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Old 03-01-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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How much of a factor is your age?

Not to step on any toes but I am really curious to hear from my older RVing brothers and sisters as to how your age affects your camping activities. I am 57 with a retirement plan of 62. Based on how I've slowed down the last few years I cannot help but ask myself if I will still enjoy hitching up and traveling as much as I do now. Will there come a time when a Class A replaces the 5ver?? I think we all have to admit there is a certain amount of hard work that goes into RVing.
How about it? Any insight or opinion when your age becomes a real factor in these great activities we all love?
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:51 PM   #2
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age limits me because I am far to young to retire and camp more
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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65 Strong...well, the lower back plays havoc once in awhile...and I need a good nap from time to time...almost daily!

Once I hook up, make the drive, and the set up is done, I'll sit next to a warm campfire and everything just settles.

Just do it!
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:12 PM   #4
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We've done the natural progression from tents, to PUPs, to HTTs, and now simplified the routine with a hardside TT, but at slower pace that most in our age group. DW and I wanted faster setups and breakdowns when hitting the CG and more convenience features, and DW wanted a made bed ready to sleep in for a distinct change. However, this change was more because our careers are demanding and we find ourselves taking quick weekend escapes. So, the camper is ready to go all the time during the season - fridge running, pantry stocked, camping clothes packed, and, of course, bed made so all we need to to is come home, hitch and go, and hit the grocery store for fresh groceries along the way.

I have a bad knee and back issues from an injury in my 20s, and DW has a bad knee, shoulders, and elbows from playing tennis competitively, but we are both still very active and spend most of our time camping outdoors hiking, biking, paddling, and enjoying the serenity of a campfire. Definitely slower than we were with more aches, pains, and joints cracking, but you'll still find me DIYing everything.

I doubt we'd every go the route of MH, and we'd be towing with that regardless because of the need for a toad. So, next and likely last progression will be a 5er provided our health doesn't leave us and I gotta wear out the 8.1L first and she's only got 45K on her.
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:18 PM   #5
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We went FT when I was 55. The moving around, hitching and unhitching, I feel, has kept me fairly limber. I am now REAL close to 75 and don't plan to quit any time soon.
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:33 PM   #6
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After 30 plus year of playing softball, 15 years of racquetball (both in leagues) this camping stuff is a can of corn. But then again, I often tweak my hammy just getting out of bed in the morning.
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I believe camping keeps you young. Fresh air and nature. And of course a great bottle of Cabernet. Just to keep the blood thin. Medically thinking.
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If you worry about, might as well just quit now. Don't worry about it. Nothing is very hard and I'm 67, cycle 50-100 miles 3-4 times a week. Life is good.
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^^^^^^what he said^^^^^^
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:01 PM   #10
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Close to 75 and still lazy and getting lazier, trying to figure out how to make things even easier while camping.

Pulling a 5er I'm not supposed to be able to.
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