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post Feb 1 2012, 02:33 PM
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I was recently asked while traveling in our R.V. with our grandchildren. How do we know the R.V. parks we stay at during our travels are safe? I did not know. So I started to ask around. In california you can go to the MEG--- L-W web site (free) use zip code of the park, search and scroll through looking for the parks street address. This way is time consuming but affective.The other way is to search by street address. Type in street address hit search then click on blue squares close to the red star. This method is a little more complicated but much quicker when mastered. PLEASE COMMENT ON ANY OTHER SECURITY PRECAUTIONS THAT CAN HELP.


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Jerry S.
post Feb 1 2012, 10:54 PM
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Maybe I'm a bit uninformed and/or niave, but I'm not quite certain what you are talking about with the zip codes, adresses, blue squares, and red stars. What sort of "safety precautions" are you refering to? I'll be curious to see what kind of replies you get because I just don't understand what you are asking for.
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post Feb 2 2012, 08:16 AM
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When traveling, the only security precaution that matters, IMO, is situational awareness. If it doesn't feel or look safe, move on. In a transient situation lists like you are talking about are probably useless (I guess you are talking about the California Megan's Law list?). Again, JMO, but unless you are staying in really low rent, rundown places I think you are worrying excessively. Bug bites, slips and falls, poison ivy, too many smores, and spoiling the kids with overindulgence are typically the kind of dangers to watch for when traveling with grandkids. If you read the statistics instead of the headlines you will see crimes against kids are really pretty rare. Of course if you are uncomfortable you could stay home with the doors locked.
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post Feb 2 2012, 09:45 AM
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I feel the same way at Jerry S. and joez. We have never been in a place that we had a problem with anything. I would add lighting, tornadoes, fires, heavy rain storms, snow and ice, and other items higher on my list to keep an eye on over who lives in the park. All the list on the web sites will not show you the correct information. People move around all the time so the information would never be correct. I check six different websites here at home and found all had different addresses on sex offenders, useless information to me. Keep your eyes on the kids and you will be OK.


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post Feb 5 2012, 08:10 PM
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I agree as well. I've camped at a couple hundred RV parks and campgrounds and not had safety issues. I sometimes leave things out, but take precautions on anything too valuable. For example when camping in state parks where I need to use the generator I chain and padlock it to the trailer.
I tend to avoid RV parks that look too bad, but have been in some that were not the best, and find the year round occupants tend to be workers not criminals.

The one "safety" exception was about 3 years ago when staying at a city park in Kansas It was raining fairly heavily, and I just had "a feeling" that I should return to camp and check the RV. I'm glad I did as the campground was on a river, and the dike broke flooding the campground. That was the quickest that I have ever hooked up my trailer and departed. I could see the water level rising as I prepared to leave. By the time I took off there was about a foot of water on the ground and the roads were under water as well. I threw it in to 4-wheel drive and guessed where the road was. No damage, but I was fortunate. At the time I debated on whether I should post an emergency phone number on the outside of my RV in the future.

I went to another city campground by a lake a few miles out of town, and the caretaker insisted on collecting the fee, even though I had paid at the first campground. I stopped at city hall the next day, and was given an apology and a refund.
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post Feb 6 2012, 09:14 AM
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At any campground, or anywhere else, the children should always have an adult outside with them. Kids are kidnapped right from their own front yards so it could happen anywhere if they are unsupervised. You can check lots of websites for criminals or predators but no one can harm your property or the kids if you are on the alert.

We had a couple here that had a beautiful, outgoing 8 year old girl. She came outside one Sunday, mid morning, without her parents. My husband and I sat outside with her for over 4 hours before the parents even knew she was outside. That kind of carelessness is uncalled for.

