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hi,

somebody on another thread questioned the safety of wild camping on the street (or say in a city), and ive been wondering about it to, so i thought i would create my first poll :)

so, apart from the poll, i wonder what people think? how many members have ever had problems and what kind of problems (being asked to move, threatened, tires slashed, etc).
 

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We've never not wild camped, and we did once stay in a town centre car park, but it was in a small Scottish town, and not too busy, even so there were lots of comings and goings throughout the night.

We didn't have a seconds trouble, but I won't be doing it again.

I suppose that in theory, we should be safer in or near a town where there are people about, and in more danger way out in the wilds, where no one would be able to witness an attack, but in reality, these days I think people would just walk the other way in town, and there be less chance of trouble in the sticks.

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Done it a few times with the van and hundreds of times in a truck(no choice in the matter). As with most things in life, a bit of common sense saves the day (and night). Choose your spot carefully and enjoy, that's what it's all about. :D
 

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hi,
as most people who wild camp say,use your sense,if it feels good it should be good,we parked in faro,lyons,and several more cities on our trip,but spent a little time weighing up where to park,but once you decide,enjoy.
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havingfun said:
hi,
as most people who wild camp say,use your sense,if it feels good it should be good,we parked in faro,lyons,and several more cities on our trip,but spent a little time weighing up where to park,but once you decide,enjoy.
mags
I would agree with that up to a point. but I certainly would not park up in a major city, a small rural village maybe but never a city or major town. Foreign registered vehicle and not just motohomes are targetted in many countries by criminal gangs who operate not only on the European motorway network but in the heart of many heavily populated towns an cities. And as the recession bites deeper these gangs will become more desparate.

My brother has been tramping the roads of Europe and the Middle East for a long time, and has been dragged out of the cab of his truck in the middle of the night at gunpoint in Italy. More recently, as twice had his Merc Sprinter white van broken into whilst he was sleeping in it. and last year he saw a chap stab a pointed screwdriver into his rear tyre as he bought a Czech vignette near the border. His experience told not to tackle the chap, but to put as much distance between the two of them. so he managed to get 5kms down the road before changing the wheel at a well lit junction.

Only today, he was telling me the situation is getting much across much of expanded European Union

Don't think I'm not against wild camping, or being alarmist, better to be armed with the facts, then we can all make a more educated decision rather than rely on the "It wont happen to me" with fingers crossed behind your back and your heart in your mouth.

Finally, I live on a terraced street, the kind of street that people would look at and think this looks nice and quiet we'll park here. Come 2am and the local revellers come staggering out of the clubs, disco's in the town centre and the wings mirrors on cars begin to fly by the local would be Johnny Wilkinsons. Well three winng mirrors later and a scratch down to the metal along the entire length of a three week old car. We decided to park ours 10miles away on a storage site and pay £440 a year for the privelage.
 

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We do, but you must be sensible and do your homework. There are areas in most cities that you shouldn't wild camp in.

Don't bother in Bridlington, because the council put a threatening letter on your screen, as they are trying to make Bridlington into a ghost town. It was safe though, as it was deserted on a bank holiday :roll:
 

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Zozzer said:
havingfun said:
hi,
as most people who wild camp say,use your sense,if it feels good it should be good,we parked in faro,lyons,and several more cities on our trip,but spent a little time weighing up where to park,but once you decide,enjoy.
mags
I would agree with that up to a point. but I certainly would not park up in a major city, a small rural village maybe but never a city or major town. Foreign registered vehicle and not just motohomes are targetted in many countries by criminal gangs who operate not only on the European motorway network but in the heart of many heavily populated towns an cities. And as the recession bites deeper these gangs will become more desparate.

My brother has been tramping the roads of Europe and the Middle East for a long time, and has been dragged out of the cab of his truck in the middle of the night at gunpoint in Italy. More recently, as twice had his Merc Sprinter white van broken into whilst he was sleeping in it. and last year he saw a chap stab a pointed screwdriver into his rear tyre as he bought a Czech vignette near the border. His experience told not to tackle the chap, but to put as much distance between the two of them. so he managed to get 5kms down the road before changing the wheel at a well lit junction.

