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Old 02-12-2024, 06:04 PM   #1
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As newbie to campers what do you do to ensure that someone does not decide to barrow your shore power cable?
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Old 02-12-2024, 06:23 PM   #2
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As nubby to campers what do you do to ensure that someone does not decide to barrow your shore power cable?
If the lights go out go outside and see who took it. lol. Not sure Iíve ever heard of a cord being stolen. But who knows. If thatís a real concern you might consider a different neighborhood.
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As nubby to campers what do you do to ensure that someone does not decide to barrow your shore power cable?
We don't do anything to secure the shore power cord.
We do sometimes lock our EMS to the post. We can afford to replace the shore power cord, but the EMS is much more expensive.
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Old 02-12-2024, 06:39 PM   #4
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If the lights go out go outside and see who took it. lol. Not sure I’ve ever heard of a cord being stolen. But who knows. If that’s a real concern you might consider a different neighborhood.
Typically, if RV lights go out, you first troubleshoot the 12 volt system, not shore power. But, I get it.
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As nubby to campers what do you do to ensure that someone does not decide to barrow your shore power cable?
If at the camp site, the power box enclosure has holes. You could use a padlock with long shackle to secure your power cable.
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My power cord has a large grip handle on male connector. A cable fits through it and a couple wraps around power pole with lock can work well.

When boondocking I run the cable securing the generator through the handle on cord and handle on generator then loop back locking to cable.

Stops the casual thief.
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As nubby to campers what do you do to ensure that someone does not decide to barrow your shore power cable?
As a newbie I can understand some of your concerns, however, MOST RVers do not steal from other RVers. Relax. Focus on enjoying the good times.
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For reasons that I won't mention, folks in my neck of the woods don't venture into somebody's space or places where they have no business.
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In 35 plus years of camping I have never had a power cord or anything else stolen from a campsite at a campground.

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you can use a bicycle cable and a padlock + some tape or ties to make it harderfor a thief .... tape the bike cable to the power cord then lock it to the pole

they got to be pretty brazen and desperate to separate you from your cord while you're in the rv....


with the price of copper scrap and food /gas so high...
hmmmmmmm
would it look suspicious... if mine was the only RV still with a power cord?
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Old 02-12-2024, 08:14 PM   #11
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Never been a concern of ours. But we are always in national parks, state parks, or Corps of Engineers parks. Plus one end of our cord is secured inside the trailer. Of course, they could chop it off and make way with it but, it is no concern where we camp.

As a courtesy, we never walk through or into another campsite unless invited. I expect others to do the same.

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As a newbie I can understand some of your concerns, however, MOST RVers do not steal from other RVers. Relax. Focus on enjoying the good times.
Good thing you said "MOST". Reality is that there are some in the RV community that aren't as purely motivated as most.

Where one camps will play a huge part in how much risk there is, especially when boondocking in areas that attract a lot of semi-permanent residents (like Quartzite, etc. ).
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Thanks all,the person I bought the camper from recommended locking the cable to something. He told that he had one stolen when he had it plugged 3at his house last year. I feel better after all the responses here. Again thanks
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We don't do anything to secure the shore power cord.
We do sometimes lock our EMS to the post. We can afford to replace the shore power cord, but the EMS is much more expensive.
Have you priced power cords lately? They are not that far apart lol.
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Have you priced power cords lately? They are not that far apart lol.
And since the wires inside it are copper they are a prime target for thieves. A 50 cord often weighs 30# or more and most of that weight is copper.

Loosing a power cord while camping can be a real inconvenience, especially if a replacement is not readily available.
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The cord was taken at his house, avoid camping there,,Campgrounds are interesting collections of people and if someone is stealing from your site maybe you don't want to interrupt them. Never lost anything at a site and met great campers when bears storms high winds and waters interrupted the peace. Girl scouts with smores were best interruptions.
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Sounds like folks who live around you tend to steal. In my many years of camping never had a cord stolen. Would not worry about it except using at home. Later RJD
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As newbie to campers what do you do to ensure that someone does not decide to barrow your shore power cable?
If you think this is a real issue - I would recommend getting motion activated lights and cameras to let the "vandal" know they have been detected and recorded. However, a set up to do this may exceed the cost of a new power cord although it should give you some "sense of security" at least. Which might be what you're really looking for? Just my $0.02.
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I guess none of you folks have ever camped in NM State Parks. I was a Park Ranger at Elephant Butte State Park for about 10 yrs and we took theft reports from campers almost everyday.
Items ranging from Ice Chests to boat trailers, jet skis to lawn chairs to entire RVs and everything in between.
Lock up what you can and be prepared to defend the rest of the things you canít secure!!
Be sure you have a way to ID your stuff as well such as having your Drivers License number engraved on or in the item!!!
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I guess none of you folks have ever camped in NM State Parks. I was a Park Ranger at Elephant Butte State Park for about 10 yrs and we took theft reports from campers almost everyday.
Items ranging from Ice Chests to boat trailers, jet skis to lawn chairs to entire RVs and everything in between.
Lock up what you can and be prepared to defend the rest of the things you canít secure!!
Be sure you have a way to ID your stuff as well such as having your Drivers License number engraved on or in the item!!!
I guess that's a qualified recommendation not to go there.
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