Security & Camping alone

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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby celticquetzel » Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:01 pm

One thing I haven't seen yet on this thread is battery operated outdoor motion sensor lights. You'll get early warning, and it might even scare away skunks!
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby gypsy97 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:12 pm

Oh goodness, that must have been what I saw on a recent camping trip to the Tahoe National Forest. An RVer had an approx. 5 or 6 ft pole that had lights flickering on and off ALL NIGHT LONG> About 5 am I decided to walk to the bathroom as I couldn't sleep anyway as those lights shone through my tent wall and fly. When I got close to the RV's site a blinding light came on and went off after I passed it. It was the most obnoxious thing I've ever been through, and my feeling is that if you don't feel safe among people in a campground then perhaps you shouldn't be camping. I think maybe they should not be allowed in a developed campground, especially one with a camp host.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby S. Heisley » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:00 am

gypsy97 wrote:I've been wanting a teardrop camper for ages, but have been told I shouldn't try to pull it across the country and over the mountains with my 6 cyl. Highlander. I've looked into some ultra light and ultra small campers but I'd still have to get a hitch and tow package for my Highlander. Don't know if it's worth it, although I might possibly find teardrop groups in northern CA that I could camp with and forget driving long distances. I'm 3 or 4 years older now than when I started thinking about this!


Gypsy, if you have or can get access to a user manual for your car, it will tell you what you can do. You look in two places: Towing and Brakes. I'm guessing that you have around a 1,000 tow rating; but don't know for certain. A 6 cyl. should be able to tow something. My old 4 cyl Tacoma had a 1,200 rating. (I have a Jeep, now.) Once you find out that, you may find that you only need a hitch. Yes, there is an active Northern CA Tearkjerkers group.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby S. Heisley » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:08 am

celticquetzel wrote:One thing I haven't seen yet on this thread is battery operated outdoor motion sensor lights. You'll get early warning, and it might even scare away skunks!


I have a solar-charged motion sensor light; but, one needs to be careful with those. Camping neighbors do not like lights shining in their windows or on their tents. I put mine on the trailer tongue, behind the tow vehicle, where it shouldn't disturb anyone but I will see it go on as it glows in my trailer's front window. In my case, I use it to discourage critters, looking for food, from trying to get into the car. (I usually keep the ice chest in the back of the car, unless there is a bear box.)
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby gypsy97 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:33 am

I remember asking a couple of Toyota mechanics about towing with the Highlander, and neither one seemed to think it was a good idea. Also, the cost of having a hitch installed is really high - can't remember exactly but something in the neighborhood of $1500+.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby S. Heisley » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:36 am

Gypsy, I am sending you a PM with more information.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby Abaker50 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:15 pm

Much of the reason I want to have a trailer has to do with security as well as comfort. I will be traveling alone with my son some of the time, as DH isn't really a traveler & I want more than a tent between us & danger - if only to slow it down some.

DS & I recently took a trip through parts of Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky & Illinois. We rented a minivan & slept in the back the whole way, alternating between Wallydocking & inexpensive campgrounds. This worked really well for our purpose, since the goal was to see the country rather than camping for the sake of camping. We employed many of the strategies mentioned in this thread, the most important being awareness of our surroundings, keeping the keys & cell within reach at all times & not leaving the van for any reason after bedding down for the night (we had an emergency "toilet" - a bucket with kitty litter - that we didn't need, thankfully). I bought a can of wasp spray at the 1st Walmart.

It was good to know that we could take reasonable precautions w/o letting the potential dangers prevent us from having a great experience.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby Miriam C. » Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:55 pm

celticquetzel wrote:One thing I haven't seen yet on this thread is battery operated outdoor motion sensor lights. You'll get early warning, and it might even scare away skunks!


http://www.harborfreight.com/wireless-driveway-alert-system-93068.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiNzA1OTY0NjciLCJza3UiOiI5MzA2OCIsImlzIjoiOS45OSIsInByb2R1Y3RfaWQi%0D%0AOiIyNTI1In0%3D%0D%0A

http://www.harborfreight.com/led-motion-sensor-light-95276.html

Sorry I didn't see this sooner. I have used the small HF light for years. Amazing how wonderful it is. It also is nice to be able to step out of the TD or into the PP TP and have light. :twisted:
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby Ramblin' Ruby » Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:07 pm

I am just fixing up my Teardrop for lots more camping and have a strange lock on the door. It only locks on the outside, and someone could turn it without locking it, and I still would be stuck in there. Does anyone have some suggestions for a lock for the inside (when I'm in there) and a lock for the outside when I'm pulling it. It's kind of a battered up door. Maybe just a dead bolt on the inside? and ??? on the outside.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby MtnDon » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:08 pm

Dead bolt or a hook on the inside.

What is the exterior lock? Some of us with cargo trailers install a bracket we can latch and lock the mechanism to to disbale the locking bar. Other types of catches may need other disabling. A description or photo would help provide advise.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby razorback » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:19 am

I found this on HIghlanders. Please check your manual to make sure this is correct:
Four-cylinder Highlanders can tow 1,500 pounds, or up to 3,000 pounds if you buy the towing prep package
V6 Highlanders can tow 2,000 pounds, or up to 3,500 with the towing prep package

The prep package includes an upgraded radiator, transmission oil cooler, 130-amp
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby Ramblin' Ruby » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:22 pm

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Since I haven't gone out and camped alone yet.....it's interesting reading all of your posts. I have a dog and don't ask about firearm :twisted: My problem is what kind of lock on the "bedroom door" of my teardrop? The lock that's on it, can only be locked on the outside.!! Scary.!!! I'm thinking I'll take that off and put a deadbolt on the inside. How do you ladies do that? Do you trust the latch that's existing? Should I plan on getting a newer door?
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby MtnDon » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:39 pm

A sliding bolt type on the inside for peace of mind when inside. Also that outside hasp should have a way to disable it, a way to lock it in the open and unlocked position so there is no danger from a jerk locking you inside.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby Woodbutcher » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:22 am

That hasp lock is on wrong anyway. The screws are supposed to be covered by the hasp when closed. It needs to be folded under the hasp.
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Re: Security & Camping alone

Postby ZugZug » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:21 pm

Still on the countdown to picking up my teardrop, and trawling these threads to keep me occupied in the meantime.

My husband is a sometimes-camper (and sometimes it's just me that wants to go). So I'll go camping alone from time to time.

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While admittedly he's very friendly with people, he has a good serious loud bark and he is (when it all boils down) a big black dog who could do some damage if he ever needed to.

Of course, he loves the outdoors and is multi-talented. He can not only act as a guard dog, but also as a very efficient means by which sand can be transported from the beach to the bed area.

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It is unfortunate that he also farts a bit at times. But none of us are perfect, are we? No metwurst for him while we're away!

We're luck to have some great campsites in SA that allow dogs. Most of them are caravan parks, some of them are just great camping spots. Obviously he won't be able to join me on trips to National Parks, but that's ok. That's probably something I'd rather do with hubby anyway.
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