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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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post Mar 20 2014, 02:13 PM
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I am in full agreement with dalsgal, RanMan, Texasrvers, docj, and a few others. We (wife and I) are "full-timers", so I guess that means we are "permanent" or "long-term" residents wherever we go, doesn't it? Or, does that make us "permanently transient"? (I think Steinbeck used the term "Okies" to describe the latter from my own home state who became transients!)

We have been in our North Texas RV Park for a year and have 9 months to go before my retirement. In our S&B ($200K+ in Denton, TX) that we sold last year, we had 4 sex offenders in our immediate neighborhood - registered and "advertised" on the DPD website, one right down the street. When our next door neighbor passed away, his son moved in and started dealing illegal drugs from the house, trashed out the house and yard . . . all before he went to a court-ordered rehab! Yes, we had many visits and calls to the Denton police, and I got to know the Denton Code Enforcement people on a first name basis! Though the Executor did clean up the house next door, we were quite relieved when we quickly sold our house while "he" was in rehab!

So, don't condemn those who are "permanent residents" just because we "full-time" in our RVs. I can say that we have met and made friends with many more "permanent" and "transient" people than we ever did living in a S&B in various cities in the past 42 years! The park is what the management along with the residents make it! And the advice "If the situation looks iffy or bad, let your good sense guide you" will assist one in many ways! Personally, I would tend to avoid parks that have no permanent residents and poor management (as per the majority of the reviews). Why? Because those "transient" people are only at the park overnight or a day or two. If something is missing from my site, or from my storage basement (who doesn't have a CH751 key?), I don't think a permanent resident would be to blame. Why? Because they are PERMANENT . . . they are right down the street! It's that TRANSIENT that is here today, and gone tomorrow, that could take something and be gone! The permanent residents and good management don't want the park to be plagued by crime - that could affect them - so, yes, they (and we) do keep an eye out for misdeeds.

I know our park keeps a record of "problem transients". For example, the one big Class A that stayed three nights near the clubhouse. When they left, the whole area at the back of RV space was covered with "large dog leavings". It took maintenance an hour to clean the site and wash it down. And we have some transients who walk their dogs, and their dogs have left their "callings" at the end of our own site! One I watched, followed, and reported to the office - they were asked to leave within two hours (had to be out by 8pm). Besides, our park has been accused of being "full of permanents", yet we have fewer than 35% of the spaces occupied by RVs who have been parked more than 9 months! To accuse us of being "permanent", you have to be "permanent" yourself! We had one couple last August who came in for a week to visit Dallas, Six Flags, etc., and within two days, their site was trashed! Didn't make the rest of us "happy campers".

Whether in a S&B house, a mobile home, an apartment, an RV, or even in a tent . . . the best advice is to be aware of your surroundings and use your good sense. As I said, personally I like a RV park that has both permanent and transient occupants plus good management! It makes for a good experience and an overall safe environment. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety.
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I am in full agreement with dalsgal, RanMan, Texasrvers, docj, and a few others. We (wife and I) are "full-timers", so I guess that means we are "permanent" or "long-term" residents wherever we go, doesn't it? Or, does that make us "permanently transient"? (I think Steinbeck used the term "Okies" to describe the latter from my own home state who became transients!)

We have been in our North Texas RV Park for a year and have 9 months to go before my retirement. In our S&B ($200K+ in Denton, TX) that we sold last year, we had 4 sex offenders in our immediate neighborhood - registered and "advertised" on the DPD website, one right down the street. When our next door neighbor passed away, his son moved in and started dealing illegal drugs from the house, trashed out the house and yard . . . all before he went to a court-ordered rehab! Yes, we had many visits and calls to the Denton police, and I got to know the Denton Code Enforcement people on a first name basis! Though the Executor did clean up the house next door, we were quite relieved when we quickly sold our house while "he" was in rehab!

So, don't condemn those who are "permanent residents" just because we "full-time" in our RVs. I can say that we have met and made friends with many more "permanent" and "transient" people than we ever did living in a S&B in various cities in the past 42 years! The park is what the management along with the residents make it! And the advice "If the situation looks iffy or bad, let your good sense guide you" will assist one in many ways! Personally, I would tend to avoid parks that have no permanent residents and poor management (as per the majority of the reviews). Why? Because those "transient" people are only at the park overnight or a day or two. If something is missing from my site, or from my storage basement (who doesn't have a CH751 key?), I don't think a permanent resident would be to blame. Why? Because they are PERMANENT . . . they are right down the street! It's that TRANSIENT that is here today, and gone tomorrow, that could take something and be gone! The permanent residents and good management don't want the park to be plagued by crime - that could affect them - so, yes, they (and we) do keep an eye out for misdeeds.

