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Old 09-09-2021, 12:59 PM   #1
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Security and boondocking

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I'm a young person who is planning to boondock in a Country Coach in Florida soon. But I'll be working a job, so I'll be away from my motorhome 6 hours a day. I'm worried about burglary and theft.

How does the community deal with this if your rig is unattended?
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Boondockers don't typically spend all day at their RV. Six hours isn't a long time to be away. We've never had issues on national forest lands or BLM lands.

Where, exactly, will you be staying? Is it close to town? Is it a popular place where others would be driving through or staying?
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If you have Internet install a Ring camera, if not you can install a cellular enabled trail camera facing your trailer and get an alert if anyone passes in front of it.
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We network.
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Our long-term caravan chums are all over the place in age and income.
Everybody chips-in 24/7/360 to maintain a significant visual presence.
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If somebody we do not know -- or looks like somebody we do not want to know -- trespasses near our perimeter, our greeting committee waves and smiles and approaches them as a group.
Taking a lesson from zombie sharks, we project a 'join us for supper...' mixed with a 'Manson family' vibe, and folks usually find someplace else to be real quick.
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And 'yes', we enjoy our rehearsals.
Tragically, some of us enjoy our roles a little too much, and trespassers spread the word around, and there goes a big chunk of the fun of boondocking.
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Park so passers-by (if any) can see your main door. Keep your shades down, including your windshield cover, leave a radio on inside just loud enough to hear if you're standing next to the window, and put a sign on your door that says "shhh - napping." If you're gone at night, leave a few lights on.

Buy insurance that covers contents. And just avoid leaving expensive stuff inside.
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I'm curious where you will boondock in Florida.

They are pretty strict about that in Florida
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Hello,
I'm a young person who is planning to boondock in a Country Coach in Florida soon. But I'll be working a job, so I'll be away from my motorhome 6 hours a day. I'm worried about burglary and theft.

How does the community deal with this if your rig is unattended?
No matter what you do it can still happen. Make sure your insurance is paid. I leave my rig all the time while out exploring and have not been violated, yet.
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As mentioned just make sure insurance is for replacement cost. Take pictures and put them on a backup drive or thumb drive and keep it with you, make sure those are protected with some sort of password incase someone breaks in to your car or steals your purse or man bag. If you pull in somewhere and it seems ify move on. 'Or' beark out the credit card and get a paid spot in an rv park. There are no guarantees in life.
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Boondockers don't typically spend all day at their RV. Six hours isn't a long time to be away. We've never had issues on national forest lands or BLM lands.

Where, exactly, will you be staying? Is it close to town? Is it a popular place where others would be driving through or staying?
Hm, really? That gives me peace of mind.

Matanzas State Forest. But I don't know exactly where yet.
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Park so passers-by (if any) can see your main door. Keep your shades down, including your windshield cover, leave a radio on inside just loud enough to hear if you're standing next to the window, and put a sign on your door that says "shhh - napping." If you're gone at night, leave a few lights on.

Buy insurance that covers contents. And just avoid leaving expensive stuff inside.
Wouldn't a secluded area be more secure so someone wouldn't stumble upon it? Oh, I'd never be gone at night usually.

I would take my MacBook to work.
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I'm curious where you will boondock in Florida.

They are pretty strict about that in Florida
I want to boondock at Matanzas State Forest.

Hmmm...there may be a way.
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No matter what you do it can still happen. Make sure your insurance is paid. I leave my rig all the time while out exploring and have not been violated, yet.
Dang...yeah. I would purchase quality insurance and keep anything irreplaceable (personal data on hard drives, journals, etc.) off site at a family member's home in a reinforced safe.

But crime is much higher in urban areas though, right? I've taken many vacations to remote areas in the Appalachian Mountains, and the only burglary that was ever worried about was bears, LOL.
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As mentioned just make sure insurance is for replacement cost. Take pictures and put them on a backup drive or thumb drive and keep it with you, make sure those are protected with some sort of password incase someone breaks in to your car or steals your purse or man bag. If you pull in somewhere and it seems ify move on. 'Or' beark out the credit card and get a paid spot in an rv park. There are no guarantees in life.
Yes. I'll have to research that.
True, but I've lived in a large city (1 million people) all my life, and crime is painfully obvious there. Homeless people, urban sprawl, you name it.
When I vacationed in the Blue Ridge Mountains, bears, flooding, and insects became the primary worries.
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Something you need to keep in mind is to ensure the RV looks occupied and not abandoned. Move things around each day as much as you can. Don’t leave your awning out unless you’re able to secure them from the weather and keep in mind it’s Florida, the weather can change multiple times each day. A couple of cheap camp chairs could be useful to help you change the look of your campsite. Just figured out a way to help them stay where you put them.
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