Originally Posted by Das Mel
... 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.
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 alarms
do 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.