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Old 05-05-2013, 08:26 PM   #81
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Re: Fortifiying Your Bus Against Intruders Or Attack?

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... I think that if you claim that your bus/motorhome is indeed where you live, You are allowed to have home protection.
Depends on the state. Not all states recognize an RV as a "real" home.

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... Another device that is effective is a can of hornet spray which throws a 20 foot stream.
Again... not legal in all states. You need to check as you can be arrested (yes I know it's stupid) for attacking a thief.

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... I guess there is a fine line between Paranoia and Preparedness.
I believe you can be prepared BECAUSE you are paranoid.
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Das Mel [....what's that???]
That's like saying "go that way" to a blind person. What's what?
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:49 PM   #83
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Re: Fortifiying Your Bus Against Intruders Or Attack?

The debate in this thread is a little humorous to me. So many varying, strong opinions. I'm overly laid back and simple. When it comes to defense, I just stick to the basics.

Make it hard for them to enter.
I have bifold doors that fold in. A steel bar across them makes it impossible to enter. The glass on my bus at least is almost impossible to break. I tried smashing one of my windows I pulled out, and while it is possible, it takes several HARD hits. The noise would alert me and give me time to prepare. I also plan on installing an alarm.

Make it so they wish they hadn't entered if they do.
Self explanatory.

Don't look for trouble.
I don't really envision roving gangs of thugs in campsites. I do realize we may run into trouble on the road, but pick your route and stay in well populated areas. When wally docking, park under a light.

If some group attack with machine guns, grenade launchers, and flame throwers, you probably pissed off the wrong people and your time is up.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:17 PM   #84
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I had a chat with the guys that replaced our door window (GUESS WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY MORNING. GO AHEAD. GUESS. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED. POWER WAS YANKED AGAIN AND A DOOR WAS SHATTERED) and asked about bulletproofing bus windows. Not only would the glass greatly outweigh the steel, but it would be uber-expensive.

His suggestion was polycarbonate sheets made to size. Much cheaper and easier to replace even if you do manage to break it, heck, I can even order it from him. So I'll probably be doing that.

And external video cameras. That sense movement and records to a SD card. Because I am getting really tired of a certain dunderhead going after my store and I don't want him going after me. I haven't slept well since then. I'm too angry/scared for my cameras (I bought one, it's lovely). My Store is my second home, dagnabbit, and I want that sucker taken down.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:01 PM   #85
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... Because I am getting really tired of a certain dunderhead going after my store and I don't want him going after me. I haven't slept well since then...
We told you to move to Roswell!

Don't tell anyone where you are currently parked. Hopefully by the time he does figure out where you are, you will have a skoolie and it will be parked back in the campground... the one that he is not allowed in.
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As for ANYONE who is considering carrying a gun in their bus...

DO NOT TELL ANYONE, IN PERSON OR ONLINE, THAT YOU HAVE A GUN.

It's very simple. It's none of their business. Don't tell anyone that you have large sums of money hidden away inside your bus. Put locks on everything. You make it difficult to get inside and if some one does breach your secure perimeter, you have alarms. Seriously, those cheapie wireless door/window alarmsdo work (if you keep the batteries replaced once a year... think of them like a smoke detector). They have a fairly loud alarm and they are cheap enough you can alarm everything and then some on your bus for $60 (order by the case and pick up at the store). Cheapest security system that I know of. With that many "extras" you can double alarm your opening windows (alarm set up closed and alarm with the windows open to their "parking lot sleeping position" or partly open). Das Mel knows more about them than I do as she used to work for DollarTree.... ask her if they work. We do have a house type security system but we may end up just picking up the cheapie alarms. It might actually be easier for us to install as there are no codes and zones to program in. To alarm the living area only that would only need 12 alarms... then the bays could be alarmed. The big black storage tote I keep on the back of the hitchhaul could have a couple of alarms on it (on the lid and on the box/hitchhaul so we would know if someone pulled the box off the hitchhaul). The rolling greenhouse could be alarmed (why). The fuel tank door could be alarmed. The list goes on and on...

We have been in campgrounds since 1979. We have never been robbed while in a campground except for the little brat that tried to steal our antique cat and losing a few cans of soda off the food cart overnight.

We have only had one "dangerous" experience while overnighting in a parking lot that a call to 911 would have solved (lesson learned... do not call the store if there is a problem... write down location on a pad of paper before going to bed and if there is trouble call 911 on the cellphone and just tell them our location). I have "lost" a cheapie worn out Wal-mart gas grill off the back of the RV... while stopped to buy groceries at WAL-MART! I still am unsure as to whether I should be pissed that someone stole my year old $20 gas grill or feel sorry for the idiots.

