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Old 08-19-2012, 05:46 PM   #85
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To answer the question of how many knocks in the night. 25 years, one time, NASCAR race, 6:30 am drunk wants a ride home his buddies departed without him.

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:57 PM   #86
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the more I read this .. the more I like Canada ..with only 20 years of camping /trailers ..and now a old Itasca motorhome ..I have never felt unsafe when camping .. or boony camping..but then your evening news scares the heck outa me ..but then ..I did have a 20 pound Jack russell that would chase bears ..not smart ..but damm entertaining !!

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Old 09-04-2012, 12:08 AM   #87
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There have been many good ideas discussed here, but I would have to wonder,considering the massive number of folks who are into RV'ing and the massive number of nights spent in the aforementioned Walmarts, truckstops, etc. exactly how many have actually experienced this situation.
I have, glad I was prepared to show I wouldn't be a victim! Next would have been to start the main engine and engage first gear: 1200 ft lbs with a 5:1 reduction will easily move a pickup parked in front of you!
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:48 AM   #88
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Why I have a Great Dane...

I would have to defer the answer to my Great Dane, Dexter Brutus. He gets very grumpy being awakened in the middle of the night and I slide the window and tell them they better run before he gets loose! If it is a 'real' emergency, then I call somebody for them but Dex doesn't allow strangers in at that time of night. Just the way it is...
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:59 PM   #89
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The most powerful light you can find in the face of even a determined person can slow them down, especially if they are outside.

Remember, your door is shut and locked, and the minute you heard the knock you dialed 911. You're safe. A barking dog is a help.

If you are on private property, a truck stop for instance, security people have the right to knock. If they are smart they will give you a cell phone number.

If you are on public property there is a right to know who you are.

In any case, at first knock call 911. Or yell on the emergency channel on your CB. I guarantee there will be a clutch of truckers pulling in to see what's going on.

Just don't panic, and screw up the next 10 years of RVing.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:35 AM   #90
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I thought I was the only one who thought of CCTV. I'm just starting on my RV lifestyle and thought CCTV would be good for boon docking both when in or out of the RV.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:41 AM   #91
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Here is a light to use, ND-30 or 40. It is a laser flashlight. At 500 yds it is like looking at a welder at 5 ft!! At 800yds your night vision is gone for 5 min It also can be used as a distress signal and a adjustable beam flashlight just don't shine is at airliners the Feds don't like it lol
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:38 PM   #92
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Thanks, and I'll look into them immediately. I came up with the light idea after I nearly, very nearly, shot my sister one night.

I was living alone in a 4 bedroom house and had a very congenial, large dog. It was a split entry house, with steps leading to the main floor on which there was a closet with the dog's leashes in it. The closet was in a hall which led to my bedroom.

One night I heard a commotion in the hall, didn't hear the dog, but clearly someone was out there opening doors. I always kept a S&W Model 39 by the bed with a full magazine and one in the chamber. There were no children ever around the house, and if someone brought one over they would have been downstairs, my office and visitors place. I grabbed that, crept to the door, and opened it screaming my guts out.

There was a figure in the hall at the top of the steps. Shorter but burly, wearing a dark parka and hood, rifling the closet. That figure turned and ran down the stairs and fell outside. Had it turned toward me I would have shot it again and again.

I went to the top of the steps and it was my sister. She couldn't sleep, wanted to go for a walk and came over to get the dog for protection. I had loaned my girlfriend my car so it wasn't there, she figured I was over at her house for the night, and came in.

Nothing is worth that chance. I put the gun away and got a big, big light, and kept buying them as they got bigger.. The little Cyclops is mean and small, and I'll check your's out now.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:27 AM   #93
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Good thing for luck and good judgement too close for comfort
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:24 AM   #94
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Amen to what Chuck 1935 said! Anyone so concerned about night visitors and intruders that they feel the need to surround the RV with bright lights, concertina wire, and motion detectors shouldn't be boondocking... they should stay in KOAs, RV resorts, and urban campgrounds. If you truly boondock, that is, camp in lonesome remote areas and out in back country, have a solid plan for dealing with such potential intruders, but don't let the need for that plan spoil enjoying the beauty and solitude of the back country. Most folks you will encounter in back country are there for the same reason you are, and you will probably never have the need to implement any such plan. Just keep your plan in mind for the unlikely event!
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:27 AM   #95
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I feel that if you think you will need " protection" you should not stay there and put your love ones in a high risk spot, that said it is a question of how much insurance and what type do you need.
Non-lethal is a good choice, insurance for a mistake , lights, phone, distress Boat air horn, pepper spray, etc.
Keep in mind, the pepper spray used inside a camper will run you out and end the trip.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:30 AM   #96
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100 pound German Shepherd. His bark will make everyone take a few steps back. Only knock in the middle of the night I've had was at a rest stop. Stopped during a heavy rain storm. A sheriff knocked on the door when the rain stopped and asked me to move to a different area so more truckers could park. Nice guy ... He even said that the bark of a shepherd will keep most people away.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:53 AM   #97
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If I were a criminal and was looking to hijack a motorhome, from what I have read in this thread, I would do my work during the day when Rvers are most likely to have their guard down.... When parked at a Walmart if I walk the dog even only 20 ft from the coach while DW is still inside, I still lock the door....... to many weirdos walking around day and night......

and to those who say we are to paranoid or to just relax and enjoy, that is foolish advice... we live in a very evil world.... its smart to take precaution........
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:30 AM   #98
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Being proactive

I'm picking up my TT next week and after reading this thread and perhaps before that, I've thought about getting a "mobile" DVR and putting cameras outside. I feel that if the TT is left for the day, it could use the CCTV for just watching while I was gone and at night as well. From the prices I've seen, it's cheap peace of mind. Just my thought, oh and I roll with 2 Boxers too.
I was in the security business for many years and how many times I heard" I just ran to the store" and they had a B&E while they were gone. Safety First !

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