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A Safety Wakeup Call
Doors Are There for a Reason

Do not open the door of someone's recreational vehicle without express permission to do so. This may sound obvious, but apparently it isn't. The polite -- and safe -- thing to do is to knock and wait.

It turns out the intruder saw our Alaska license plates and wanted to visit. However, instead of feeling social, I felt a mix of anger and disbelief.

Yes, I should have had my door locked. It was a good wake-up call for me. I shouldn't get lax about safety. Even though it was in broad daylight, in a public place, with a fair amount of traffic, in a generally safe area. Even with Bob not too far away. I should have had all the doors to the RV locked. A person needs to be alert. And, if you aren't going to be alert, lock the door.

But, really, was he stupid or simply thoughtless? He should have known better.

Fortunately, my cat did not jump out and escape.

Bob had our dog out for a walk, so she was not in the motorhome. Dogs tend to be very protective of their home territory. Our motorhome is home to our dog. A stranger opening the door and sticking his hand inside our motorhome? I'm sure the barking would have caused a commotion.

This article has two purposes. One is to remind you to be alert and to keep your doors locked, for your own safety. The other is to offer a reminder that you should never open the door of another person's RV, unless invited to do so. Whichever side of the door you are on, think, and stay safe.

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