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WinMinnie02

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Posted: 06/24/22 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP enjoy camping and rving and use common sense, just like anything else. If you really need to sleep better at night there are many options for protection, use your imagination.

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Everyone is pissed off. A lot of people have a form of PTSD from Covid and politics. There is a lot more drug use, lots of alcoholism. Metal health treatment is still taboo in this country.

This makes for a greater percentage of dangerous people. Sleeping in an RV adds a layer of protection not found in a tent or just rolling out in the sagebrush. I use caution is deciding where and how I am going to sleep. I like to meet my neighbors in a campground or out boondocking. I never sleep at rest areas or parking lots.

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My husband & I have been camping for 40+ years and have NEVER had a problem We travel throughout the country and spend a lot of time in Nat'l Parks. But we have never stayed in Walmart parking lots or Rest Areas except a couple times in a very large Welcome Center. My daughter and her family is on vacation now and are finishing up their travels through 45 states. This summer was Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri In order to count as a state they have visited they spend time in the state touring cities, state and/or national parks, and area sites. They have also never encountered any problems.
I wonder if the feeling of lack of safety is more associated with staying at Walmarts and/or Rest Areas.
The one change that we make is in regards to the children in the family. Due to human trafficing concerns even in the midwest, children are never alone. We always went with the kids to play areas, but sometimes they would ride their bikes alone, they no longer do that.

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jffnkrn wrote:

WOW, the OP just wanted some info on safe camping. Hopefully all this and that didn't or doesn't discourage them. OP, just do it, and enjoy it and like said a number of times, be aware, use your gut and eyes, you'll be fine. so safe travels,
You ask an open ended question asking for opinions, you may get a lot more than you figured. I didn't see anything in any posts that would cause someone to be discouraged from traveling or RV'ing.


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fj12ryder wrote:

jffnkrn wrote:

WOW, the OP just wanted some info on safe camping. Hopefully all this and that didn't or doesn't discourage them. OP, just do it, and enjoy it and like said a number of times, be aware, use your gut and eyes, you'll be fine. so safe travels,
You ask an open ended question asking for opinions, you may get a lot more than you figured. I didn't see anything in any posts that would cause someone to be discouraged from traveling or RV'ing.


Sorry, My interpretation of some of the comments, not meant to offend anyone.. Travel safe, Have a great day.

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No offense taken, none intended.

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Posted: 06/28/22 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I feel like "opportunistic thievery" is on the increase - even in "nice" neighborhoods, bikes get swiped or cars get broken into, for example. In the past, we have overnighted in RVs at Flying J's or Walmarts, and been treated to hearing drunken brawls, squealing tires, loud music. Now, when we camp, we tend to stay in campgrounds, where like-minded people tend to look out for one another and I don't feel like I have to sleep with one ear open to problems outside the camper

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Bad things happen. Yes, I suppose people become angrier.. But there are a lot of good people, who can help you in your travel

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We've been doing this for a long time and I think you just have to use common sense and not expose yourself to potential dangerous situations. I do not stay at rest stops, Walmarts or places that might not be safe. I also always have the ability to protect myself if I need to.

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Posted: 06/29/22 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I adjust my safety features to the changing times, locations and conditions of the moment. Extra caution is cheap insurance. Still having fun fishing and camping in the scenic PNW. Always prepared to

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