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Old 09-23-2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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Oh Lordy...

Well, the time has come for the first journey. Although it's only about 20 minutes away, I'm the equivalent of a camping vir...well, that has it's own implications, so disregard. Let's just say I haven't camped at all, but my wife has, and it's been a while!!!

We're starting off with a little rain today, but apparently it's supposed to clear up and be nice. A good thing, because the only things I have planned to do is exterior work.

I will be taking shots of the rig when we're setup, along with any glitches that come up. That couldn't happen, could it?

Will update upon our return...wish us luck!

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Well then, Good Luck!

My wife and I often scoot down to the beach for a night or two of camping, and it's only 15min or so away.
It takes much longer to get ready and clean up afterwards, but the recreation value is actually higher than going on a huge long trip. Besides, you can go home if you get scared or something.
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Old 09-23-2005, 09:49 AM   #3
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Scott, you might like to look at this thread for details of check lists when you start out on a trip:
http://www.airforums.com/forum...eck+list+start
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Scott,
Have a great time and be safe!

We are headed out today for a 3 day weekend also. It is still over 100 in Phoenix and it is always great to get to the cool mountains. We have only been on a handful of trips with the A/S (Had a popup for 18 years). We use the checklist the PO provided to make sure everything is ready to go. We also have a pad and pen by the door. Everytime we think of something that we should have brought with us, we write it down. We work off of that list when we get back home. It works for us.

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Well, the time has come for the first journey. Although it's only about 20 minutes away........
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Susan and I are new to RVing as well, but not to camping. A friend of ours who is an experienced RVer recommended exactly what you are doing. First time out stay close to home. I think this is especially important with vintage trailers like ours. Everything may work just fine in the comfort of your driveway for a few hours, but after pulling it down the road a ways and running the systems for a couple of days, problems may start to crop up. If you're close to home........

Sounds like a good plan. Enjoy the weekend.

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Well, we're back and in one piece. The weather cooperated, providing cool nights and sunny days. I think the mental stress of wanting to get everything right on the first go 'round was more exhausting than setting up and tearing down.

The biggest issue was my complete inexperience with gas/LP appliances and needing the patience to fire them up. Everything worked fine though, and came to life once I got my ducks in a row. After all of that, I ran into the biggest problem of all. Let it be known that I have no future as an arsonist--the camp fire was most troublesome. In time we got that going, and all the while, the family never broke out the cold cuts and potato salad, somehow knowing that I would not be defeated!

We stayed at Schaun Acres near Oberlin/Wellington, Ohio, and would recommend it to anyone. Everyone there was friendly, from the staff to the neighbors, and the facilities were very good.

Once I am able to download the few pics that I have to the computer, I will post them here and eventually in my photo section.

Thanks for the tips and tricks, we found ourselves writing things down the whole time as well.

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Campfire tip: Use a fireplace starter log - ignore the directions about mixing it with real wood - your outside. Add small logs on top once it's going.

Ask your spouse to fix you a drink whilst you mysteriously and quickly get the fire going.. Maintain an air of awesome (and humble) competence.
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Campfire tip: Use a fireplace starter log - ignore the directions about mixing it with real wood - your outside. Add small logs on top once it's going.

Ask your spouse to fix you a drink whilst you mysteriously and quickly get the fire going.. Maintain an air of awesome (and humble) competence.
Or, if you're brave and fearless, sober and without very small children, use a small dose of lighter fluid. Starter logs are much safer, but lighter fluid is where it's at. Zinged eyebrows and all. (I hope you know I'm kidding.....)
However, most importantly, strictly adhere to Janet's suggestion on maintaining an air of awsome competence, etc. etc.
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Campfire tip: Use a fireplace starter log - ignore the directions about mixing it with real wood - your outside. Add small logs on top once it's going.

Ask your spouse to fix you a drink whilst you mysteriously and quickly get the fire going.. Maintain an air of awesome (and humble) competence.

you can always fill a tire up with diesel fuel, and light her up.... if you want a fire that'll last, that is. might want to do that downwind of your trailer... especially if it's polished.

NOT EPA recommended, but fun none the less.
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I second the suggestion for fire logs. Also try those hugh matches for starting log fires. They burn a while and are really helpful. Where are the pictures?
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We stayed at Schaun Acres near Oberlin/Wellington, Ohio, and would recommend it to anyone. Everyone there was friendly, from the staff to the neighbors, and the facilities were very good.

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Scott,
The next time you come camping toward our backyard, give us a call. We are only a few miles from Schaun Acres and camping is free here!! We have hookups. We live about 10 min.(maybe less) from there!! Would have joined you if we had known your destination!!

We are planning on an impromptu Fall Forums rally with Lou Patterson and Crew in Tipton, Michigan which is not too far from where you are. Maybe you can investigate the thread at: http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=18258

Hope you will have a chance to join us!
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I know that I'm going to get "flammed" for this (pun intended), but if you want to learn to do this the old fashioned way, go buy two books (cheap). The Bot Scout Handbook and the Boy Scout Fieldbook. They are actually dang good tools for learning basic camping skills (not associated with Airstreams!). And yes, I really am serious!

Congrats on a succesful "maiden voyage". Now, post the pics!

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By all means come to Lou's rally at Tipton. You can watch me park, set up and tear down, should be good for a lot of laughs. Maybe I can put out some fires for you too. It's good when things work, huh. Glad you had a good time.
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