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Old 10-02-2018, 12:35 AM   #1
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$3 pop-up mesh laundry basket from Walmart. Laminated sign held on with bread wrapper ties. Hold it down with a rock.



It should dry quickly when rained on. Folds flat for storage.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:06 AM   #2
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Great idea. Does it work? I've been thinking of doing something similar but using an orange cone. People have a lot more respect for traffic cones than they do for laundry baskets!
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Great idea. Does it work? I've been thinking of doing something similar but using an orange cone. People have a lot more respect for traffic cones than they do for laundry baskets!

I think anything will deter those that will be deterred, and nothing will deter those who won't be.


I would suggest to take whatever you use to mark the site and make it look as crappy as possible, and put your name all over it in magic marker, or they will steal it. We have heard of quite a few who have lost their cones to the the scavengers.
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Great idea. Does it work? I've been thinking of doing something similar but using an orange cone. People have a lot more respect for traffic cones than they do for laundry baskets!
I carry two collapsible traffic cones. But be sure to take a Sharpie and mark your name and phone number on them. Those things sprout legs.
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I use an old tent.
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Old 10-07-2018, 04:15 PM   #6
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I like the old tent idea, because it seems less likely to be stolen (being a little more trouble to do so), plus if placed just right, someone driving by might not be able to tell if the tent is occupied. A pop up screen room type tent would be even better, so we could actually get some use out of it in mosquito and horse fly season. Think I'll surf the interweb for one that folds small enough and doesn't take too long to set up...
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My favorite popup shelter if price isn't an issue is the Clam, but for this purpose I might go with something really cheap...
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I find I have the best results keeping someone from grabbing my site by;
drawing a chock outline of a body on the pad and circling the pad with "Crime Scene" tape
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I just take a used gallon milk jug and write on it something like 'occupied' or 'site taken'. Put some water in it so it won't blow away.

If someone steals your site, there is no monetary loss. This happened in an Alaska state park this year. The gallon jug was gone when we returned and a 5th wheel was in our site. When asked about the jug, we heard, "there was no jug on the site when we drove by". There was no way for us to prove we paid for that site as the host did not have access to the pay box. Only a park employee that came around now and then could open the pay box.

I have seen ice chests, bicycles, tents, electric cords, etc. left in sites to mark occupancy. These can walk off too. I have to agree that only those that will be deterred will respect site occupied markings. Others will not.
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My favorite popup shelter if price isn't an issue is the Clam, but for this purpose I might go with something really cheap...
Just googled the Clam and it looks like a great option. Thanks for the tip!
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