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Old 10-13-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Female mid-life crisis: going camping

I read this article today from a woman who self-confessed that she bought a camper due to a mid-life crisis. I'm not sure I agree with her own assessment, but it does sound like she got bit by the camping bug we all do.

It's a fairly humorous article, especially about letting the camper roll into her neighbors yard....which I thought we can relate and enjoy (you may have to click the "read more" link in the article to see the full story:

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/my-midl...931737547.html

I may send her an invitation to FRF.
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:55 PM   #2
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As a woman of a certain age, I agree with the woman that wrote this article!
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:29 AM   #3
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As silly as it sounds, I was talking to Sneak a couple of weeks ago about buying a "tiny trailer" to go along with Buffy. You know, for those quick and easy spur-of-the-moment "let's just get away for the night" trips.

Yeah, he rolled his eyes just like all you guys reading this are doing.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:54 AM   #4
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That was an awesome article. The great thing about camping is that you can get into it at any age and enjoy the hell out of it. Sort of like getting a motorcycle. ;-)

I felt that exact same freedom she's talking about, when we drove our 1986 Chevy Travelcraft back from Sandusky, Ohio close to 10 years ago. (smiling the whole way home) Buying our first RV is one of the best things we've ever done as a couple and a family.
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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I went through a mid life crisis at 47 when I had my first heart attach. Bought a 40' sail boat had it and out fitted it for two years solid everything we owned and took off for 5 years to sale around the world. Lasted 5 years and 16 country's visited. Never returned for 5 years on USA soil. Still glad we did it being now 65, I could never have done it now. Sometimes they are good and people should do and follow there dreams. You just never know Now my health wouldn't let me fulfill that dream now after all the work and saving we did to plan out retirement and leave at 62.
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:49 AM   #6
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not necessarily, Weezer...

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As silly as it sounds, I was talking to Sneak a couple of weeks ago about buying a "tiny trailer" to go along with Buffy. You know, for those quick and easy spur-of-the-moment "let's just get away for the night" trips.

Yeah, he rolled his eyes just like all you guys reading this are doing.
You are not alone. My wife and I have have had the same conversation. Don't get me wrong, we would not trade the Windjammer and its comforts 90% of the time. However, there are a few occasions when we'd like the flexibility of a small rig to make a quick or longer road trip or just for "fun". The current problem is that there is an absolute craze (to the point of pure insanity) in the vintage trailer market. This has led to a large number of speculative flippers creating a cottage industry to service the demand of a hoard of buyers who willingly lay down too much coin for lipstick on a pig. The market presently makes entry into it that aspect of the hobby cost-prohibitive for those who would just like to pick up a serviceable little trailer cheap and fix it up just to have another tool in the camping arsenal. Unfortunately, many of the buyers in the current market are women seeking some independence for themselves, but what they are really buying is trouble, as they buy rigs which are neither road-worthy nor functional, many with latent defects which will soon render them little better than junk, absent the investment of many hours of work and/or thousands of dollars in repairs. Eventually the craze will pass and the bubble will burst, but my wife and I will probably be too old to really want to work on one at that point.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:01 PM   #7
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Great article....I've never heard the phrase "gramper" but may have to steal that from her!
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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Totally relate with the author, seeing as we are two females who camp with our daughters but without our hubbies all the time. Did not go vintage, but we are just as able to hitch up our pup and swing on down the road. Have traveled 16000 miles in 5 years and plan many more. The menfolk can come if they want but we don't wait for them.
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As silly as it sounds, I was talking to Sneak a couple of weeks ago about buying a "tiny trailer" to go along with Buffy. You know, for those quick and easy spur-of-the-moment "let's just get away for the night" trips.

Yeah, he rolled his eyes just like all you guys reading this are doing.
I have a brother in law that he and his DW did just that and have ended up using it more than their larger unit.


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A few months ago I went to my granddaughters horse show. My kids were staying in her parents 5th wheel. Parked next to the 5er was a trailer like the one in article. It had been fully restored & was a beautiful work. Couldn't believe it & had to ask for a tour.
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