Originally Posted by Wayne&Sam
Great stories. All of which show why you really need to put quotes around "camping" in an Airstream. I always say it's not camping when you take 5,000 lbs with you. But it sure is fun.
1971, Barrow, AK, camping on the shore of the Arctic:
My family had many a happy camping trips in the California desert. We lived on the coast so we went east to Boego Springs. Kids in a tent and parents in a hand built camper on a customized 40 Ford truck.
laughed when I read your quote. I went in the Army in '68 and after a year of camping and sleeping on the ground in Vietnam, I was done with roughing it. I did not want to walk anywhere I could drive (I was in the Infantry) and sleeping out doors lost it's appeal for years.
In the late 70s we bought a bus. A 1951 Chevrolet. I called it short round, a bad joke from combat. It was only 21' long. I could not find a picture. We lived in it for about six months traveling looking for something, but not sure what, and used it for a daily driver for 2 years.
In about 1982 we bought a 1959
Mercury 15' canned ham. Pulled it with a '52 Hudson hornet, a 1950
Chev 1/2 ton and later a 1958
Cadillac. We kept it 21 years.
Purchase price was $400. Sold it in 2006 for $3000 when we bought our 1958
Now we pull it with a 1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser.
In 11 months we are taking a one year trip around the country in our Flying Cloud. It will be the first time in 37 years we will have a general direction in mind but no time schedule. Kind of like our trip in the Bus.