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Old 03-29-2005, 09:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy WARNING!! Be Alert!

Saturday we visited the Biltmor Estate in Ashevill, NC, nearby Bat Cave!!!!
Only after leaving the area, and getting ready to bed down for the night, did we discover how narrowly we escaped disaster!
Once parked for the night, I got in the fridge to pull items for supper, only to find it warm! I hollered at my husband to check it, and relight the pilot, thinking the wind had blown it out. he couldn't get the pilot to light so went on to check systems. He found someone had turned off both our LP tanks! We only had a few things in the fridge, so no big loss.... actually, nothing spoiled but ...... I was most concerned as we had some frozen medicine that must be kept frozen until ready to administer..... what if I had insulin in ther instead? What kind of person does such a sorry thing?
It bothered me even more the next morning when Bruce told me the pin that holds the hitch head into the receiver had been turned and loosened! It was possible to have dropped the trailer in the middle of the road!
Locks are now on order for the LP tanks, and the hitch pin.
Just wanted to give y'all a Head's Up.... after parking for several hours in any parking lot, do a walk around, check your hitch set up, check the refrigerator, etc. I'd sure hate for this to happen to anyone else, or to have a trailer dropped through malicious vandalism......
I still don't understand why anyone would do something like this to pure strangers...... shaking my head in disbelief.

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Old 03-29-2005, 10:02 PM   #2
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Good reminder. I didn't know there were locks for the tanks. Where did you order them.
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Old 03-29-2005, 11:04 PM   #3
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That's nasty. I have a lock keeping the hitch head locked into the receiver, but I got it to keep people from stealing the head while we're out & about in a town. I never thought anyone would sabotage a hitch to that extent... scary.
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Old 03-29-2005, 11:28 PM   #4
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that's terrible!

Glad you noticed these things in time. Thanks for the warning and reminder to check. Goodness, makes you want to have a nanny cam so you could catch these mean spirited individuals. I think it should be reported to the police.


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Saturday we visited the Biltmor Estate in Ashevill, NC, nearby Bat Cave!!!!
Only after leaving the area, and getting ready to bed down for the night, did we discover how narrowly we escaped disaster!
Once parked for the night, I got in the fridge to pull items for supper, only to find it warm! I hollered at my husband to check it, and relight the pilot, thinking the wind had blown it out. he couldn't get the pilot to light so went on to check systems. He found someone had turned off both our LP tanks! We only had a few things in the fridge, so no big loss.... actually, nothing spoiled but ...... I was most concerned as we had some frozen medicine that must be kept frozen until ready to administer..... what if I had insulin in ther instead? What kind of person does such a sorry thing?
It bothered me even more the next morning when Bruce told me the pin that holds the hitch head into the receiver had been turned and loosened! It was possible to have dropped the trailer in the middle of the road!
Locks are now on order for the LP tanks, and the hitch pin.
Just wanted to give y'all a Head's Up.... after parking for several hours in any parking lot, do a walk around, check your hitch set up, check the refrigerator, etc. I'd sure hate for this to happen to anyone else, or to have a trailer dropped through malicious vandalism......
I still don't understand why anyone would do something like this to pure strangers...... shaking my head in disbelief.

Elizabeth in Iowa
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Old 03-30-2005, 12:36 AM   #5
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Shocked but, not totally surprised..This isn't your 1950's era anymore..We do have "mean minded" people in this world today.
I'd say you were very, very lucky to have caught it as you did..considering.
It pays to be aware of your surroundings and, I'm thinking now..when traveling, always keep an eye out on your unit..for example, when stopping for a quick comfort run, if possible, have someone stay back at the unit until the other one returns.
For anyone traveling alone, always let someone not traveling with you know where you're expected to be departing from and arriving..It will give you a peace of mind while traveling and might just make it easier to back-track your movements.(Let's pray/hope this is never needed~!~)
Again, thanks for the heads up..as we all head out camping this season`
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Old 03-30-2005, 07:54 AM   #6
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I'd love to catch some clown once, just once........
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:02 AM   #7
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Not unexpected

Same bunch of cretins that pull the release levers on 5th-wheels just in order to see them crash down onto the truck bed when the owner pulls away. That has become a major problem and can cost big dollars to repair.

I keep a padlock through the release lever on my hitch at all times. I also do a visual inspection of the hitch area before pulling away.
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:14 AM   #8
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He found someone had turned off both our LP tanks! What kind of person does such a sorry thing?
It bothered me even more the next morning when Bruce told me the pin that holds the hitch head into the receiver had been turned and loosened! It was possible to have dropped the trailer in the middle of the road!
Elizabeth in Iowa
Well, until I read your whole post, it is possible that someone may have turned off the propane, thinking they were being a good samaritan. But that, coupled with the head pin being disturbed, leads me to believe it was most likely a teen with nothing to do, almost as bad as an unemployed lawyer.
I used to think I was being paranoid, going around and checking everything before leaving after lunch, refueling, etc. Now I realize that I may still be paranoid, but it may be justified...Is it paranoia if they really are out to get you?
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:18 AM   #9
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That could result in death or disability, it just has to carry a very stiff penalty and charge. If it was very prevalent in a particular area there should be increased awareness and some extra patrol.

How about one of you inventors here figure out an electric eye alarm or some such thing.

New motto for caravans, "I got your back." Travel Safe. Be careful out there.

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Old 03-30-2005, 08:19 AM   #10
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Is it paranoia if they really are out to get you?

Just becasue you're paranoid, doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you...
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Old 03-30-2005, 09:38 AM   #11
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Lotsa that out there, someone unplugged the brakes on me in the past, always do a walk around when we stop. Check the wheels to feel the bearings. We keep a cable run through the gas bottles and locked to the ball hitch. Never thought about the valves..........
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Old 03-30-2005, 09:58 AM   #12
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I would be cautious about locking the valves in an open position. I would always want to be able to shut them off quickly in an emergency.
People just need to keep hands offs your stuff.
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Old 03-30-2005, 10:13 AM   #13
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And make sure to call the police in Asheville or wherever you think this happened. At least alert them to this. That's a tourist area and they don't want to get a bad name, I believe, so they may appreciate your call.

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Old 03-30-2005, 10:37 AM   #14
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Thanks to your post I will be getting a locking head pin. I can also lock the cover to the propane tanks. Do most States allow you to travel with the the propane on? What about when refueling the tow vehicle.

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