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Old 09-30-2021, 04:06 PM   #1
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Closing other's hatches

I have a question. If your neighboring camper left his storage hatch open and left camp, then a bad storm was on the way, would you close the hatch?

I closed my neighbors storage hatch, because he left it open and has been gone for almost 2 days. I'm now wondering if I overstepped my concern for his damage vs his rights to not have a stranger touch his rig. Maybe he purposely left it open, for a reason. Odd that he parked it, setup and left for the past 38 plus hours.

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Old 09-30-2021, 04:08 PM   #2
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I personally would thank he would be happy about it. I know I would be.
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Old 09-30-2021, 05:17 PM   #3
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He probably forgot to close it. I would be happy if someone closed mine if I left it open.

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Old 09-30-2021, 05:56 PM   #4
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I would close it.
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Old 09-30-2021, 05:59 PM   #5
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I saw same thing last season. Neighboring 5er had roof vent wide open. I went to close, but door was locked. They showed up after storm and had a wet bedroom. I never mentioned I tried to get to it..
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I try not to pay attention to others comings and goings because I hope that others aren't paying that much attention to me.
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:15 PM   #7
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I would close it.
X3 Back in the day you'd close a stranger's car windows with rain coming. Now with everyone having power windows he's out of luck.
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:25 PM   #8
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if i could not contact the owner via cell or facebook im not close enough to worry about their property to tresspass and end up with a question if i stole something from them.
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Outside hatch I'd definitely close.
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Old 09-30-2021, 09:34 PM   #10
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I try not to pay attention to others comings and goings because I hope that others aren't paying that much attention to me.
I normally don't. However, the guy's trailer is literally 10-15 feet from my trailer. As I exit my trailer his open hatch was impossible to not see. I only noticed that he was gone that long because we had to park our tow vehicles right next to each other in our tight camp site.

In this pic, I'm standing by my steps & his hatch door is above the sewer hose.
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I've done that and more. Before electric awnings I would put up awnings before a wind storm hit for those that left camp and left out their awnings with no tie downs.
Never had any complaints, but I'm sure it is a possibility I will handle when it comes up
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Old 09-30-2021, 10:47 PM   #12
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Was at a campground where a strong storm was blowing in. 5 guys ran around and put folks awnings in. We left the locked trailers alone but if manual awning or open door we put them in for folks. 2 were destroyed when the front came through. Some folks asked why theirs were down and thanked people. I now leave my trailer unlocked when at campgrounds. Open door closed....thank you I forgot!
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Not to steal this thread, but...

In another thread I'm being "less than accepted" for saying you should ask the person dumping raw sewage on the ground at a dump station or using the fresh water hose to rinse out their stinky slinky if they need help.

But actually going into someone's camper and handling others equipment is considered "helpful"!

I appear to not have the "proper definition" of helpful.
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Old 10-01-2021, 04:33 AM   #14
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Not to steal this thread, but...

In another thread I'm being "less than accepted" for saying you should ask the person dumping raw sewage on the ground at a dump station or using the fresh water hose to rinse out their stinky slinky if they need help.

But actually going into someone's camper and handling others equipment is considered "helpful"!

I appear to not have the "proper definition" of helpful.
I understand the spirit of trying to helpful, but entering someone else's RV is not a line I will cross.
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Outside of camper = Good

Inside of camper = No good

If I have to open anything to close something then youíre out of luck, sorry. Other than that I donít see a problem with it. Heck if I knew a storm was coming and you werenít there I might even fold up your camp chairs to keep them from getting soaked.
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Outside of camper = Good

Inside of camper = No good

If I have to open anything to close something then youíre out of luck, sorry. Other than that I donít see a problem with it. Heck if I knew a storm was coming and you werenít there I might even fold up your camp chairs to keep them from getting soaked.

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Old 10-01-2021, 11:22 AM   #17
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. Maybe he purposely left it open, for a reason. Odd that he parked it, setup and left for the past 38 plus hours.
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You made the right decision in closing the hatch so that nothing would get ruined by the storm. If you think he purposely left it open, you could open it again and perhaps leave a note explaining that you closed it to prevent storm damage then opened it again.
You didn't say what kind of campground you're staying in, but we've seen people set up and leave to save a spot. Also, there are companies that rent out sites, then deliver and set up rvs so that all the campers need to bring is themselves and luggage.
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Old 10-01-2021, 11:34 AM   #18
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I understand the spirit of trying to helpful, but entering someone else's RV is not a line I will cross.
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Roger that. Unless it is a matter of life and death.

Also, in our case Stella may meet you at the door. Not a good idea.

Closing a hatch is one thing. Violating a door totally different. The price of an awning is not worth the risk.

Although I agree with the overall sentiment of being a good neighbor.

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Old 10-01-2021, 12:31 PM   #19
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Close it if you can reach it without entering a locked trailer. And be happy if someone does the same for you. Grab another neighbor if you want a witness.

No excuse for the folks with the open roof hatch. Covers are available to go over these hatches that allow they to be open while still protected from rain. A lesson I learned with our new Roo the morning after I brought it home and it rained that night...

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Although I agree with the overall sentiment of being a good neighbor.

I also agree. I'd like to think someone would do the same for me.

Just saying that on another thread I'm being "admonished" (my word) for being that irritating guy they call "Mr. Helpful" if I say something to someone for doing a health risk.
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