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Old 09-16-2013, 03:54 AM   #1
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I have lived in my neighborhood now for over 2 years. About 3 weeks ago a Police Officer shows up at my door saying my neighbor across the street doesn't like the look of my 5ver sitting in MY OWN drive and that it is bringing down his property value. I was like are you serious? So like a neighbor should do I cross the street to have a chat with my "neighbor". There are no home owners association laws or city ordinances against having a camper on your property. While calmly speaking with him he said he woke up at 4:30 in the morning and the site of my camper pissed him off and I was lowering the value of his home. Our conversation went on, but I won't waste everyone's time with it, I'll just end by saying he's not a very nice guy. I don't even leave my camper in the drive. I usually get it on Thursday night, we leave on Friday after work and then take the camper back to storage either Sunday night on Monday night. The end of part 1 of this story.

So Thursday I get my camper and leave it hooked up over night because we were leaving first thing Friday morning. As always I checked and double checked to make sure everything is hitched correctly. I walk out the next morning and look to make sure the jaws were around the king pin and they were and got in my truck to take off, well I made it about a half of block and a loud crash. I look back to see my 5ver now resting on the bed of my truck. I get out and look at my hitch to see that "someone" had lifted the safety latch that goes across the bar you pull to loosen the jaws on the hitch. I guess "someone" wanted to make a point, even though I can't prove who did this.

Lesson learned, check and double check everything every time you move your camper, even when your in your own neighborhood. I will now be putting a paddle lock through the latch instead of just a pin. Just glad this happened at slow speeds and not the interstate.

Please be careful out there, you never now when something crazy like this will happen. Another life lesson learned.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:58 AM   #2
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That's horrible!!!!
To bad you didn't have a bear trap set by the rear wheel.
There wouldn't be any doubt as to who did it.



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Old 09-16-2013, 04:23 AM   #3
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Buy you a game camera and point it toward your truck/trailer and turn it on when you bring your trailer to thehouse. Mount it high enough it cannot be reached from the ground. They will take a nice picture day or night. If it is your neighbor messing with it at night and you can get a picture I bet your issue goes away.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:52 AM   #4
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Buy you a game camera and point it toward your truck/trailer and turn it on when you bring your trailer to thehouse. Mount it high enough it cannot be reached from the ground. They will take a nice picture day or night. If it is your neighbor messing with it at night and you can get a picture I bet your issue goes away.

The wife started to look at security camera's to get later that day, its just a shame I have to even think about doing this.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:56 AM   #5
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Not to mention the damage to your truck. Ouch!! How did the fiver fare? People think I am crazy to put a padlock through the release handle and I also padlock my hitch to the truck bed. Takes a lot of time with a saw to get through them and it only takes 30 seconds to unlock them. I lost faith on people a long time ago. The majority are good, but the minority has gotten much larger in the last 20 years.

Had my brand new truck vandalized in 1996 and figured we knew who did it. (Tailgate stolen, rear window smashed and a tire iron punched through my radiator). Had the truck fixed and set up a camera to watch it when I got it back. Caught the guy we suspected in the act the next week coming back to do more damage - he keyed both sides of the truck. Certain types of vandalism are too extensive to be random!!
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:00 AM   #6
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Not to mention the damage to your truck. Ouch!! How did the fiver fare? People think I am crazy to put a padlock through the release handle and I also padlock my hitch to the truck bed. Takes a lot of time with a saw to get through them and it only takes 30 seconds to unlock them. I lost faith on people a long time ago. The majority are good, but the minority has gotten much larger in the last 20 years.

Had my brand new truck vandalized in 1996 and figured we knew who did it. (Tailgate stolen, rear window smashed and a tire iron punched through my radiator). Had the truck fixed and set up a camera to watch it when I got it back. Caught the guy we suspected in the act the next week coming back to do more damage - he keyed both sides of the truck. Certain types of vandalism are too extensive to be random!!

The truck is at the body shop today getting looked at, the body shop guy estimated 5 to 6 thousand dollars for the truck and I take the 5ver to the dealership tonight to get looked at, it doesn't look to bad.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:04 AM   #7
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:08 AM   #8
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My 2 cents would be the camera's,(security camera's), I have multiple installed so all of the yard and all sides of the house are recorded anytime there is movement. I have one monitor installed next to the bed, if we hear anything strange, or if the doorbell rings during the night we just turn the monitor on.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:13 AM   #9
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I would think the insurance company would be interested in the conversation you had with the neighbor. Especially if you followed it up with pictures of him on your property and around your trailer.

Remember criminal law requires "beyond a reasonable doubt" but civil law has less restrictive provenance.
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What a dilemna not only the damage to you vehicle and trailer but you have that SOB across the street. Sorry you have to endure that situation. I hope you do catch him so then you could pursue recourse. I hope you folks can get some type of satisifaction.
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