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Old 04-27-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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It's the dawning of a day of....

....a change of perception. Today, while DW and I are in Kerrville, TX looking over the area and enjoying a break from Las Vegas before continuing on to visit in laws and out laws, I walked over to the KOA store to pick up a bag of ice, and realized in a conversation with the sister of the owner about the heat and humidity and holding up in the RV, that I have moved from being a camper who used an RV to accommodate camping to being an unadulterated RV'er who no longer represents the essence of being a camper. It dawned on me that it's been over five years since we went boon docking and spent a night in which we did not have hook ups. I used to love going to state and national parks. I realize that part of the change comes from age and health, but I can no longer stand high heat or cold. Hopefully we and not alone in this realization.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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You ain't alone. Even though Kerrville isn't hot.........yet. Don't care to see snow anymore (used to love to ski), but 55f is too cold now. Anything over 95 is too hot. Glad we have a way to change our domicile to fit the temp.
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You are not alone. I prefer the heat to cold. Same goes for the DW. Once the temp drops below 70's we break out the long sleeve shirts and pants - LOL. We can stand higher temps but over 95 can be too warm.

The beauty of Fulltime RV'ing is that we can follow the good weather. We just started fulltiming in December so we do plan to do some boondocking but I do appreciate full hookups. SO you are not alone there as well.

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I thought for sure you were going to say the "dawning of the age of aquarius". Couldn't imagine what that had to do with rv'ing!

We agree too. We are definitely getting older and don't do much boondocking anymore. But that's ok, we are all different and get to make our own choices. I realize I'm getting old when I don't want to post on someone's question when they didn't do a search first. I mean how many times has someone asked, which 5'r is best, which state is best for fulltimers, etc, etc. Oops, now I've hijacked your thread. Grumpy Jan go away now
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RVing is different for everyone. There isn't a good way, or a better way, to enjoy it. Whatever makes you happy while your enjoynig your independence is what it's all about.
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Age has brought us to the realization that full hookups are really nice. Seldom do we stay without them.

As the RV'ers age, this is very apparent at Quartzsite. From its heyday, Quartzsite is down to about 30% of what it was many years ago. A lot of them boondock for a week or so, then head to the full hookup parks and resorts around Yuma and Phoenix.

So, it looks like you're not alone.
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We have come to the same conclusion, as others have, we don't "Camp" we "RV".

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My wife and I are in our early 30's not fulltime and we consider ourselves more Rv'ers than campers we tend to stay at the resort type places. The only time we dry camp is if it's an over night stop.
For me it's about my rig and being near saltwater not so much being in the woods, for the wife it's about being near lots of activities.
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RVing is different for everyone. There isn't a good way, or a better way, to enjoy it. Whatever makes you happy while your enjoynig your independence is what it's all about.
X2. Also this lifestyle is always changing as time goes on. Just go with it and enjoy!
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Our intent is to stay by family for extended periods with the main concern being the weather. We have family in MI and CA so summers in MI and onto CA in September through New Year then on to SE TX until the end of May then back to MI. Our travels to each destination are one night stays in Wall Marts, Home Depot or similar, the wife is anxious to be with the next family members. So although we are full timing we are not touring the US seeing the sites.
When we were working we would go to MI or CA for a week at a time an get a snap shot of our children's/grand children's lives now we have the opportunity participate in their lives and we are enjoying it.
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I spent my youth Motorcycle camping, which is basically sleeping on rocks! I do not feel guilty about Satellite TV or Warm blowing heat. The age of 'suffering' to prove I could do it has long passed. Now is the time to enjoy motorized camping.
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I spent my youth Motorcycle camping, which is basically sleeping on rocks! I do not feel guilty about Satellite TV or Warm blowing heat. The age of 'suffering' to prove I could do it has long passed. Now is the time to enjoy motorized camping.
Can relate to the rocks. As a single parent for many years, my son and I camped out of the back of my Ford Courier pickup with a couple of sleeping bags. The son slept on a cot, me in the back of the truck. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven when another in our camping group found a three inch thick foam pad I could use for a mattress. Now I would die and go to heaven without the A/C and nice queen size bead.
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