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Subject Topic: How do you chaps lock your tent??
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Message posted by Campingnoobie on 20/6/2010 at 8:44pm
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just a silly question I suppose but what do you do when you need to leave your tent to go sightseeing ??? do you use a small padlock on the zip, or do you use an alarm??

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There's no need to 'lock' your tent when you go out and about. Make sure that anything valuable is in your car and trust your neighbours. I'm sure you'd do the same for them when they leave their tents. We've never had a problem and I think you'll find that most people don't. Enjoy!

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Put the really valuable stuff like laptop and cameras in the car and pull the zip down. No padlock is going to stop a stanley knife on polyester or canvas.

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Message posted by Zorro01 on 20/6/2010 at 8:49pm
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Not much point in using either, when a quick slash with a Stanley knife at the back of the tent will be quieter and quicker.

Just put the valuable stuff in the car, and if you're really paranoid, you could chain other stuff together, just like you would do with bikes.

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Message posted by Gareth29 on 20/6/2010 at 8:49pm
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We used to use padlocks in the old days but just seem to use trust these days, maybe I should be more secure when we're away from the tent? I usually lock valuables (like the 424) in the car when down the beach etc.



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Campers are all in the same boat / field     so we look after each other. 

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Thanks alot

Very true comment about we are all in the same boat lol

reassured me.

Message posted by Francais on 20/6/2010 at 9:09pm
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Never even though about locking the tent, been camping since 1962 and never had an issue, sometimes you just have to put trust in human nature, as hard as that may seem, just go camping and enjoy, as worry is undue interest paid!.

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We don't. The only things of value, the phones and the cameras, always go out with us. Plus we'll always have our purse and wallet on us.

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As above - anything of valuable is in the car or with us. Bikes we chain to gas bottle/trees etc. Tend to trust people on campsites.

Message posted by Valk_scot on 20/6/2010 at 10:58pm
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I take the valubles with us in the car, put anything small and attractive to casual intruders out of sight (alcohol is best not left outside!) and zip the tent down fully before going out. No lock. I can't belive how many folk go out and leave a door open though. Why is this?

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What's the point when all one needs is something sharp to cut the thin fabric of a tent to get in?

Take precautions by not leaving anything valuable inside for a peace of mind.

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 I usually put any valuables that aren't being carried in the car, preferably out of site. Leave the tent reasonably tidy but usually with window panels and canopy open for ventilation (unless it's raining) and am pleased to say that so far I haven't had anything stolen. I don't know whether it's because campers are an honest lot, but it's just as well as a razor blade will shred a tent with almost no effort. Wish we could all say the same about our homes being so safe.

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I've never worried about it in many years of camping, just be sensible.

However, I heard from someone last week that they had their tent robbed twice. Both times at campsites in Wittering. I guessed (correctly) one of the sites.

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Quote: Originally posted by Valk_scot on 20/6/2010
I take the valubles with us in the car, put anything small and attractive to casual intruders out of sight (alcohol is best not left outside!) and zip the tent down fully before going out. No lock. I can't belive how many folk go out and leave a door open though. Why is this?


We had this very deabte when we were away a couple of weeks ago - we concluded that closing the tent up says "gone out for the day" which might make intruders a bit braver? I dunno, I prefer to close it, get my stuff out of sight - it might not be valuable per se, but it would be a huge pain to lose it!

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I always shut ours when we go out, but then it's a bit obvious when we have gone for the day as all the bikes are missing with the car and the site goes quite cos the boys aren't there.

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