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Old 05-17-2016, 03:15 PM   #1
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Safety of campsite

We will be at Big Meadows in a few weeks. Does everyone think it would be safe to leave our Honda generator out when we leave our campsite? Or is it likely to be stolen?
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:18 PM   #2
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I don't think it will be safe to ever leave it out without some securing it.

You hear about them walking away in the boondocks and organized campgrounds.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:24 PM   #3
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I have a new Yamaha 2000/propane and no way would I leave the camp site without securing the generator or putting it in the trailer, another benefit of propane.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:49 PM   #4
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with something that expensive, I'd lock it down. A buddy had a cheaper one that walked away from his campsite a few years ago. I have a metal add-on in the handle of my Honda that makes cutting it off with a hacksaw a little more time consuming, but not impossible.

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Old 05-17-2016, 04:14 PM   #5
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Lock or hide. Ditto on benefits of propane conversion.
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:22 PM   #6
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Why take a chance? If it were me I'd be worried about it all the time I was away anyway!

At the very least, put it well out of sight and secured with a good cable lock or similar.

You can buy a steel bracket attachment that clamps around the plastic handle on the Honda gennie and makes it much more difficult for someone to simply saw through the plastic handle because now, they would also need to saw through the steel protector - which I suspect (hope!) is hardened for greater resistance.

It is secured to teh plastic handle with those special anti-vandalism screws. Of course if someone wants it bad enough they'll get it anyway!

We mostly use our Honda gennie at Flying J truck stops when overnighting on long cross country winter getaway trips.

I put it out and secure it to the front frame of the trailer - but I won't leave it out overnight even thus locked. I put it inside the truck (still cable-locked) when we retire for the night and then just run on coach batteries overnight to run lights, furnace, etc.

I generally put the gennie out and run it again in the am for an hour or so while we have breakfast to give the coach batteries a good charge before we depart. I don't think the coach batteries charge nearly as fast from the truck connection as they do from the converter/charger in the AS.


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It's a guaranteed theft. Why take a chance? Better be safe than sorry!
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Nothing is theft-proof, but you can make things difficult for the would-be thief.
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I am using this

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I would just sit it inside the camper door.
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We served as camp hosts on a military base campground for a few months, you won't find better security. The only thing stolen was a Honda generator, left out at night. Everybody wants one, easy to steal and sell for sizable cash.
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:52 AM   #14
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We have two Honda 2000's that we have been using regularly for ten years. While we are using them, most often at a Wal-Mart parking lot or truck plaza, we lock cable lock them to the tow tow vehicle. We have never had an issue.

We would never leave the generators out while we are away from the campsite.

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