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Old 05-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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Maggie, were with you on theft not being a big issue for us. we have suffered zero losses despite a report to the contrary in these forums. I've reconciled myself to the possibility someone will think they need our stuff more than we do. Everything we have is replaceable. Not worth shooting or getting shot over, not worth overly worrying about. Negative fantasies are barriers to fuller enjoyment of our fortunate lifestyle. We try not to tempt the fates
When we first started RV'g 10 years ago, we were way too aware of the very, very troubled folks and occasional loonies out there in the world we live in, concentrated as they were on our respective caseloads. We were very careful and cautious, expecting a mugging or robbery at any time.

Whilst driving our first RV by myself to Colorado (long story, 3 blown tires), I took the dog with me everywhere for safety--umm, into the bathroom and shower, too. I didn't know what all was out there, and, as it turned out, not a hell of a lot in the way of danger! I had nothing of value on me and who wants to sexually assault a chubby, greying middle aged woman! You'd have to be pretty desperate, eh?

Not wanting to get folks on a roll here about safety while traveling, (you know who you are) we are all pretty safe out there, just use common sense and take appropriate precautions when the situations warrant it.

Leaving your ordinary things at your site is going to be okay most of the time, no one is going to bother them. Other than in remote areas, which could be questionable, your average campground is not populated by a criminal element.

Get out there, relax and have a blast!!


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Old 05-05-2012, 11:30 AM   #16
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Thanks Jim! The cords and hoses were my big problem too! Always tangled and wrapped around something else! That is why I store them in the Airstream compartments. I use the white hose straps with a handle that you can buy at Camping World to keep them tangle free and easy to store & retrieve.
I agree with everyone who feels security is not a problem at most camp grounds. In my 12 years of doing this, I've had nothing stolen.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:13 PM   #17
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Simple!

Lots of great responses here.

Answer is very simple: take less stuff.

Airstreams are self-contained for a reason...everything you need is held within their walls. There's no need to pack so much superfluous stuff.

I never understood why people took full-size grills camping. Stay home on the deck if you want to grill out that much. Campfires, on the other hand, are quite portable

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I would love to have some sort of lockable box, as we look like the Beverly Hillbillies!

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:06 PM   #19
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We tow the 'old fashion' way.....with a CAR. And it's a convertible too. It does keep us 'frugal' to what we take. What doesn't fit in the CAR travels in the Trade Wind. My dear wife has her 'stuff' which she deals with. She also has to deal with listening to me everytime I set up. By the time the trailer is unhitched, level, stablilized, power connected, sewer connected, water connected, tv antenna connected.......I'm tired and ready for a beer. I step up into the trailer and have to stop. DW has piled all the 'cargo'.....chairs, mat, bbq, extra folding tables, folding bike.....for me to take out and set up. Most of our travels are to camp for several days so we do take much. For short weekend or overnight stays we DO take way less. The back seat of the convertible used to be very handy....but a few years ago my dear wife wanted a dog.

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Throw a bike lock around everything and lock it to your AS! Don't forget the combo!
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #21
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Throw a bike lock around everything and lock it to your AS! Don't forget the combo!
Yup, I have a bucket of chain and padlocks for the bbq, bike, chairs........ A really heavy chain and really BIG lock for the generator.

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We tow the 'old fashion' way.....with a CAR. And it's a convertible too. It does keep us 'frugal' to what we take. What doesn't fit in the CAR travels in the Trade Wind. My dear wife has her 'stuff' which she deals with. She also has to deal with listening to me everytime I set up. By the time the trailer is unhitched, level, stablilized, power connected, sewer connected, water connected, tv antenna connected.......I'm tired and ready for a beer. I step up into the trailer and have to stop. DW has piled all the 'cargo'.....chairs, mat, bbq, extra folding tables, folding bike.....for me to take out and set up. Most of our travels are to camp for several days so we do take much. For short weekend or overnight stays we DO take way less. The back seat of the convertible used to be very handy....but a few years ago my dear wife wanted a dog.

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You might want to consider a cooler with an adult libation in the back.seat with the dog to fortify yourself before tackling DW's pile of stuff, :-)
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What am I forgetting?
Vernon, what about an outdoor movie projector to throw a film up on the side of the 'stream? Where does something like that go?

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Yep, yep, yep---the common denominator here is to take less stuff.

Take only what you need, in it's smallest serviceable form, and be always on the lookout for items which can serve dual purposes.

Life is too short, time out In your unit too precious to waste any time packing and unpacking unnecessary items.


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Old 05-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #25
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You might want to consider a cooler with an adult libation in the back.seat with the dog to fortify yourself before tackling DW's pile of stuff, :-)
.....something to consider.....

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Vernon, what about an outdoor movie projector to throw a film up on the side of the 'stream? Where does something like that go?

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I hear that the side of a 'Big White Box, aka SOB, make for great movie screens.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #27
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I hear that the side of a 'Big White Box, aka SOB, make for great movie screens.

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So do the sides of Airstreams.

Jack Canavera has been showing movies on the side of an Airstream at the Moraine View rally for the past 9 years, I believe. This year will be the 10th.


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We tow with a GMC Suburban and I'm always thinking about how to get by with less stuff. The Suburban will hold lots of stuff if that's what you want. However, getting to it easily is a challenge - using totes is helpful but still not great. I too have thought about a shelf/second floor but that in itself does not solve our entire problem. I can't get to the stuff!

If and when we buy a truck we may consider a tool body so we can access things from the outside. The outside compartments combined with a locking topper sounds like the ticket and I don't mind looking like Mr. fix-it.

Another possible solution for trucks and large SUVs is a slide-out system. There are many brands out there... the weight capacity of the slide-out, ease of use and other factors need to be considered. They're costly - some start at $500 but many are well over $1000 when you add dividers, compartments, etc.

Here are some we've considered:

Cargo Slide

Bedslide

Extendo Bed

TruckVault

Tuffy

In the end, we purchased a used Extendo-Bed via eBay. Our Extendo Bed will look much like the one shown Here. We'll be picking it up soon and installing it by the end of the month. It will require some modification to fit in our Suburban but the price was right - $100!

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