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Old 11-21-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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Chart your best camping/RV years

Just as a bit of fun, has anyone charted the best years of your life for camping?
Plan ahead for best years, save and/or get experience now to enjoy your future years without a steep/expensive learning curve.
Here are the best years IMHO:

Your youth 0-13
Single years 18-26
26-39 with your kids who’ll camp with you
52 when your kids begin camping with their kids
65 when you’ll have free time or fulltime

Does someone know how to chart this?

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Old 11-21-2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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Those seasons are best defined for me by the manner in which I camped:

• Your youth 0-13 - Camping with Dad in his truck camper
• Single years 18-26 - Back packing with my fiance and eventual wife
• 26-39 with your kids who’ll camp with you - First and second pop-up tow-behinds
• 52 when your kids begin camping with their kids - Mid-fifties we got into our first DP
• 65 when you’ll have free time or fulltime - The best years are yet to come, right???

I would certainly add all of the camping with the Boy Scouts in the age 13 to 18 bracket -- those are the times where I learned the most about REAL camping.

Each "season of life" is very different and has its own highs and lows. So it does for camping, as well. I wouldn't know how to quantify the "fun factor" or define the "best...years," but I know for sure that we are loving the Full-Timer "season" that we are in now!


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Old 11-22-2015, 05:18 AM   #3
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In my teens myself and a friend had Cushman scooters, (remember those?), and we would strap on a tent, Coleman stove, and a small cooler and take off on some wonderful adventures. Being from SoCal weather was never really a worry, although it did snow on us one night in the Laguna Mtns. What made it so much fun was the newness, and the adventure of it, and of course probably being young and naïve had something to do with it. But it was a different time. Now, I'm in a diesel pusher with all the comforts of home, but then of course I'm too old to be throwing a sleeping bag out on the ground and expecting to be able to sleep. If I did that now it would take a couple strong guys to get me in an upright position. But I wouldn't change a thing.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:25 AM   #4
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Not to Hijack your thread but something I wish someone had suggested to us earlier in our camping career is a "Camping Log"! We use RV Trip Wizard to plan our trips. Trip Wizard has the ability to download our "planned" trips in an Excel format. I add a "qualitative comment" column to the spreadsheet for the campgrounds (pictures 1 & 2) and a map (picture 3) for each trip. We then store the trips in a 3 ring binder. The binder provides a "travel log" of our trips AND qualitative assessments of campgrounds should we venture that way in the future... Wish we would have started this when we first started camping...

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Old 11-22-2015, 11:42 AM   #5
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Excellent use of software to log your journeys. How many times have you gotten the feeling youve been here before! Now youd know why!
In the case of the graph itd be for those contemplating fulltiming.
We didnt ever trailer before getting our first moho. That skill is critical for
RV tt or toad. Get those skills early as an investment for future travel years,
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