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New to RV,when traveling how do you know what areas to avoid

Jackutah
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Let's face it .. Taking a wrong exit in some cities will place you in areas that you may not want to boondock or drive through being older or with the grandkids in RV.

when you are traveling through states that you have never been in before how do you know what areas to not stop to fill up.. Etc... .

I am a retired LE from California and now live in Utah... I travel in car all over the western states .. And know that the wrong exit in Bay Area .. Phoenix ... So cal .. Sacramento ... Vegas .. Etc places you in areas that are not safest..

I know this may be misunderstood but anyone who doesn't admit that parking in the wrong area is less safe than others is only fooling them-self..

How do you plan a trip all around the US and Canada with safety for grandkids etc as a factor..any apps.. Web pages etc that help?
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spoon059
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Turtle n Peeps wrote:
Man some of you must get lost in the wrong hood like Clark did! :B

Ha ha ha... that is exactly what I was thinking... "lock em up"!
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Turtle_n_Peeps
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Man some of you must get lost in the wrong hood like Clark did! :B

Myself? I try to stay away from cities and crazy people as much as possible when I'm on vacation.

The big problem I have is I just checked that website that someone posted. I work in two cities that are way over the national average for crime. Dang it!! Now what do I do? I guess go on vacation in safe places!!! :B

You people stay safe out there!!!
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ramgunner
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How do you avoid bad areas? Planning. Know where you are going. Use Google Earth to get aerial and ground-based photo recon of the area. Know what you will see - being aware that things can change between when they get image data and the current time. Take a look at potential detours that you might have to take a well.

Also, situational awareness is key.

Keep yours eyes open and your mind active. Look at people - what are they doing? Vehicles around you? Condition of buildings? Ask yourself "should I be where I am now?" or "should I go down that street?"

If you find yourself feeling uneasy, turn around before getting in deeper.

Sometimes you won't be able to avoid those bad areas. Construction detours or bad directions might lead you to one. If that happens, don't act scared or have the mindset of a victim.

Mentally, if you know you are prepared and have the ability to take care of yourself, you will present a different appearance. That appearance, aura, whatever you want to call it, will show to a predator. They will be more wary of you, and most likely prefer to avoid entering into a confrontation with you.
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Tvov
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Another thing which I am not sure has been mentioned... is to come here to these forums and ask ideas and opinions about possible routes and places to stop. I've had great help here when asking about routes, roads, and areas when I have been planning a trip.

Also, this is an open forum - people should be prepared for a thread to drift a bit (or a LOT! lol) from time to time.

Also also, it seems like some people want certain answers and/or confirmation of what they believe, and get upset when they don't get them. Sorry.
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free_radical
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spoon059 wrote:
If you don't feel comfortable move on.
Not just a shot a you... but I find it annoying when people obviously haven't read the original question and post something completely unhelpful.

For those that can't be bothered to read the original post...

How do you AVOID bad areas. Not how do you LEAVE bad areas... how do you AVOID going into them in the first place.
...

Google

Just look up the town or city you're planning to visit and it will tell you most everything one needs to know,be it crime or attractions etc..
Also
,I make it a habit to stop and chat with truckers when having a meal or fuelling to ask what goes on where before I enter the city,bad news travels fast and these guys share everything on radio,,if you already don't then having a CB might be good idea too

spoon059
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If you don't feel comfortable move on.
Not just a shot a you... but I find it annoying when people obviously haven't read the original question and post something completely unhelpful.

For those that can't be bothered to read the original post...

How do you AVOID bad areas. Not how do you LEAVE bad areas... how do you AVOID going into them in the first place.

Please continue...
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rondeb
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If you don't feel comfortable move on.

rockhillmanor
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silvercorvette wrote:
Check out what Chris Rock said abut what wou should avoid

That's a given and very true. You see that street name and you know you shouldn't be there in your RV. I lived outside Chicago and learned that years ago and use that tip today as I full time RV across all the states. It's a heads up that will keep you out of trouble. Sadly I don't think it's namesake would be very happy to hear of it's connotation today.

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winnietrey
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Not sure I follow my own train of thought, spoon. My post does seem kind of off the wall. (old hizmeres disease probably)

I guess my intention was this, I just think, one has better chance of being in a confrontation at a gas station, store, or getting into a beef over some minor thing, at a CG. Then they do driving through a "bad area" And practicing those steps to avoid deadly force, is a good thing.

spoon059
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winnietrey wrote:
In martial arts they teach you the 5 steps. Roughly translated here
1) control the situation
2) defuse the situation
3) defend yourself
4) apply force
5) apply deadly force.

I worry much more about someone who just because they have a gun, jumps from step 1 to 5. Seems to happen on a regular basis.

To often what should have been a shouting match, or at the very most a fist fight,. turns into someone dead. And the shooter having to live with that for the rest of his or her life.

It's not the guns so much as it is the person that has one. Guns allow you to kill from a distance. People are mad at something else waiting for one little insult, then they apply deadly force.

I worry more about some "crazy" in CG than a bad area of town

I'm not sure I follow your train of thought here... how is this in any way relevant to the OP's question?
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silvercorvette
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Check out what Chris Rock said abut what wou should avoid
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winnietrey
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In martial arts they teach you the 5 steps. Roughly translated here
1) control the situation
2) defuse the situation
3) defend yourself
4) apply force
5) apply deadly force.

I worry much more about someone who just because they have a gun, jumps from step 1 to 5. Seems to happen on a regular basis.

To often what should have been a shouting match, or at the very most a fist fight,. turns into someone dead. And the shooter having to live with that for the rest of his or her life.

It's not the guns so much as it is the person that has one. Guns allow you to kill from a distance. People are mad at something else waiting for one little insult, then they apply deadly force.

I worry more about some "crazy" in CG than a bad area of town

skrams
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rockhillmanor wrote:
spoon059 wrote:
...I can tell once I am in the area, the question was how to AVOID those areas. It can be difficult to turn around a 35 foot trailer and a 20 foot truck in a city.

Some people would like to be able to avoid these areas, rather than try to get out of them after the fact

.....I tend to

research areas that I want to visit

....


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All I can tell you all is if you are planning to go to Tom Sawyer's CG, which I might add IS a great place to go to park on the great Mississippi...........but:

Do NOT use your GPS directions! USE the CG directions.

I went in as a newbie Full Timer using my GPS, MH towing AND could NOT turn around when I found myself in one of the worst areas of town. Gang members stepping in front of and coming up to the MH while I tried to make my way thru. :E

I went thru each and every stop sign 'praying' I would meet up with a cop! And yes, once I made that second turn in, 'visually' I KNEW I had done bad.

That was the day I started researching all my destinations before heading out! :C


How do you know they were gang members?
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rockhillmanor
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spoon059 wrote:
...I can tell once I am in the area, the question was how to AVOID those areas. It can be difficult to turn around a 35 foot trailer and a 20 foot truck in a city.

Some people would like to be able to avoid these areas, rather than try to get out of them after the fact

.....I tend to

research areas that I want to visit

....


X10
All I can tell you all is if you are planning to go to Tom Sawyer's CG, which I might add IS a great place to go to park on the great Mississippi...........but:

Do NOT use your GPS directions! USE the CG directions.

I went in as a newbie Full Timer using my GPS, MH towing AND could NOT turn around when I found myself in one of the worst areas of town. Gang members stepping in front of and coming up to the MH while I tried to make my way thru. :E

I went thru each and every stop sign 'praying' I would meet up with a cop! And yes, once I made that second turn in, 'visually' I KNEW I had done bad.

That was the day I started researching all my destinations before heading out! :C

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.