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Old 09-06-2013, 12:20 AM   #11
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Unfortunately for today's RVers, personal security is should be a top priority. Just too many undesirables running loose out there. Add in the fact that quite a few RVers are of the older generation, who can be perceived as "easy pickens" by the bad folks. We travel with a pair of large watch dogs, who once seen, are a pretty good deterrent to unwanted visitors. We also travel with 4 sections of 6'X6' fencing with a lockable gate. This fencing is more for the dogs safety as much as ours, and it covers our front door. Set up, and take down is about 10 minutes each way. Other entries to the inside have inside locks installed. Better safe than sorry is a better way of thinking.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:47 AM   #12
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Sadly, the holiday weekends seem to bring out the worst.
that's one big reason we have refused to camp on holiday weekends for years.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:02 AM   #13
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that's one big reason we have refused to camp on holiday weekends for years.
I am a proponent of after holiday camping! We have been in Oregon since Tuesday morning and we are loving it. Not too many people but enough to shoot the breeze with and be able to enjoy ourselves.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:24 AM   #14
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I forgot to lock up a couple of months ago and about 2:00 am a young boy maybe 12 years old opens our camper door and says 'Dad you here', I answered 'yes', good thing DW was on her game and says to him 'you have the wrong trailer young man'. The next day an employee grounds keeper came over (he had a year round site accross the street) and says 'sorry about last night that was my boy and his mom had just dropped him off'. Later the boy brought over a stack of fire wood.

I'm glad he didn't end up on the wrong end of someones lead ccw holder. I double and triple check my lock at bedtime, especially since we no longer have our 4legged protection. DH keeps a mag lite at the bedside, makes for a good light and a good weapon if necessary. He also keeps a large pocket knife in his bedside cabinet.

OP sorry your friends had hat experience. I'm guessing you won't get them out again. If it makes you feel any better, I finally convinced my dad to join us one weekend. He hasn't been out since he sold he rig when I was in 4th or 5th grade. Of course that weekend it decides to drop into the 30's and rain all weekend. The trailer also had all kinds of issues that trip. To make it worse, he ended up with pneumonia a week later (I had bronchitis during the trip). He won't ever go out again. My mom on the other hand loves to join us but since she exploded pancake batter all over the inside of my tt, DH has very strict rules about her and food in the trailer. When I say all over, think pancake batter on ceiling, floor, walls, carpet, cabinets, sofa, and dinettte plus countertops etc.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:47 AM   #15
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If some one breaks into the trailer.We would have the right to shoot right? Its like our house. I would think we should be able to us deadly force to protect our family.

Check the laws of every state that you go to, before you go. Check the local laws also, as there may be restrictions on the who, what, where, when, why. Deadly force is the Last Resort. If you believe that you or your family are in a life threatening situation it may come to that. Rushing to judgment with that first in your mind means a lack of training and a poor out come will almost always happen. Know that if you pull out a gun out in a threatening manner that you will AND SHOULD BE Arrested. This does not mean that you will stay in Jail, it means that you will go to jail until the police get all of the facts in what is going on and why. Do not fight with the Police, cooperate with them. They can be your best friend or your worse enemy. Right or wrong, everyone is in 'the wrong' until All of the facts come out. If you are not trained well and don't have your 'head on straight'... do not carry a gun...
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Please keep the topic on focus (protection options from assaults in the RV while camping). As you know, the "firearm topic" (not directly related to camping or traveling) is a "no go."

So far everyone has played nice. Also remember about 1/3 of our members are from countries without a firearm option and in fact finds that option objectionable. (avoid THAT topic too, please).
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Have not done a holiday weekend, plan to always avoid it. We don't go out on New Years Eve for the same reason. Functional alcoholics are a lot safer to be around than the stupid amateurs that get out to "celebrate".
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We camped the week leading to and including Memorial Day Weekend in 2012. On Saturday night at 2:15am, a drunken neighbor confused our camper for his and tried his best to get inside. We always lock our doors at night and that night was no different. I will admit that it was an odd feeling but I did not get all fired up about it. He was obviously drunk and truly confused. The only similarity between his camper and ours were the outside rope lights were both red and lit up.

He did not recall the event the following day.
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I keep a can of Wasp spray right next to the fire extinguisher by the door.

That stream right in the eyes will change a drunk's (or any one else's) mind rather quickly.
Very clever idea! Looks like my wasp spray will move from the outdoors supplies storage bin to the counter by the door.
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I have found that a 95 pound GSD will deter all kinds of people. In truth she is a sweetheart, but at 2:00 am that growl will make most people incontinent.

According to many personal safety personnel I have spoken with, the most universally recognizable sound is a pump shotgun being cycled. You can download an app to your phone that will play this sound.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....shotgun&hl=en
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