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Old 05-03-2012, 08:09 AM   #15
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We got tired of rolling up wet canvas.

In the mid 70's I was lucky to get one full weekend off in any given month. We loved visiting our beautiful state parks and tourist areas on those weekends off, plus our budget for vacation travel was "tent and a cooler in the trunk" limited. Somehow the universe seemed to know when it was my weekend off and we'd be confined to a wet tent. Went shopping for the first RV and brought home a very well used/abused 15' TT. Many hours of labor later we had a very servicable weekend 'shelter'.

Seems it rained a lot less once we had a dry place to stay.

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #16
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We tented for years, both in the US and overseas. Somewhere in one of our military moves, our tent got some mildew damage, causing it to leak. We discovered that in the middle of the night on Edisto Island, SC. Rain was coming in all over us. I had a camper top on my pickup, so we (wife, two kids and me) spent the rest of a miserable night in the back of the truck, with mosquitoes trying to carry us off. The next week we bought our first RV, a new Jayco tent trailer. That was in 1976. We stopped camping and sold the Jayco in the early '90s. After the kids were grown and gone, we bought a TT in 2002. Went through a couple of TTs, a 5er, and now the Class A.

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Old 05-05-2012, 07:15 AM   #17
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My wife and I use to take a motorcycle trip for 4-6 weeks in the summer. We went up into Canada and down the east coast from Georgia and other trips out to Texas and just all over the southeast. In 2008 we went west through the Dakotas, Montanna, and were headed through Idaho to Utah. We had a bad day in Idaho and after that I have no balance and a few other issues but nothing I can't adapt to, so motorcycling was over for me, unfortunately because I lived for it. So we chose RVing to replace our lost vacations, not quite the same but close enough. We love it.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:11 AM   #18
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Started out with a sleeping bag and a pack sack with friends as a teenager on weekends.
Added a tent Years later got married to a wife that loves camping too. But one day wife says she is tired of cooking over a camp fire ( me wondering why that is a problem, isn't that what camping is all about? ) Looked at our mini van full of clothes and supplies for a weeks camping with 3 boys and wondering how am I going to fit a camp kitchen in it. Came home and started looking at motor homes. Decided on a bought a used class c. Learnt how everything works on that one. Went to an RV show and sale. Saw one we like and traded the old one in for a new class c
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:15 AM   #19
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We started out tent camping with a coast to coast motorcycle ride in 1984. A couple of years later, we converted a cargo van into a camper and started our first real rv experience. Then in 1989, Hurricane Hugo devastated the Charleston area and while living in a totally electric house, we had to camp inside of the house for 21 days before power was restored. Fortunately for us, we did have camping gear. That is when the decision was made to get a motorhome with propane for cooking and cleaning. We got tired of cold showers during the Hugo loss of power. A year later, we bought a used 21 ft Toyota motorhome and thought life couldn't get no better. After outgrowing the Toyota motorhome we moved up to a used 30 ft 1984 Sportscoach Pathfinder Class A motorhome. We finally bought our current Winnebago because of the basement air conditioner. We got tired of the roof air conditioner causing roof leaks plus we really like the floor plan of the Chieftain with 2 slides. Most people have no idea about how great it is to rv. We have met so many people during our travels to different camp grounds. Now that I finally found a job with weekends off, we will finally be able to enjoy a lot more camping trips than before.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:27 AM   #20
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Great story Don. Congratulations, I'm so happy for you and hope you enjoy many miles on the road!

How did we get started? Well, the boys were pre-teens and we quickly realized that it was legalized kidnapping to go camping on weekends with them. It took them a few years to figure it out but by then, we had so many fun adventures under our belts, the complaints come few and far between. Now they're 16 and 13 and while we don't get out NEAR often enuf, the times we do is treasured all the more, knowing that they won't be under our wings too much longer.

Happy Trails everyone........
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:28 AM   #21
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We got tired of motels when going to out of state horse shows. Our daughter was showing horses almost every weekend in other states. We traded a crew cab diesel truck for a motorhome. That was the first, a 78 Itasca. Then a 93 Bounder, a gulfstream, three winnies.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:36 PM   #22
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I've always loved travelling and going places. When I was single all I need was a tent and my truck. When I got married and had kids, I introduced them to tent and truck camping and they loved it. Planned on upgrading to a TC or TT but being in the service and going away for lengths of time, put that plan on hold till I get out/retire from the service.

Well, did retire but the kids graduated from high school and left home and they never had the chance to enjoy our "C's" and later on our signature A. Having fun RV'ing although not longer than I wanted to because the DW is still doing that dirty word (WORKING). Can't wait for her to retire so we can see you guys on the road.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:16 AM   #23
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Boating got us into camping. Used to drag the boat to the nearest nice lake. After a day of swimming and skiing (and drinking a beer or two), as we were packing up to go home, others were lighting grills. So here we are five RVs later...the rest they say is history.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:33 AM   #24
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Everyone has a story and here is mine...

Welcome and thanks for the great post ; our oldest daughter recently had gastro surgery and to date has lost nearly 100 lbs. It is life changing, no doubt. Now, everyday is an adventure for her, and she loves it.

