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Old 03-18-2011, 12:44 PM   #29
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Tom, Welcome aboard.

We started in a tent too. Then moved to a small trailer, then a bigger trailer, then a bigger trailer, then a motor home, then a Bigger motor home. You get the idea.

While renting is a good idea, to start, it's not the same as owning. Even our smallest RVs had their own set of linens, utensils and clothing. When we'd get back from a trip the perishable foods would be carried in with the dirty laundry. The cleaned laundry immediately went back into the RV. We could decide to go on a whim, everything but the perishable food was already packed.

Trailers were a bit more work to set up than the motor homes, but either is simpler and easier than the tent site, in my experience. For the many years we used a tent it was like building and tearing down a house every time we went out. From home we had to load everything, at the site we unloaded and had to not only put up the tent, but 'build' a kitchen, if rain was a possibility, build a shelter over the table and cooking area. Once the weekend was over, tear everything down, pack it back up (never seemed to fit as well going home, hmmm??), unpack when we got home and had to put everything away. I've always found RV travel much more relaxing, in a much wider range of weather conditions.

As it's your first, buying an older used rig to start out isn't a bad idea either. If you decide 'this is the life for me', and want to upgrade, (or decide it's not for you, and want out) you'll get most of your investment back.

Good luck in the hunt. We'll all be interested in keeping up with your search. Remember, even those of us that have been RVing for 30 years or more started right where you are now.

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Old 03-21-2011, 11:33 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Tom_Papa View Post
Wow, For how many years you guys have been camping and RV trip?
Most of time tent camping was first as Sunday School teacher for the teenage group and then as Youth Department Director.

Off and on for nearly 40 years. Once was in Iceland in July in a tent. COLD. Set up at 2:00am with a full moon and the sun on the horizon. Running water was from a stream (no pollution), open fire, and we won't talk about the facilities. Needless to say we, and the couple we camped with, had to take everything in as it was true camping.

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Old 03-23-2011, 11:03 AM   #31
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Thank you Glassaley 52,
Your Iceland tent experience reminded me with my latest camping trip with my son and the Boy Scout to Joshua tree in January. LOL
It must have been below freezing, out 10 degree sleeping bags felt like a light sheet. Thank you for sharing your story.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:47 AM   #32
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I had a similar experience tent camping in Glamis before I was married, extremely cold and wet night. And our sleeping bags were the warm weather type, Very cold even with 3 guys in one tent.
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Former tent camper; now own 21' Chinook; we looked at every option (A/B/C/TT/5er/nothing/renting/etc); also rented to help with the decision making.

What really helped us decide on what we wanted/needed was to write down the issues that were (a) most important to us and (b) that were out of the question.

Examples of important issues:
  • Keep house
  • Part time not full time
  • Small/agile - capable of going pretty much anywhere
  • Easy to use at weekends till we finally quit working (will we ever?)
  • Quality construction
  • Within budget

Examples of out of the question:
  • Tents, or anything that's vaguely 'primitive' - the ol' lady says so now that our bones are a little older
  • Big budget

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