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Old 09-05-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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First bad camping experience!

This past holiday weekend we camped in West Palm Beach for 4 nights (Thursday-Monday) with another family that barely go camping. They have 3 little kids, and we were trying to get them to go rving more often. After couple of weeks of convincing, they agreed to go with us in this trip. The second night, around 2:35am a drunk guy started banging on their camper door and trying to open the door by force, in underwear and my friends daughter was sleeping in the sofa next to the door. They called me and I got to their camper as fast as I could, and got the guy out of there, but, my God, that was scary, didn't know if he was armed, or what he was capable of doing. The police came a couple of minutes later and walked him to his site, and they were kicked out of the campground the very next morning. Anyway, just want it to share that with you, and to make sure your doors are locked always! And from now on, I will leave a outside light "on" in my camper. To make things worse, the following night their neighbor had a "party" with the music so loud it was very hard to sleep. They even cut their trip short! It was sad, scary and a crazy weekend for my friends!
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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Living out in the country, locking the door sometimes totally falls off the radar! Must try and remember to do that when camping. Thanks for the heads up! (and may your friends have a better experience, next time).
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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.
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Sadly, the holiday weekends seem to bring out the worst.
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This past holiday weekend we camped in West Palm Beach for 4 nights (Thursday-Monday) with another family that barely go camping. They have 3 little kids, and we were trying to get them to go rving more often. After couple of weeks of convincing, they agreed to go with us in this trip. The second night, around 2:35am a drunk guy started banging on their camper door and trying to open the door by force, in underwear and my friends daughter was sleeping in the sofa next to the door. They called me and I got to their camper as fast as I could, and got the guy out of there, but, my God, that was scary, didn't know if he was armed, or what he was capable of doing. The police came a couple of minutes later and walked him to his site, and they were kicked out of the campground the very next morning. Anyway, just want it to share that with you, and to make sure your doors are locked always! And from now on, I will leave a outside light "on" in my camper. To make things worse, the following night their neighbor had a "party" with the music so loud it was very hard to sleep. They even cut their trip short! It was sad, scary and a crazy weekend for my friends!
John, I have been camping for 40 years.... seen a lot, but I have done a lot.
Rule #1 Safety first and always.
You are going 'camping' to go, see, do. Always be aware of what is around you, but know that we can not live in a bubble. Locks are really for (semi?) honest people. ("The heart of man is continually evil, who knows it? God knows it") If a person wants to get 'unruly', he will and that is the time when nature kicks in to fight or flight mode. There are times when one has to stand up and be a sheep dog. 'The flock' do not like the 'sheep dogs' being around until there is danger to the flock. Do not be part of the flock, learn to watch over the flock. Learn to be a Nice, Big, Dog. Let all of the other 'dogs' lie.... until they come into your yard and that is when it is time to get off the porch and bite something.
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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.
I keep a lead holder next to my ccw card.
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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.
I like that idea. And it's not illegal anywhere that I know of. I think Mace may be in some areas, and a firearm is subject to all sorts of regulatory problems moving from state to state. And the wasp spray has a pretty strong stream up to 10 feet or so.
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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.
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Locks are really for (semi?) honest people.
A locked door will buy you time to implement (or come up with) a response plan to an unanticipated knock on the door after dark.

Having more than one means of response is preferred, IMO.

Like the old "saw"; if your only tool is a hammer; every problem looks like a nail. Having a non-lethal option to de-escalate a "situation" seems like a good solution to an age old problem.

While a permit holder myself, I camp regularly on military bases where those tools are prohibited (or restricted to onerous check in/out procedures). I carry a Kimber two shot pepper spray even when I also carry "heavy". I like being able to choose the level of response.

Anyone who has attended a CCW course (the one I took had a 2 hour block with a lawyer) knows that using that level of force will change your life forever (even when justified). I, personally, would like a less traumatic way of dealing with a belligerent drunk.

The wasp spray is effective, has the same range as a C2 Taser, and can handle multiple assailants at a distance. I also recommend the Pepper Blaster II.





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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.
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