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Old 05-16-2016, 11:03 AM   #11
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Dalford I hope it is in the last place you look. If you find it and continue looking for it that is when there is an issue
That made me laugh!
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:14 AM   #12
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I keep spare pins for both the sway bar and WDH tucked away inside the trailer. I'm not worried about theft but rather me losing one.
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And to further make sure things don't disappear, I mounted some squared U brackets in the ceiling storage pass-through and slid the bars on the brackets; either at home or camping. Left the pins on them also. Even in my advanced years (according to DW), I double check things then let her check.

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Old 05-16-2016, 11:29 AM   #13
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I had the exact same problem... Pins stolen until the neighbor came by and asked if I was missing a pin. He found it on the street. Other pin was still on the bumper. After that I bought spares to compensate for my short term memory loss and full time distractions - would have been hard to get home without one.


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Old 05-16-2016, 11:40 AM   #14
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Seems like the general consensus is that I left it on the bumper and that I should keep spares for any contingency.

Sounds like a plan!!

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Old 05-16-2016, 12:31 PM   #15
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:50 PM   #16
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I have a similar story, but it didn't happen in a CG.

My DW and I stopped at a Cracker Barrel restaurant to enjoy a great lunch. When we came out, I did my usual walk-around the RV and dinghy making sure everything was ready to go. I do a walk around before we start moving and another walk around when we stop.

I found that someone had removed a pin in my tow bar, one of the type where it's a bent steel rod with a hole at the end that you put a snap fastener through so the rod cannot vibrate out. Yep, they took both parts. Luckily, I carry spare parts and we were back on the road in a few minutes.

It was there when we stopped. I cannot understand why someone would remove a pin like that unless they wanted to see us have a bad experience driving down the road.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:03 PM   #17
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The best way to find things you have lost, buy the replacement part. Probably the lost part will show up later. Golden years seemed to be filled with things forgotten!!!
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:06 PM   #18
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Yup, one boat oar. We looked for someone rowing in a circle, but they must have figured out they needed two.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:10 PM   #19
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Perhaps the recent burglary of my trailer and 10 others in the same storage facility has me a bit jaded... or perhaps it has just erased my naivety. In the same lot last year, I refilled both of my LP bottles. When I was out camping I noticed that one of the bottles was different. I pulled the cover and discovered that someone had swapped an older, empty bottle with one of my full ones. I needed it so I refilled it. A couple of weeks later, the older, now partially full bottle was swapped back with my newer, but now empty bottle. I complained to the management of the facility and the owner said they had discovered the problem and that trailer was gone. In a facility in Amarillo that had a live-on-site guard, my LP bottles were mysteriously much lighter on 2 occasions... with no trips after filling...

It is truly unfortunate that there are thieves among us... but there are. If you have the habit of putting the pins in a certain spot then I would assume that you did that. But then again, maybe I truly am a bit jaded by my past experiences. Things that I will absolutely need to be able to leave are secured. I don't leave any of my hitch stuff out, and my spare is locked.
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Ya, I'm at the place in life when I am standing at the bottom of a stairs wondering if I came down to get something or I'm on the way up to get something.
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