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Old 06-26-2014, 12:48 PM   #1
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Camping Without Kids...

A Moment in time has arrived in our wife, who was not really into the whole camping thing early on, has become the biggest fan of traveling with an RV. As parents of a 2 an 5 year old, heading out is always stressful and while at camp both our heads are on swivels. The best moment of relaxation is after they both are passed out from exhaustion and we can actually sit out on our own with out the worry of constantly monitoring children. Dont get me wrong, i love taking the kids, that's why we started this whole thing but it can be exhausting. With that said... In the last 2 years, we have had a night with out kids only 4 times. On top of that its always been for something for someone else like a wedding and so on. My parents have been great as they enjoy the time with the grand kids but we are not ones to abuse this as there will come a time when we lean on them for a multiple day stay at camp grandpa/grandma. That time has come!!! We are taking a two day trip to a nice lake close to home as suggested by my wife. No upscale hotel, spa, shopping excursion or any of the Fru-Fru stuff. She wants to get a Book, A cooler of drinks, some steaks and enjoy 2 full days of silence. Its going to be awesome!!

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Old 06-26-2014, 12:59 PM   #2
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I hear you. While we often employ the niece to watch the kids while we run to a movie (about once every 2-3 months) we haven't really had an opportunity to camp without being on high alert.

I love my kids, but I'd also love to get a trip in where I can really relax.

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Old 06-26-2014, 01:03 PM   #3
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As a grandparent, I remember being in your shoes, Ryan. In my case, my wife rarely wanted to go anywhere without the kids, let alone with just me! Nowadays, she actually likes camping with just the two of us, but always invites the kids because that is how she is wired. Family is everything, and your relationship with your wife is the core of your family. Such opportunities are far too few and much too far between, so enjoy when you can!
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:39 PM   #4
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The wife and I always make time to get away without the kids. It's usually well deserved!

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Old 06-26-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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My wife and I are heading to the finger lakes rally kid less. This will be a little trip for my wife to unwind seeing as I travel for work during the winter months. But saying that my kids (2 and 4 girls) love camping. So we are only going to try and do this once a summer.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:38 PM   #6
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As our kids get older and can stay home alone or spend more time at friends houses we get a few more nights alone. We actually got halloween last year alone..weird.

No chance to camp without them - yet. My son became a teen and isn't as into camping this year as in the past but hasn't taken us up on the offer of staying with friends rather than come with us.

As the kids are older now we don't have to have our heads on swivels as much.

I've spent 2 nights alone in the camper (ok, the dog came along) and my wife spent one with the her and the kids this year. Definitely odd feeling if everyone isn't there!
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:58 PM   #7
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I too have two girls ages 3 and 7yrs old. We got our first 30ft trailer last year and recently upgraded to a 36' GT 351DS. They are the reason we decided to get the trailer and especially the motorhome. Its a chance to spend time with them. When I first shopped around for a trailer one sales person told me now is a good time to get it when the kids are young and by the time they become teens they may not want anything to do with the parents. I now see that and do believe it. I see it in all my teen nieces and nephews. So trying to enjoy them while we can.

When I load up or break down the GT, I just ask the wife to watch them or take them for a walk while I get some quiet time to do what needs to be done in peace. Nothing worse then a crying 3yr when you got tons of things on your mind trying to set up for the day or breaking down camp. Always afraid of missing something.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:04 PM   #8
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We're 'empty nesters'. The kids are now in the early to mid 20's, no grand kids in the forecast for the foreseeable future and my wife has the entire summer off from her own business. Life doesn't seem to get much better but if anyone can show me it does, I'm listening.

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Old 06-26-2014, 04:20 PM   #9
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We sincerely enjoyed taking our 2 boys camping, practically every weekend when the weather permitted and sometimes even when the weather was crappy as we were doing what everyone wanted to do. The boys never once protested. BUT, even tho' it is nice to go without them, it does get a little boring sometimes.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:54 PM   #10
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DW and I also have 2 kids Parker who is 9 and alyce who is 7. Though they r still young we don't have to watch them constantly. We give them there bikes and walkie-talkies and let them go. They do have to check in about every 30 mins. When they check in they usually have 10 r so kids riding with them that they meet at the parks. We love camping with them and rarely go with out them. It's also a plus to watch them build their social skills and become young men and women

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