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Old 10-04-2013, 11:23 AM   #11
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Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania weather pretty much shortens our camping season. Although we are currently enjoys one more glimmer of summer this week (80's).

One more trip next weekend the TT will be winterized and stored away for next year. But I'm already planning our trips next year so something to look forward too.

Our TT wasn't a huge investment, so I still think it is money well spent. Great family time especially with our puppy.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:24 AM   #12
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Our family 'activity' is camping. We've made many sacrifices along the way to ensure all the money we have tied up in our truck and fifth wheel makes sense. We don't do 'non-camping' vacations. Any vacation time we have is spent in our 5'r. With that being said we try and vary our destinations and activities, with such things as theme parks, visiting new cities etc. That way our 14 year old won't be bored.

We also camp year round and we LOVE winter camping. If I had to take a guess I'd think we average up to 80 or so nights each year. For us it is worth it.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:31 AM   #13
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We make it a point to camp once a month, every month, year-round. We've been doing this for about 8 years, with trips ranging from three days (our minimum) to 10 days.

I know life can produce lots of conflicts, but when we have them, we simply pick another time of the month to work in our camping fix. We haven't gotten tired of this routine yet and hope to even increase it as our work schedules wind down, which is happening right now.

We don't mind winterizing and de-winterizing 4 times or so during the relatively mild North Carolina winters. And crowds are nowhere to be found.

So the answer is: No, we don't use ours enough.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:37 AM   #14
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We definitely don't get enough time in ours. It is an expensive "hobby" but love the time we do get. Allows me to wind down from work for a bit.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:42 AM   #15
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Our family 'activity' is camping. We've made many sacrifices along the way to ensure all the money we have tied up in our truck and fifth wheel makes sense. We don't do 'non-camping' vacations. Any vacation time we have is spent in our 5'r. With that being said we try and vary our destinations and activities, with such things as theme parks, visiting new cities etc. That way our 14 year old won't be bored.

We also camp year round and we LOVE winter camping. If I had to take a guess I'd think we average up to 80 or so nights each year. For us it is worth it.
You (Tow) your unit around Ontario in the Winter? Most C/G are closed? Youroo!!
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:49 AM   #16
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You (Tow) your unit around Ontario in the Winter? Most C/G are closed? Youroo!!
Most are yes, but not all. There are several C/G's that are open all year round. In fact there are a few that have 'on site' winter programs that allow you to leave your trailer on site all winter.

Mew Lake in Algonquin is open all year, and we have camped there in February and it is FANTASTIC. Also MacGregor point provincial park, Pinery, and Valens conservation area are others that are open all year round. I've towed through blizzards, snow, you name it. No issue at all. We love winter camping, in fact we enjoy it more that 'in season' camping.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #17
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It is an expensive "hobby" but love the time we do get.
I noticed camping got more expensive right after the Sept 11 attack. Campgrounds capitalized on trend of more people camping for fear of traveling. We have a local campground here that went from 1100 to 1800 for seasonal right after the attack.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:26 PM   #18
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Not this year, but...

hope springs eternal! Would have loved to go more this year, but there are just times where it is harder to get away for a wide range of potential reasons. As long as one of those reasons is not that you no longer enjoy camping, I say hang in there and look forward to your next trip, whenever that is. There are just years where life's priorities and the many things in life which we do not control line up to prevent us from getting away. Don't judge by quantity, judge by quality! We had a couple of short trips this year which, alone, justified the effort and expense of having the TT at the ready.
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Our family 'activity' is camping. We've made many sacrifices along the way to ensure all the money we have tied up in our truck and fifth wheel makes sense. We don't do 'non-camping' vacations. Any vacation time we have is spent in our 5'r. With that being said we try and vary our destinations and activities, with such things as theme parks, visiting new cities etc. That way our 14 year old won't be bored.

We also camp year round and we LOVE winter camping. If I had to take a guess I'd think we average up to 80 or so nights each year. For us it is worth it.
There isn't enough propane in the world to keep my wife comfy in the winter months. But, you out there. I'm jealous!
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:05 PM   #20
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Dh won't go for less than 5 days. No weekends or 3 day trips. So, we do 4-6, 5 day trips per year. All between September and May. We like the cooler months. It works for us, both of our jobs are flexible. 20-30 days off per year compared to zero vacations before the trailer. I think we use it enough to justify it.
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