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Old 03-11-2015, 12:41 PM   #1
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My first RV was.....

For some of us, this was our 1st RV. No wheels but easily portable.
Some RV dreams start in the formative years!
Mine were more elaborate, especially in sunmer when we used chaise lounges, picnic tables, bikes.....
Planned a campfire in one. Mom found out.
My first real RV was my bike with a pup tent strapped to the handlebars.
What was yours?
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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1995 Safari Trek 2830 with GM 6.5 TD.

Trek's have no separate bedroom, rather the bed comes down from the living area ceiling. Makes for a very spacious 28' coach. Large bathroom, lots of kitchen counter area and storage.

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Old 03-11-2015, 01:40 PM   #3
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My first Recreational Vehicle didn't have a roof on it but provided some shelter in light rains. It was only four feet by six feet and was about twelve feet tall with all the apples one could eat just inches away and even had a bathroom on one side. Although it had no wheels, it took me and my imagination on many an adventure, both near and far...it did however, have a trunk.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:00 PM   #4
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My first true RV was a 1973 Winnebago Brave 19', purchased new. Yes I did the cot then the tent and so forth but the Brave was my first true RV. What a beauty it was even though microwave had not yet been invented for RV use. No TV ant., so guess what, we spent all our time sitting around the campfire each night telling stories and just being together. What a boondocking beauty it was with only one battery and that's all that was needed. Did have a Onan 3 KW genny to run the AC for those hot nights. The genny was the most expensive option you could add on.

Many wonderful memories!
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:12 PM   #5
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I grew up camping in a 1967 Travel Queen truck camper, on a '67 F250 Camper Special. Dad repainted the camper, and really fixed up the interior as well. It was a great camper for what we did! Wish I knew where it was now!

First one I owned was a Jayco pup. It was not very nice and I don't miss it at all!
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:15 PM   #6
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First was a pickup truck slide in camper. So was the next one.
Then had a tent trailer (they seem to call them popups nowadays). That sucker opened out to about 21 feet and slept us and three kids in comfort.

In 2002 after a many year hiatus we bought a 1996 30 ft Winnebago Warrior with no slides. After full timing in it for a little over a year we bought a new 2004 35 foot Winnebago Sightseer with two slides and full timed in it for ten years. putting it up for sale in the spring. When it is gone we will be RV less.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:29 PM   #7
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I started"camping" as a kid. My parents started with a 62 Nimrod tent trailer and moved up to a 66 Rivera model. So back then we were roughing it!
Didn't get involved with this stuff again until I met my future wife. Her parents had access to a 1976 Itasca Class C 24' as I recall. We (6) of us went to Disney World twice in that one.
Fast forward to 2004 my inlaws are into it again with a class A and my BIL has a fifth wheel. So to become part of the new RVing crowd my wife and I purchased our first coach,it was a used 1990 35' Bounder. That coach served us well and it was in good condition.
So now we get to 2007 and the time is right for a new coach, we kinda decided we needed something newer and a little bigger.
Which brings us to our current 2005 38' Southwind. this is bigger than the Bounder was and has 3 slides. This was the one that I'm suppose to ride off into retirement with!
That folks is my story and I'm sticking to it!
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:37 PM   #8
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As kids we had tents, tent trailers, and Campers, but my first "RV" purchase as an Adult, was a 22' SeaRay Boat. We boat camped all over the western United States, including a month of boat camping every summer on Lake Powell. Our current MH is obviously a lot more comfortable and has many more amenities, but boat camping was a lot of fun too, and somewhat challenging at times.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:40 PM   #9
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1978 Winnebago Brave. The 26' model. For its' day, it was quite well appointed.
2. slept 5 comfortably
3. 35 gallon fresh water
4. separate shower and toilet
5. 100 gallons of fuel (two separate tanks and fillers)
6. 5 KW Onan generator
7. 3 way refridgerator
8. Dodge 440 engine (quite responsive and 10+ MPG)
9. very large co-pilot chair could fit mom and two kids
10. 9" color TV
We had a ball. Took the kids all around the USA before they went to college. For those of you contemplating this, it takes about 8 years. Just the wife and I went many places by ourselves.

However, there was no inverter, sat radio, sat TV or microwave. How did I ever get along without these things?
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:43 PM   #10
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Well not counting just sleeping under the stars, or strapping a sleeping bad to my motorcycle and doing the Then Came Bronson thing. My first real RV was a 1968 18' Nomad TT. I'm just sad it took me over 24 years to get back into RV'ing...
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:21 PM   #11
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:28 PM   #12
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:28 PM   #13
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:17 PM   #14
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Are you asking about our Boy Scout days or when we start to camp on our own?

If this is on our own than a borrowed 9'X12' tent with my wife in 1970.

If this is during my Boy Scout day than an old WWII 6 or 8 man tent that the slides rolled up. With the center pole that would bring the tent down if bump into.

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