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Old 07-11-2016, 11:13 AM   #29
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Great post. We thought RVing would be a lot like boating, and so far that has proven true. I confess I am part of the hotel crowd. I mean, I can do some things but for the most part I pay others to service my stuff. And I like 50 amp connections and concrete pads. Not exactly the boondocking type. But we went into this with both eyes open and so far our experience has been outstanding.

Looking forward to many years of comfy camping...
Yes, RVs and boats can be similar while being different. Boondocking in remote locations or being anchored out around deserted islands means no one is around to assist you. You have to be pretty self reliant. We are usually other places in the summer, but we are in South Florida on our boat getting some maintenance items done. Instead of our usual anchoring out we are tied to the umbilical chord to run the air conditioning 24/7. The sun is brutal down here. We enjoy both, but boats take much more maintenance.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:43 AM   #30
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Well said, John.

While all of what you mentioned is what I love about camping; it's exactly the reason some friends of ours sold their trailer, truck and everything inside after less than three months.

Felt a little bad that maybe we sold them on all our rose-colored camping stories...
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:57 AM   #31
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Maybe the idealistic portrayal of camping in advertising has unduely influenced them, the couple sitting outside their AS while parked next to an idyllic lake.
DON'T FORGET THE GUITAR!! And the matching 20 something Millennial in the hip hat or the guy sporting a man bun to go with... lol, cracks me up.
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Old 07-25-2016, 06:50 PM   #32
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Flood

We had a great time at the Oregon Coast: Cannon Beach, South Beach State Park near Newport and Florence. Everyone knows that the weather can be damp there but we were lucky and it stayed pretty dry - outside. There was a fairly impressive tide surge though - inside. Someone (who shall remain anonymous) left the toilet handle in the up position which after filling the toilet rapidly filled the inside of the trailer.

It could have been worse - I estimate that we were only gone for 15 minutes or so. The area rugs were soaked and we were able to soak up the rest of the water with 3-4 beach towels. But I'm wondering about long-term damage. Our trailer was built in 1990 and has the infamous OSB flooring. It's covered by a fakey-doo wood vinyl (not a fan) which I'm sure does a great job of trapping the moisture.

I'm hoping things will dry out quickly given that we are back home in the dry high desert of Central Oregon. But will they? I'm not opposed to ripping out the fakey-doo wood vinyl as a new floor is on my improvements list. But I'm not quite ready to do that yet as there are some things above it on the list. What do you think? Should I worry about long-term damage?

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I'm feeling better about our little flood. The trailer is currently in its storage lot and when I went to check on it yesterday the interior temperature was 96 degrees. Plus the humidity here in the high desert of Central Oregon is very low, in the teens. With vents open and windows cracked I'm feeling pretty good about things drying out. Still tempted to pull up a bit of the vinyl to take a peek though.

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I'm crossing my fingers for you too, John and Vicki. Anita and I are spending ten days at the coast in late August. We are going to Neskowyn and Beverly Beach. I think after that we may go to Lone Pine/Bend for a week or so. Maybe with a day trip to Sisters.

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