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    My family are campers Our first one was on the back of pickup in 1966 took all 6 of us to colorado. since then we have had several class a my husband could set it up and drive anywhere. we allways said we would be happy with an overhead camper.on apickup where you could use the truck all the time. my husband passed away two years ago .I still have a class a. and nine family members traveled to N.J. and Pa. My son has a 5th wheel we were gone two weeks. I have wonderfull memories. we were married 59 years.

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    Many years ago I was an avid camper. Camped in tents, pop-ups and truck campers. Never had a pull along trailer, 5th wheel or motor home. Now my husband and I "camp" in hotels instead. He prefers it that way, but I still miss the campfires.
    Sorry about your husband. You had a wonderfully long marriage. Congratulations on that. Enjoy your family and your camping. They both keep you young. God loves you and God bless you!

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    My 1st husband and I raised our kids camping in rv's. After the divorce I really missed camping. I remarried and after several yrs approached my husband about getting a trailer. We now own a truck and 5th wheel. We've taken it out a few times. He's very new to this "world" and since my ex did all the set ups so am I. We are thinking about storing it at Pismo Coast Village (cheaper than storing it in the town we live in). For a fee they will set it up before we get there and put it back when we leave. The only draw back is that that is the only place we would be going BUT we both work full-time and he travels 4 days out of 7 so we don't really get to go that many different places right now anyway. We are looking to upgrade the truck and 5th wheel just before we retire so we can do some traveling with them. Diannia
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    Camping is not for me.
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    I have a lot of good memories about camping too. When the kids were little (are now 50+) we had a canvas tent and went on short trips in the summer. Got rained out a couple of tiimes, animals on the camp site, etc. Sometimes when we didn't take the tent out of the car trunk for awhile and every time I'd get in the car and smell that canvas, the yearning to go back to the woods would return! Loved cooking over the campfire, s'mores, meals in foil, etc. Lots of fun!!

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    We were tent campers when the children were little. When the DD was in college, her sorority and friends floated the Buffalo River...the girls wanted to know where to plug in the curling irons. She felt experienced in camping at that point. Later, had an RV. The really good memories were of good times and adversities even became precious. All three of my children love the outdoors as a result of early camping. None of them rough it however. One tournament fishes and stays in motels or RVs. The oldest son hunts and stays at the duck club. DD visits and photographs wildlife and scenery. DH and I drove an RV from central AR to Grand Canyon, Yosemite, San Francisco, up the coastal highway all the way to Washington state and loved it. DH now gone but have beautiful memories of our times on the road. A good way to get out of the city is to do as you are planning. Our home resort would rent space for the RV and even stage it in a parking space at the resort for those who chose that method. We belonged to Coast to Coast and found their accommodations from middle America all the way West clean and affordable. Hope you enjoy your travel vehicle for many years.

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    I remember the day I became a "camper". My husband and I were newlyweds, just out of college, and moved "home" to his Puget Sound, WA. He said don't worry - he took care of everything - so we left on a Friday night and drove to the mountains. I mean way out to the mountains - where to paved roads turned to gravel and it was pitch black outside. Somehow we finally got to our destination and he pitched the tent while I got us some PB&J sandwiches to eat before climbing into our sleeping bags. It was so cold that night and I heard some pretty wild sounds. Woke up and had to use the bathroom - dear hubby laughed and informed me we'd look for the vault toilets in the morning. I was not enjoying myself and bit my tonge trying not to complain.

    But then morning came....I could smell bacon and coffee....I unzipped the tent and had to catch my breath - I had never seen ANYTHING so beautiful - the sun shining on the side of the mountains lighting up a waterfall in the distance - the deepest bluest sky I had ever seen - the trees were the greenest green I had ever seen (not to mention the tallest!). The birds were singing so sweetly - I really thought this is what heaven must be like. And all weekend every turn I took I just couldn't believe the beauty.

    I asked my husband to compromise, and for the first 5-6 years of our marriage we tent camped throughout WA, OR, ID, MT (only requirements - flush toilets and blow-up mattress). Year 7 or so we "upgraded" to a Coleman tent trailer but still did our cooking over the fire (there's just something about a dutch oven and percolated coffee that is unmatched!). Then about 6 years ago we upgraded again to a travel trailer. I sorta miss the places you can go with a tent that we're unable to go in a trailer. And wish the kids had the tent experience, too. But I'm too spoiled to ever go back - fridge, oven, microwave, flush toilet & shower, bunks for the kids - even a sleep number bed for me & DH! The kids love to hear our stories about roughing it in the wild. When we retire we'll probably upgrade to an RV and travel from coast to coast. Glad I was a naive newlywed and let myself try camping - I've been a camper ever since!
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    We have been campers, fishing, hunting, site seeing what ever our heart liked at the time, like you started way back in the 50's. Station wagons to pick campers, type A motor homes now have a 44' 5th wheel. most summer the husband and I spend months in it. This year we haven't gone out yet due to husband's health but hope to get out for a few weeks later. Sorry for your lose I lost my first husband of 48 years in 2001, still miss those years.
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    We started camping in the back of a '54 Ford station wagon in '63---then a tent---then a cab high camper---then a slide in--- then two 5th wheels---now have a Class A motor home---has hardwood floors and all the good "stuff"---really think we had as much fun in the staionwagon---but this is nice---really like the A/C in the Kansas summer---it's the friends you camp with that really makes it great---I still find it hard to call it 'camping' in the mtor home--Toby the Cat goes with us too

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    So sorry for your loss as it wasn't that long ago. I'm headed to Indiana in a few weeks but I'm camping at relatives.