I know our park keeps a record of "problem transients". For example, the one big Class A that stayed three nights near the clubhouse. When they left, the whole area at the back of RV space was covered with "large dog leavings". It took maintenance an hour to clean the site and wash it down. And we have some transients who walk their dogs, and their dogs have left their "callings" at the end of our own site! One I watched, followed, and reported to the office - they were asked to leave within two hours (had to be out by 8pm). Besides, our park has been accused of being "full of permanents", yet we have fewer than 35% of the spaces occupied by RVs who have been parked more than 9 months! To accuse us of being "permanent", you have to be "permanent" yourself! We had one couple last August who came in for a week to visit Dallas, Six Flags, etc., and within two days, their site was trashed! Didn't make the rest of us "happy campers".

Whether in a S&B house, a mobile home, an apartment, an RV, or even in a tent . . . the best advice is to be aware of your surroundings and use your good sense. As I said, personally I like a RV park that has both permanent and transient occupants plus good management! It makes for a good experience and an overall safe environment. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety.



Thank you OU qeo for your input. But lets not stray from the original thread. Seems when some read something they don't like, the first thing they try to do is change the thread like so many have in the past. Getting back to the original thread and my quotes. I do not recall and have chacked the original thread, about stating any thing about Long Term, Full Term and weakly -over night transient so as you called them. HAVE YOU READ THE ORIGINAL THREAD? It is nice to hear that you are tight with the park, Denton police and code inforcement, shows you care. The only reason rv park-camp ground is mentioned, that is what this forum is about. But might be nice if some one started a stick-brick forum. Thank you all again as us oke's say for your input on safty. What the thread is about!
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QUOTE(a.d @ Mar 20 2014, 08:13 PM) *

Thank you OU qeo for your input. But lets not stray from the original thread.



Let’s not blame one person for getting off topic here. Several of us had a hand in it. It started way back when someone suggested that parks with permanent residents were not as safe. At that point the topic turned more to a discussion of permanent residents rather than safety, and even your post on Mar 19 was not totally about safety, so by the time OU posted he was just following along with the other comments. I agree that we got off topic, but let’s all take some of the blame.
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a.d   Security Precautions   Feb 1 2012, 02:33 PM
Jerry S.   Maybe I'm a bit uninformed and/or niave, but I...   Feb 1 2012, 10:54 PM
joez   When traveling, the only security precaution that ...   Feb 2 2012, 08:16 AM
John Blue   I feel the same way at Jerry S. and joez. We have...   Feb 2 2012, 09:45 AM
jim crowl   I agree as well. I've camped at a couple hund...   Feb 5 2012, 08:10 PM
dalsgal   At any campground, or anywhere else, the children ...   Feb 6 2012, 09:14 AM
Wink   I think here a little common sense gos a long way....   Feb 6 2012, 08:44 PM
JBH   Know your neighbors...introduce yourself, if they ...   Feb 7 2012, 08:16 PM
Kirk   If you stay in family oriented RV parks and avoid ...   Feb 13 2012, 10:35 AM
dalsgal   If you stay in family oriented RV parks and avoid...   Feb 13 2012, 03:00 PM
mdcamping   Based on a experience when we were at a campground...   Feb 13 2012, 08:43 PM
RanMan   Telling people to avoid parks full of permanent...   Feb 14 2012, 12:11 PM
kcmoedoe   I actively avoid parks with long term residents. ...   Feb 14 2012, 04:30 PM
dalsgal   Not to be rude but you do sound elitist. I bet if...   Feb 14 2012, 05:46 PM
kcmoedoe   Not to be rude but you do sound elitist. I bet i...   Feb 14 2012, 08:06 PM
Wink   You may be correct. But read the bad reviews and...   Feb 27 2012, 01:05 PM
joez   I believe that yours is the exception to the rul...   Feb 16 2012, 09:31 AM
nedmtnman   OK, back to the original post about security. We h...   Feb 16 2012, 11:16 AM
chowhound   You may be correct. But read the bad reviews and...   Feb 16 2012, 03:08 PM
Texasrvers   This thread has already deteriorated from the OP, ...   Feb 16 2012, 06:59 PM
a.d   The Park itself is a reflection of the management....   Feb 17 2012, 12:09 PM
a.d   I was recently asked while traveling in our R.V. ...   Jan 19 2013, 09:39 PM
HappyCampers6   We prefer rv parks that don't have many or any...   Jan 25 2013, 10:23 PM
docj   We prefer rv parks that don't have many or an...   Jan 26 2013, 06:13 PM
a.d   Finished our planning stage,hope to get on the roa...   Mar 19 2014, 04:29 PM
OU geo   I am in full agreement with dalsgal, RanMan, Texas...   Mar 20 2014, 02:13 PM
a.d   I am in full agreement with dalsgal, RanMan, Texa...   Mar 20 2014, 07:13 PM
OU geo   Thank you OU qeo for your input. But lets not str...   Mar 21 2014, 12:16 PM
Texasrvers   Thank you OU qeo for your input. But lets not str...   Mar 22 2014, 12:17 PM
Lindsay Richards   I bought a $4.00 security system at Radio Sha...   Mar 20 2014, 04:32 PM
a.d   I bought a $4.00 security system at Radio Sh...   Mar 20 2014, 06:20 PM


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