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Old 06-03-2015, 03:31 PM   #31
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Growing up my parents had a popup, then a Travel Trailer, and they took us to every single state except to Alaska and Hawaii. We spent 2-3 weeks per summer camping and seeing the US, then spent many many weekends at the local state park.

My grandparents got in on it and got their own TT and joined us much of the time.

I tried tent camping a time or two but it felt very cumbersome and not very comfortable! Texas heat doesn't make for a long tent camping season.

My husband and I started racing mountain bikes all over Texas and it was much easier to camp on location than travel long hours or stay in hotels, so I bought us a popup. it was enough to convince my husband that he liked to camp afterall! Just needed a decent mattress, an AC unit, and some creature comforts.

Boy then did it spiral quickly to a HTT, and now our 1 month old Coachmen FE 292BHDS.

I'm in heaven. It reminds me so much of the 1980ish Shasta bunk house I spent every summer in traveling the US with my parents.

We hike and bike almost everywhere that we go. Not much on the water sports, but there is always so much to do other than boating activities on the parks around here.

I cant wait to go on some LONG vacations to Colorado and Utah and get some serious mountain biking done and see some of the best parks the world has to offer.

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Old 06-03-2015, 03:34 PM   #32
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Grew up "tending" the camp while father & brothers hunted. Became the SAG(support vehicle) for my DH when he was cycling; I refused to sleep on the ground and wanted a "porta potty". Hence, our first TT purchase. That was years ago.

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Old 06-03-2015, 03:38 PM   #33
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My husband and I started racing mountain bikes all over Texas...
If you ever want to do some camping in cool refreshing Wisconsin, check out Nine Mile Forest and the Wausau24. Very pretty up here! Wausau24

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Old 06-03-2015, 03:51 PM   #34
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I was an Army brat (New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Germany) and me and my brothers were cub- and boyscouts and Dad was a scoutmaster so spent many summer nights camping with the troops. (And the smell of a US Army tent is something you never forget!)

Got married to my highschool sweetheart (in Maine) who's family had a camp on a lake.

Jump ahead about 30 years and my wife was working as a hairdresser at the Air Force Academy which is right up the road from the Air Force RV campground so she met many sweet gals who told her how wonderful RV's were and not to wait until we were old but do it now, as a part-time hobby.

Researched ALL kinds of campers but since I only had a Tacoma with a V-6, found a used 18-footer at a local dealer who took the time to teach us just about everything we needed to get started.

Totally fell in love with our new hobby and, last year, upgraded both the 18-footer for a FR 33-footer and traded in the Taco for one-year old Tundra.

Couldn't be happier...we're blessed people!!
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:30 PM   #35
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We have 4 kids. It is super expensive for all 6 of us to vacation anywhere. We don't visit hotels because that means having to get 2 rooms. It can get crazy expensive. We have friends who have a camper and seemed to love it. I had never even been inside a camper until about 3 years ago. I finally talked hubby into it and we are having a blast. We are trying out as many campgrounds as possible. It is great for family togetherness time and a nice weekend getaway. I just wish we had gotten a fifth wheel. I don't like all of us having to share 1 bathroom. LOL Maybe someday, right?
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:44 PM   #36
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Started out in 1970 borrowing my aunt & uncle's Holiday Rambler, then bought a pop-up, Strury, 26' double axle in 1977. Moved up to a travel trailer in 1985, have had 4 travel trailer since then, no 5th wheels or motor homes, like travel trailers.. Liked the lazy living in the early 70's, no TV no phone. Of course times have changed, but still love "roughing it".

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Old 06-03-2015, 06:02 PM   #37
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Great way to travel with kids. We had a pop up. Later when it was the two of us and dogs we got one Travel trailer, then another and now our first MH. We can take our dogs with us and have our own beds with us!
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:30 PM   #38
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We had never camped nor backpacked. Living in Denver I was without work from 2008 - 2010 and were getting ready to move back to Florida (our "home base" so to speak.) Wife suggested we rent an RV for a month or so and visit all the national parks in Colorado and Utah before leaving Denver.
I told her that was a great idea but we couldn't afford the move the Florida much less the huge cost of what she was suggesting. But, coming from a marketing background, I suggested if we could come up with a "really big idea" perhaps we could get an RV manufacturer to sponsor us. As in loan us a rig or some such silly idea. That was in mid-December 2009 - at Christmas we came up with a "really big idea" and I wrote a marketing plan to support it: 50 national parks, 7 months, 22,000 miles. To leave Denver end of April, completing the gig end of November.
And we did. Got sponsored by Mercedes Benz USA and Airstream. They loaned us an Airstream Interstate (class B motorhome), paid all of our expenses (except food), gave us computers, cell phones, software.
Merrell gave us boots, shoes and clothes. Olympus gave us lenses, binocs, back-up camera and a digital voice recorder. Even Teko socks showed up and gave us each a week's worth of socks!
We went from Denver to Utah, Texas, California, up the coast, then to Alaska, back to Montana, Wyoming, across the Dakotas to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, across to Maine, then down to the Keys in Florida. We returned the unit to the Airstream factory and sat on the curb and cried.
All we could think about was how to get back on the road full time. Dream came true in August of 2014 when we bought our rig and a truck. Having a great time, and learning a different kind of travel than we did on that "really big idea" trip. Don't know how long we'll last out here, but since middle of August we've been to WV, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Colorado, east side of Utah, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, Lake Meade, Sedona, wintered in AZ at Congress, Benson and Apache Junction, from there to Bishop CA, now sitting in Yosemite until Sunday.
From there we are spending a month in Oregon shooting photos for the Oregon State Park system. After visiting Olympic NP, Mount Rainier NP, Glacier NP, and Yellowstone, we'll work the beet harvest in Minnesota before working our way to Florida for the winter. Space there already booked.
It's different than we expected but enjoying every minute. Last night we were in Yosemite till 2 am shooting the strawberry full moon on that parks landmarks. What else would I rather do? Nothing!
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:04 AM   #39
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WHen I was a kid, I got a tent and camped all summer, from the back yard when I was 10 or so to campgrounds when I could drive till I went into the Army. Stopped for many years, but when we visited the kids many who lived in areas where we could pull a camper up to had difficulties because they still had working lives and we didn't when we visited. Created problems because we are night people.
We got a 40 foot fifth wheel and took it to visit the kids. We brought a circuit breaker to put in their breaker box with us and the first time we went to one of our daughters, she said it was the best visit ever. This was a sentiment repeated by all 5 of the 7 kids who live all over the country. (2 live near us.) We take the camper to visit my brother and dad at the family farm. WONDERFUL because we have our own space.
We started going to campgrounds for reunions and then rallies and love it. Because it is easier to clean the camper, we often entertain in it when we are at home. When we have overnight guests, they stay in the camper, it gives them privacy.
All told, our camper is used about 180 days a year, here and away. When the time comes when we can go away for unlimited time we will become almost full time.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:47 AM   #40
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