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Old 05-20-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Am I just being Paranoid?

Here is a question for you.........I grew up in Scotland and if it is not tied down or locked someone will most likely help themselves to it. So I got thinking the power cord is about $100 for a good one, you set up the trailer then go sightseeing for the day what is to stop someone helping themselves to it.

Is this something that I should be concerned about or am I just being paranoid like my wife says? Old habits die hard.

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Old 05-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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I like to think most campers around here are pretty honest. Not saying it can't happen, but I would not worry too much about it. Switched out the pull out cord to a marine style so mine very well could walk away but I hope that will never happen.


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Old 05-20-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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It's paranoid until something disappears.

I have a small sailboat which I race. Whenever I disconnect the trailer I always pop off the draw bar and stow it in my van. I have a locking pin if I choose to use it, but then the hitch is a shin destroyer. Lots of people just leave theirs on without locks and never lose them. My problem is that if someone pinches my draw bar it would be very difficult to replace on the Sunday evenings when we typically depart. I don't need that headache.

To your cord question...
If it is plugged in and in use it is highly unlikely that anyone would pinch it. If it were left lying on the A frame and not being used then the possibilty that it might grow legs increases. I wouldn't worry too much as long as it is being used and plugged into the power pedestal.

That said, my opinion and a dollar won't even get you a cup of coffee in the big city. vic
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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I'll bet we've camped in over two hundred campgrounds in dozens of states over the past 40 years. We have had one lawn chair stolen in that time. I know that other stuff could walk off, too, but just decided not to worry about it. We do keep the trailer and truck locked up when we aren't around, but the outside stuff is just outside taking its chances.

The worst thing is the raccoon who stole a 6 pack of beer from a latched cooler in the back of my truck, opened it and drank it through the small holes his (or her) teeth could punch. Or maybe it was a gang of marauding raccoons. Or one very drunk one.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:11 PM   #5
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I camp at the same cg every year for the last 10 or 11 years. Never had anything come up missing until about 3 years ago. We all know our fridges aren't very big, so I always have a cooler for my beverages. One day, I went to get my first cold one of the day, and guess what? They were missing! As was a few bottles of wine! Reported it to the cg, and they said they had had a rash recently of such thefts. The rest of my stay, nothing was left outside. Next trip, stored in the cooler again. Only one issue in 10 years.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #6
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Sounds like you have good reason to be paranoid Huntsvillian. I've never had anything stolen from our campsite but I still lock things up anyway. I throw a big pad lock on the cables where there plugged in to each other. Also lock our bikes to a tree. Just a silly habit I guess.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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We've never had anything stolen in 14 years of RV'ing.

We've camped coast to coast, border to border in over 300 campgrounds.

IMHO, you are overly paranoid.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:03 PM   #8
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There's nothing wrong with being careful.

I bring my bikes and firewood when camping and cover all of it with a 20x20 tarp. I figure it keeps the wood and bikes dry AND offers a little protection against theft. If you don't see the bikes, you don't know they're there. When traveling, I do secure the bikes on my bike carrier with a cable lock. I know it's not 100% protection, but it will keep the vast majority of people away. If I don't plan on using the bikes soon then I'll use the cable lock around the bikes and around the chain link fence where we camp.

Finally, I have one of those lightweight, aluminum folding camp kitchens that I put my Weber on with my 20# tank next to it. I run a long cable and lock through the BBQ, table and LP tank. This setup isn't secured to anything so someone could still take everything but then they'd have to take the BBQ, table AND LP tank all at the same time which might look funny as they're strolling through the CG.

It's just piece of mind for me. Last summer I was tent camping and had the cooler about 10' from my head outside. On the second to last night of my stay someone stole all my beer, about 16 that were left. I know it was just a few beers and was probably a bunch of kids, but it's still a little unnerving when they do it 10' from your sleeping head. I had the cooler next to the table I talked about above and also had the cable through one of the handles. I don't know if the thieves wanted to take the entire cooler or just the beery but perhaps my lock around it saved my new cooler from being taken.

Next time I plan to also use a lock to keep the cooler closed at night too. Probably just a chain or something wrapped around it so they can't open it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:43 PM   #9
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Even a cheap lock will help keep honest people honest. There seem to be a lot of midnight shoppers in Arizona in the winter. Things that seem to "go away" are gas cans, food and beer left in outside refrigerators, generators, nice chairs, atv's, bicycles, and spare tires.
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I know of far more people who were stolen from because they left something of value in plain sight then those who have been victim of forcible entry.

I don't leave temptations in plain sight, I leave my campsite lighted, I lock things that have locks.

I'm not paranoid - just a realist

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