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Old 09-26-2013, 12:24 PM   #11
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Congrats on the camper plunge! And welcome! I just recently joined the Forum too. We have been camping for 15 years and have evolved from tents to pop-ups to now our 2nd hybrid. (2014 Shamrock 233S) We started camping w/ 2 toddlers....Now we have 4 kids in tow...(ages 17y to 8y) Camping is "Who We Are" and it bonds our family. No doubt that camping w/ little kids is so much fun. They are entertained by rocks, bugs, and delight in all that nature will gladly give them. The pre-teen yrs were still good for ours, especially if they were allowed to bring friends. That made it quite the adventure no matter where we went they giggled and had a blast. Now that they are older, we have to be careful not to demand this time from them in efforts to "recreate what once was". It's just different now as everything is when they become teens. (sniff...sniff...) One has a job and they are honors students so they are loaded w/ school work. Last month was the first time my husband and I went without them. GASP! Yep. They had too many activities so we chose a campground very close to our house where our boys and hubby and I could still swim and have fun and I could come and go keeping an eye on all my chicks. It worked out very well. The girls even came by the campground and had dinner w/ us and swam. Now, of course, we did make them come w/ us last week on our family vacation. (not ready to give them too much freedom!) No friends...just us 6 up to KY and TN. They did have a good time and I try to be aware of what is around for them to enjoy. Just parking it and swimming/biking is no longer "fun". We will find white water rafting, an amusement park or even a local town square to explore. So, we enter a new chapter. I do have one regret from our last trip...I let them bring their phones and didn't manage it as well as I should have...lesson learned. However, we still were together as a family...still having fun....still making camping memories for however few are left to make with them. Enjoy! It goes by too quickly.

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Are you in the southern states? A quick trip to KY and TN makes me think you might be in AL. My husband's family is out that way, definitely on our list of places to go.

Our biggest "justification" for a purchase of this amount is the knowledge that the years that they will be at home are fleeting and of all the things we could "buy" them, this one creates the memories that they will keep for a lifetime. It is a lifestyle choice that we thought a long time about because the numbers do not necessarily add up to "less expensive", just relative ease in making it all happen.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:27 PM   #12
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:40 PM   #13
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Are you in the southern states? A quick trip to KY and TN makes me think you might be in AL. My husband's family is out that way, definitely on our list of places to go.

Our biggest "justification" for a purchase of this amount is the knowledge that the years that they will be at home are fleeting and of all the things we could "buy" them, this one creates the memories that they will keep for a lifetime. It is a lifestyle choice that we thought a long time about because the numbers do not necessarily add up to "less expensive", just relative ease in making it all happen.
We are in North Ga. But lived in Nashville when we started camping. Yes, I completely understand the "justification" process for the actual cost of camping...not the cheapest route for sure! We joked about averaging the cost of our new camper to as many nights as we have camped in it...so that means we are at about $2,000 a night at this point! lol! (just purchased it last mo....we only do this calculation after we have had a glass of wine by the fire!)

We have camped in AL quite a bit and KY only a few times. (All over GA and TN...some in FL) Desoto State Park in AL is one of our higest rated parks. Great park and very good sites! A cute town close by. There is an awesome 2 hr hike through the woods with huge rock formations and a few water falls to see. The kids loved it.

Hope you make it to the southeast soon...we have some beautiful scenery here!!
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #14
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Welcome from central Illinois! We just purchased our first TT this July, a 2011 Puma 31BKHSS with the bunks and outdoor kitchen. Our layout is very similar to yours and we have really enjoyed it. We camp with our daughter, any foster children that are in our home, and any of their friends that want to tag along. This forum has been a great help to us as we learn the ins and outs of owning and maintaining a camper. Scheduling has been a bit of a challenge, but we steal every chance we get to spend time with the kids. They grow up fast and we want them to remember the times we spent together as a family. Be safe, have fun, and go make great memories!
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Welcome from Euless, Texasblue! Congrats on the new Surveyor and welcome to the forum.
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