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If I was a Man it might not matter/ Safety Issue
#11
My 2¢
  1. Do what makes you feel safe.  Fear sucks all the joy out of life.
  2. Listen to your gut.  If you feel unsafe, change something.
  3. Always be situationally aware.  Know what is around you and always have a plan.
  4. Remember, your vehicle is a (defensive) weapon.  Don't be afraid to take battle damage to get out of a dangerous situation.
You are correct about the advantage of being able to drive away from danger with easy cab access.  I thought through some of those scenarios when I decided on a pickup camper.  I might be small and limber but it would be difficult and slow to get through the rear window into the cab.  What can be worse than being stuck half way in a bad situation.  If cab access makes you feel safer there is no reason NOT to go that direction.  There are advantages and disadvantages with all your choices.

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(05-18-2017, 12:08 PM)Stargazer Wrote: Ghostrider,

I agree with you.  I have had every type of RV in my 65 years and my favorites have been those in which I can easily move from back to front and drive away.  Partly because of safety, mostly because it's just so much easier.  It is also easier to keep a low profile.  For instance, I have overnighted in highway rest areas and truck stops.  I pull in, park, and move to the back without getting out.  My windows are tinted as dark as legally allowed.  Nobody can see who is inside, especially at night (lights out).  Next morning, I move to the front and leave, never having exited the RV/van.  This is also nice in inclement weather.

At my age, I don't think I want to be crawling through small windows to access the driver's seat in a panic or emergency situation.  Don't know if I could anyway.

As for taking self defense classes, we all know the best self defense is to avoid trouble in the first place and be prepared for it if it comes, in whatever way works best for you.

I don't own a firearm anymore.  I do have a flashlight with a built in stun feature that I love and carry all the time.  It fits in my pocket.  Great led light, use it all the time, rechargeable via AC or DC.  Just the sound it makes has stopped dogs in their tracks from getting too close.  i like it because if I ever have to use it, it most likely won't kill anyone and if it should be taken from me and used against me, it won't kill me either.  And it looks like a flashlight.  Very low profile.

So I'm getting ready to take out my new-to-me Class B in two weeks.  Woo hoo!

Best wishes.

That flashlight/stun gun sounds like a great idea. Thank you.
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"I have come to believe that life is a series of ironic ambushes"
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(05-18-2017, 12:41 PM)GHostRiDer Wrote: Fact #5: One out of every five American women has been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010)Fact #6: Approximately 1,270,000 women are raped each year. Another 6,646,000 are victims of other sexual crime, including sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, or unwanted sexual experiences. (Department of Justice 2010).

Okay, now break that down and tell me how many of those women were attacked by strangers while out in the world, and how many were attacked by partners, relatives, friends or acquaintances in their own home or other "safe place".
You are still 1000x less likely to be a victim of crime, violent or otherwise, by yourself in the boonies than anywhere else.

But your choice is your own.  You don't have to justify it to anyone.  As for me, I'm not particularly concerned about safety, but I'm too lazy/wussy to get out and set up camp in the rain and the dark, so a van or motorhome was the obvious choice for me.
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(05-18-2017, 12:58 PM)mayble Wrote: Okay, now break that down and tell me how many of those women were attacked by strangers while out in the world, and how many were attacked by partners, relatives, friends or acquaintances in their own home or other "safe place".
You are still 1000x less likely to be a victim of crime, violent or otherwise, by yourself in the boonies than anywhere else.

But your choice is your own.  You don't have to justify it to anyone.  As for me, I'm not particularly concerned about safety, but I'm too lazy/wussy to get out and set up camp in the rain and the dark, so a van or motorhome was the obvious choice for me.

mayble,

I love the rain and the dark, just don't like the rain on me. Safe travels.
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#15
I got my class C and then downsized to a van for similar reasons.

I have to say, though, I know plenty of woman in TTs and TCs for whom the ability to drive away without leaving the rig to get into the cab has never been a problem.

