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Optimistic Paranoid

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Then where is the economic gain? We hear constantly how used RVs have no value for resale. We know they are almost worth nothing if being parted out. The market is simply too small.


I generally agree with this. The exception would be highly desirable models like Airstreams.

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"we thought travel to an area of interest and stop at a camp ground, unhook the trailer and then use our truck to tour the surrounding area."

Exactly what I do. No problems for me or anyone I know. I lock the coupler, place a lock that fits into the hitch receiver AND lock my chains with a padlock. At least it will slow them down.

On the other side, this is what I like to do and am insured. So the chance of theft is one I've decided to risk. If my TT is stolen I'll take the insurance money and some savings and buy another Winnebago.


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I agree with the above that you have better chance of having the TV stolen rather than the TT.

Several years Ford trucks were easy to steal, now the Chevy Duramax is easier to steal.

Look at it this way. It's easier to steal a truck, strip it, and sell the parts, tires, rims, engine, etc. Or, if they don't strip it, they're using it for a quick sale or to exchange it for a drug deal. Sure there are TTs stolen, but there's not near the reason to steal them as there is the TT.

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Nothing to be paranoid over. Nice part is a TT is easy to secure from being easily towed away. Good hitch lock and chain a couple wheels together, or my personal favorite. If you're going to leave it a long time somewhere unattended and are more worried about getting the camper back than the insurance check, take off half the lug nuts and leave the others loose. They'll dump the trailer wherever the first wheel falls off and it shouldn't be too far away!


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Campers are generally good people as I observed. I would, however, be cautious in bad neighborhood and parking your trailer in one. And in storage lots with shady reputations or not so good areas.

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Keep your insurance paid and go have fun.
Never heard of one being stolen from a campground.

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Unfortunately, I keep reading more and more that travel trailers are prone to theft. I've read stories about people returning to their campsite to find their rig was broken into or that their entire rig was stolen!

Please link me up to these stories! In over 50 years of camping I have never heard of a trailer being stolen from a campground. I've asked a lot of people. Nope, not one.
Again, storage is a different matter so where are you reading about this?


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In our 8th year full-time and have never heard of or met anyone who's had their trailer broken into or stolen.

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As far as coupler locks go, I guess they're better than nothing. But do a little searching on YouTube and you'll see plenty of "tests" that demonstrate just how easy these are to beat.

I absolutely agree that you are 99.9% safe in a good campground.

Now the question arises, how safe is to leave a trailer parked in a nice boondocking spot while you go off exploring for a day?

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I've never heard of theft in a campground. Perhaps a chair or something else of interest, but never a break-in or total theft of TT at a campground.

We had our HTT stored at a storage lot for about 6 months when it was broken in to. I only had the door lock on, not the deadbolt. I didn't think it needed it. Nothing was stolen, they just busted the lock. I put the dead bolt on and a week later they tried to break in again. They couldn't get the door open, so they broke the window in the door and even ripped the door skin a couple inches. The police thought they were probably just looking for a place to sleep. I thought that odd since it happened at the end of April after a really cold winter (cold for SE, Coastal GA anyway). Just out of spite, they broke the hitch pin lock, but it did not appear they tried to actually hitch up.

I noticed that the only other TT in the lot had also been broken into. That TT had a coupler lock, which the suspect also cut off. Not sure why, maybe they thought the same person owned it. That storage lot had no exposure. Someone could have broken in to any of the vehicles in storage without anyone noticing.

We moved the HTT to the backyard for about 15 months, the HOA doesn't allow it, but only person owner could see it and he didn't complain. We moved it to another storage lot with a lot more exposure and cameras on the outside storage area. Never had a problem there in the almost 6 years we stored our HTT and then Motorhome there.

Probably one of the most stolen items are batteries in storage. We always pulled ours off the tongue along with the propane tanks. After the initial break-in, we always kept the deadbolt locked when in storage. Since it was a Hybrid, we always locked all three beds.

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