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Old 05-23-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
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Tent ends up or down?

At a public campground and we are going to be away from the campground for several hours. Would you close the tent ends or leave them open?
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:45 PM   #2
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:10 PM   #3
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Do you mean completely closing them up? Or closing the "windows" on the tent ends?
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:12 PM   #4
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I leave mine open and zip it up
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:07 PM   #5
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If you feel a need to completely close the the bunk ends for security reasons I'd look for a different campground.
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Old 05-24-2015, 02:24 AM   #6
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Sorry I miss read your post.
I thought you meant several days.
So no, leave them open.
I would close the windows up just in case of a curious passersby.
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:39 AM   #7
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Bunk ends....I'm with CNY Camper...
Windows....If its nice weather and not running AC, we may leave them open a few inches at the top....
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Most of the practices each of us may take to protect our valuables; whether it be locking the car while shoping, or closing up an RV; are designed "to keep the honest folk honest."

Anyone who is intent on stealing, knows how to break into your car or RV, by forcing a door, or cutting through canvas material (that's why I never lock my convertible Miata - just it's console compartment).

When we leave camp for extended time, our thoughts are more on unexpected rain showers.....we zip up the bunk ends facing prevailing winds tightly - the opposite sides we leave open slightly at the side or top.....maintaining privacy, but keeping things aired out. Since our roof vents have rain covers, they are left open.


That said, one of the many advantages of polite introductions to your campground neighbors is that they will more likely take note of your comings and goings and "watch your camp" while you are gone.

Don't leave that mink coat on the clothes line, put a tarp over the gold-plated gas generator behind your RV, and use that bike lock on your diamond encrusted carbon fiber framed bicycle.....do what's prudent not to tempt someone to "accidently borrow" something.

Other than that.....go....have fun....trust that the most honest, nicest folks are the ones who go out camping.

Like another post suggested....if you find yourself at the campground where "bad biker gangs" (not the clubs) crash and drink; cause it's handy to the sand flats, and you feel threatened by their presence......then just maybe you'll be happier if you move on down the road......just saying.



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Old 05-26-2015, 10:51 AM   #9
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I agree with what mostly has been said. And also agree...if you feel like you need to close up your bunks just to go out a few hours then you need to find a different campground. Other than a few tent campers you may see....most folks camping have invested good money in their own RVs and are there to have fun and enjoy the outdoors just like everybody else. I know there are exceptions to everything in life but most thieves are not gonna be pulling up beside you in a $10k - $75k investment looking to steal from their neighbors. I like one quote in this thread "to keep the honest folk honest." And that's what you do. I will usually just lock my camper door, put away my solar panel kit and I'm good.
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I like this post. We are more worried about the weather. We always talk with other campers/ranger to get feel for the campgroungs. I found out if there is some funny things going on it will be told and people will be watching. My saying" a lock is for an honest man". Campgrounds/campers are a different community/people, l love it.
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