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Old 07-18-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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Spending time outside your MH

Just got back from a trip to Alaska on the Alcan in a Class C motorhome.
We went from home to Dawson Creek, Laird Hot Springs, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Top of The World Highway, Fairbanks, Danalhi, Anchorage,Seward, Valdez, the Cassiar Highway, Stewart Hyder, Prince George, then home. 6,500 Miles. A great trip. Traveled with another couple who pulled a 5th wheel. A great trip. We tried to book RV parks or Provincial or State parks that had fire rings, and tried to eat most of our meals outside.

The last few days of our trip (35 days) we started talking about all the MH's that we saw in the parks. It seemed like if it was 30 ft. or over, and had at least two slides, we rarely saw the people in them, and never saw them eating outside, and never saw them sitting around a fire.

My question is, why is that? Is this typical?

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Old 07-18-2010, 06:21 PM   #2
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I spent last summer in Alaska traveling almost the same route you took. Since I didn't have a car I walked/hiked everywhere. I would leave sometime as early as 4:00am and return at 7-8:00pm. So most of my day was spent away from the RV. Even now, if the weather is nice, I'm frequently away most of the day and return late afternoon or early evening. I cook outside on the grill 90% of the time but always eat inside.

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Old 07-18-2010, 07:17 PM   #3
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We love the Great Outdoors and spend a lot of time out there. But first we; make sure the awning is out, the patio rug is in place, the sunscreen is up and tent pegged to the soil, bug zapper running, 42" LCD is fired up, dish aimed, propane fire burning and our zero gravity loungers facing the coach and the basement fridge.

If the area is very scenic we play a DVD showing the highlights of that area.

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Old 07-18-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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I can tell you that my bride (of 30 years) and I just walked back in from having a wonderful dinner outside. We can't/don't do this every night due to location, weather, neighborhood, etc., but we do eat outside when we can.
We are full-timers in a 40' Prevost (but not slides, so maybe we don't count).
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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You've touched on a great point. Several things come into play I think. One is how we each see "our activity"... ie, we certainly don't feel like we're "camping". We full time in our 40' diesel with four slides and when the weather is too hot, too cold, too windy (you get the picture), we just "stay home". It's not like we're using up valuable days of our vacation by staying inside. I am more of the outdoor person than DW and do have to pry her out of the coach sometimes though... and she's usually glad I did.

Glad you enjoyed your trip!
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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great post!

we started tent camping, then to a westfalia, then a tent trailer, and then a tow trailer (21 foot). Now, we have a 35 foot motorhome; this our first year with it and camping season with it).

for sure - we notice ourselves more inside than past years camping - and previous "versions" of camping.

I also think fulltimers use their motorhome different than weekenders.

thanks for raising this
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:15 AM   #7
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Now days people who live in or near a big city seldom know or speek to the people next door. I think this sometimes comes with them when the go camping.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:55 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by pdq_bc View Post

I also think fulltimers use their motorhome different than weekenders.

For me "The Cabin" functions primarily a "base camp"...The "shoe-leather express" allows for great mobility, as does the toad and the bicycles.....I see RVing as a "camping" activity, which I am sure is different than the full timers perspective.

The only time I am inside is when the weather is dangerous, when meals are being prepared, or when I am sleeping..but even that is not 100% as will I sometimes backpack to a remote spot and do a 1-2 day tent overnighter...

I made the mistake a year ago of upgrading the 21" TV into a 32" flat-screen, and truth is, I have never even watched it yet! For all I know, it may no longer even function!
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:01 AM   #9
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One of the great things about a modern day travel trailer or motorhome, is that you can enjoy them without going outside. Why have air conditioning, cooking facilities, a frig, and a 40 inch flatscreen, if you aren't going to use them. I still build a campfire, on occassion if the urge arises, and it is allowed, but I also enjoy football, or NASCAR on occassion. Best of both worlds.

I would agree with speed racer above, the world we live in today is not nearly as "neighborly" as it used to be.

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Old 07-19-2010, 08:09 AM   #10
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42' Spend as much time as I can outside. RV's in general promote outside activities and encourage owners to be more outdoors. This is one of the great things about all RVs. You just want to be out
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Who can top this....three years ago (pre-RV) my wife and I were in a lodge in Yellowstone. There was a man sitting at the bar, drinking, and video taping the wildlife scenes being shown on the bar TV. He told us his friends back home would really enjoy seeing his "adventures"
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We spend less time outside than we used to when RVing. Part of it is simply that the coach is large and comfortable, plus we have great tv and internet all the time now. And we live in our coach, and that produces a different style of RVing too. If its hot or cold out today, we still have tomorrow or next week or what ever. Guess that makes us lazy. Now we tend to go out only when it is really nice. We still grill outside, but tend to eat in. Guess we aren't "campers" anymore - just tourists.

But when we toured Alaska (2002), we spent a lot of time outside, even when chilly (which was often). We went to see the scenery & the wildlife and didn't want to miss any of it! Can't imagine doing anything less, but we saw several of the sort who traveled by caravan, went only to organized events, and otherwise stayed inside.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:15 PM   #13
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We have a 45ft RIG, Tv's, Surround Sound, Internet, Comfy Couches, the works...Whenever weather permits, we are outside enjoying nature, G
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If the weather is nice we will sit out with the pups, otherwise we purchased our MH to take the creature comforts with us.

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