I may, at one point, expand to a cargo trailer, This particular concept is a non issue after being out there for a few years.
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#16
I chose the cargo van for several reasons, some are not related to the safety issue at all.

BUT, being able to get from the drivers' seat to the living area and back again was one of the reasons I chose not to go with either a truck camper or a travel trailer. It's not just a safety issue for me, although that is, admittedly, a part of it. It just seems that Murphy likes to come along for a ride with me and it's either cold, raining, or the bugs are about to have dinner (on me... Rolleyes ) when I would need to get from the drivers' seat to my living space.

For example, I've been on the road for the last week...stopping every 100 miles or so for pottie, snack, clothing adjustment, whatever breaks, or for the day. Probably 50% of the time I would have gotten wet, froze my butt off or bitten alive had  I needed to actually get out of the van.

The only times I HAVE to get out of the van is to put gas in it.... Tongue 

I will tell you though that in 14 years full-timing it on the eastern seaboard of the US and now for the past 18 months of travelling all over the continent, there has been only ONE time that I needed to get in to the drivers' seat and drive away in a hurry. I was parked at a rest area when a van pulled in with an engine fire...yes, I got out of the range of the fire in one hell of a hurry!!

But that's it...ONCE and not because I was feeling threatened by someone.
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Here is a link to a woman doing it with a trailer. http://rvsueandcrew.net/
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I think the point for me, in my camper I actually feel just as safe as in a house, if not more so. I can hear what is going on more than I can in my parent's huge house.

I already owned a fifth wheel from living on site as a ranch foreman so went with what I already owned. I'm honestly not sure which way I would go if I had to do it over.
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I totally agree with the convenience issues of a van/class b or class C.  Being able to just get up and go in the back without exiting the vehicle is great.  I had a class C and that was actually the only thing I really liked about it.  I pull a trailer now and I have to say I've never felt any safety issue with it.  More inconvenience.  

My comment has to do with the whole setting up and taking down aspect.  To be honest, I had almost as many setting up and taking down issues with the Class C as I do with the trailer, so for me it's a wash.  

Maybe I was just super unlucky or something but I could NEVER find a place to park that Class C that was level so there was a lot of mucking about with leveling blocks and such.  And the back end would bounce whenever someone moved in the class C, so I had to put up stabilization jacks if I didn't want it to drive me crazy.  Obviously for an overnight it was just suck it down and move on in the morning.  But for staying somewhere for any length of time, it seems there was just as much backbreaking labor with the class C as I have with the trailer.  The actual hitching and unhitching of the trailer I have now down to a science and know exactly how to do it so that it doesn't hurt my back at all.

So anyway, my goal now is to get a class B or a conversion van to pull the trailer for those times when my husband will travel with me, but just the van/class b when I'm on my own or we want to get somewhere off the beaten path.  And for the decision making process, I've taken the Class C off the table as I tried it before and other than the convenience of going from front to back it was just as much a chore as the trailer and I like the trailer better.  So just another outlook on the whole thing.
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#20
Like has been said, if someone wants you, be prepared to defend yourself.
In a Class A, B or C, you would still have to be able to drive away. If their vehicle is in front of you and a tree or cliff is behind you, how are you going to go someplace? In most vehicles if you jack up one rear tire, the vehicle will go nowhere. So you see ultimate security is an illusion, but so is the fear of impending doom. I have a trailer now, but I make sure it will not be easy for a car thief to drive off with my vehicle with me still in the trailer. I either unhook the trailer or put a lock and chain between the steering wheel and brake pedal.

When I was younger,(40 years ago), I studied martial arts. it occurred to me that I was spending a lot of time and energy worrying and preparing for something that would probably never happen. Today I carry a gun. It is the great equalizer. If someone is outside of your vehicle, they are not necessarily a prowler or bad guy. When they force open the barrier that is between you and them, THAT is when you open up on them. No need to panic before then. For someone who doesn't like handguns, a 20 gauge pump shotgun works well and is legal everywhere that I know of. Just don't drive with it loaded. If you can hear them outside, they will be able to hear you rack a shell into the chamber.
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