I worry about this too. I will be putting everything that is valuable to me in my car and locking the doors when I can't be close to the site. It would really ruin a trip to have something taken, and just because it doesn't happen often, doesn't mean it can't happen or won't happen!
That's a very good idea to lock it up in the trunk. I think leaving expensive things out in the open is asking for someone to steal it. The only time we had something stolen was on a cruise. They stole my camera, so I got another one. I think I left the camera by the pool or bar. So when you camp, I would put items I don't want to lose in the car trunk.
It's never happened to me nor has it happened to anyone that I know. I think about it and take precautions but I don't worry about it. I think fire wood (which a few pieces have gon missing once in a while) would be the most popular thing to get swipped and if that's all they care about to stay warm then be my guest. Theres lots of it around. Touch my Colman stove.....Boy you better be able to out run me becase there will be hell to pay!!!
So with the tent trailer do you have a remote lock for it? My car does and I use it frequently. The van has a key less entry as well on the door. I have that memorized and use it sometimes. I'm sure with the trailer you don't have a security problem.
I can't say I have ever heard anyone say anything about having something stolen from their campsites either; other than coolers and garbage by the bears and racoons. :comfort_: (Sorry I couldn't help myself.)
I am a tent camper, and I am not too testy :whistling:. If someone walked off with that cast iron dutch oven that I spent all that time curing.... :whipyobut: then you would see testy!!!!!!
I have that nice new hammock that I got on super sale at hammocks.com that it would cost me almost $150 with shipping to replace. It would be so easy for someone to snag that too.
I would love to buy a travel trailer to combat how susceptible tents could be to a problem, but the money just won't allow it. Besides... if a robber happens into a campground, who has a bigger target on themselves for having something worth stealing: the tent camper, or the person in his rolling house with all the bells and whistles????
So Kiteri makes a good point about the two different kinds of campers. One who comes with very few items, such as a hammock. The other kind of campers are people who bring everything with them. I guess you guys have seen these campers. Do they really have a kitchen sink?:rotflmao1:
Absolutely worry about it. I generally will put my real important items in my truck and lock it, if I am going somewhere for any length of time. Never had a problem, and probably wont, but these days, you cant help but worry about it.
Getting items stolen is just the worst thing when you're camping. I must be in denial about the subject. Is it very common to get things stolen from your campsite? When I went it wasn't but that was years ago. Now things are different, you should take precautions.
Yeah, I havent ever thought about anyone coming in on us at night at the campground, but I guess it could happen. There are so many people around usually, I dont think it would be the best place for someone to do that, but....
I usually don't worry too much about it. None of my stuff is expensive, haha! All the food gets locked in the vehicle at night (after camping with someone else, and oops, we left the meat cooler out. ***** got it... ) I usually don't leave anything but firewood out at night. Actually, the only time anything is left out is if I am using it or getting ready to use it. I'm a bit anal about keeping things in their place... :bang: Money and what not is in the Jeep or an my person.
I have say I never really thought about thieves coming into a campground to find their bounties. But Iam it sure is possible. Came close one summer when the site next to ours had there camera (which they left on the picnic table) come up missing. Come to find out their oldest borrowed it to play with needless to say mom & dad were none to happy :whipyobut:
LOL! I think it matters, too, the campground. There are some I won't even stay at, let alone leave anything out. It's a mix of common sense and, for lack of a better way to put it, the overall feel of the place.
We havent had anything taken in our years of camping either thank god.But we did come up with a small (and i mean small)deterent.If we are going to be away from our tent for any time we zip up and use a nylon lock strap,or wire tie if you like, on the zipper.It isnt much but then it may make them look suspicious if they are ripping up a tent to get in.Not eveyone carries side cutters with them camping and thats how we open up when we get back.Another good thing to do is make friends with the neighbors.Just like at home if you have friends around it is allways a little safer.
We have a small tag trailer that we haul the gear and tent in and all big items go in there underlock and key. Happy camping all for this year.
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