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Old 03-20-2013, 04:02 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by djmac1964 View Post
The racoons are probably using it for a back scratcher!
I spotted the little bugger last night, but I did not recognize him.
He was wearing a mask!


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Old 03-20-2013, 06:33 PM   #62
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This is such a great subject Wolfpack thank you for bringing it up. Wolfpack makes a valid point do we sometimes make things way too easy for the jerks? Only once have I had anything stolen and that was my firewood when I camped for the weekend in a seasonal campground with a handful of overnight sites I was the only overnighter that weekend. This campground had lots of big expensive trailers it was not a cheesy cliché trailer park. Granted it was only firewood but it was a sleazy thing to do. I work way too hard to leave my carbon fiber road bike or my Tri Cross bike unlocked or left in plain sight, same thing for that pretty red kayak and my tiny trailer has a tongue lock it only takes one idiot to wreck my good time. I try not to be paranoid my camp stove is on the picnic table and the chairs are left out in the screen room but I’m not going to make it easy for dishonest people. A smart person once told me locks keep honest people honest if a thief really wants it they’ll go to extremes to get it but chances are they’ll look for an easier, faster target. Assuming theft comes from tent campers makes me uneasy I tent camped all my life up until 2012 when I bought my A Frame I would never have considered stealing and tent campers are way more vulnerable to theft than folks with trailers, zippers tend to make lousy anti theft deterrents. Most of the people I’ve met while camping have been wonderful, tenters and trailer people but add alcohol and you sometimes get instant ……….holes, young, old, money, no money, trailer, tent or crashed in the back seat of a car a drunk moron is a drunk moron.
Years ago if you camped in an Ontario Provincial campground the permit on the camp post not only listed your names it listed your home address. This changed in Ontario as thieves found themselves an easy way to burglarize homes drive through campsites and find local residents camping it was an effortless list of unoccupied homes. Listing addresses on the permits changed when a local family returned home for a night during their vacation and was attacked by burglars who had scored their address from the camp permit.
As for Wolfpack or anyone else in law enforcement I wouldn’t mind some tips on personal safety (and not from the animal wildlife) while camping especially if you’re camping alone and I often do. I don’t carry weapons with the exception of bear bangers and bear spray even if I’m not in bear country.

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #63
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A little more thread drift but speaking of racoons, when we first moved into our house in the country, I filled the bird feeders on the back deck. That very night we were awakened by our nervous little dog. I looked out onto the deck and in the moonlight I could see two coons feasting on my newly purchased bird food. I decided to teach them critters a lesson. I lept from my bed, slid the glass door open, jumped out onto the deck and yelled at them, fully expecting them to flee off into the woods. Imagine my shock and awe when they stood up and snarled at me! There I was totally nekkid with my most prized vulnerabilities exposed in the moonlight, staring at angry snarly teeth and claws. I of course, lept back inside and slammed the door shut. Oh the humanity! I sheepishly slid back into bed where I had to endure the bed shaking due to my wife trying hard not to laugh out loud.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:40 PM   #64
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #65
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Originally Posted by Rolling buckeye View Post
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 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!
What a great good-neighbor story. I'd camp next to you anytime.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:21 PM   #66
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I just worry about: The whole trailer; or high value items like a Honda generator. Chairs and everything else just sit out in plain site. We do lock the trailer doors.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #67
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What a great good-neighbor story. I'd camp next to you anytime.
And we would be glad to have you with us!
Maybe we'll see ya out there,happy camping!
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #68
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After many years of tent camping in the UK, and the last 8 yrs RVing in the US, I think that crime is at such a low level within the camping world because of the nature of the people that go camping. In all my years of camping, I have never experienced a problem of theft, and have rarely spoken to anyone else that has. Just occasionally when stuck for the night we have had to go into campgrounds that we would rather not go into, we have left in the morning with everything intact. Camping seems to 'level' folks, no matter what they camp in, and that creates an atmosphere ariund a CG which deters most petty crime - I think your rig is in greater danger while storage than on a campground.
When in a new area, the DW and I like to check out different places (especially State Parks), and note good (and bad) sites for future reference. We are aware that this can seem suspicious, but we make sure we take the time to talk to campers and rangers / camp hosts about the good and bad points of the facility.
Like everyone else, the high value items are stowed out of sight, but the chairs and little tables seem to be safely left outside. May this long continue to be so.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:37 PM   #69
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I do believe that the type of CG you stay at will determine if items are stolen or not. We have stayed at some CG and the clientele did look a little ruff. We had a family in the CG last summer. The father dropped his TT off for his daughter and family to use. Was talking to the owner of the TT after he had set up. He was complaining that the owners of the CG had a lot of rules. The oldest grandson was caught dialing 911 on the pay phone. The granddaughter was caught shop lifting in the store and my sat. dish was facing the wrong way because the boys thought it was neat to swing on. When we where camping at the Sandbanks CG we had a burger on the BBQ. Everyone on our site stood still while we watched a Black cat with a white strip downs its back take the burger. No one wanted to take chase.
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While in the Klamath Basin of northern California we picked out the Tule Lake Fairgrounds campground from a campground guidebook. It was on the edge of a very small farming community across the street from residences. There were about 25 almost new full hookups on deep green grass, literally behind the Goat and Sheep Barn, but not a camper in sight. There was a drop box for the fee at the entrance bulletin board. When my dearly beloved expressed concern about leaving our motorhome there while we were out for the day, I pointed out the car in the driveway nearest the gate. It was a Deputy Sheriff’s car. We had no problems and no other campers for four days and nights. We talked with several local residents during this time and all were very friendly. It was a great place to camp as a base for exploring the area.
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