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Old 10-16-2020, 05:35 PM   #1
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I want to head out west and camp on some BLM land and was wondering if the travel trailer would be safe there if I unhooked and went sight seeing. Kind of worried that trailer could be stolen or broken in to. Thanks
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Well a little story .

A fellow, here in BC, brought his new TT home and parked in his driveway , less that six hours later it was stolen , with everything in full view of his house security camera.
He hadn't had the TT long enough to purchase a hitch lock .

Theft can happen anywhere , take precautions , buy insurance and hope for the best .
A NRA Lifetime Member decal may help .
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Old 10-16-2020, 06:23 PM   #3
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It won't go far if you remove 1-2 tires.
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Old 10-16-2020, 08:01 PM   #4
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We have left our RV while running around during the day. We use a hitch lock, but in this day of readily available battery operated grinders, a hitch lock will slow them by a couple minutes at best.

The idea of removing tires/wheels, while effective, seems like a lot of work to me.

I worry more about safety when I am closer to urban areas, not so much in open BLM land.
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A lock is only effective against an honest person.
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What's BLM land?
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Bureau of Land Management

also Black Lives Matter.
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What's BLM land?
Bureau of Land Management

Here's a link to its camping information page.

https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/camping

As far as safety and stuff being stolen,,, it can happen anywhere. Myself, I'd try do some research on the places I wanted to visit. Maybe see if there have been any complaints about theft or vandalism. I would probably contact BLM directly to see if any issues might be present on the land I thinking about camping on.
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Bureau of Land Management

also Black Lives Matter.
I think you are mistaken. Couldn't keep it out of here could you.


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Contact the local BLM office. They will be your best source for local and up to date info.
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Where in “the West” are you thinking of going?

I have been camping in Idaho and surrounding areas for 25 or 30 years, and have been stolen from once. Well, twice if you count the dog that liked to retrieve boots from other camp sites 😉 I did get the boot back.

We do keep the trailer doors locked when we are not around, and things like our little Honda generator are secured with a cable lock.

Most of our camping is in or near forest service campgrounds. I suspect the risk is lower when there are other people around.

There is some risk anywhere, but I would not let it worry me too much.
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During Covid I have been binge watching Forensic Files.

What I learned - all it takes is a doper to need drug money and an opportunity to steal. But worse than stealing just be extra careful as bad people think it is fun to kill other people. Again - too much Forensic Files.
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Thank you for the replies. We are hoping to visit Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
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Make it so they just move on. Hitch lock, padlock the hitch latch too. Run a chain through a wheel around the axle. Get a security camera. They are cheap and easy to install .
If they see any of the above they will not bother with it. Thieves are lazy.
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