At our campground I watch every vehicle that comes in (we are small) and if I see a vehicle I don't recognize I stop the driver and ask why there are there. We don't let people just ride through without stopping at the office so we can protect the rights and privacy of our campers. In the 20 years my employers have owned this place there has never been a theft.
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post Feb 6 2012, 08:44 PM
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I think here a little common sense gos a long way. Camp grounds, beach, park, any where you take the little ones. Safety is more than just bad people.Getting run over falling in a lake or pool or what ever. rolleyes.gif


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post Feb 7 2012, 08:16 PM
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Know your neighbors...introduce yourself, if they are up to no good, they might just leave if they think you are watching. BTW, much of my adult life has been spent in situations where security consciousness is a matter of life and death... Be prepared is more than just the Boy Scout motto.
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post Feb 13 2012, 10:35 AM
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If you stay in family oriented RV parks and avoid those full of permanent residents it should not be a major issue. A little parenting is required, but that is nothing new. We have only been RV travelers since 1972 and so far security has never been an issue beyond using good judgment and basic parenting.


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post Feb 13 2012, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE(Kirk @ Feb 13 2012, 12:35 PM) *

If you stay in family oriented RV parks and avoid those full of permanent residents it should not be a major issue. A little parenting is required, but that is nothing new. We have only been RV travelers since 1972 and so far security has never been an issue beyond using good judgment and basic parenting.



Our campground is almost all permanent residents but we very often have over nighters. The current owners have owned this park for over 20 years and have never had a theft. If you pulled in today you would never know that these RV's are permanent. We also have less trouble with bad behavior than parks we have stayed in that are mostly travelers. Telling people to avoid parks full of permanent residents is a bit off kilter in my opinion. I think it makes more sense to tell people to always be aware of their surroundings than to put campgrounds down that have permanent residents.
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post Feb 13 2012, 08:43 PM
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Based on a experience when we were at a campground in VT ten yrs ago, we found that this is both a transient and seasonal/permanent problem....

best way to avoid these problems....READ the REVIEWS!

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post Feb 14 2012, 12:11 PM
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QUOTE(dalsgal @ Feb 13 2012, 03:00 PM) *

Telling people to avoid parks full of permanent residents is a bit off kilter in my opinion. I think it makes more sense to tell people to always be aware of their surroundings than to put campgrounds down that have permanent residents.

I'm with dalsgal on this one. I have both permanent and overnight guests at my park. I'm careful about who I allow to camp here long term. I do not accept payment for more than a month at a time and if someone manifests unsavory traits while here, I will not allow them to stay. Being here long term allows us to get to know the permanent residents better than we do someone who is only here for a night or two. Our long term guests get to know each other and tend to look out for one another more than folks who live in stick and brick neighborhoods. For example, in the subdivision where I live, we hardly ever see or get the chance to talk to those who live beside us or across the street, but here at my park, we often see guests who were otherwise strangers, visiting with one another under each other's awning, or meeting up to take their daily walks together. Quite frequently I hear about how someone had a problem with their RV or vehicle while staying here, and a fellow RVer from two sites over helped them take care of it.
Do as much research as you can about where to stay, and use good judgment no matter where you are.
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post Feb 14 2012, 04:30 PM
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I actively avoid parks with long term residents. I feel an RV park full of long term residents is just another name for a mobile home park or trailer park. When I travel, I want to be around others who are on vacation and are tourists, not amongst people who are pounding out a daily living. Nothing against people who are working, but their interests and schedules do not mesh with the interests and schedules of people who are on vacation. It may be an elitist attitude, but it is what it is.
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post Feb 14 2012, 05:46 PM
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Not to be rude but you do sound elitist. I bet if you came to our campground you would not be able to tell which campers are permanent and which are over nighters. We are very strict about the sites not looking "lived in". We make everyone feel welcome, even if they turn their noses up at us.
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post Feb 14 2012, 08:06 PM
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QUOTE(dalsgal @ Feb 14 2012, 06:46 PM) *

Not to be rude but you do sound elitist. I bet if you came to our campground you would not be able to tell which campers are permanent and which are over nighters. We are very strict about the sites not looking "lived in". We make everyone feel welcome, even if they turn their noses up at us.

You may be correct. But read the bad reviews and a large number of them are about parks with long term residents with decaying rigs, junk all around and a general feeling that you are one bad step away from having a Ned Beatty kind of day.
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