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#1 GMehl

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 11:59 AM

This may be a little controversial, but my intent is for information purposes only. The question is...... do any of you carry firearms in your Casitas for personal protection?

I grew up seeing the movie "Deliverance" at an impressionable age and have never been able to get those images out of my head! I honestly get a little skittish when dry camping. I do okay in RV parks, but state and national parks make me a little goosey.

Also, what are the rules if a bear, cougar or some other wild creature poses a threat to you or your family? Would having a firearm be a viable option in such a situation?

As I said, I'm new to this camping experience and want to do the right thing. I do hope this does not offend anyone.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 12:13 PM

QUOTE (GMehl @ Sep 9 2010, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This may be a little controversial, but my intent is for information purposes only. The question is...... do any of you carry firearms in your Casitas for personal protection?

I grew up seeing the movie "Deliverance" at an impressionable age and have never been able to get those images out of my head! I honestly get a little skittish when dry camping. I do okay in RV parks, but state and national parks make me a little goosey.

Also, what are the rules if a bear, cougar or some other wild creature poses a threat to you or your family? Would having a firearm be a viable option in such a situation?

As I said, I'm new to this camping experience and want to do the right thing. I do hope this does not offend anyone.

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well, you opened up a hornets nest, but here goes i don't go anywhere with out my trusty kimber .45 cal auto never ever when i went to alaska this past may i had a remention .12ga. pump, marli 45-70 lever action and a .22 bolt action rifle, only reason i did not have the kimber was because of canadian rules about barrel lenght didn't need any of them but the feeling of security was a great relief, now the rebuttals to this will begin, don't let anything but fear and common sense stop you rolleyes.gif

#3 Richard & Maggie

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 12:30 PM

QUOTE (GMehl @ Sep 9 2010, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This may be a little controversial, but my intent is for information purposes only. The question is...... do any of you carry firearms in your Casitas for personal protection?

I grew up seeing the movie "Deliverance" at an impressionable age and have never been able to get those images out of my head! I honestly get a little skittish when dry camping. I do okay in RV parks, but state and national parks make me a little goosey.

Also, what are the rules if a bear, cougar or some other wild creature poses a threat to you or your family? Would having a firearm be a viable option in such a situation?

As I said, I'm new to this camping experience and want to do the right thing. I do hope this does not offend anyone.

I don' even go to the bathroom without my xd40...Too bad, but it's the world we live in now.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:18 PM

then there's guys like me. i don't own a firearm and never have (altho, our government did loan me one for a few years a long time ago). that doesn't mean that i object to you (or any other law abiding citizen) owning one if you're safe, sane and careful. a lot of people i know pack and tell me that i should...it just isn't comfortable. i do feel that you're more likely to need protection in a city than in a state/national park campground.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:39 PM

QUOTE (f_stop @ Sep 9 2010, 03:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
then there's guys like me. i don't own a firearm and never have (altho, our government did loan me one for a few years a long time ago). that doesn't mean that i object to you (or any other law abiding citizen) owning one if you're safe, sane and careful. a lot of people i know pack and tell me that i should...it just isn't comfortable. i do feel that you're more likely to need protection in a city than in a state/national park campground.

p@


I carry mine in my TV. It is not while I am in the park that I am concerned. It is the places I go while away from the park that concern me.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:47 PM

I don't carry a gun camping or at any other time, but I have no problem if you want to, so long as you practice good gun safety and obey the local gun laws.

Edited by Indy-hp, 09 September 2010 - 01:48 PM.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:52 PM

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:21 PM

I sleep with one at home and in the camper. When I am awakened by a noise or just a strange feeling, placing my hand on it gives me comfort so I don't have to get up and see what it is. I unload it when traveling thru many different states. Laws vary. Some receprocate and some don't. Saw an episode of Cops once where these two Rodeo Cowboys were returning home after an event and were stoped in Utah. Cop found a loaded hand gun in the truck. He made out like it was a serious offense. I shoot often so I know my weapons and have the confidence to use them. I pray I never find myself in the situation. As for the movie, Naw , I ain't got a purty mouth.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:33 PM

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:41 PM

I have always felt quite safe in state and national parks, in the Midwest, the South and in the Rocky Mountains. I am particularly comfortable if there are some other campers nearby. I have also overnighted in two or three places where I was just a bit uneasy, and made it a point to leave the camping spot ahead of schedule. These places included a junky commercial campground and a remote rural boondocking site. Again, I have never felt uneasy in a state or national park. I do have several firearms, but seldom carried them in the Casita. I think an attack by a wild animal is extremely unlikely in an RV and I do not worry about that situation. Today, if I am going to be boondocking in a remote site I am planning on having a handgun on board. I doubt that I will ever use it, but it makes me feel a little safer. Mike
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:42 PM

Since I did a couple of modifications to the trailer, I'm happy to leave the small stuff at home. biggrin.gif

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 03:38 PM

Harold, did you have to do much reinforcing of the roof? biggrin.gif
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 04:29 PM

I carry two .45's, sometimes an AK, our Doberman and, oh, my wife who is a dead-eye shot with her .45. We both have concealed carry permits that are good in most any state we care anything about visiting.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 04:38 PM

QUOTE (GMehl @ Sep 9 2010, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also, what are the rules if a bear, cougar or some other wild creature poses a threat to you or your family? Would having a firearm be a viable option in such a situation?


Funny, funny thread.

When we tent camped, I was nervous about bears. But far more nervous about loony people like the sickle ax murderer that would hack up campers. Oh gee, I shouldn't have mentioned that, should I. Well, it was a long, long time ago in northern California just before I started tent camping.

But about bears; they have an extremely good sense of smell and when they show up in a campground, they are looking for food. So, if you are camping in bear country, keep food stored inside the trailer or vehicle. National & State Parks that are frequented by bears are usually posted and many have bear proof garbage cans and bear boxes (for storage) to keep them away. If you camp in a one of these parks, you shouldn't ever need a gun. They suggest banging pots and pans together to scare the bear away.

Green Point Campground in Pacific Rim NP, Canada has a Clean Camp program to protect both campers and bears. They have found that this program really works.

Here is what they suggest to keep a "Bare Campsite"
To bear-proof your campsite, store all food and anything that might attract wildlife in a hard-sided vehicle, trailer or motor home or in campground food storage lockers (not in a tent or tent-trailer) when not in use. These items include:

•coolers (full and empty)
•food and condiments
•garbage/wrappings/plastic bags
•dishes/pots
•pet food/bowls
•bottles/cans (full and empty)
•tablecloths
•toiletries/suntan lotion/insect spray
•campstoves/barbeques
•containers of gasoline/oil
•any item associated with food preparation or clean up (soap, dish cloths and towels)
•pails with grey water (water used for cooking or washing)



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#15 Tom Ayers

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 05:10 PM

Well yes, I frequently include a firearm of some kind among the other tools (like socket wrenchs) I pack before a long trip with the sincere hope I don't need them. But always cased and unloaded. I have to add, I have never felt the need to have a gun in a campground of any kind. If I had a mechanical problem and had to pull off in an isolated part of the desert overnight, now that would put me on alert.
As for bears, etc.; bear spray is another way to go. Since I camp and hike in grizzly country I keep a canister of that handy.

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