Unless the pickings are extremely slim, I doubt that someone will choose a skoolie over a more expensive RV. UNLESS you have given someone a reason to break in (bumper sticker proclaiming you got a gun, flashing large wads of cash, expensive jewelry, fancy toys). General perception amongst the general public is the folks in skoolies are "too poor" to afford a "real" RV. This can work for us. Go rob the folks in the expensive Class A next to us... the one you can look into and see all their expensive toys because it's dark outside and they left all the lights on inside.

As for the apocalyptic decline of the general population. You won't survive that in a moving vehicle. You would need a home base because petro-fuel won't last long. So get real. Read up on legitimate security websites as to the tips they give (in addition to buying their security system) to encourage potential thieves to move on elsewhere. You will see the best tips repeated over and over. You can't really stop a determined thief but you can encourage them to choose another target.

Think about this... A bullet-proof window won't stop the bullet going thru the siding of the bus either.
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... Because I am getting really tired of a certain dunderhead going after my store and I don't want him going after me. I haven't slept well since then...
As for ANYONE who is considering carrying a gun in their bus...

DO NOT TELL ANYONE, IN PERSON OR ONLINE, THAT YOU HAVE A GUN.

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Old 05-08-2013, 06:40 PM   #87
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We told you to move to Roswell!

Don't tell anyone where you are currently parked. Hopefully by the time he does figure out where you are, you will have a skoolie and it will be parked back in the campground... the one that he is not allowed in.

Roswell isn't any better considering that I'm not 100% positive it's that gottverdammt lunatic coming after the store.
I said it was only speculation until I can get it on camera.

Because what if it's not and it's just another loony Dahl and I pissed off?


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Seriously, those cheapie wireless door/window alarmsdo work (if you keep the batteries replaced once a year... think of them like a smoke detector). They have a fairly loud alarm and they are cheap enough you can alarm everything and then some on your bus for $60 (order by the case and pick up at the store). Cheapest security system that I know of. With that many "extras" you can double alarm your opening windows (alarm set up closed and alarm with the windows open to their "parking lot sleeping position" or partly open). Das Mel knows more about them than I do as she used to work for DollarTree.... ask her if they work.
LOUD. Make your EARS BLEED kinda loud. Oh Lawd.


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We have been in campgrounds since 1979. We have never been robbed while in a campground except for the little brat that tried to steal our antique cat and losing a few cans of soda off the food cart overnight.
We also had someone try to siphon gas out of my Jeep when we lived towards the front of the 'ground in So-Town (Socorro). No one bothers the campers in the back end.

Had a chat with our Neighbours today, apparently I cursed that spot when I left. No one else parks there for more than a week and they keep trying to back-in 5ers. Facing Neighbour's sewage hose. People's tripped over it more than once and one moron tried to get them to move the hose. Suffice to say that didn't pan out. So my spot is mine when I go back this Autumn. They miss me.

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Think about this... A bullet-proof window won't stop the bullet going thru the siding of the bus either.
Don't remind me. I'm still working on that part.
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but what is "Das Mel" ??

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My screen name. Shocker, right?
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:35 PM   #89
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Not often that someone picks a german article as part of the screen name.....

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Helps if you are of German decent. The original last name was Schinschke. Somehow over the years a few letters were lost.
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but what is "Das Mel" ??

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My screen name. Shocker, right?
NO!!!! Really?

...well, I wondered HOW you picked that screen name and what it means (to you).

Not often that someone picks a german article as part of the screen name.....

thjakits
Oh, a smartarse, huh? Okay, you've just redeemed yourself in my book, Thomas.

I never actually picked the name 'Mel', a kid I used to role-play with picked it for me. I pulled Das from the German language because, well, I'm German, and I don't exactly identify as male or female (I work retail, as far as I'm concerned, humans suck), so I needed a neutral title.

Mel, as well, is very very very high grade honey, and it's a bastardized version of what the locals call me (Miel).

My housemates call me Melbourne. Sis calls me Melonius. Mum here calls me by the name on my Birth Cert. Dad still calls me Clyde sometimes.

I've been Das Mel for over a decade. Typically when you type it into a search engine you either get German webpages or me.

And there ya go.

Now what were we talking about again? The train derailed and the Clarksville Station is shut down.
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