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Old 08-02-2016
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Maybe we are being paranoid, but this really bothered us:

On Monday afternoon we pulled off I-80 and parked in the large empty area of a huge parking lot at Blain's Farm Fleet store. We started the genset, made and ate dinner, and got ready to leave. I noticed out the bedroom window a pick-up truck now parked next to our toad and a guy walking back to it with something in his hands. I ran to the front door, went out, but was only in time to have him say as he drove off, "Nice rig."

I checked everything and found nothing wrong or missing, BUT, what was he doing? I was not sharp enough to get the plate number or take a picture. Maybe I should have simply stayed inside and locked the door.

A friend said recently that you always need to be aware of what is going on around you. How could we do that if we were in the store? Maybe the guy was just admiring the "rig", or taking a picture. However, it has caused us to decide never to leave the bus unattended in a public lot.

Sooo, keep an eye out.
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Old 08-02-2016
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Maybe you just spent too much time in the big city.
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Ron you can never be to careful it only takes once of letting your guard down and your looking back thinking if only. We pull a enclosed trailer and when we returned one time the lock was off and unhooked from the ball. We were pulling our motorcycle trailer with our Harley in it. I think there plan was to move it around and drop it on there ball and leave. Don't know what stopped them but at least the trailer was still there. The way things are today we have to be sheepdogs always wanting to make new friends and not looking for trouble but always on the lookout for the wolf. Just my thoughts.
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I think he was just blown away by and admiring your beautiful coach!

With our 1989 SOB we never worried about public parking unattended; just about anywhere along our route was fine. We even jokingly called it our Walmart Stealth coach - no one gave it a second glance. Now with the bird shouting "look at me", I can't help but think about those who might prefer to do their shopping in the parking lot rather than the store. At least one of my RVing friends would NEVER avail themselves of Wally World "hospitality". However, I think it's a mistake to let one questionable "event" push you toward a decision to avoid all public venues. Our coaches and toads have alarms and some of us carry additional protective "devices". However, using the "hackle factor" is the most important thing you can do. Whether an enroute resupply at Walmart/Costco, or an overnight stopover - avoiding locales where the short hairs on the back of ones neck tingle is the best defense. And even then, sometimes bad things just happen. However, common sense and being always aware of your surroundings go a long way toward avoiding trouble (just as it does when walking along the street anywhere in the world).
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Before planning a Walmart overnight we check the local crime statistics. If it is a high crime area, we don't stop there. We also do a Google Map to see if we can even get in the lot. Newer ones seem to have lots of plantings surrounded by curbs making it nearly impossible to get in or out. Yea, you can park overnight, but you can't get in!
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Always check the tow bar pins too. We've all heard the stories about a wayward trucker/individual pulling a toad tow bar pin on an unsuppecting RV while fueling at a commercial island
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Last night parked across the street from this building
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Since I am from a small town, Pop. 300, I like to stop in them overnight when ever I get a chance. I do it trucking too, but am usually on the Interstate with the semi, making time.

Small towns have little parks, grocery stores, grain elevators, machinery dealers, etc. ALL make very good parking spots. If there before the 5 pm closing, go into the grocery store, and buy something. Ask them about parking somewhere overnight. They will give you many options, the first probably being their parking lot!
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Last night parked across the street from this building
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But did you plug in?
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