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Old 03-17-2014, 11:39 AM   #11
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We kinda came the same route as BamaBob......did the whole progression and went one step further. We bought our 38FL with going full time in mind, so it pretty much had to have all the amenities of "living" in it rather than "camping" in it. The one we had before this (Flagstaff Ultra Lite 8289 IWKS) had a lot of amenities but was a lot smaller and more suited to shorter trips.....

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:42 AM   #12
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We now go for full hookups and prefer level concrete pads when we go to FL for 3+ months. We always get full hookups and 1/2 the time while in FL, we have the level, concrete pads with concrete patio. Started out in a "pup" tent in 1960 and have gradually gotten older and a lot lazier and like all the amenities we can get.

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Old 03-17-2014, 12:04 PM   #13
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I started out in tents, did the tent trailer, the TT with no bathroom, etc... all as a kid. Then again, I grew up in a scouting family. Did the scouts thing until 10 years ago or so when the job got in the way of being a leader.

Now that I've got a family of my own, we've jumped into camping straight into the TT with bunch of amenities. The younger me would be ashamed to have things like TV, DVD player etc.. along as we camp. The practical me recognizes my life goes a lot easier if I have ways to distract the kids.

So, for me, boondocking away from everyone else is a dream.
My family? Need Power, Water, Sewer and things for kids to do at a minimum.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:10 PM   #14
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Dominant Factors Influencing Your Camping Choices and Experience

We do nothing but boondock camping and never in a campground out in the middle of no where hopefully in some trees. We have never had power water sewer of any kind hooked up while camping. But I do have an on board gen and a fairly good sized fresh water tank. We go camping where we can trail ride with our sidexside. So after a long day of riding a hot shower is great makes you feel like a new person. So although we do nothing but boondock we are set up quite well.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:15 PM   #15
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Our fav dry spot has been closed for renovations for about 18 months now but supposed to come back online this fall. So lately all of our trips been around spots that have hookups- which is good cause getting to the dump station at our storage lot is a PITA.

I've added charging stations so the kids can play with their phones when they don't want to hang with us. Have a cell booster that I use occasionally. Other than that, just "roughing it" watching Blu-Rey movies!
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:27 PM   #16
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none of these things are that important to us.

what is important is where we camp. we prefer more natural settings, whether forested or coastal or riverside/lakeside.

we are prepared to dry camp, so we don't really need hookups or cable or wifi. we consider a lot of this kind of stuff as distractions.

now, since we're retiring, our current style of camping may change some and we made like to have these things, since we will be on the road for 2-3 months.
doesn't mean we won't still prefer the natural setting type of camping. just not sure if a 29' TT or 34' 5th wheel will still allow for much of that.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:00 PM   #17
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For us, electricity to run the ac, DW can't handle the hotter weathers, sewer hook ups would be nice but not necessary. Other than that we would choose a cooler climate if we have to dry camp. Everything else is secondary. I mean what more can you ask for, you are basically towing a motel to the middle of no where, you have all the comforts of home already.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:34 PM   #18
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Boondocking most of the time (total of 95 days camping last summer - 85 days boondocking in the wilderness). My wife and I tented for 30 years until we were 55 years old then purchased our first trailer 10 years ago. That was like going from being homeless to living in a penthouse.

We are quite self sufficient with solar, generator for the microwave, fresh, gray and black water totes etc. so we really have no need for hookups. We do enjoy the peace and quiet that boondocking by ourselves provides.

It is nice though once in a while to go to a campground with full hookups (long showers is one benefit).

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Old 03-18-2014, 12:20 AM   #19
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We go to "full hook ups" only CG's if it's for two nights or more. We have Dish. Pet friendly CG's aren't important, Cooper stays inside when necessary. Whether the CG is "treed" or not is also a moot point since we like the SW US so much.
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:27 AM   #20
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I like to be able to just drop the trailer just about anywhere and about 1/3 of our camping is dry. I absolutely hate generators and run on battery when not plugged in. I can still run everything but the TV and AC and microwave on battery so 110V isn't really a concern for me at all. Having said that Texas has a large number of state parks and we usually spend the other 2/3 of the time in those. Water and electric sites...I don't bother with sewer since most of our trips are 2 - 4 days. Being in S. Texas during the summer makes AC very nice even though I don't HAVE to have it. TV....never had it until last summer. Same with the microwave. Do I use them? Sure. The merits of having a DVD player became very evident on our shakedown trip when it rained it's butt off for the whole first day. Do I need them? Absolutely not.

Guess I'm getting a little off topic....usually electric / water sites if in a campground if only so I don't have to watch battery usage or if it'll be more than 2 nights or so. If we have electric we'll use things but not having a microwave doesn't keep us from going somewhere and I don't go camping to watch TV. If we spent more than a week straight in it that would probably change but for shorter trips I just don't see the need.

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