New Camper

It has been a little over two months since we had our Everest 5th wheel stolen on Easter Sunday evening. Other than the agony we have gone through over someone taking what did not belong to them, things have gone pretty smoothly. Our insurance company settled with us in a timely manner at a fair price, both on the trailer and the contents of the trailer.

Fortunately for us, we have continued to look at RVs at the local RV shows each year. Therefore, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted in a new trailer if we were to trade ours in for a new one. However, we spent a lot of time going back over the things that we wanted in a camper and then looking at the various manufacturers. One of our major considerations was not getting a trailer that our current truck could not haul but yet get the things that we wanted. The decision came down to the Heartland Bighorn. We got the 3600RL floor plan and are very pleased with our decision.

New Bighorn camper

After making the decision on the trailer, we then were faced with the task of stocking the new trailer. We had a lot of stuff in the trailer that was stolen. We had that trailer for almost 7 years and had collected things from our trips that we left in the trailer. Having a trailer of that size is almost like furnishing a 1 bedroom apartment. The sad thing is that it was not as much fun buying for this trailer as it was for the old trailer. Everytime we went shopping, it just reminded us of the audacity of some stealing our belongings.

We picked the new trailer up a week ago last Friday. We then brought the trailer by the house and spent several hours loading the new items into the trailer. After it was loaded, we took the camper about 5 miles away to Rayford Crossing RV Park and spent 6 days there making sure that everything worked in the camper. There were a few small items that we found that needed to be fixed and upon leaving Rayford Park, we took it back to the dealer to have those items fixed. We are extremely pleased with the Bighorn and look forward to many years of camping in it.

Bighorn at Rayford Crossing RV Park

Now that I have this new camper, my task will be to prevent any theif from stealing it. I never in my wildest dreams thought that anyone would steal a very large camper. I had never heard of it happening, so I didn’t take any precautions other than having it in a locked storage yard. However, I have found that trailers are stolen all of the time. Much more so than I would have thought. Eventhough I take as many steps as I can to prevent a theft, I know that if a theif wants something bad enough, they will find a way to get it. My task will be to make my trailer hard enough to steal that they will go to the one that is not as well protected. The analogy would be like two guys meeting a mean bear in the woods. I don’t have to outrun the bear, just outrun the guy I’m with.


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