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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 Feb 16 2012, 06:59 PM
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This thread has already deteriorated from the OP, so here goes again.

Much has been said about the feelings/impressions travelers have for permanent residents at RV parks. Here is another take.

When we were building our house, we lived in our motorhome for 6 months. The park we were at had it all. Many permanent residents in double wides, park models, and RV’s; full timers, seasonal, and part timers in RV’s; and then there was a section for short term and overnighters. The permanent places were very well kept. We used to walk around the neighborhood to get ideas for landscaping our new place. It was that nice. Most of the people had regular “9-5” jobs, and were not seasonal or transient workers. We weren’t there long enough to really be part of any group, but we did meet and talk to some of the permanent people. There’s always another side to each situation, and it was certainly interesting to hear their take on the transients.

First, they didn’t care for the constant movement of vehicles in and out of spaces, and the accompanying noise--someone shouting directions at the driver; the straining of engines to move just an inch forward or onto leveling blocks, the commotion of setting up or breaking down camp, the slamming of doors and storage bins early in the morning and late at night, etc.

Also they believed the overnighters tended to make messes which they didn’t clean up (in the bathrooms and club house and at their campsite), and in general they did not respect the park’s property because this was not their “home” and someone else would clean it up. Along these lines, overnighters let their pets “go” on the residents’ lawns and didn’t pick up after them.

In our time there every member of the office staff was as nice as they could be and always responded quickly to our needs. However, they, too, talked about how demanding and rude overnighters sometimes were, complaining about the least little thing.

Finally, it has been mentioned that permanent residents can be cliquish and not friendly to transients. The people there felt just the opposite. They talked about groups of RVers that came there every year who would have nothing to do with anyone who was not in their group and that they tended to look down on the residents because they lived in an RV park.

Now I am sure that not every RVer acted this way. It was probably just a few bad apples, but this experience was an eye opener for us. We had no idea that permanent residents viewed overnighters (us!) any differently.

Now that we are in our house we are back to being travelers and staying in a park only a few nights at a time. We still prefer transient type parks simply because, as someone else said, our “vacation” schedule does not match well with their “daily living/work” schedule—not that one is better; they are just different. However, when we do stay at places that have permanent residents, I know we now have a much better understanding of how to be good neighbors.
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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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