Thursday, October 10, 2019

And Then it Was Gone

Tuesday Night, Midnight and Pacific Gas & Electric with a "Weather Event (their phrase for high winds)" coming, they shut off the electricity to 800,000 people in Northern California.

Wednesday morning was a bit of a challenge. No electricity, no electric coffee pot. So there I am pouring hot water (we have a gas stove that works without electric. You know the old match to the burner trick) over the coffee grounds to get some ersatz coffee.

Then I had an epiphany (seems I get these quite often). Why not get the camping coffee pot out of the trailer. It works on the stove top just like an electric one and makes good coffee.

Around 9ish I drove over the RV lot where I store the trailer, when not in use, and for some reason my space was empty. Then I noticed (I am very observant) that the Winter tire covers, blocks that the leveling jacks go on, and the wheel chocks were strewn for about 50 feet up the aisle in front of where the trailer is usually parked.

Between myself and the gentleman who is in charge of the RV lot we estimated that sometime after midnight (when PG&E shut off the power) when the security lights and security cameras went off, someone backed up to my trailer, hooked up and took off with it like a bat out of hell. Thus the scattering of the covers, blocks, and chocks.

I called the sheriff's department, who referred me to the Highway Patrol and filed a basic stolen trailer report. About 15 minutes later a Highway Patrol car pulled into the parking lot and I finished the report with a very nice officer.

I reported it to the insurance company and they said that after two weeks it's considered gone. 

So I wait for a call.

The no longer Freedom Express
I have both sets of keys. If I do get it back, what is it going to look like. The slimebag who took it will have to use a pry bar to get the door and the storage doors open. Probably taken by some drug addict to sell for more drugs. I hope it was worth it and I hope they catch him. 

We really liked that trailer.

We thought we lived in a relatively safe area. 

We never thought something like that would happen in a secured parking area. 

Thanks, Pacific Gas & Electric. 

Insurance will cover it. PG&E has stated that any financial loss (like your refrigerator or freezer or your camping trailer) because of a "weather event power shut off" is your problem. This is definitely a financial loss. 

I have many nasty words in the back of my brain, but will refrain from using them so I can keep this post PG rated. 

Stay tuned. 


  1. My talk about brazen. Insurance will take the sting out but it's to bad those responsible will never be punished.

    1. My only question Alan, is where do you hide a trailer that large? I've roamed around a couple local towns behind the shopping centers and such. My son suggested they might put it on some property upcounty and are living in it. In two weeks the insurance considers it lost. Then we have to start looking for another one. Pain in the butt.

  2. Nuts! Sorry this happened. Not only did you lose the trailer, you'll spend time and effort on recovery and dealing with insurance. Hope, however it goes, it goes as smoothly as possible.

  3. Mark
    No days the drug epidemic is so bad, individuals will steal anything to get a fix.
    The retirement community where we live was thought to be crime free, but last week someone walked into my neighbors garage and stole his new self propelled lawn mover. It happened in broad daylight. So now the police advised all residents to keep their garage doors close.
    We live in a complete different world now days as opposed to when you and I were growing up. Hope you recover your camper, but it may not look the same.

  4. Wow. Incredible. So sorry, my brother. This world has slime balls for sure. They will get what they deserve later on. Hope you get it back.