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In ‘95 we visited Carlsbad State Park In So. Ca. on the first trip in a brand new motorhome. As we checked in, the girl at the gate told us to put our bikes in at night. I questioned her, and she said yes put the inside your motorhome at night. I thought that’s crazy, I’m not putting bikes inside our brand new motorhome. We left our bikes clamped and locked on the bike rack that night. Sure enough, we got up to discover the lock had been cut, hardware removed and one bike gone. We’ve never been back.
We were at Yucaipa Regional park in So. Ca. when it was obviously neighborhood residents, that roamed the campground and took ice chests, skateboards, bikes, and anything that wasn’t locked. The sheriff said it had been going on and was the locals. Now there are signs advising to lock things and get to know your neighbors.


Towels that were drying on the picnic table


Had our extended mirrors taken right off truck! Only been in camp for an overnight so we didn’t bother to take them off. Learned that lesson

Carolyn Watkins

Yes, in a campground in Central California. Someone stole both of our dog tie outs.


Yes we had a lawn ornament stolen. Even had one “exchanged” for a broken one!


I was camping with a friend in the Thousand Islands area of Canada at a family owned campgrounds. Where I have stayed many times and it was not to far from where I lived in Upstate NY. We had gotten there early on a Friday and gotten everything set up and headed to town to go to the store and pick a few things up. When we got back there was a young couple with two small kids setting up their tent on the site next to us they were having so trouble with the tent so we gave them a hand. They told us that they made plans to on a tour boat ride for three hours of the Thousand Islands on Saturday. I had done it before and told them it was lots of fun. We rented a boat for Saturday and were going out fishing. We headed out early Saturday to go fishing and they were having breakfast. They wished us good luck fishing and we told to have fun on the tour boat. When we got back in the late afternoon their campsite was empty all packed up and gone? We thought that maybe one of the kids got sick and they left and went home or something? About an hour later around 3 in the afternoon they pulled in from their boat tour and everything was gone stolen!

Bill Mullinax

Last year someone took my 30 amp electrical cord and 50 to 30 amp electrical connections cord. I learned to keep the compartment doors locked.

James Teal

Small fridge we used outside, two coolers

Rita M. Black

The only time I can remember something going missing was about 50 years ago. It was a fancy citronella candle that was on our table. We believe some child took it.

Ted Werner

I apologize to those who are offended when I lock my rig up as we head to the clubhouse. It is not my neighbors who I am locking out; it is someone who may be wandering through and is looking for an “opportunity”.


Foolishly left my propane stove out on the picnic table at Grand Canyon. Stolen.

Jim Roberts

I had a new unlocked folding bicycle stolen at a big RV Rally in the fair grounds in central Orlando about 10 years ago.

Steve Nelson

Approximately 3 years ago we had 1 folding camp chair stolen from our campsite. We had two chairs out but they took only one chair, go figure


Once, back in the late 70’s. I thought that the world had gone to hell at that time. We had left our campsite to go for a hike. When we returned our things had been gone through. A camera and some other things were taken.

Barbara A Troutt

I came back from an outing and my sewer hose and all connections were gone (had a truck camper at the time.) As I was searching around for it (???) a fellow camper brings it back and said it was blowing away … ( I had secured it good before I left as it was windy) I think asked him if he had the clear connector which goes with it? He brought it back to me shortly.

Also, on two occasions in different places, I suspected siphoning gas from my truck… but in 27 years that is not a bad average.


Have been a member of Thousand Trails for many years without a problem. However with a change in ownership and cheap camping open to the public it is no longer safe to leave things out at night. Lawn chairs and bicycles are easy targets. Never thought someone would tag my motorhome with paint then come back at night and take wires off of back but it happened this summer 2019! Not fun!

Gene Bjerke

We travel in a Class B, so our RV is also our local transportation. For a while, I would just drop the utility connections and drive to where we wanted to go, then reconnect when we returned. Then one day I came back and found everything gone. It cost several hundred dollars to replace it all (especially the electrical gear). Since then I only hook up to electricity, and take my cable, etc. with me. In the past I have left some inexpensive items behind (namely a small traffic cone and a TV cable) but have had those stolen as well, so now all I leave when I go out for the day is a personal flag (I hope no one else likes it) to mark that the site is occupied. It does have the advantage that set-up and break-down take less than two minutes.

Wandering Werners

Some furry, four footed friends with masks loved the contents of my cooler. 🙂


Sewer drain cap.


Two times. First time we were camping on the Olympic Peninsula. We were on our Sportster motorcycle and we hung our helmets on the handle bars. In the middle of the night heard a car screaming around the loop and stopped in front of our campsite. By the time we were able to crawl out of our little tent they had grabbed the helmets and were gone.

Second time camping at Verlot Campground outside of Granite Falls Wa. Dog (Doberman) started going crazy in the middle of the night. I got up and looked out all of the windows and could not see anything. Told the dog to shut up and went back to sleep. Husband woke me up in the morning yelling the generator was gone. He had tucked it up under the rear of the camper by the wheels. How they were able to pull this off is a mystery. I am a light sleeper and I did not hear a car or voices. They knew what they wanted and went right to it. It is now chained.