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Old 08-03-2011, 06:49 PM   #29
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You may want to think about a small tent for when you have a big crowd. When we were growing up with first a pop-up and then the small trailer, we also had a tent when the campground allowed it and that was the "clubhouse" for either the boys or the girls. We all took turns and if it was a rainy or colder night, we all crowded into the trailer.

We also carried an easy-up canopy with screened walls for our dining room. This made it easier to spread out...

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:38 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Francesca View Post
That's the spirit, Maggie!

And if you think you're crowded, take a look at Sheila's signature (PNWGirl).
She's traveling with 7 Pomeranians!
Like you said, if you love 'em, they'll fit.

Yep, a lot of the time, there can be two adults and my 7 fur-kids in an 18' TT

Of course, my Poms range from 7 lbs, down to 2 lbs, so they don't take a lot of room....... They sure love camping though!

As mentioned, most campgrounds will allow a tent on your site. When I was camping at Fort Stevens, a few weeks ago, I drove around the whole campground (it's the largest state park in the US) and a heathy majority of sites had an RV plus tent plus pop up screen rooms (due to misquitos).

If you go that route, before you make your reservations, to make sure the campground allows an extra tent on the site. Here in the PNW, 99% do (all State & Federal parks do here).


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Old 08-04-2011, 09:57 AM   #31
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Good call, Sheila...
It's good to know beforehand.
And I'll bet your 7 Poms are better behaved than my one rat terrier!
Extra tents is SUCH a good idea...
Ours is a tiny fiberglass trailer and when both Grandkids go, Grandma and Grandpa usually get the tent! Especially if the kids bring a friend or two.
Something I've found really useful for the kids is bringing a "play tent" for each of them to use to spread out in.
Even campgrounds that prohibit (or charge extra for ) tents usually allow this practice without charging extra.
The play tent should be easy to move around in case sprinklers etc. are an issue.
Here's something I bought at Costco this year that I think is about the best thing ever for such uses.
It's a truly instant setup- it really opens like an umbrella, only backwards!

Video demonstration of setup can be seen at
LightSpeed Tents : Tent Details - Quick Shelter person tent

I don't know if it's still in the stores, but one can read reviews and/or buy it at the Costco site.
Costco - LightspeedŽ Quick Shelter customer reviews - product reviews - read top consumer ratings

Happy Camping, All!


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