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Old 06-25-2008, 12:36 PM   #29
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ARE YOU KIDDING, first the rug.........we have white carpet and do not want to track in dirt. second lights add evening atmosphere and the tiki torches keep the bugs away...third fire pit.........who doesnt want to sit around a fire in the evening........are you sure you camp or just sit inside and watch the world go by?
NOT KIDDING about the rug or lights or grill.

First - I do not see the advantage to a rug, that needs to be cleaned and possibly dried when it's time to pack up and go. Why make extra work for your self. I find it much easier to just wipe my feet or take off my shoes before entering the A/S.

Second - Lights, just something else to find a spot for, start a fire, it'll give off lots of light and your right torches do keep bugs away but could also make a mess while in storage, mine stay home.

Third - The fire pit vs. grill, my point was why bring a grill when you can cook over an open fire. When most people say grill I imagine something fired by gas. If thats the case why not just use the stove/oven in your camper, most people will agree charcoal or a wood fire makes everything taste better.

I do camp, one of the few thing I do that allows me to sit and do almost nothing for a couple of days. What I don't do is bring stuff that I feel is not needed and almost always have a fire going. I do carry a broom that has a three part handle for better storage and a small rechargeable vacuum, those two items keep the A/S floor clean.

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Old 06-25-2008, 12:42 PM   #30
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With all due respect Derek, there is no right or wrong way to do things. If what you do works for you, then that's all that should matter.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:38 PM   #31
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You can get better clips for attaching things by buying the one dollar wood clamps at Home Depot. They're typically all plastic (except for the spring) and they hold up screens and nets just fine, as well as many other things.

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Old 06-25-2008, 01:57 PM   #32
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Link, please.
Like this Chuck; Leisure Mat - Camping World
One of the best items we ever got for camping...way better than "fake grass".
Very durable, cleans up nice, and folds up small enough to stick in the hatch or just toss in back of the truck (mine lives in the truck for the summer). Even wet, it is easy to handle.

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Old 06-25-2008, 02:00 PM   #33
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One thing we have found indispensable (at least for my wife, anyway) is a floor fan (?). We got it at Wal-Mart in Florida on one of our early trips. It is one that is a recirculating fan on a pole so that it is about head high when we are seated. Keeps the bugs away from our face (Gnats) and keeps us cool even when it is hot out.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:06 PM   #34
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We create a fenced in yard under the awning for the goldens. My DH uses lengths of rebar to create posts that we then attach expens to with tiny cable cuffs. One of the expens has a latching gate door for easy egress. We also put down a light weight woven plastic rv mat, it keeps the dirt and mud out of the camper and the dogs have a clean surface to lay on. Since they do get on the beds it helps us all stay clean.

We strategicly place coolers, tote boxes, chairs, etc, in front of the trailer to reduce the likelihood of an under belly canine escape. So far it has worked perfectly. The dogs are content to watch the world go by from their fenced in yard. The space is plenty big for the two goldens, two chairs or lafumas, a table with grill.

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Don't want to hijack....but are you kidding Mary? Sounds like major construction!
Try this; Wireless Containment System
We use one at home for our Lab and take it with us when camping...it makes life easy and allows the pup to roam around the site a bit (based on how large a radius you set). It is indispensable for us. Even plu it into a portable power supply if camping w/out hookups. We love it and pup does too!
Pricey...but well worth it.

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Old 06-25-2008, 02:25 PM   #35
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We installed grommets every two feet along main awning.
And a few on the others for hanging stuff.
I did this while they were off, I know would be tough to set up for doing while on side...would be worth it though.
They really come in handy.
Would add more if doing again.



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I love that set up ,now if I can get my wife to hold the anvil while I smack the crimper with a hammer. Dave
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Don't want to hijack....but are you kidding Mary? Sounds like major construction!
Try this; Wireless Containment System
We use one at home for our Lab and take it with us when camping...it makes life easy and allows the pup to roam around the site a bit (based on how large a radius you set). It is indispensable for us. Even plu it into a portable power supply if camping w/out hookups. We love it and pup does too!
Pricey...but well worth it.

Bill
Well... no Bill... it is not major construction. We do have an invisible fence at home and a good friend of mine contains her dogs with a wireless containment system. So yes... I am well aware of my 'easier' options.

