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Old 09-27-2003, 07:44 AM   #1
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Thoughts on end of camping season

For many of us Airstream owners who live in areas where temperatures drop below freezing for extended periods of time, it is getting close to that time when our thoughts are turning toward thinking about the end of the camping season. Even though I know another camping season will arrive next year, I am already nostalgic. I personally am not looking forward to the winterizing-time of year and try to avoid thinking about it until I have to. Does anyone else have thoughts to share on this topic?
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Old 09-27-2003, 08:44 AM   #2
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Head south.

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Old 09-27-2003, 08:50 AM   #3
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Head south.
LOL! Right after I posted this thread, I just knew someone would say to go South!

I should have added "For many of us Airstream owners who still work full-time..."
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Old 09-27-2003, 09:00 AM   #4
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Ours is just beginning

We generally can expect great camping weather from about 9/1 through the end of the year and often into January.

The state parks are usually almost empty during the week. That is when I load up the kayak and hitch up the A/S.

Last year, we had a vintage rally mid-January and it was cold, but not freezing. After about mid- to late-February, it is usually warm enough, but tends to be rainy. With the exception of the freak storm last spring, by mid-March, things are usually pretty nice again.

It's great for retirees since we can easily avoid the crowds and kids.
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Old 09-27-2003, 09:16 AM   #5
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Re: Thoughts on end of camping season

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[B I personally am not looking forward to the winterizing-time of year and try to avoid thinking about it until I have to. Does anyone else have thoughts to share on this topic? [/B]
Yukionna...

I too am having difficulty dealing with the end of summer this year. The older I get, the less I enjoy winter and the faster the summer passes. Perhaps if we all sat in a big circle and chanted a mantra or something we could stave off the cold weather?

Ok, maybe not... just know that I'm with ya in mourning the passing of summer this year!

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We are hoping to have our Coach back in service before X/mas. Day after X-mas Hitch it up and head down to the keys. If it works out this will be our first trip in ours
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I'm up here in Alaska. and beings as how winter is a large part of our existence, we do stuff then. So, I am anticipating using the trailer. I mean, jeez, its got a heater, and the tanks are, supposedly, protected to a degree (Hah!) and heated. Of course, I don't have a heated garage to store it in, so I will probably drain the water systems and just go with using the T "dry". A lot of the fall steelhead season gets temp.s in the 20's.
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This is our first season, but being in a mild climate, I don't see it ending anytime soon. We're thinking the trailer will be perfect for trips to the beach during the winter. It can be cold and windy, but it's always fun to let the dogs play on the beach, and to curl up in the trailer with a book and relax for a spell. And who knows, maybe we'll work in that winter AZ trip we've been planning. Yep, the only reward for living with all this rain is that it seldom drops below freezing around here.

Good luck toaster, I can't wait to see pics of your coach finally hitting the road. You've sure been working hard on it, you deserve to finally get to enjoy it as it was intended!
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When we lived in Canada we had an expression for the weather which went something like "six months of winter-and another six months of poor sledding! "
Now that we live in 300 sunshine days/year the only thing stopping us is what elevation the snowline is down to! We find camping in the summer more of a hindrance- as it's either too hot or the sites are booked, so now that the fall is here we're looking at hitting the desert areas in the cool uncrowded autumn.
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Does anyone else have thoughts to share on this topic?


Florida is nice this time of year...
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I donít like those thoughts! Where has the summer gone?

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its got a heater, and the tanks are, supposedly, protected to a degree (Hah!) and heated.
We've only used ours twice this summer and we are itching to get out in it again. I would just love to get out sometime in the winter and spend a weekend in the A/S. I think that would be a lot of fun.
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autumn is the best time

ive spent the years since 1975 truck camping...now that im a wee bit aged(yuck...you lucky 30 somethings...im eating my heart out...) Miss moneypit has entered my life...and i will no longer freeze my booty off sleeping in wyoming...but autumn is best of all...cheaper fuel.. no bugs.. crisp weather..no humditity...and no ugly americans on the road to cause problems and piss off the truckers.... in fact they are almost civil...( i think...its been years since my last road trip)...so the 1st of the month im be seatttle bound....im gettin the hell out of chicago and lookin for some friendly souls that will tip their hat and say good morning.....ands thats all you need to know....
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ask me again in december!

yukionna

the two best months for camping are coming up!

october and november are great months to get out and about in wisconsin. last year i used my trailer right up to thanksgiving for deer hunting.

even if we get a cold snap i'll winterize the plumbing and still use the trailer.

the only thing that will keep me off the road is salt on the highway.

other than that, and planning ahead for lots of propane i can't think of a reason not to go camping when everyone else has put theirs up for the winter.

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Last winter, we picked up the Bambi in February. We camped in the driveway 2 or 3 times. This year, we may go camping a few times locally since some of the state parks are open all year round....

Of course, only when the salt is pretty much not all around. Being that we're picking up the new twinkie in December, I am hoping that mother nature will be kind......we'll have to see....

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