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Old 07-09-2016, 08:40 PM   #15
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Grillbillies you sound like you had and are having tons of fun and memories.
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:42 PM   #16
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Camping is definitely a lot of work, but it's so worth it!

Nothing worth having is easily got.

We just got back from a week with a baby and a toddler in our 23' Safari. It was exhausting but so rewarding. Cutting wood, building a fire, cooking over the coals, doing dishes by hand, chasing kids around, setting up, packing up. And all this after spending 3 weekends polishing aluminum and an afternoon in sweltering heat packing wheel bearings but I wouldn't have it any other way. Would have stayed another week if didn't have to go back to the office.
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:47 PM   #17
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Yes, yes and yes to all. I agree. As I write I am on festival grounds working. I can see Eirestream, from my space, I just have to walk over, cleanup and go to bed. No elevater noises, no hall doors slamming, no bringing my stuff in and out. I would not want it any other way.

Sure we have chores and housekeeping, but it s like cleaning a dollhouse, quick and easy.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:04 PM   #18
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Sure we have chores and housekeeping, but it s like cleaning a dollhouse, quick and easy.
One of the realizations that I had on our recent 10 day trip was a renewed appreciation for the art of housekeeping. I understand very much now after living in such a confined space with several people how truly important the ability to tidy up, wash up and put away and have the housework "done" (at least until the next mealtime) is a source of necessary closure. Without it, having all that Stuff out can make the experience a bit chaotic.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:41 PM   #20
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I know a guy in SoCal who rents a trailer for a week a year. The rental place drops the trailer on the site that he rents in a State Park, and his family gets most of the experience without many of the requirements such as a TV and towing. They use the park bath house as needed instead of the trailer's facilities. Not a bad idea for someone who just wants to take the kids camping once a year. Of course, the rest of the experience - cooking, entertainment, etc is DIY.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:31 PM   #21
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What a great amount of information. I met a lady that had camped all her life, she is a wonderful women, but I had to learn how to camp at 68 years of age. After 5 years I find it wonderful. As a retired person I find all the "chores" kind of makes my life better. When you find a good site life is so wonderful. For us it is having a spacious site with nature all around you. I am planning a trip to northern Wisconsin and the UP of Mich. and it just gets me excited as I see the options. When you plan a trip and it turns out well, it makes me very happy. No resort can match a good campground in my book.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:36 PM   #22
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On the other hand…...

Wait…I already did that.

Well on the other foot……

A nice campsite is …….well….nice, But

Who you camping with, AND who you are camping next to can make or break the experience.
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You work for your pleasure when you RV/camp. One of the things that I admire about the AS crowd is that for the most part it's a bunch of can do, self reliant folks. Most are aware of the work and skill level involved, accept and expect it and enjoy the process. But those who are not prepared to be involved in every aspect of RVing/camping, who complain about things constantly, might give some thought to a nice hotel.

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Couldn't agree with you more, especially your last paragraph. I am under 40, but I have been around "seasoned" veterans of life who has taught me never expect to be hand fed. If there is a will, there is a way kind of attitude. I don't like the word "old". I know someday I will be "seasoned" myself. I try to teach my kids, enjoy the journey, learn to learn and most of all cherish the moments.

Well said John & Vick!, Well said.
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:51 PM   #24
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Sure is lot of agreement on this one. Nice job John & Vickie. Almost 45 years of camping and we are still lovin it. How cool is that!
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We have found two modes in fulltiming now: staying put for a few months at a time with hookups, and out boondocking for weeks at a time. While camping I have never appreciated good meals more, never slept more soundly, never awoken more attuned to my surroundings, never more appreciated a cold or hot shower, never more cheerfully cleaned dishes, never stayed more organized, never stared at clouds longer, never been more attuned to quiet, never appreciated the changing seasons more, and never enjoyed more the company of like-minded folks.

I see a lot of familiar names on this thread. John & Vickie's notion of DIY is tried and true: like most things in life, the more one does things themselves, the more gratifying the payoff.
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Camping is a DIY Activity

Was in a discussion with one of our grown sons a few minutes ago.

He still fondly remembers the "camping trip from hell" in a Volvo Station wagon all the way up the west coast from San Diego to the Canada border.

Youngest boy was 8 months old, and all we had was a leaky dome tent covered with a 12x12 plastic tarp. Still have the cheap sleeping bags we used.

Noting quite like warming a baby bottle over a Coleman camp stove in pouring rain at 4:00am deep in the redwoods.

Won't forget the raccoon shuffling through our campsite one night, knocking over propane bottles.

Ten foot deep snow at Crater Lake summit in July. They remember that as well.

We got a van and converted it after that, but after 30+ years, he remembers picking berries next to the campsite.

Crazy trip, but all three of them learned a lot traveling and seeing the world. All three are Eagle Scouts, still love camping.

Nowadays it's the Airstream, but still great fun. Setting up for limited boondocking


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Still seems a little easier and more comfortable than tent camping-
And I thoroughly enjoyed tent camping, too.
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Tent camping was a lot of fun. Built my own van conversion after that trip. The rain that year was ridiculous.

AS is much more comfortable. Same bed every night, hot showers. Sleeping on the ground is no longer an option.


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