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Old 12-31-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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Returning to Camping after 35 year Break!

My wife, Angela, and I are getting back into "camping" after a 35 year hiatus. We are both 68 year-olders. She's a retired early childhood educator and I am still holding down the same academic job that I launched almost 30 years ago. In July of this year, we started out with a 1999 Dutchmen pop-up. However, two nights of November weather at Golden Gate Canyon State Park just northwest of Denver convinced us that we needed a real "trailer" and we immediately left our little Dutchmen at a RV storage lot and bought a pre-owned Airstream, and have not regretted our impulsive move a bit! Our beloved Airstream is an immaculate 1999 25' Safari with the twin bed configuration. BTW, the Dutchmen is up for sale .... cheap!

Since early November, we've camped in Colorado, Las Vegas, southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and southwestern Michigan (about 60 miles from our home in Lynwood, Illinois)! We can hardly wait for my mid-winter job break when we'll hook-up our Airstream to collect our young grandsons in Atlanta, and continue on for a brief camping trip on Tybee Island, Georgia.

Happy New Year!

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Old 12-31-2007, 07:46 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to the forum. What a great way to get back into it, that sounds like a really nice trailer! I'm sure it will suit you for years of travelling.

A 35 year break is WAY too long!
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:55 PM   #3
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Hi Reggie,
Nice to have you on the forum!
It sounds like you know your way around the camping world, now you can do it in style.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:02 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums.
By a strange coincidence, someone here is looking for a popup, here is a link to the thread:http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...0-a-38405.html
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:12 PM   #5
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My wife and I have done it all too. backpacking, canoe camping, tent camping and we are now thoughly spoiled and can't see camping in anything else than an AS.

It used to be 35 years ago there was a lot more comraderie at the campground. Nowadays the house buses pull in and pull out and you wonder if there is actually anyone in there. Except for the Airstream crowd who you can still count on to hang out with around a campfire.
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Great to hear of your return to the fun. Enjoy your travels, and your Airstream!
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:33 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Welcome back to camping.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:57 PM   #8
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By a strange coincidence, someone here is looking for a popup, here is a link to the thread:http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...0-a-38405.html
Terry ...

Thanks so much for the "heads-up" on sale of my Dutchmen pop-up. Anxious to quiet my "Better Half" by getting it off our driveway!

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Old 12-31-2007, 11:05 PM   #9
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My wife and I have done it all too. backpacking, canoe camping, tent camping and we are now thoughly spoiled and can't see camping in anything else than an AS.

It used to be 35 years ago there was a lot more comraderie at the campground. Nowadays the house buses pull in and pull out and you wonder if there is actually anyone in there. Except for the Airstream crowd who you can still count on to hang out with around a campfire.
Yes, yes ... our November excursion at multiple campgrounds (public/private) reveals to us that there is, indeed, a change in camping culture from the Ol' Days. Folk seem much more interested in "getting in/getting out" of the campground than getting to know the people to the immediate right or left pull-throughs!
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:22 PM   #10
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Yes, yes ... our November excursion at multiple campgrounds (public/private) reveals to us that there is, indeed, a change in camping culture from the Ol' Days. Folk seem much more interested in "getting in/getting out" of the campground than getting to know the people to the immediate right or left pull-throughs!
Friendlyness while RVing in campgrounds, seems almost a thing of the past.

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Friendlyness while RVing in campgrounds, seems almost a thing of the past.

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However, this past camping year for us we 'met' many other campers who stopped just to ask of our '66 Trade Wind. Even a park maintainence worker, a camp host and a ranger warranted a tour of our rig. There must be something about an Airstream that 'warms' people up a bit.
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However, this past camping year for us we 'met' many other campers who stopped just to ask of our '66 Trade Wind. Even a park maintainence worker, a camp host and a ranger warranted a tour of our rig. There must be something about an Airstream that 'warms' people up a bit.
Last fall I was pulling into Morro Bay SP, and before I could get to my camp site, I had one group of 4 people begin clapping, and another 2 seperate people tell me how much they liked my Globetrotter. This was all before I parked. There were a couple of others during my stay.
Yep, I'd say that the A/S does warm folks up - even in wacky California.
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My wife and I have done it all too. backpacking, canoe camping, tent camping and we are now thoughly spoiled and can't see camping in anything else than an AS.

It used to be 35 years ago there was a lot more comraderie at the campground. Nowadays the house buses pull in and pull out and you wonder if there is actually anyone in there. Except for the Airstream crowd who you can still count on to hang out with around a campfire.
Ditto, been there and done that, and I must admit, are likewise totally spoiled.

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