However... Radio frequency fences are just psychological barriers. Dogs, including my own, do run through them. Especially when something very inticing is on the other side (dogs, cats, rabbits, people, steaks on a grill). After chasing my dogs through my neighborhood on at least a couple occassions, I DO NOT want to risk them running off in unfamiliar surroundings. I also DO NOT want other people's dogs who are less well supervised entering my dog's territory. This method also shows shows others whereever we are that my dogs are contained and not likely to disturb them or jump on them. The barrier is obvious.

BTW it only takes about ten minutes to put up or take down. I want to make sure that my dogs represent their species well and make it possible for all dogs to be welcome, including yours.

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Old 06-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #37
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re rugs and stuff

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NOT KIDDING about the rug or lights or grill.

First - I do not see the advantage to a rug, that needs to be cleaned and possibly dried when it's time to pack up and go. Why make extra work for your self. I find it much easier to just wipe my feet or take off my shoes before entering the A/S.

Second - Lights, just something else to find a spot for, start a fire, it'll give off lots of light and your right torches do keep bugs away but could also make a mess while in storage, mine stay home.

Third - The fire pit vs. grill, my point was why bring a grill when you can cook over an open fire. When most people say grill I imagine something fired by gas. If thats the case why not just use the stove/oven in your camper, most people will agree charcoal or a wood fire makes everything taste better.

I do camp, one of the few thing I do that allows me to sit and do almost nothing for a couple of days. What I don't do is bring stuff that I feel is not needed and almost always have a fire going. I do carry a broom that has a three part handle for better storage and a small rechargeable vacuum, those two items keep the A/S floor clean.

Later - Derek
Some things, Derek, are just worth the fuss. They make life easier, prettier, more fun, more romatic, more comfortable, more enjoyable, just a little bit more and I don't mind the trouble they cause. Like kids, dogs, flowers on the table and, a gas grill to cook on and a comfy rug for our bare feet.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:25 PM   #38
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Well... no Bill... it is not major construction. We do have an invisible fence at home and a good friend of mine contains her dogs with a wireless containment system. So yes... I am well aware of my 'easier' options.

However... Radio frequency fences are just psychological barriers. Dogs, including my own, do run through them. Especially when something very inticing is on the other side (dogs, cats, rabbits, people, steaks on a grill). After chasing my dogs through my neighborhood on at least a couple occassions, I DO NOT want to risk them running off in unfamiliar surroundings. I also DO NOT want other people's dogs who are less well supervised entering my dog's territory. This method also shows shows others whereever we are that my dogs are contained and not likely to disturb them or jump on them. The barrier is obvious.


Mary
True, true...just wanted you to know how well this works for us.

Our Lab is ....well let's say "energetic"? And he will not run through this if you put a hot poodle with a steak on it's back 10 feet away. One afternoon of training and he never strays.
He does have a chip, if he ever did get out (God forbid) but honestly it works very well. He is so well trained on his home turf, we don't even need to put the collar on, he will not violate his boundaries.
When camping we plug it in, set the perimeter, walk him around once to show him, and he is all set. Literaly takes about 2 minutes.
He had a red squirrel harass him all last weekend...and he never broke out!

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Old 06-25-2008, 07:28 PM   #39
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Like this Chuck; Leisure Mat - Camping World
One of the best items we ever got for camping...way better than "fake grass".
Very durable, cleans up nice, and folds up small enough to stick in the hatch or just toss in back of the truck (mine lives in the truck for the summer). Even wet, it is easy to handle.

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We bought a woven mat online from this company. They were very nice to deal with...
The RV Awning Mat Co., Inc. - RV Awning Mats.com Camping & RV Supplies & Equipment: WELCOME - RV patio indoor/outdoor reversible mat and rv awning mat
We have had it for about 1-1/2 years and use it regularly. They have a good selection of designs and colors, and it comes with a nice storage bag. The dirt falls through when dry and even when wet doesn't hold water and drys fast. It is better than any other mat I have used. We did burn a hole in it when a hot ember from a campfire landed on it. This mat is far better than the astro turf material. Ours fits under the dinette seat when not in use.
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True, true...just wanted you to know how well this works for us.

Our Lab is ....well let's say "energetic"? And he will not run through this if you put a hot poodle with a steak on it's back 10 feet away. One afternoon of training and he never strays.
That's great the device works as intended with your guy!!! It use to work that way with mine too. I guess my pups think the regular shock therapy they get as they zip out after the bunny may help them run faster!


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