I'm staying at a parking lot overnight I wont put out the slides or put down the jacks.
I also keep the electric step in the closed position.

If I feel I need to I will just drive off
Those of us with a toad may have a problem with this. When driving down the road toad has the key in the unlock position. Parked at night, key would be removed and with me, thus steering column on toad is now locked. Could I drive off anyway? Yes, but not far enough to get away from one problem without causing another.

I guess installing a horn-honking security system would be good to.
MH doesn't have one but the toad does!
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:49 PM   #53
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I was at a casino in Laughlin,NV and got a knock on the door at 2 AM. The voice said SECURITY. My wife said,"what will we do". I said lets go right back to sleep because the next move is theirs. If we feel the front of the coach going up in the air, I will say Howdy, can I help you !. Other than that, I really am not interested in speaking with anyone outside, late at night.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:58 PM   #54
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We have never stayed the night anyplace but a campground so I'm not able to comment on boondocking at a Wal-Mart, Pilot, Etc.

When camped at a campground I keep my camera's turned on and just check the monitor if someone knocks or I hear a close noise. The only area not covered by a camera is the front windshield.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:09 PM   #55
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We have RV parking in our community parks. I have had to knock on doors several times a summer to notify the campers that severe weather is threatening the area or to contact a particular traveler with an emergency message from home. I always announce myself as a police officer when I knock. If I am notifying a specific traveler and If there is a exterior light on I try to stand under or near it to be readily identified by anyone that looks out the window. If the trailer is dark I put my spotlight in position it illuminate me at the door or I will use my flashlight to illuminate me. In the case of a mass notification such as severe weather we turn on our overhead emergency lights and knock on doors as well as announce over the PA system. Most open the door after looking out a window, some talk to me through the door.

My advice is this. If you are unsure, don't answer the door, call the police and they will be happy to send someone by to check it out. If someone identifies themselves as police and you are unsure, call the police and dispatch will verify if a legitimate cop is knocking at your door (I have had that happen several times). Do whatever you need to in order to stay and feel safe. Turn on lights and announce you are calling the police. Crooks hate lights. Who here has read about travelers being shot through the window because they backlit themselves turning on the interior lights? No one, because that's not reality. Crooks look for targets of opportunity. Cowering quietly inside may give the appearance of a vacant trailer and easy target. Light it up and let them know it's occupied and you are dialing the phone. If its legit they will stand by and wait for the cop. If its not they will be long gone before the cop is even dispatched.

Believe it or not, we fear being shot through the door by a startled traveler. We also have no idea who or what is on the other side of the door. There are to many people that bought the gun but not the training to use it. Those who bring out the gun remember this, there will now be at least one gun in the fight. This is a peril those of us that have to carry a gun on the job live with every day. There are a lot of good cops killed with there own gun every year and they are extensively trained on how to retain it.
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Remember it's not just after dark you're liable to need a plan of protection. As you concentrate putting the key in the lock, YOU ARE VULNERABLE !!! Nick
Russell was parked in Elkhardt at a RV service center, came back from dinner, in the daylight, opened his door to face HIS OWN 9MM, in the hands of a burglar!!! Only his quick reaction and PURE DUMB LUCK saved him & his wife!! TAKE CARE AND BE AWARE--- IT IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY!!!

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