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Old 06-01-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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How did you get started?

There are probably as many reasons for choosing camping as there are members in this forum. I thought if we share some of these reasons it might give other campers ideas that might make some of our camping trips a little different from time to time, or place to place.

The reason I chose camping is based on my love for scuba diving. I dive a lot and the different dive sites could take anywhere from two to fifteen hours of driving to get at. I used to book hotels but found the before and after diving activities such as equipment cleanup very cumbersome.

Then one year I took a friends advice and tried camping. It was a tent but I loved going to the dive site by foot straight from my campsite. I loved it so much the very next trip was with my brand new Rockwood HW277. For the last three years now camping and diving is one and the same parcel.

Here are some of my camping / scuba photos

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Old 06-02-2015, 02:21 PM   #2
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Parents had a permanent site when I was a kid. My grandparents were in the same CG and my uncle was only 1 year older than me so I had always had somehow to pal around with.

My parents pulled their trailer out when I was around 8 or so but I typically spent a week or so during the summer with my grandparents in their trailer.

When my wife and I got married we got a tent for a wedding present. Spent about a year using that before buying a bare bones pop-up. Have since upgraded over the years to 42' fiver on a permanent spot of our own.

My parents ended up coming full circle and have a 28' TT on the site right next to ours.

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Old 06-02-2015, 02:28 PM   #3
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I grew up tent camping.
When I was a teenager my family got a pickup camper. It was good.

When I got married we always tent camped.
We were young and being wet now and then wasn't that big of deal.

Then we had kids.......
After a few wet, muddy trips, we rented a TT for long weekends.
Then we bought one.

Not goin' back.....
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:30 PM   #4
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:33 PM   #5
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:34 PM   #6
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My father and I went camping every summer, usually just one trip that lasted a week. This was some of the best memories from my childhood. I didnt camp for years and the I went with my father in law and wife and his camper. After a few years he bought a new 5th wheel and gave us the old TT. We used that TT for 4 years or so, then we had a son of our own and now we bought a brand new TT that fits us perfect.

It all started with my dad and hopefullly for my son it all starts with me, I know he loves camping now and he's only 3.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:06 PM   #7
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:14 PM   #8
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Grew up tent camping. Got away from it for years, had kids and got an itch one day. Bought a tent on Ebay to use in the backyard. After a year of mini-trips and camp-yard I finally convinced my wife to try it for a short weekend. She loved it.

Tent camped for a few years, then my back got old, and my knees got bad. One night we ended up with bear cubs in our site. Bought a pop-up shortly thereafter.

Then I got tired of setting up the pop-up, trying to store everything we needed, and lifting the pop-up roof in to place with my beer still on it. Had a terrible storm once and ended up with DW and I, 3 kids, and 1 very frightened dog. Upgraded to a new to us Hybrid before the next trip.

When that finally fell apart we upgraded to the TT we have today. Now we take more trips, to better places, with more conveniences, and set up is all but done in about 10 minutes.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:18 PM   #9
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Our knees got tired.

Rattling around in the cupboard of our 5th wheel are some of the "pots and pans" we used to take backpacking. And my floppy hat. Still have that.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:20 PM   #10
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My parents got my brother and I camping in the mid-60s with their Go-Lite TT. When I met Skip ('74), he had only tent camped so, consequently, I regressed (for a bit). Since then -- pop-up, TT, 5er, A, and now C. Lots of fun with every type!!!

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