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Old 03-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #127
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For personal defense inside your Airstream, nothing beats wasp spray. It won't punch hard-to-explain holes in your aluminum, it shoots farther than pepper spray— all the way from one end of your trailer to the other— and anybody hit in the face with it will win a trip to the nearest hospital emergency room.
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massey, a motorhome has a lot going for it in that respect; one can do anything (I like the idea of a quick getaway) without exiting the unit.

JDS and Protagonist, do you know what started these premonitions? As you know, Airstreams attract a lot of attention wherever they go. So, people would come up to me at rest stops, RV parks, etc. and when they find out I am 'streaming alone, their mouth drops open and they say things like "You're doing this alone? I wouldn't want to do this alone!" Or, "You are so brave to travel all by yourself!" and so on and so forth. Then they climb back into the safe, warm bosom of their rig and travelling companion(s) and drive off, leaving me standing there with my mouth hanging open as I am wondering if there really is something to worry about. Do I really look like a sitting duck??

I never used to think that way, but it does not take much to ignite the kindling of paranoia.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:57 AM   #129
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Don't you know...anyone can buy a gun here, even Canucks. Detour to Idaho, say around Standpoint sign up for a Militia and they'll issue you some type of automatic weapon on the spot! If you are the loner type, and don't want to join anything make your way over to Detroit where you can buy a gun on any street corner. No private security needed and problem solved!
Phrunes, thanks for the info., but I can't bring it back into Canada. So, what do I do? Throw it over a bridge railing like I've just robbed a bank before hitting the border?
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:03 PM   #130
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So, people would come up to me at rest stops, RV parks, etc. and when they find out I am 'streaming alone, their mouth drops open and they say things like "You're doing this alone? I wouldn't want to do this alone!" Or, "You are so brave to travel all by yourself!" and so on and so forth. Then they climb back into the safe, warm bosom of their rig and travelling companion(s) and drive off, leaving me standing there with my mouth hanging open as I am wondering if there really is something to worry about. Do I look like a sitting duck?
I see. If you get told the same mistaken opinions over and over, it's hard to set them aside. Even though you've already traveled alone and know it's not anything worrisome, you keep meeting people who never have and never will, and so their fears became your fears.

Might I suggest, next time someone says, "You're so brave to travel alone…" you reply, "Beats traveling with scaredy-cats…" And since you're probably kinder and more considerate than me, you can leave off the unspoken "…like you," on the end of that sentence that I'd go ahead and say.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:19 PM   #131
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"....their fears became your fears."

Protagonist, very sage observation. Well said!

"....you reply, 'Beats traveling with scaredy-cats…'"
Reminds me of the adage, some use their guns, but others assassinate with their tongue.

I have been told that my mouth/tongue is very quick. So, in this context it could become an automatic weapon. raaaaaat-taaaaaaat-taaaaaaaaat.

Now that I am armed with this insight, I truly feel better now.

This site is a platoon of advice and help. Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:22 PM   #132
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....but I will carry wasp/pepper spray too.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #133
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massey, a motorhome has a lot going for it in that respect; one can do anything (I like the idea of a quick getaway) without exiting the unit.

Hi, this is provided that you don't have your shore line, sewer hose and fresh water hose connected at the time of escape. [or dammage will occur]

JDS and Protagonist, do you know what started these premonitions? As you know, Airstreams attract a lot of attention wherever they go. So, people would come up to me at rest stops, RV parks, etc. and when they find out I am 'streaming alone, their mouth drops open and they say things like "You're doing this alone? I wouldn't want to do this alone!" Or, "You are so brave to travel all by yourself!" and so on and so forth. Then they climb back into the safe, warm bosom of their rig and travelling companion(s) and drive off, leaving me standing there with my mouth hanging open as I am wondering if there really is something to worry about. Do I really look like a sitting duck??

Hi, brave because you don't have someone to help navigate, you don't have anyone to help with a flat tire, you don't have anyone to help back you into a space, and like me, you won't have someone checking to see if you are getting sleepy while driving and hand you a No-Dose.

