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

Not politics. Is it as safe to travel these days in an RV as in prior decades. I used to say 10% of any population are bad but 90% are good. It feels like that 10% has changed to 30%. Or is the media cherry picking for drama. My father in law said in 20 years of camping he had one issue where his family stopped overnight in a rest area and a bang on the door happened at 2:00 am, woke them up, he shouted that he called the police, whoever was banging went away. That was his only issue that stood out in 20 years. He retired from RV/camping in 2002. Is it as safe today to drive across country stopping in Walmart, off road stops, between campgrounds as it was 15 + years ago. I understand it can depend on location (near Chicago verses near Myrtle Beach). Not just cities, are remote scenic areas as safe today to visit as they were a decade ago. Looking a the population in general, do you have concern to travel the open roads today than you did in years prior. Most campgrounds are safe. I am talking traveling to those campgrounds making stops, taking in the sights.

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

Well, my two cents or experience, whatever you want to call it.
Over the past 20 + years, no issues. We travel all over, been up the west coast, stayed in multiple states, state and national parks, private campgrounds and rv parks, walmart, museums etc. For us, we just make sure we are aware of our surroundings, don't stay in an area that doesn't feel right. Staying for free, we go in to the establishment, ask for the manager, get permission and they usually tell you where to park, get their name and are very comfortable. We stay most anywhere, also carry maps and check websites for stopping points. Cracker Barrel, Cabelas, other restaurants, museums, even stayed the night at a gm dealership as we were getting an oil change the next day, stayed at Lowe's in California. But overall, no worries, on our part, about 6 to 8 thousand miles per year, only one time had an uncomfortable issue. That was at a campground near mount hood oregon, i woke up about 3 am, something didn't feel right, we left. no biggie. Anyhow, just go, be aware, be carful and know where you are and enjoy your travels.

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Posted: 06/22/22 07:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm 82, and I've almost always felt like I lived in danger. BUT I do NOT live in fear. Today I feel like there is more
danger than previously. If I say more, it'll be political,....sorry.

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Posted: 06/22/22 08:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably a little more risk if you're staying in sketchy places, which have increased in numbers. There's more people, more touchy people, more angry people, most of whom are encouraged by the media to act out their issues.

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Posted: 06/22/22 03:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For us its safer today in campgrounds with park rangers....cell campgrounds hosts or mgrs or owners and active CSO deputys...gated COE campgrounds vs years past (60s/70s/80s) where there was little to no help from the above.

We stay away from campgrounds close to big cities....close to a college town or campgrounds known for partying.

In the early '70s we were camped (fishing) in one of our favorite COE campgrounds in NE Oklahoma.
Sat afternoon 12-14 pickup loads of the local KKK chapter thugs started drifting in with water tanks in the back of several trucks that were full of ice and beer. By 10 oclock most were drunk ...then their guns came out. Pistols...shotguns...two AKs...calibers and gauges of all sizes. They had the road blocked so no one could leave or get in.

A farmer about a mile away heard all the gun fire...called the sheriff office. Deputies from two counties....several cars full of state troopers swooped in and bagged all of them. One trooper told us who these jerks were and confiscated 26 weapons of all sizes.
My kids were under 10 years as were several other campers. The whole campground was scared of these idiots. I sure was and I carried back then.

I feel much safer today than 50+ years ago while camping.

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Posted: 06/22/22 05:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have not noticed a great increase in "Incidents" other than theft of Catalytic Converters. This is not "Dangerous" just costly. (And insurance..well that's what it's for).

Now.. I have noticed that there are places where I would rather NOT park a Motor home not even overnight. So far I've found about 4 or 5 of them (in 15 years of RVing) What did I do? Park elsewhere of course.. Without incident.

Your eyes and your "Gut" are very good protection.. if it does not look safe.. Move on. Do keep doors double locked at night.. I recommend against Guns for protection.. Fire Extinguishers are good. Have several not just the one inside the door (that little 5 pound joke) but some "All Fire" foam types.. They put out wood/fiber fires. Gas/oil fires.. Electrical fires, Passion Fires (see movie 6 Pack staring Kenny Rogers. he uses one to put out a passion Fire) If the attacker can not breath due to the powder (in the movie's case) he's not going to continue the attack.

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Posted: 06/22/22 07:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The bodies piling up seem to indicate that it is not safer today versus prior years. Nearly all communities have had cases where stray bullets have killed innocent people on the street or asleep in bed.
The perps have moved out of their neighborhood to other neighborhoods and brought their violence with them. They are mobile.
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Posted: 06/22/22 11:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't think it's safer or not safer. Things happened before. My parents were camping in a campground when someone used a knife to slash a tent and attack the occupants. My grandparents were mugged while parked in a remote area.

As others have said, using common sense and your eyes will prevent a lot. Just like in the past. Folks didn't park in a bad area overnight 40 years ago thinking it was safe - folks don't park in a bad area overnight today thinking it is safe.

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Posted: 06/23/22 03:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bgum wrote:

The bodies piling up

Just last Friday I had to negotiate the rig around a couple of those piles while arriving at the campground.

Where do you get your info? In 1990 there were 9 homicide deaths per 100K population in the US. From 2010 through 2020 that number has floated around 5 per 100K or less. The MS media, gubmint, and political hacks will lead you to believe otherwise. Never let a good crisis go to waste.

They're piling up.

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Posted: 06/23/22 04:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Camping safety seems the same to me these last few years, but...

In my small town, the car break-ins, outright car stealing and store shoplifting is definitely more than it used to be.

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