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Old 07-13-2016, 08:21 PM   #1
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My family of 5 has had a 5th wheel camper for about 4 years. We've taken several 300-400 mile trips. Those trips were all very successful. We are currently on our way home from our first really long trip. A 2 week, 2,500 mile trip which included crossing a mountain range to get to an ocean.

I am ready to sell the camper the minute we pull in the drive way. We have blown all four tires at different times and spend the equivalent of an entire day waiting for road side assistance. We've been invaded by ants, turned away from campsites where we had confirmed reservations, been flooded out and the list goes on and on. Is this a fluke or is this just how long camping trips go? Because right now I am ready to call it quits. Please help me remember why this is so great.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:48 PM   #2
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Our last trip wasn't quite that bad. But it was bad. The TV & TT are both still in the shop getting repaired. Thankful we were able to limp home before putting them in for repairs. My wife was feeling the same as you right now. I just told her that today this sucks. A year from now, it's gonna be a real good story. We've been back home a bit over three weeks, and we are both chomping at the bit to get back on the road.

After a bit of rest, I suspect these feelings of throwing in the towel will pass. It's not all about good times. It's also about the adventure. You just had one.

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My two cents...chalk it up to Murphy hanging around a little too long and wearing out his welcome...take the lessons learned and move forward - what can you learn from it? Remember, if you keep at it and master it (like anything else in life) this will be water under the bridge in a year and a great experience to share with some future newby's!
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My family of 5 has had a 5th wheel camper for about 4 years. We've taken several 300-400 mile trips. Those trips were all very successful. We are currently on our way home from our first really long trip. A 2 week, 2,500 mile trip which included crossing a mountain range to get to an ocean.

I am ready to sell the camper the minute we pull in the drive way. We have blown all four tires at different times and spend the equivalent of an entire day waiting for road side assistance. We've been invaded by ants, turned away from campsites where we had confirmed reservations, been flooded out and the list goes on and on. Is this a fluke or is this just how long camping trips go? Because right now I am ready to call it quits. Please help me remember why this is so great.
Do you still have the 2009 Sandpieper 5 wheel? If so how old/new were the Tires before your Big trip? Youroo!!
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:20 PM   #5
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Yep, been there, done that. We are on our fifth RV and at least one trip in each one had me so frustrated I was where you are. Ready to sell it and use motels. I still say RVs are like horses; just something to throw money at for a few moments of pleasure. But we always got past the particular problem and now we are retired and don't know what we would do without one. We have wonderful friends all over that we met when RVing and can't wait until we can enjoy another adventure with them. Hang in there!! It will be a good story around the campfire..... next year
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:36 PM   #6
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I have been just as frustrated. Blowouts, toilet stopped up, toilet smells , ants, stuck in ice storm, stuck in mud, hours and hours of driving, water coming in slides, water coming out under sink, broken black tank handle, can't wait to go again! I love having all my conveniences with me and my dogs get to travel with us. My friends and I love to tell our stories!
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We are going away this weekend with a sick truck. If Dr Hook brings us home so be it. The truck goes in next week for major surgery.
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uh oh planning our first big trip out west and down the coast. Are you saying I should bring 2 bottles of aspirin
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uh oh planning our first big trip out west and down the coast. Are you saying I should bring 2 bottles of aspirin
LOL. And chase 'em with Mr Daniels....
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capt morgan or maybe a Hamms
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