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Old 08-22-2016, 01:38 PM   #11
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JustB_Rad, where did you get the flag pole and how is it mounted to your camper?
Also thank you for flying the American flag and the POW/MIA flag.
I got the Pole from Harbor Freight....its 2-1/2" inches wide at the base, meaning I needed to find a 2-1/2" I.D. sleeve. Exhaust pipe was just barely too small so I ended up going with 2-1/2" PVC, which isn't carried at big boxes. I had to go to a specialty plumbing store to get it and it was $3.50 a foot! I then used large hose clamps and wood blocks as spacers to mount it to my tongue jack.

I'm not terribly impressed with the joints on the pole, but for only using it 20 days a year, it will serve the purpose. I just don't like all the poles that bend and wanted something rigid.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:41 PM   #12
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Give me a hr from pull in to set up what i think we are going to need and i'm a happy camper.

And then my chair with a chilled beer to watch all the other knuckle heads pull in and get in arguments with there DW's trying to back in.

Good times.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:44 PM   #13
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Give me a hr from pull in to set up what i think we are going to need and i'm a happy camper.

And then my chair with a chilled beer to watch all the other knuckle heads pull in and get in arguments with there DW's trying to back in.

Good times.
hahah good times for sure.

For a one nighter, sure. No sense in unpacking everything. But I don't even bring that much stuff. I could stay home and save myself the trip if that were the case haha.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:51 PM   #14
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Level it and crank down stabilizers onto plastic blocks. Plug it in, hook up the hose which always has the portable water filter and pressure regulator attached. Put out a welcome mat and we're in business for a weekend of inside camping. We do this when we go camping the way other people go to hotels. If we're using it to stay somewhere convenient to go to a tourist place or visit friends. We also do this if the weather turns ugly with storms or, like the last time we camped, ungodly heat and humidity.

If we are camping to relax in the campground we may open the awning, fold out the party deck on the toy hauler garage, pull out chairs and portable grill, set up party lights and the little red campfire or a wood campfire depending if we're going to sit on the party deck or on the side.

Time difference is 20 minutes for the minimum, maybe an hour for the full blown "look at us, we're RVing" setup. Tear down is a little longer but in the same ballpark.

Local camping we head out Thursday night to get a better spot (Thousand Trails first come first spot) and then go to work from the RV on Friday for me. The wife works from the camper with WiFi or MiFi. If we're going to far for working then its a vacation and it's usually 4 days to a week in duration.

We'll end up with thirty nights in the RV this year. Maybe 34. 12 days of 2 long duration stays, the rest three night local trips.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:01 PM   #15
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Wow,

When we are just over nighting, it takes less than 30 minutes to setup and maybe 15 to break camp as I hook up the truck prior to going to bed so as not to make too much noise at 5am which is what time we usually hit the road. We don't hook up anything but power and water as we use the CG washrooms pretty much all the time when camping.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:41 PM   #16
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On the last outting. We had a couple of neighbors pull up on a saturday afternoon. Fine by me.

The closest one looked to be a young man (mid-late 20s) and his mother. They had a TT around the same size as mine. Its getting later in the day. So everyone is getting ready for dinner. I see them pulling out a 8' folding table. They get all the food out and setup. Then another table....more stuff. Then the wife and baby come out of the trailer. More stuff follows...By the time they were done, you almost couldn't see the trailer. This blew my mind.

The other group. 3 tents. 2, 4 person tents and 1, 8 person. I believe there were 6 of them, so naturally they had a lot of stuff. Being in tents and all.

This is all fine and good with me. But the thing that got me was. The next morning they were all packing up and leaving. The small family had been up and breaking camp before I woke up. I was dust in the wind before they even had the TV hooked up. Same with the tent crew.

To me, that just seemed like a whole lot of effort for such a short stay. This little family had more stuff for that one night than I would for a whole week.

I'm not complaining or anything. Just seems like it wouldn't be worth it.
My vote is that both groups were novice campers. When we started tent camping we brought everything we owned and bought stuff on the way! It didnt take many trips to get down to just a backpack, or a backpack and "war chest" for longer trips.

We have RV camped with friends for a while before buying our own trailer, so the learning curve was a little less. We basically look at it like tent camping in a really nice, hard shell, air conditioned tent. The learning curve for us has been operating the systems in the camper, not "how" to camp.
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:50 PM   #17
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Does the portable ice maker work well for you? I've been tempted to buy one but we are trying to cut down on the amount we are carrying with us. Our previous trailer had a much bigger freezer so we are missing the amount of ice it could generate.
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:55 PM   #18
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Does the portable ice maker work well for you? I've been tempted to buy one but we are trying to cut down on the amount we are carrying with us. Our previous trailer had a much bigger freezer so we are missing the amount of ice it could generate.
I'm beyond impressed with it! Our first trip with it, the outside temp was 96 during the day and low 80's at night. All week I had to buy 1 bag of ice, and that was simply because all our ice melted on the trip down and the ice maker would not have made enough quick enough. After I added that bag, it kept up and we never ran out of ice again. It was filling a tray (2lbs or so) every couple hours. This last weekend, it was cold out...never above 70, and it was making ice like CRAZY....it was giving me a tray (2 lbs or so) every hour-hour and a half. I got it at Sams Club for $90, and paid $10 for a 3 year warranty (basically they'll give you a new one, or give you your money back). I figure it won't take long to pay for itself, plus now I don't have to trek out to get ice to keep the beer cold at $3+ a bag! Plus I'm using campground water and power, so its an even better deal!

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Old 08-22-2016, 04:25 PM   #19
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I am in the minimalist camp. Four chairs, a small table for the BBQ and our bikes. No matter the timeframe it's always the same. Sometimes a small tent if one of our boys bring a friend. Never felt the need for all the lights and decorations. All I need is a beer and a fine cigar and I am a happy camper!
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:50 PM   #20
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We carry the large 33ld per day Dometic ice maker. Haven't bought a bag of ice in the two years we've had it. On those 100 degree trips I set it in the shower and keep dumping the ice in the Dometic Avalanche cooler. Never run out of ice.
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