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Old 08-07-2013, 12:39 PM   #11
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I think for the most part campers look out for each other. I think that is why there isn't a lot of theft in campgrounds. When you think about it, there is a lot of good stuff to steal and it really wouldn't be that hard. I make a point of it to see if not meet my neighbors. If I see someone looking out of place, I am going to check it out and hope they do the same.

As Epy said, go out and have fun and don't worry about it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #12
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Recently purchased an Apex 268BHS. New to all of this but am learning tons from these forums. I'm a retired cop and naturally am paranoid. Dope heads will steal anything that isn't secured and I was wondering about my 30 amp shore power cord. Bound to be a lot of copper in it (a meth head's dream). My cord has the screw plug on the trailer side and the regular plug on the hook up side. I've been trying to figure out a way to secure it when we are camping but am coming up empty. Any ideas or am I too paranoid? That cord is expensive!
Captain, my friend, you are thinking to much and adding to much stress to your life. The camping areas that you will go will be fairly 'crime free'. These are 'family' areas with kids at play and kids will do what kids do. This will raise your stress level..... In camping many 'bad' things will happen, flat tire, propane ran out, bugs in the food, run out of beer, ect.... but almost no 'campers' go out of their way to steal from other campers. I will admire your 'flags' and camp chairs and awning lights and then go to camping world and buy my own, to toss away in two years.... As a retired public servant I am sure that you are 'carrying' for your and others 'protection'. please don't over react when someone 'admires' your rig and wants to be neighborly and you draw on them. Many travelers also carry and bad things could happen quickly. As a daddy bear, if I see that a piece is pointed at one of my kids, I will not hesitate to put something down range as fast as I can. 'Stuff' is not worth 'stressing' over when lives are involved. If you can not relax and not be
paranoid IN a campground, please sell your rig and stay home.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:08 PM   #13
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I think for the most part campers look out for each other. I think that is why there isn't a lot of theft in campgrounds. When you think about it, there is a lot of good stuff to steal and it really wouldn't be that hard. I make a point of it to see if not meet my neighbors. If I see someone looking out of place, I am going to check it out and hope they do the same.
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I do believe that other "HONEST" campers do look out for each other.

We have discussed this same subject before, and besides your cord being easy for copper thieves.............your batteries are fairly easy pickings too for these opportunistic thieves. Although heavier, batteries don't require any work on the other end for Sir Scumbag, since they don't have to get the wire out of the sheathing.

I also believe you are pretty safe in most campgrounds.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:24 PM   #14
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Theft does happen

In 2006 I left my fifth wheel in an RV park where I was contract working and drove home for the weekend. When I came back thieves had entered the fifth wheel through the cargo door and into the trailer through the laundry chute (Keystone Montana has had this feature). Unfortunately the bathroom door was open over the laundry chute and they broke it off it's hinges with brute force. They only got some change, TV, stereo. But the feeling of being violated is hard to overcome. Damage to the fifth wheel was easily repaired. None the less we couldn't stand having the RV anymore and traded it in on another. Neither me or my wife felt safe in it after that and did not like the fact that it was so easily accessible via the laundry chute. I have also talked to a couple of other people who had their spares stolen while they were in the trailer. You can only do your best and as has been pointed out a determined thief will make it happen.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #15
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I worry more about my brick & mortar home being broken into while we're away even with a security system, lights on a timer and neighbors keeping an eye out than the fiver at a campground, and I live in a decent 'hood' .
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I plan on locking it with a pad lock, with the power cord and surge protector cord inside the loop of the lock. Anyone done this?
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I also use a Surge Guard. I use an old style bicycle lock and chain around the power pole to secure all. The lock hook goes around the cord of the surge guard nicely and hook the 2 ends of the chain together. This does not secure the power cord, but could use 2 locks and chains if desired.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:32 PM   #18
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Your stuff is pretty safe in a camp ground if you just use common sense. One tip for at home Is to buy a 30 amp to a 15 amp adapter, in my case I did not want to leave my huge 50 amp cord out while parked at my house and so I bought a 50 amp to 15 amp adapter then just use a cheap extension cord. Not really worth a thief's time, just don't try to run the AC with the el cheapo cord. Have fun and enjoy the camping
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #19
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I have a Progressive Industries EMS portable.

I run an extension cord from the pedestal to a storage bay. Plug the extension cord into the EMS. Then the other side of the EMS to the trailer plug.

The EMS is then out of sight at least.

Plus out of any bad weather.

Agreed that 99% of campers are honest but there's the one last weekend who stole our friends kid's rip stick.
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Your stuff is pretty safe in a camp ground if you just use common sense. One tip for at home Is to buy a 30 amp to a 15 amp adapter, in my case I did not want to leave my huge 50 amp cord out while parked at my house and so I bought a 50 amp to 15 amp adapter then just use a cheap extension cord. Not really worth a thief's time, just don't try to run the AC with the el cheapo cord. Have fun and enjoy the camping
+1 on 50A services. A pigtail adaptor isn't cheap but not really worth their effort. A $15 outdoor cord will run your converter and fridge heating element. Even if they do take it your out $80 or $90 as apposed to $200+. For 30A it's about 6-one-half-dozen-the-other. But maybe the smaller gauge of the cord makes it enough less desirable. There are always other things though... Batteries and spares are ticket items too... You just have to be vigilant.
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