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Old 10-02-2018, 01:46 PM   #6741
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I'll admit it....this was our first camper!


Go back to about 1974, and the first camper our family had was a Starcraft. It was a big step up from tent camping. I actually miss the sounds of the wind and trees, that were just on the other side of the canvas. I can still see the attraction for pop ups.
Ours would sleep 8, if they were good friends. There was just 4 of us, so we had plenty of space. It had a furnace, fridge, galley area and a folding wardrobe.
My brother and I could have things set up, in less then 15min from the time we parked it. Near the end of my time at home, that included removing a canoe from the rack on the roof before cranking it up.
Good times.

Itís been in the family since then, and protected from the elements in various garages. I havenít seen it in quite a few years, but I think you could hang it on a hitch and go camping at the drop of a hat. Iím pretty sure my brother still does. It was a great product for its time.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:00 PM   #6742
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I'll admit it....this was our first camper!
Not a thing wrong with that. You improvise, adapt and overcome in order to have fun!
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I'll admit it....this was our first camper!

Our first camper was a 1969 Skamper pop up. We bought it cheap and obviously used back in maybe 1993? It had pool liner blue rubber coated canvas and there was no lift system at all. You had to muscle up one side at a time and slide poles that were in a track into place to hold the top up. I don't have a picture of the whole thing, but here's a picture showing part of it.
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In the late 60’s my parents bought their first tent trailer. We went from tents into that. It was a Wag’n Master. With the add-a-room! i had 10 brothers and sisters. We were liv’n large!
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I'll admit it....this was our first camper!
Had a Starcraft just like that in the 80's, except no awning or a/c window unit. Came with a couple of light fixtures and dorm size ice box. Water was on plastic bladder under sink, which had a pump fixture. So only hookup was 110 power for the ceiling lights. Never popped a breaker...lol.

Lots of fun and simplicity.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:10 PM   #6746
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Exactly, just like what we called rowhomes back in the day is now a Townhouse at twice the price
I still refur to them as that, get me out of Philly but can't get the Philly out of me... But working in the rich areas, they do not like it very much.
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Old 10-02-2018, 06:13 PM   #6747
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Could do it with a bicycle with enough gearing. Marketing....bleah.
That's it. With all the wheels on the dolls under the shuttle, the truck has no real weight on it, just needs to over come the rolling resistance to get moving.
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In the late 60ís my parents bought their first tent trailer. We went from tents into that. It was a Wagín Master. With the add-a-room! i had 10 brothers and sisters. We were livín large!

Same here, about 1967 mum and dad bought a soft-top at Eaton's in downtown London (Ontario). You flipped out the beds (over the wheels), erected the tubular frame, then threw the canvas over top and snapped it down. Simple linoleum floor and just the inside of the aluminium exterior as your inside walls, nothing else, talk about back to basics!

Prior to that it was a 9x9 Woods Tourister tent.


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Old 10-02-2018, 08:27 PM   #6749
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Our first camper was a 1969 Skamper pop up. We bought it cheap and obviously used back in maybe 1993? It had pool liner blue rubber coated canvas and there was no lift system at all. You had to muscle up one side at a time and slide poles that were in a track into place to hold the top up. I don't have a picture of the whole thing, but here's a picture showing part of it.

Our first popup was also a Skamper. It didn't have the slide out bunks. It had fold down benches at each end, a small 12"x10" sink with a hand pump for a faucet, two burner stove and an ice box and no table. The last time we used it we spent a weekend in Winona, MN on the riverbank with high winds and tornado warnings. The thing rocked for a couple of hours but we made it through the night. I sold it to a coworker when we got back. The last time I saw it a drunk driver hit it in the coworkers driveway and totaled both the Chevy LUV and the camper while he was getting it ready for their first camping trip. I felt sorry for the guy as he never got to use it. I ran both through the car shredder a week later.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:02 PM   #6750
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I am out all the time, but I have NO reason to search or use a B & B! I bought a RV for Travel and Not to travel from B&B locations! Youroo! !
That may be so, but ďAirbnbĒ has been a common knowledge household name for years. So, yes, you need to get out more.
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Our first camper was a 1969 Skamper pop up. We bought it cheap and obviously used back in maybe 1993? It had pool liner blue rubber coated canvas and there was no lift system at all. You had to muscle up one side at a time and slide poles that were in a track into place to hold the top up. I don't have a picture of the whole thing, but here's a picture showing part of it.
Our first was similar to this, I don’t remember what year it was. We got from the DW’s family.
I remember that “lift” system well. It took at least people to open set - one to lift the top and the other to slide the poles. If you weren’t careful, when you opened the other side, the top would slide and take you out.

Ice box (had to put ice in it like a cooler), no furnace (we used catalystic white gas heaters, wake up in the morning tasting the gas on your tongue), no A/C, no water heater, handpump water faucet with a small sink, no waste tank (water from sink drained on the ground), 15 amp electric, no battery, no stabilizing jack, no brakes. Pretty basic.

One night we had a really bad thunderstorm, the canvas moved in in and out like it was a breathing animal.

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Old 10-02-2018, 09:32 PM   #6753
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Same here, about 1967 mum and dad bought a soft-top at Eaton's in downtown London (Ontario). You flipped out the beds (over the wheels), erected the tubular frame, then threw the canvas over top and snapped it down. Simple linoleum floor and just the inside of the aluminium exterior as your inside walls, nothing else, talk about back to basics!

Prior to that it was a 9x9 Woods Tourister tent.


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Sounds similar to the few memories I have of mom and dadís pop up. All I really recall about it was that there were 3 bunks, one over each wheel, one over the tongue. The door was on the rear of the trailer, the latch for the door was a spring loaded bolt that was inside the frame of the door, and at only 4 years old, I wasnít strong enough to pull it. Donít remember what the top, furnishings, etc... was like. (Hey, I was like 4 at time, forgive me if I donít remember much.)
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I talked to the owner of this 2009 truck that was absolutely stunning. He and his "other" (I never found out the relation) were camping in it.



I never talked to them, but felt bad for my neighbor's rig. I was surprised to see a for sale sign show up in the rig's window after 7 or 8 days of being neighbors. No clue if the 2 things are related!



I just like seeing double-tow setups.



I saw a hitch (mine) hanging from a camper when I went to get my new truck a couple of weeks back.

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Is it just me or does this TV operator need some trailering lessons? He came from the left (the road is One Way to the left so he was going against the grain) and dragged the left tires of his trailer through a fairly deep ditch barely missing the street sign. His trailerís rear end cut out a chunk of asphalt.
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Oh wow! That's something my father in law would do then blame it on mother in law! It's always a good laugh camping with them but sometimes you gotta hide because people know we are with them lol! I always try to follow them to the dump station so I can do it for him because the last time it was a Robin Williams show and my mother in law was laughing so hard when we were pulling up as my father in law was being covered in ( well you know what) and he was screaming! Only wish we had a video of it!
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...I saw a hitch (mine) hanging from a camper when I went to get my new truck a couple of weeks back.

2 things:

1) I don't think I could do that with my AutoSlide.

2) I thought you were happy with your Andersen. Why'd you switch back?
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2 things:

1) I don't think I could do that with my AutoSlide.

2) I thought you were happy with your Andersen. Why'd you switch back?

And a third...how tough is it to re-install the hitch when removed like that?
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I don't think I could do that with my AutoSlide.
I do it all the time with mine. I hate having it in the bed of the truck if I'm not towing. I have the underbed mounting system so when it's out, nothing but 4 holes are showing.

I use a ratchet strap to keep the back of the hitch up and level so it pulls out and goes back in easily.
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