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Old 09-20-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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Maiden voyage

I've been preparing for almost two weeks. It's amazing how much prep goes into a popup as opposed to conventional trailers. Well, maybe I was a nervous wreck on my maiden voyage in my 1980 Wilderness trailer (bought new) when I first took it out. Or maybe I was so young then I didn't know any better. I sure wish I had a small outside storage box, where I could stow some small, last-minute items. I made one out of plywood for my old trailer and didn't give a second thought to the extra weight to it, or the metal frame I had fabricated for it. "Ignorance is bliss" they say. I worry about everything now. Well, we'll see tomorrow when we get to our destination what we forgot or what we did wrong. I just hope I can get that contraption cranked down and all that fabric tucked in and all the other minutia that needs to be attended to.

Hope to have a photo or two when I get back, especially one taken from the door looking out!

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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good luck on the voyage and cant wait to see the pic !

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Old 09-23-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
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I am home from my shake-down trip. Everything was beyond expectations, aside from my refrigerator, which I will put in a separate post. Trailer was a dream to tow and the campground was very good, except for the noisy "boat people" but I expected them and so, was not disappointed. My bed was very comfortable, and I am anxious to head to my next destination which will be on the California coast. It will be quieter and cooler, which will be nice. I was not happy with my "front door" photos, but I'll probably post one just because I said I would. I did get some "stellar" night shots that just made the whole trip worthwhile. When I figure out how to share some images, I will share one of my night shots. I thought I could attach one to this message but I was wrong!
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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Hey, you were practically in my back yard! We live 15 minutes from Hogan! Funny enough, we were at Cammanche this weekend with our inlaws. Also 15 minutes away.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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Teresa, yeah, we went right by both entrances of Camanche. I haven't been there in many years. Does Camanche have more shade than New Hogan, or do you ever go there? We were lucky and found a "fairly" shady site. It was quite noisy. I like the fact that NH is federally operated and they honor the Golden Age Passport, which, for me, next year means it will cost $10/night.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:53 PM   #6
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We don't camp @ Hogan for a few reasons.
1. It's too hot in the summer.
2. It's crowded.
3. Last I heard, about a month ago, they had closed the water for swimming because of high bacteria. People were getting rashes from the water. My guess is because the water is low, but the geese pollute the shore/water.
4. LEECHES have been found in the water. Not sure on the details, but heard this from a friend who is very active in the community, and knows what's going on. I suspect the migrating birds (geese?) may have brought them. I don't know how else they would have gotten there. Cammanche may have them too, but since its a bigger, water-wise, they haven't shown up...to my knowledge.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:58 PM   #7
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Our spot @ Cammanche did not have much shade. They have planted a lot of trees, but they're still small. We were in the full hook up area. The spots were paved, and pretty flat, easy for leveling. Spots were long enough so we did not have to unhook the truck. Decent amount of space between sites, but there was no one on either side of us, so if the campground was full, I might feel different. There were really nice, cemented fire rings. Cost was 45.00 per night. Not cheap.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:28 PM   #8
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Thanks for the report. NH was $20, and I don't think they have hookups. Since we were on a shakedown trip, we wanted to test out all the systems, so I didn't want hookups. Going to go to Henry Cowell State Park in Santa Cruz next month. I'll bet we'll be testing our heater on that trip!
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I'll be interested in hearing how that goes, I was looking at that area. We ended up at Smithwoods, which I thought was nice, but a little "KOA" for my taste. There is a pool, movie night, basketball hoops, cantina, etc. was close to Santa Cruz, so it worked.
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One thing I like about Hogan is that you can empty the septic there for 5 or 6 dollars. Nice if you're camping in the hills, and need a place to dump.
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