Only today, he was telling me the situation is getting much across much of expanded European Union

Don't think I'm not against wild camping, or being alarmist, better to be armed with the facts, then we can all make a more educated decision rather than rely on the "It wont happen to me" with fingers crossed behind your back and your heart in your mouth.

Finally, I live on a terraced street, the kind of street that people would look at and think this looks nice and quiet we'll park here. Come 2am and the local revellers come staggering out of the clubs, disco's in the town centre and the wings mirrors on cars begin to fly by the local would be Johnny Wilkinsons. Well three winng mirrors later and a scratch down to the metal along the entire length of a three week old car. We decided to park ours 10miles away on a storage site and pay £440 a year for the privelage.
I would move if I were you.
 

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Hi,

sorry, cannot vote because I have no general rule here: There are certain cities in which I would never dare to wild-camp, like e.g. Amsterdam, Strasbourg or Marseille.

Then there are cities in which I would do it, but carefully select the area, like in most Scandinavian or German cities. Which however requires a certain familiarity with the location.

Finally there are the ones in which I would have absolutely no concern. It can however be argued whether these can still be called "cities", probably "towns" would be more appropriate.

We do this fully by instinct: If a place feels "wrong", then it most probably is, so we move on.

Kev_n_Liz said:
I suppose that in theory, we should be safer in or near a town where there are people about, and in more danger way out in the wilds, where no one would be able to witness an attack, but in reality, these days I think people would just walk the other way in town, and there be less chance of trouble in the sticks.
I strongly disagree here, both in theory and from practical experience. I consider places somewhere in the sticks as the safest of all. Firstly, because should something happen in a city, then most probably any bystanders would look the other way. And secondly, we do not live anymore in the times of Robin Hood (and even then the "highwaymen" usually targetted, as the name says, the main traffic routes of the period). Robbers will be there where there is the best chance for an easy prey, sufficient background noise to cover their own, sufficient light to not being dependent on torches, and finally the best chances for a quick getaway. So obviously NOT out in the sticks.

Best Regards,
Gerhard
 

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Just back from Scotland where one night I wild camped in Aberdeen

Some curious looks but no hassle

As a general rule you can normally find somewhere better than a town or city but on this occasion the height barriers beat me.
 

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Boff said:
Kev_n_Liz said:
I suppose that in theory, we should be safer in or near a town where there are people about, and in more danger way out in the wilds, where no one would be able to witness an attack, but in reality, these days I think people would just walk the other way in town, and there be less chance of trouble in the sticks.
I strongly disagree here, both in theory and from practical experience. I consider places somewhere in the sticks as the safest of all. Firstly, because should something happen in a city, then most probably any bystanders would look the other way. And secondly, we do not live anymore in the times of Robin Hood (and even then the "highwaymen" usually targetted, as the name says, the main traffic routes of the period). Robbers will be there where there is the best chance for an easy prey, sufficient background noise to cover their own, sufficient light to not being dependent on torches, and finally the best chances for a quick getaway. So obviously NOT out in the sticks.

Best Regards,
Gerhard
I must be missing something there, but it looks like we agree in principal.

Kev.
 

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be sure to check out your surroundings!

Hi, flew out to Porto and hired a MH to (a) explore northern Portugal and (b) checkout if Motorhoming is for us in advance of buying one.

Answer to (b) was a definite yes, can't wait now until Sept '10 when we will be both retired and seriously looking with back pocket full!!

BUT we will be careful when it comes to wild camping in cities. We did a few nights wild (it was Feb and many campsites were closed). While in Guimaraes (well worth a visit) we decided to stay in a large carpark just to the north of the castle. We walked into town for the night, came back and "fell" into bed.

Within a short time we realised that there where two churchs either end of the carpark. We had Big Ben chiming fron both every quarter of an hour. To make it worse one was 8 minutes slower than the other. By the time we had realised driving was not advised so we had to stay put.

I shall be definitely checking out surroundings before wild camping in cities again!!!

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just been done

Wildcamped in Fatima Portugal just recently and got cleaned out. It was busy with thousands of MH's about but we didn't stick with the herd and stayed on the fringes, a stupid thing to do when there's predators around. A lesson learned.
 

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We camped in the middle of Fort William once after the Ben Nevis Hill Race. There were some characters about late at night but we didn't have any bother. We weren't the only campers though and I might be a little wary of doing it alone.
 
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