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Old 02-08-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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Theft Issue?

Hi there folks,

I am fairly new to camping. We usually go to Texas State Parks which I must say are really nicely kept and have never had an issue with theft.
Just bought a new portable grill that is fairly expensive (for me at least). It is light enough to put in the back of my truck but big enough to store it inside my TT at night.

I know folks that go camping are usually the most easy going down to earth folks, but though I'd ask if you think i should worry about my grill getting stolen?
And yes, I know crap could happen no matter where you are at...
I guess i am trying to avoid hearing those nice words from my wife: " I told you so..." :-)
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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Can you use a bicycle cable to somehow lock/secure it to the picnic table at night and when you're away from your site? That way you won't have to stow it in your truck or camper at night.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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Go to Walmart and buy a cable lock. I got mine there for my 2 Yamaha generators and I cable lock them to the TT bumper. I paid $20 for each one and they are blue and six feet long. It will keep prying eyes "honest" and determined thieves just a little bit delayed.

I stay at TX state parks all the time. TX has an amazing park system.

My top 3:

Palo Duro (the canyon)
Pedernales (the river)
Davis Mountains (the mountains)

JMHO.....
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Do we all have Tundras on this thread so far????:hihi:
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We have stayed at so many Texas State Parks I would have to check the log to count 'em up. We have left bikes and lanterns and things like that out for entire trips and fortunately we never had anything stolen.

WestTXmed, I wish I could afford another Toyota. The one I had before my daughter wrecked it was the best vehicle I had ever owned...but today I only have enough money for a Ford.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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We have camped all over the country, including several Texas state parks. We always leave stuff out at night and on day trips. Since 1979 we have had exactly one cooler stolen in in the 1980's in Maryland while we were still in a pop-up.

Yes, it could happen again tonight but in general, RV people are great honest people. You run into a few jerk heads, especially around lakes in the summer, but that group is really not true RV people.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:40 PM   #7
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Do we all have Tundras on this thread so far????:hihi:
Naw... Some of us own real trucks that don't have sparkplugs!

I keep about a 8' length of light chain and a padlock for locking our folding bikes (and any other outside items). Its purpose is mearly to "keep the honest people, honest". If somebody wants something bad enough, they're going to take it no matter what you lock it up with.

And, while on the subject of security, take a look at the key for your outside storage compartments. Does it have the numbers 751 stamped on it? Yes? Did you know that this key/lock has been used by many RV manufacturers for years. The keying is all the same so anyone who has a 751 key can open anyone elses' outside compartments that uses a 751 key. I'll bet there a few of you out there that aren't even going to read this sentence because they've already opened up another browser window and getting on the Camping World (or some similar website) to purchase new outside compartment locksets.
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I have a small table top Holland stainless steel gas grill that we leave out all the time. I have camped for over 40 years and have never had the first thing turn up missing and we leave a lot outside. Hope I haven't jinxed myself!
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Just lock it and enjoy the camping trip.

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Even out here in Idaho... I've always locked up everything or put it inside if we left camp to go hiking or otherwise.

I've also got a REAL truck without spark plugs...
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