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Old 03-16-2013, 12:25 PM   #41
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A couple of years ago,we were camping with friends in southern central ohio,in a state campground. It was a very nice cg,rangers at entrance, and regular patrols.no problems. We drove two trucks to a trailhead,as we had done many times,with coolers in bed of truck,not with beer just water. On parking area had window glass in different places around the lot. So I drew the straw to sit in truck"lucky me" and keep watch while friends and the remainder of my family took the 3.5 mi. Hike, I did not think the perpetrator would likely return in middle of the day,but felt better keeping watch. Low and behold a man 35-40 walked from somewhere close,in woods and started looking in the window of the closest car,then started walking around aimlessly until he saw me in truck , he was defiantly startled,and made a quick retreat. May or may not have been " the guy"
The point is I defiantly feel better about leaving valuables in camper among my camping family,than in any parking lot. I think by far the majority of camping friends and family,are happy to be looking out for each other.and do so whenever possible.

Two years ago we were camping at natural bridge cg,in KY it rained Alot and Very hard,we had a flood, kind of a slow flash flood, the stream flowing through the cg eventually ran 2-3 ft deep throughout the cg, from normal stream the kids skipped rocks and played in maybe 3 hrs before. We "some other campers and I" helped rangers get all but two campers to higher ground,the road out to highway was closed due to a mudslide.we wer directed to the parking lot for sky tram ride,where we all worked together to feed all in parking lot and a ranger or two,then help the tent'ers with a dry place to sleep. By about 2:00 the next day most of the sites were repaired,and those of us that stayed were back in our spots,minus a few picnic tables wrapped around trees down stream. No one was hurt as far as I know,and I think all involved, were better in some ways because of this experience!
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:51 AM   #42
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I know it's illegal to have in many campgrounds, but how many of you campers have hand guns, either in your car or in your camper, when you go camping?
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:03 AM   #43
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The only thing we've ever had stolen was my bbq plate from some racoons. But on a more serious note. Anything of big value we try to lockup. When I'm done with the Grill, I'll empty ashes into the campsites fire pit and then put grill in back of truck. While that's not so secure, at least its not visible from the park road. We always buy our camping items on clearance for cheap so its not worth much to us. It's more hassle for me to put a bunch of cheap chairs and tables away than to lose the 10 bucks we pay for it all LOL.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:06 AM   #44
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I know it's illegal to have in many campgrounds, but how many of you campers have hand guns, either in your car or in your camper, when you go camping?

not going to answer that one

keep them wondering

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:14 AM   #45
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Oh please please please don't turn this into another handgun thread. Most of you have been around long enough to know that it eventually leads to becoming a locked thread.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:17 AM   #46
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I know it's illegal to have in many campgrounds, but how many of you campers have hand guns, either in your car or in your camper, when you go camping?
I have a conceal license so it stays on me. Never leave it in camper.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #47
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I have not seen or heard of any theft at the campgrounds I have been to. Most people I have encountered have been very friendly and outgoing and watch for stuff like that. I do lock mine if I am leaving the campground for an extended period but don't put everything away.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:31 AM   #48
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I have a conceal license so it stays on me. Never leave it in camper.
X2, but like Oakman stated, this will probably lead to a big fat lock on this thread.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:38 AM   #49
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O.K. I'm sorry I asked the question. If the moderators choose to remove it, it's O.K. with me. I don't want to cause any problems and I didn't know it had been posted before. I apologize.
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O.K. I'm sorry I asked the question. If the moderators choose to remove it, it's O.K. with me. I don't want to cause any problems and I didn't know it had been posted before. I apologize.
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Not a problem. It's just one of those "hot button" issues that people feel very strongly about and the discussions can turn ugly fast.

But back to the original topic of theft in campgrounds, here's my take.

I have been camping almost all of my life and have never experienced anything stolen from my site. Over those many years I’ve only heard of a couple of instances where items had been stolen from anyone’s campsite. In all those years we have only stayed a couple of campgrounds that felt “spooky” enough that we locked everything up at night.

There is one item that I do put a lightweight chain on so it doesn’t walk off at night, my Tailgater satellite. It’s expensive, very lightweight, and even comes with a handle for someone dishonest to carry it off. That is the only item I worry about, bikes, chairs, lights, lanterns, etc. I leave out all night. It’s never been a problem.

I have experienced theft from one of my fifth wheels though. Back during the winter of ‘04/’05 our trailer was broken into at the storage lot. Well I can’t say “broken into” because someone apparently used a 751 key to access our basement storage area and took what little we had left in there. Anything of value we had taken out for the winter. The thieves got stuff like my sewer hose, cheap water pressure regulator, and a few other items not worth stealing. At least my trailer wasn’t damaged.
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