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Old 05-28-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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A first for me...

We went to Lake Wateree State Park in South Carolina this past weekend with some friends of ours who have a Jayco Pup. Overall, we had a wonderful weekend. The last night we were there, my wife and kids were in bed, my buddy's wife and daughter were in bed and we were enjoying the campfire for awhile when we heard the very distinctive sound of plastic wheels on pavement. My initial reaction was, wow...kind of late for a portable waste tank dump. Guess they had an emergency.

Well, the next morning, he came out and told me that his beer cooler was stolen! They took it from right under the bunk where his wife was sleeping. His site was across the street from mine where the fire was and my trailer was blocking any view to the street so we didn't see them. We just assumed it was a waste tank. I guess next time, we will get up and see. We walked the whole campground looking into people's sites for the cooler, no dice.

I have been camping/RVing for 20+ years and have never had anything stolen. I guess we all have to be a little more careful in this day and age. I know it was just a cooler, but it's the principle behind it. I hate thieves and think they are scum of the earth. If they wanted a beer that badly, and they were of age, they could have just asked.

Sorry this was so long, rant over...

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Old 05-28-2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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My initial thought was teens.

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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Yea, that bugs me too. You feel like campgrounds are the last place on earth where you can leave the "real" world behind. Seems that's changing too. Wouldn't you love to have caught them in the act?
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:13 PM   #5
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A few years back, our 'next door neighbor' in the public campground came knocking at our door about 2pm asking if we saw someone take their little motorcycle. We had been in and out of our tt bbq'ing and back and forth between the playground and pool. We never saw anything. None of the neighbors saw anything. Although we saw the m/c parked outside their tt, we didn't see it disappear... and this was daytime. Poor guy.

What's fun is there are some people that get to enjoy some Karma (another thread somewhere at JOF). I remember the one story where someone stole a "gas can" from a campsite near a off-road trail.... but instead of regular fuel it had diesel fuel so the thought was that the poor sap who stole the gas can probably screwed up his atv with the stolen "gas".... LOL
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:52 PM   #6
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One of our regular campsites has a similar problem with the beer coolers disappearing. They have signs telling people to be aware of this. The park (TT) leases the land and know who the thieves are but don't have the authority to do anything about it. Another membership campground we belonged to had bikes and tools stolen on a regular basis. Campers are a target for some thieves unfortunately.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:01 AM   #7
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Can't do anything about it? They can give the thieves a trespass warning to stay off of the property and then prosecute if they return.. Just a thought. Even if they just lease / manage the property, they can do that. Well in our town they can.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:04 AM   #8
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We have just been discussing what to do with our new webber barbecue and stand.. We are thinking we may run a lose chain around it some how .. Just because it would take longer to steal that way.. Perhaps a motion alarm that goes off and squeals if they move it.. May be an even better choice.. I think that would stop most campground thieves dead in their tracks..

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It's sad to even have to worry about things like that while camping. That's the things we hope to get away from and have some fun. Never had anything stolen while camping but I guess it's coming one day. At least they could have taken the beer and left the cooler!
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:24 PM   #10
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Bummer. Nothing is sacred now, not even the beer cooler!

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