I never used to think that way, but it does not take much to ignite the kindling of paranoia.
Hi, No hired gun necessary. And on the other hand; How do you think Americans feel when they have to leave their protection at home when they cross the Canadian border?
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Don't tell them your are traveling alone, if they ask tell them no your Husband, Significance other, Boyfriend, Dog, Goldfish or whatever is on an errand. Protagonist has good advice wasp spray is some nasty stuff, of course you will end up it with all over you also. On a boat they tell you to use a flare gun, they don't tell you how to put the fire out after you use it.
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Phrunes, thanks for the info., but I can't bring it back into Canada. So, what do I do? Throw it over a bridge railing like I've just robbed a bank before hitting the border?
I'm not advocating that you buy and carry while in the US (nor that you don't), but I'd point out that if it's easy to buy one, it's relatively easy to sell one as well. You'll likely sell it for less than you paid for it, but I'd bet that the difference would be less than a day or two of reliable paid armed bodyguard service.

If you are not an experience handgun user I wouldn't recommend it.
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Plus, with all this anti gun sentiment of late I'm sure you will pass thru at least a hundred towns sponsoring a gun buyback program on your way back to the border.
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Hi, No hired gun necessary. And on the other hand; How do you think Americans feel when they have to leave their protection at home when they cross the Canadian border?
Robert, there is no need to be overtly worried when entering Canada. Just be aware of these risks:

- you may be bored to death by a politician. If you plan on visiting the spectators' gallery on Parliament Hill, please take some head protection so you won't crack your skull open on the marble floors after falling into a deep sleep

- before visiting Quebec, please learn some basic French; if you do not order your poutine in the native tongue, they may spit in it

- watch out for defecating Canada geese, particularly if they are airborne

- watch out for those stale/hard Timbits which are often hurled at said geese

- be especially aware of those hard hockey pucks which are often hurled by fans who feel their team was goosed in last-night's game. If those fans are Vancouverites, stay out of the downtown core, as it will be set on fire

- one other thing about Vancouver - bring your raincoat. It rains 360 days of the year. We do not tan, we rust. The upswing is the fact those riot-induced infernos are eventually extinguished by those natural liquid elements.

Aside from that, you should be quite safe.
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massey, a motorhome has a lot going for it in that respect; one can do anything (I like the idea of a quick getaway) without exiting the unit.

JDS and Protagonist, do you know what started these premonitions? As you know, Airstreams attract a lot of attention wherever they go. So, people would come up to me at rest stops, RV parks, etc. and when they find out I am 'streaming alone, their mouth drops open and they say things like "You're doing this alone? I wouldn't want to do this alone!" Or, "You are so brave to travel all by yourself!" and so on and so forth. Then they climb back into the safe, warm bosom of their rig and travelling companion(s) and drive off, leaving me standing there with my mouth hanging open as I am wondering if there really is something to worry about. Do I really look like a sitting duck??

I never used to think that way, but it does not take much to ignite the kindling of paranoia.
I'm no stranger to paranoia, and as they say, even if you're paranoid it doesn't mean they aren't out to get ya. My read on the reaction you get at rest stops, RV parks, etc. is that those people are envious and are basically too lazy to do what you are doing. I truly doubt that they are meaning to convey that there is something dangerous in what you're doing. They're trying to convince themselves of the rightness of their inactivity.

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Robert, there is no need to be overtly worried when entering Canada. Just be aware of these risks:

- you may be bored to death by a politician. If you plan on visiting the spectators' gallery on Parliament Hill, please take some head protection so you won't crack your skull open on the marble floors after falling into a deep sleep

- before visiting Quebec, please learn some basic French; if you do not order your poutine in the native tongue, they may spit in it

- watch out for defecating Canada geese, particularly if they are airborne

- watch out for those stale/hard Timbits which are often hurled at said geese

- be especially aware of those hard hockey pucks which are often hurled by fans who feel their team was goosed in last-night's game. If those fans are Vancouverites, stay out of the downtown core, as it will be set on fire

- one other thing about Vancouver - bring your raincoat. It rains 360 days of the year. We do not tan, we rust. The upswing is the fact those riot-induced infernos are eventually extinguished by those natural liquid elements.

Aside from that, you should be quite safe.
Hi, Fly at Night; I have been to Canada several times and have only experienced some rain, but not much at that. I have only been in the western provinces. Our only concern was bears in Alaska and Canada. Nothing else that you posted applied to us.
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