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Posted: 03/03/12 04:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

security or police. You answer and tell the truth.

why lie? worst happens you are asked to leave. big deal.

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Posted: 03/03/12 06:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I have done in the past, I would slide open a window and talk to them, not get outside. If they asked me to, I would dial 911 and be sure they were legit. Once outside you are at big disadvantage if they are up to no good.


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Posted: 03/03/12 06:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would first ask permission before I parked for the night. I have never stayed overnight in a parking lot, but I have stayed at a casino. Even the casino had a check in procedure and gave me a permit to display in my windshield. Security patrolled the RV lot during the night and checked for permits in the windows. I am sure if you did not have one, you would hear a knock on your door.


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Posted: 03/03/12 06:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you going to answer when they start hooking up the tow truck?

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Alan_Hepburn wrote:

Had to deal with this a couple of decades ago in Canada. We had a long day of driving and ferry riding, so when we got off the ferry in Nanaimo, BC late at night we decided to pull into a shopping center parking lot in our motorhome. About 15 minutes later an RCMP cruiser stops and the officer knocks on the door. After the usual pleasantries he asks why we stopped there and I told him we were just too tired to drive further, and it was too late to find a campground. So, he said to follow him and he got into his car. We followed him for about 3 blocks when he turned into the RCMP station. He came back to us and said "You'll be safer in this parking lot. Have a great night!" We parked off to the side out of the way and slept quite soundly!


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MotorPro wrote:

Are you going to answer when they start hooking up the tow truck?

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AnnorTom wrote:

As I have done in the past, I would slide open a window and talk to them, not get outside. If they asked me to, I would dial 911 and be sure they were legit. Once outside you are at big disadvantage if they are up to no good.
Not complying with a law enforcement officer is a good way to go from being asked to leave, to being offered free accomodations at the local jail. The officer would probably not be very happy that you opened the window and then scampered away to find you cell phone. He might assume you are scrambling around getting a weapon. If you are really worried about fake police and fake security guards maybe you shouldn't stay where you are staying.

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Speaking as a Law Enforcement Officer, things can go downhill really quick.

Plan ahead. Don't put yourself in a situation that you are too tired to keep driving. If you don't want to stop an RV Park or Campground and pay, then by all means find the nearest Walmart, Cracker Barrel, or whatever and make sure you have permission there.


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Posted: 03/03/12 08:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Crack open the window, talk with them, and thank them for checking... If is illegal for you to be there you shouldnt be there in the first place. The security folks are just doing their usual night patrol...

My motion detector setup runs off 12VDC and turns on an outside light... If they run off when the light comes on might be a pretty good clue if they legit or not...


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MotorPro wrote:

Are you going to answer when they start hooking up the tow truck?


GoodSam ERS should find out what tow company these people are using. Half the time the ERS can't figure out what tow truck is needed to move a truck/rv.


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