Our story is 3-1/2 years ago I had a major heart attack (5 by passes / 10 bloodclots) and while recuping my wife came in one day and said..."why don't we sell of of this "stuff" and start living life; the kids are grown, we don't need all of this." She said, we have always talked of traveling, so let's do it; of course..........selling off the inheritable items did cause a little concern with some of the family but, that's okay. We have been full time now for almost 3 years, and LOVE it !!! It is the best thing we have ever done. I have had two strokes since the heart surgery, but that is life; if either of us leave this world tomorrow, we will be able to say "boy !!!!, didn't we have fun !!!!"

My hats are off to your courage in your weight loss journey; I know everyday is not a "winner", but success is not measured by the results, it is measured by the direction you are going in.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:40 AM   #25
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Congratulations Don!!! I would imagine you added many precious years to your life.

We tent camped with the children but then when they became teenagers they started playing sports so we sold all our equipment except for the cast iron skillets. Life went on and then my DH started showing signs of the wear and tear of his body from doing commerical plumbing. One day at the bank where I worked a man came in and was telling us about the big trip him and his wife had planned at their retirement at age 65. Well she died a few months short of retirement. That really got me to thinking, so I told my DH we were going to buy a RV, which he had always said he wanted. We did some weekend trips to relax, took the grandkids etc, but it seemed like DH was just not up for anything. Slept all weekend, came home from work and ate dinner, fell asleep on couch and then to bed. I realized it was time to change, so since he refused to retire while I was still working, I said fine. I will quit my job, we can sell the house and contents and take to the road. Couldn't sell the house, so we rented it out and off we went. Financially it is a little challenging, but we are finding ways to make it work. I look at my DH and he is happier, more relaxed and is healthier than he has been in a long time. I have no regrets other than we should have done it sooner. We have been able to spend extended time with family and friends that we otherwise would not be able to. Frank has fished more than in his entire adult life I think. Life is short, don't waste a minute of it. Happy and safe travels to all!
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #26
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I tent camped with my folks when I was a child, always loved it. After I married, tried the tent camp thing but Diane didn't share my enthusiasm. (maybe it was sleeping on the ground with no mattress pad, amazing the stuff you do in your 20's).
In 1980 I bought a well used Apache tent trailer for $100 and we towed it to Colorado and Arizona. We had a lot of fun on that trip, but she still wasn't a tent person.
In the mid-80's we got into sailing. Bought a 26' Westerly and spent the next 15 years cruising and boat camping.
Then I went back to school. The boat came out and we did very little recreation. In 2002 we took a 3 week trip to New Zealand where rented a class c and toured the north and south islands.
We were hooked. Came home, bought a TT and a truck and did that until 2010. Then we bought our current signature rig. This is the one we intend to use for extended trips when we retire, to all the small out of the way state and national parks, the road less-traveled.
Still have the boat, someday I will put her back in Lake Michigan and enjoy day sailing.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:32 PM   #27
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I've always loved travelling. Germany in "78, then drove my 76 Ford 150 with a topper on it from VA to Alaska in 81, then last year drove my 2 seater BMW to New Mexico and drove around sight-seeing for 10 days. While driving around looking at and loving the scenery I decided I'd had enough of work.
I started trapping when I was 9, started mowing yards at 10, paper route at 11 ( kept it for 4 years, up at 5 am, then school and football or track), hay fields at 12, helped my dad with his sideline carpentry, construction summer after my Jr. year of high school, went to work for Kroger's while in college, then police work, contracting, etc., etc. been in my present job for 22 years. I had my time in, so I planned to retire last spring, provided I could sell my house. Didn't happen.
I did buy a class a, but after I got it home, I decided I didn't like it and sold it at a loss to be rid of it.
I found another I liked at a great price. One of my buddies at work was going with me to pick it up but then had to cancel. A lady I had worked with for 22 years and been friends with for 21 went with me to pick it up. Only one problem, we started going out and after only 3 months we got married. We're very happy, I have retired, but we still have my house, plus 2 of hers. She can't retire for 3 more years, but we plan to use the MH as much as possible until then, then we'll go on the road for several months, possible FT. I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:44 PM   #28
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My Jeep got me (us) into RVing.

My family camped in tents and tarps when I was a kid but haven't done it in years.

Started out in '07 dragging my Jeep around the southwest sleeping either in a tent or under a fiberglass shell in back of the short bed pickup. One very cold morning my friends I was camping with invited me into their Lance 845 for a cup of coffee, that was it. I started looking for one as soon as I got home. Spent the next 3+ years dragging my Jeep/trailer behind the F-250/845 but it was too small for my wife and dogs to go camping, just barely big enough for my Jeep dog and I. She doesn't do the off road thing but wanted to travel with for other reasons.

My wife has serious back issues so when we started looking, something big enough for us to travel in comfort and being able to get up and stretch and move around was important, being able to tow my crawler (can't flat tow it) was important to me so we ended up getting a DP late last year. We've put 6k miles on it so far and love it.

The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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