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    • #30005
      Dumb Mick
      Participant

      Total n00b so show some mercy, please. Don’t even have a camper, yet.
      If I was boondocking and wanted to go exploring I might want to unload
      the camper. Is there any gizmo to prevent the camper from being stolen
      or will I have to make one?

      Dumb Mick

      It’s good to be a n00b - so I can aspire to be just stoopid.

      Monrovia, CA

    • #30009
      ardvark
      Participant

      I wonder how much of a risk exists. I am sure it is possible to steal a truck camper, but it is hardly a snatch and go as it is with a travel trailer or fiver. You have to have a truck to haul it and a way to keep it in the truck. Then you have to raise it so you need the crank or drill that fits the jacks and that is not a rapid process. And while you doing that you have to be on the look out for the owner’s return and they are likely armed given it is in the boondocks. Then you have to get it on the truck which varies with experience.

      My thought would be lower it, lock the door, and hide the genny or small things that might “walk away on the their own”. I don’t think there is a way to stop a determined thief and the casual criminal would be disinclined by the amount of work involved I think. 🙂

      Steve and Andra
      2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
      Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
      2019 Northstar Laredo SC

    • #30016
      Dumb Mick
      Participant

      Good points, plus since it will be a Host Mammoth the perps would need a mammoth dually, right? The jacks are wirelessly controlled so if the
      controller is with me they’re SOL. Probably would rarely unload it anyway.
      I have too much time on my hands to think about this stoopid stuff. ?

      It’s good to be a n00b - so I can aspire to be just stoopid.

      Monrovia, CA

    • #30019
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi Mick – lowering a big camper and taking the jack controllers with you is a good deterrent. It becomes a job to get it raised and loaded. I looked at mine and see it would be easy to support one front corner and remove one jack and take it with you ? to be a further pain to a would be thief. 3 bolts and unplug.

    • #30027
      ardvark
      Participant

      Given it’s a Mammoth, I would step back and film it. Then sell the film to one of the evening news channels either as a demonstration of stupidity or perseverance. 🙂

      Steve and Andra
      2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
      Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
      2019 Northstar Laredo SC

    • #30152
      Mark
      Participant

      My only concern would be theft of small items, and vandalism.
      Undocking on an area near other campers seems favorable to being the only rig for miles around. Other campers generally don’t mess with other campers’ stuff.
      The worst I’ve ever seen is moving folding chairs to steal your site.
      If your camper appears to be part of a group, outsiders stay away.

    • #30195
      Dumb Mick
      Participant

      I’m figuring a couple of prominently displayed

      Mossberg Security Services

      bumper stickers can’t hurt, right? ?

      It’s good to be a n00b - so I can aspire to be just stoopid.

      Monrovia, CA

    • #30211
      John Perz
      Participant

      I’m figuring a couple of prominently displayed
      Mossberg Security Services
      bumper stickers can’t hurt, right? ?

      Actually, there’s a theory that those kind of stickers only ENCOURAGE thieves to break into unoccupied campers to steal the guns.

      Plus, I’ve seen some reports of people being hassled, and even turned away, by the Canadian Border people because of their NRA and similar stickers. I can also imagine that such stickers will not be particularly helpful during routine traffic stops in gun unfriendly jurisdictions.

      Regards
      John
      I don't like to make plans. They cause the word "PREMEDITATED" to get used in court!
      DON'T FEED THE VULTURES!
      My Body is a Temple! Ancient, Crumbling, Probably Cursed . . .

    • #30221
      Dumb Mick
      Participant

      I know, it was a joke. Besides, I don’t believe in tipping my hand.
      I’ve had enough trouble with Canadian Immigration. I do a lot of traveling
      and they are hands down the worst and most obnoxious in the world. A couple
      of years ago the wife and I were going to visit her brother north of Toronto.
      Canadian Immigration treated us like common criminals or somebody trying to
      sneak into Canada. Finally I said:

      “Look, I’m coming up here to spend money and visit family. They’re only
      in-laws so do me a favor and send me back to Chicago (where I had arrived from).”

      Last year we went to Vancouver to visit the brother. The Sherlock wannabe
      asked me three times if I had any firearms or Mace. I guess she thought she
      would catch me out. “Look, I just got off an airplane in Seattle, I haven’t
      had the time to buy any guns.” ?

      Canada is OK once you’re across the border but there’s the rub.

      It’s good to be a n00b - so I can aspire to be just stoopid.

      Monrovia, CA

    • #30505
      Don
      Participant

      I know, it was a joke. Besides, I don’t believe in tipping my hand.
      I’ve had enough trouble with Canadian Immigration. I do a lot of traveling
      and they are hands down the worst and most obnoxious in the world. A couple
      of years ago the wife and I were going to visit her brother north of Toronto.
      Canadian Immigration treated us like common criminals or somebody trying to
      sneak into Canada.
      Finally I said:
      “Look, I’m coming up here to spend money and visit family. They’re only
      in-laws so do me a favor and send me back to Chicago (where I had arrived from).”
      Last year we went to Vancouver to visit the brother. The Sherlock wannabe
      asked me three times if I had any firearms or Mace. I guess she thought she
      would catch me out. “Look, I just got off an airplane in Seattle, I haven’t
      had the time to buy any guns.” ?
      Canada is OK once you’re across the border but there’s the rub.

      BINGO, Been treated like a crimminal up there…they are JERKS!!!

      So you want to STOP people in their tracks and make the get the hell out of dodge…EZ

      Signs or sticker. Cameras in USE! Works great here on the ranch too. Anything else ESPECIALLY “NO TREPASSING” migh was well read: Welcome, steal here, beer in the fridge, have a nice day, we will be back by 9pm”

      Don
      US Army Retired
      2019 F 350 CC-LB King Ranch
      Hill Country of Texas

    • #30517
      Dumb Mick
      Participant

      A good friend was VP of Research and Devopment for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. He went to a lab that he contracted work to outside Toronto at least once every two months. Canadian Immigration hassled him mercilessly! He’s a really mellow guy but he finally blew up and told them:

      “Look, I steer millions of dollars of business your way. I can easily take my business to a country that is happy to have it.”

      They obviously put something into the computer because they quit hassling him.

      As to boondocking security I agree that prominently displayed warning signs and cameras are the best first line of defense. The sound of a Mossberg being racked is second best.

      It’s good to be a n00b - so I can aspire to be just stoopid.

      Monrovia, CA

    • #30529
      Don
      Participant

      A good friend was VP of Research and Devopment for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. He went to a lab that he contracted work to outside Toronto at least once every two months. Canadian Immigration hassled him mercilessly! He’s a really mellow guy but he finally blew up and told them:
      “Look, I steer millions of dollars of business your way. I can easily take my business to a country that is happy to have it.”
      They obviously put something into the computer because they quit hassling him.
      As to boondocking security I agree that prominently displayed warning signs and cameras are the best first line of defense. The sound of a Mossberg being racked is second best.

      Down on my main ranch gate, I have a sign:

      “This gate is locked for YOUR protection, NOT MINE!”

      YES the sound of a good loose 12 gauge pump is an incredible deterrent, ask me how I know! There are many who would argue and say it’s not true, but then they have NEVER had a reason to employ it and if you have you know how well it works!!!

      Don
      US Army Retired
      2019 F 350 CC-LB King Ranch
      Hill Country of Texas

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