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Old 07-01-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. We are very new to this whole RVing game. My wife and I just bought a new x17z. My "Question of the Day" is: should you fold the beds back up in the morning and keep them there until used again? The main reason I ask is for security. The doors, exterior shower, fold down ends, storage compartment all have locks. But it would seem to me to be a simple operation to just slice the canvas open while the beds are down and have at it. What do you all do to prevent thievery?
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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We have a 23B; I just leave the bunk end down, while out and about. No difference than a pop-up. If someone wants in they will. I do have to admit I do close it up at night at home as we live in the inner city and the rig is kept on the street.

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Old 07-01-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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The bunk ends on our x17z are open from the time we unhitch at the CG till will pull out again later. I figure if they want in... they'll get in. I find campers tend to look out for each other too.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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Congratulations on your new camper. I have the 2010 model. They dont' even have to cut the tenting if they want in. The screens on the end of the bunkend unzip. It is an emergency exit. It also makes it easier to make the beds. One person inside and the taller person outside. As far as security, if you are worried put the bunks away and lock the bunkends. Even then someone could break a window or rip the door open if they really want in. I leave my camper open. I don't lock the door when out. I would rather someone come in the door and not cut the tenting.

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the answers. That puts my mind at ease.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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We have a x19h and we also leave the bunks down if someone wants in they will get in anyway they want
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:32 PM   #7
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I agree with what has already been said. We camped in a pop-up for over 20 years and never had a problem.

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My OFF-ROAD POPUP has the outside door held in place with Velcro flaps... It is actually quicker gaining access to the inside by using your finger to open up the Velcro and reaching inside and opening the door then it is to use your key for the door lock haha...

I just never leave anything really valuable in the trailer. It is always in the back seat area of the truck...

We leave our beds extended...

I do have a motion detector setup for both the front and back side areas of the POPUP that will turn on a light under the awning when someone or something approaces the trailer (Front or back)...

Somethings kinda neat to what may be lurking just outside your tent bed ends... In most case it turns out to be just a deer hehe...
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the bunk ends on our x17z are open from the time we unhitch at the cg till will pull out again later. I figure if they want in... They'll get in. I find campers tend to look out for each other too.


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I can't tell you how many times we have locked the door and left the keys on the picnic table! LOL
We only ever had one issue, and it was years ago when we tent camped at a place in Gettysburg.
We setup the big brand new Eureka tent, and our screen house and drove off to check things out.
When we came back someone had slashed the tent in several places, as well as the screen house.
We reported it to the campground, and they were shocked. They believed a group they had trouble with the night before had done it when they left.
They helped us patch up the tent with duct tape, and refunded all our money for the stay.
The best part of the story is I wrote to Eureka and told them what happened and asked if they might be able to repair it, and they replaced the tent for free! Someone from their customer service department called me and told me they were so shocked about the story they got approval to replace it. To this day if someone wants a tent, I tell them to get a Eureka.
That was the one and only issue we ever had.
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