Considering that to be safe while traveling I need a gun, baseball bat and bear, bee spray,
I think I will stay home and hide under my bed.
Oh wait, that is dangerous too!
After reading the thread, I do not know how I have survived travelling North America since the late fifties.
Silly me, I have even been known to take along the wife and kiddies, exposing them to all of these dangers.
Seriously, if I felt the need for an arsenal
at home and on the road,
I would rob a bank, then I would be put in jail where it is safe!
Jail is "safe"??
Not according to some of the stories I have read!
It has been said many times, "Different strokes for different folks".
Just because one person views the world through rose-colored glasses, and does not see the dark underbelly, doesn't mean the dark side does not exist. Those who have never encountered the forces of darkness are very lucky. Those who have seen it up close and personal know what they need to be prepared for, and they want to know how to be prepared.
Those who are willing to rely on law enforcement for their security have every right to do so.
"When seconds count, help is only minutes away!" That may sound like a cutesy old adage, and I suppose it is. It is also quite true.
IMO, the Boy Scouts are absolutely right! "Be prepared".
I see a lot of comments on these forums that "This gadget or that gadget is simply CHEAP INSURANCE! You have auto insurance and home insurance, why not have THIS thing?" Yet, when somebody wants to enhance their feeling of personal security by being prepared for the worst, they get put down for it.
I wonder why?? After all, isn't it just "CHEAP INSURANCE"??
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"When seconds count, help is only minutes away!"
We've parked at WalMarts with no problems - usually try to find another rig or two and park w/in close proximity, but not on-top-of them. As far as boondocking - sort of just go with out gut feeling. If it' doesn't feel right, we listen to our instincts and move on.....
Probably right, but there are lots of ways to find out if anyone is home.
Knock, knock... have you seen my dog?
ANSWER: My 200# Rotty ate it!
Every one always freaked at the size of my male rotty (Thor) at 245# and tall as a great dane he was a intimidating marshmellow!! But, watch out for the 60# golden retreiver sleeping behind him!
I miss my mutts, they attracted folks while we were walking them. But, terified them after dark.
The wasp spray is a good idea. I use it all the time, But I never thought of it as a deterrant.
I have my kid's old aluminum 't' ball bat.
Gonna meet my 'lil sister up in MT/ND in the spring to transfer the 5ver and do a little site seeing on the way back east.
Trying to plan it out now.
After all this and no one has suggested the good ol', multi purpose, cast iron skillet?
fry up your eggs in the mornin', grill a sandwich for lunch, make up a stew for dinner, and wack someone over the head with it when they mess with you at midnight!
Never get questioned why you have it. If you have a baseball bat and no balls, someone is going to wonder why. If you have a skillet in your camper, heck, you just tell them that you use that for cookin' your vittles.
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Many Walmarts do not allow overnight parking on their lots so there's a very likely chance that you might be asked to leave. I found this article with a list of Walmarts that don't allow overnight parking. Some cities and states don't also allow overnight parking in public areas whether in Walmart or elsewhere. Best option would really be to find a free/cheap campground to spend the night.