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Old 05-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #101
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Re: Fortifiying Your Bus Against Intruders Or Attack?

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... since your RV is your "home"...

Please state what states agree the "your RV is your home". Do you even know?



If you want to carry a gun in your RV you may want to check here plus the AllStays RV & Gun Guides By State here and read this 2011 article and this article. Like I said earlier. Not all states recognize an RV as a home. Many consider them to be vehicles and treat them like a car.

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From 2011 articleStoring loaded handguns and rifles in the residential confines of a motorhome is usually considered legal in most states, as long as they are not readily accessible to drivers or passengers while the vehicle is being operated on a highway. If a person still feels the need to have a firearm close at hand while traveling, it should be carried unloaded, in plain view, and with the bolt/cylinder open or clip removed.

Whether your home is on wheels or permanently attached to a city lot in suburbia, it is not exempt from a legal search as long as due process has been observed. What makes motorhomes and other types of recreational vehicles on or near highways more vulnerable to being searched for probable cause without a warrant is a case law known as the “automobile exception rule.

In all states, motorhomes, vans and vehicles towing trailers or carrying camper-type structures are considered “automobiles” for the purposes of search and seizure. When being operated as such on the highway, an officer with probable cause that a crime has or is being committed involving such a vehicle may stop it and perform a warrantless search for items relevant to the suspected crime (including driver and passengers if legally justified).
If after reading those and you decide to still carry a gun, then you will need to buy a current edition of the United States Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the 50 States.

BTW, many public parks do not allow you to carry a gun, loaded or unloaded, within the boundaries of the park. See here.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:42 AM   #102
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I've decided I'm just going to spit on potential threats. I'm a pretty good shot.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:13 AM   #103
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I've decided I'm just going to spit on potential threats. I'm a pretty good shot.
That is funny.

I once had a dog that would growl and smash her teeth against the car window when anyone approached the vehicle. It was a scary sight to behold. Even my dad would not get close to the car.

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Old 05-12-2013, 10:07 AM   #104
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I've decided I'm just going to spit on potential threats. I'm a pretty good shot.
Here, Jake, have some orange juice. Really works that phlegm up.

*Cough*

Can I throw my sister's cooking at them?
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:17 AM   #105
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... Can I throw my sister's cooking at them?
Assault with a deadly weapon?
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:28 PM   #106
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Lorna,

I appreciate the links. It is my opinion that people should carry. My point about the 1911 was that its magazine was low capacity enough that it should be fine anywhere handguns are allowed. A revolver is also fine, but a reliable semi tends to put more shots on target faster.

You're right -- I'm by no means an expert on the law, and it hardly matters since cops regularly break the law anyhow.

Nevertheless, my opinion is that decent people should arm themselves, and if somehow you have a brush with the legal system, lawyer up.

"Judged by 12" being preferable to "carried by 6", as the saying goes...

One thing you can do to make your life easier is to acquire concealed weapons permits that cover the states you travel in. Often, these permits allow you to carry a loaded concealed gun in a moving vehicle.

A basic 12ga pump and a basic handgun are each under $500, and so if somehow you have a run in with the law and they confiscate your weapons and charge you with something, you're not giving up priceless heirloom firearms or losing more money than you'd blow on fuel anyway...

Speaking of RVs and the law, here's an interesting thing I came across. Based on the available literature, it is not possible to visit Hoover Dam in an RV if you are carrying a firearm. The RV parking is on the far side of the dam, and it is illegal to bring a firearm across the dam in a vehicle, and there is an inspection station 1 mile ahead of the dam. They claim that all RV's will be searched.

Carrying a gun in your car would be fine -- since cars can park on the "near" side of the dam.

So, that's a frustrating situation -- one that I haven't run into elsewhere. I plan on calling the dam visitors office and asking about the policy.
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... Can I throw my sister's cooking at them?
Assault with a deadly weapon?
Have you eaten her cooking lately?


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Do you have an air compressor in your motorhome????
I have one in my car. Why wouldn't I have one in my bus?
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So, the guy who wanted to drive his bus through Mexico... He should have just read THIS thread!! He would have been prepared for anything ;)
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Re: Fortifiying Your Bus Against Intruders Or Attack?

I can think of many reasons to fortify a bus. Bear attacks are common, but probably not damaging to a regular bus. (They're more afraid of us than we are of them??)

Then again, there are articles like this that make me steer clear of certain national parks / campsites. Doesn't sound like the right vacation spot for me with a small tent. If you had an armor-bound skoolie, however....

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... lynes.html

I used to want to be a park ranger so I could enjoy nature and basically trek around trails. Looks like the National Parks Association has changed things a bit!
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A solidly fortified bus would be the only way to survive there!! It would be like mad max on steroids.

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