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    We have always camped. Started in a tent than smaller trailers. 6 years ago we bought a beautiful 32 foot fifth wheel. I love it. We use it as a base camp and than take the jeep and tent up to remote places. After a couple of days we go back to the fifth wheel clean up and cook and bake yummy food. Than head out into the wilderness for a couple of more days. We will to this for about 10 days and two or three times a year. I love it. We are both in our 60's and it is still so much fun. When we travel we always take the fifth wheel cause I love having my own space. Hate, hate, staying in motels. In face we are headed to Disney World for 21 days this summer with the GK's with parents and we are camping the whole way there and back. Over 2000 miles one way. It will be so much fun and I always take applique to work on when traveling. So excited.

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    I used to camp with my Grandfather. My idea of roughing it now consists of a hotel without room service!!

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    Dh and I just bought a fifth wheel this week and I already have us booked into two places! We are excited to say the least. We had rented an RV two years ago and travelled from eastern Ontario to Wyoming, Montana , north and South Dakota and up into BC, Canada , Alberta and Saskatchewan. Man what an awesome trip!! So... Since we have been talking about it for two years , we finally decided to buy one. The people we met along the way were sooo nice, and it was great to sit and hear their stories. We went to a restaurant in a small town in Minnesota and saw people bowing their heads to pray before their meal. How awesome is that! We are planning a two week trip in September to Vermont , New Hampshire, then Virginia to travel the Blue ridge parkway. Life is good!
    i was sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, but good for you to carry on with what you love and I'm sure there are many times when you are sitting by a nice fire that wonderful memories of him drift in. Happy travels!

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    Camping is IMHO = Housework made inconvenient.

    We tent camped with kids when they were little, then a pop-up trailer with little kitchen, beds off the ground...still found myself too much of a girlie girl hated it. Drove 35 miles one-way from our favorite campsite in the mountains outside Denver, to home every day to take a shower...hated the smoke in my hair etc....

    Our kids loved every minute of the camping adventures and both still camp now they have families of their own, so apparently I didn't pass on my dislike of camping to them for which I'm grateful....

    Now roughing it means a Best Western, but don't get me started on motels either :0). Not meaning to sound like a bah-hum bugger just my personal opinion.
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    We're packing up the RV right now. The only vacation my family took when I was a child was camping. We had a trailer. When I married 40 years ago we went tent camping. When we retired we bought a small Class C. This year we are going for two months across northern USA and Canada. I can't imagine not camping.
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    Oh what great stories. Right now our 5th wheel is parked on my in-laws farm. It sets in front of a small pond, with ducks, geese and 2 white swans. To the left is the horse pasture. Looking past the pond is a large wheat field. We have built a bonfire pit too. My father-in-law, sadly, is in poor health and my DH and his brother are working the farm as thier second jobs. DH has been staying down there for the last couple of weeks, getting the crops in. Now that's it warmed up, I'll be going on the weekends too (still working).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    We're packing up the RV right now. The only vacation my family took when I was a child was camping. We had a trailer. When I married 40 years ago we went tent camping. When we retired we bought a small Class C. This year we are going for two months across northern USA and Canada. I can't imagine not camping.
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    We started camping with our little children and a tent and canoe. Then came a pop-up camper and a small sailboat. Then finally a 30 ft sailboat and we then camped on water instead of ground. They are grown and gone now and we are thinking of going back to a pick-up truck camper and a small sailboat. Lost our crew and also lost much of our stamina. Aging does that, but also brings many wonderful memories !

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    Raised our children camping - tent, travel trailer, 5th Wheel - now a Class A. We love the RV life. Just got home this afternoon from a trip. RVers are the nicest people - we love the lifestyle - and sleeping in our own bed at night!

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    We do not camp, but we call our fifth wheel a "camper" - a holdover from the past, I guess. Our RV is nicer than my home, and cleaner too LOL! We have all the amenities, except for a dishwasher and we can take it all with us when we travel. And we know who slept in the bed the night before!
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    We always camped when the kids were younger. I too miss the campfires. For the past several years we've been kicking around the idea of getting a camper but decided for the $$ we could camp at some pretty nice motels. However, I think the discussion is just tabled for now - I still see a camper in our future.

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    DH grew up camping. When I was growing up we went to my grandmother's house on the beach or friends of my parents place in the Cariboo. When we first married we tent camped. After 15 years of tenting dh convinced me we needed an RV. Actually it was the torrential rainstorm that convinced me. We bought a used class c and love it. I have driven it more than dh and I can do all the chores inside and out.
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    We always have awesome breakfasts, here's my favorite recipe:12 eggs beaten, 2 cups milk, 1 lb ground sausage or bacon(I don't use nearly that much) 7 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 6 slices of bread, cubed, one onion saute'd. Brown sausage, saute onion set aside, layer cubed bread, meat and cheese. Mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper to taste, pour over layered casserole.
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    I have a small 2 berth caravan which I tow I love it. I pitch up at a designated site plug in electric and begin sewing. Some ow the days seem so long and peaceful and I get so much done. My dogs also think it is wonderful as w go on long exciting walks in new places, hills and exciting smelly beaches.
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