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Old 06-02-2015, 07:57 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by bob caldwell View Post
When I bought mine, I needed something I could pull with my Model A that didn't way a ton.....sure was a step up.
You win! I have not been in anything that old. Know anyone that camped in a Conestoga Wagon? Great one.


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Old 06-02-2015, 08:00 PM   #22
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Had a Prairie Schooner -- does that count??

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Old 06-02-2015, 08:08 PM   #23
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As a kid camped in the backyard.... When had kids couldn't afford a motel for a week so thought of buying a camper. DW did not want to sleep on the ground. Wanted to try camping without wasting a lot of money. Found a 73 Terry for $600 that needed a lot of work, but was not used much. Put about $200 in it and off to PA with it. Had a 70s F150 to pull it with to start. Never pulled a camper before so had no idea what electric brakes felt / stopped like (didn't til we bought the 88 Terry). Spent our vacations in PA and many weekends at Newport News Park. Liked camping so well we bought the 1988. And on from there.


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Old 06-03-2015, 11:25 AM   #24
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Went from a conversion van to a small camping trailer so we would not have to board our three cats in order to go camping.............thanks to my wife, they now own half the trailer as a "Cat Suite). I like the trailer but at times miss the simplicity of the van.
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:30 AM   #25
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DW and I were trying to figure out how to spend our retirement years (hopefully in 5-7 yrs). Didn't want to feel obligated to spend every weekend or vacation at the same cottage or condo down south. We both love to travel and camped in Tent Trailers as kids. Checked out the RV show this year 'just to see' what RV's were worth, and ended up buying our 32' Rockwood TT (and had to get an F150 to pull it) just 2 weeks later. Already in love with the new lifestyle, and look forward to lots of practice (and training) prior to retirement!
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:48 AM   #26
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My Parents started my Brother and Sister and myself off camping with a tent camper and moved on to a travel trailer....Also was tent camping while in Boy Scouts and still enjoy that.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:55 PM   #27
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I grew up in Southern California and started tent camping on a motorcycle trip I made with a friend in 1976, I did NOT like sleeping on the ground. I got a Honda 1000 Gold Wing in 1978 and also found the "Time Out" fold out tent trailer made for motorcycle towing. It slept 2, and off the ground, I had a lot of years and miles with that setup. Moved up to the 4 sleeper model Time Out after wife and kids started going along on family trips together, by then wife on her 1500 Gold Wing me on my 1500 with a kid behind on each and with a small cargo trailer and the Time Out in tow behind either bike.

In 1996 wife's father thought we'd like an RV experience more and helped us get a used 24' class C "Roll-A-Long" bunk house. Even though cramped, at least all the kids could go at once! 3 kids meant someone always stayed home with relatives on the motorcycle trips.
Class C was OK, but I didn't like having to always break camp to go anyplace. The old class C failed smog check and was going to cost too much to repair, more then the RV was worth.
So in the summer 1998 we bought a 24' Terry TT since was lite enough it (supposedly) could be "towed" with a Chevy Astro Van - it WAS NOT SAFE to tow the trailer with that! Lite was not like a lite trailer is now so in the fall we got a 1998 3/4 ton Dodge Diesel Ram truck to tow with and the next summer, in 1999, we traded in the Terry on a 30' Tahoe 5th wheel with a slide, my wife was negative on slideouts until we actually had one! Never NOT had at least one slide since!

We've kept with trailers because I like leaving the trailer at the site and exploring! Wife's father was fulltimer for a few years and let us use his 34' class A for a family reunion trip in 1997, it was nice, but I still like TT better, and I didn't see a difference with towing a trailer or towing a car like he did so I'll always pick trailer.
In June 2009 we bought a 2009 29' Wilderness, then last Oct. we traded that in and got the 2015 33' 28RKX Wildcat Maxx TT as our "retirement trailer", in a few short more years!
So in a nutshell, 39 years of my RV life.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:13 PM   #28
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Like a lot of folks, we'd both done some tent camping, but what really got us started in RVing was when DH took a cycling vacation in AZ and rented a friend's motorhome to stay in. He was really impressed and, a couple of years later, we bought our own!

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Old 06-03-2015, 02:38 PM   #29
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folks said were opening an RV dealership. knocked a hole in the wall of the garage. got an craftsman 3/8" reversible drill. camped vicariously ever since...
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:23 PM   #30
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I really envied the families who had tents to camp in compared to my half-fly.

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