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Old 08-04-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Anybody dealing with physical ailments delaying traveling or camping? PART 2 for 2016

The original of this thread is from 2011; it was very good and brought to mind by Lynn considering full-timing in a Little Guy after extensive surgeries...

What kinds of ailments, troubles, etc., are bothering you while you're trying to get out and get camping?




I'll kick it off to say between us we have multiple physical and other issues including diabetes, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia and depression.
Paul is an excellent traveler regardless.
I'm pretty much uncomfortable and somewhat sad no matter where or what, so I might as well be camping as staying home!

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Old 08-05-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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Nice looking rig! Fibro here, too. And fatigue! But I want to learn how to use my rig and move on with life during my retirement. So thanks for sharing that you do!
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Good for you!

We just went to our first Gathering, drove over 1000 miles, and are planning our next outing...we do need some home time between trips, and aren't sure we'll ever take really long tours (more than a week or so), but we'll build up to it, maybe.

Lots of accommodating to do for both of us. Paul's willing to work himself half to death but sooner o later it catches up to him. Pacing oneself seems to be something we need to work at.

Hope you find just the right rig for you!
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:53 PM   #4
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Have a friend who was injured in a car accident a little over a year ago, paralyzed from the chest down, and from now on will be in an electric wheelchair.

He was just about to retire, and wanted to buy a small camper (just himself).

Now he is still interested in buying a camper, and still wants something small if possible. I've pointed out the Lil Snoozy and the Happier Campier HC1 as possibilities that could be customized to handle his wheelchair.

Here's hoping that he gets to follow his dream.
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Yes, I think the Lil Snoozy is already designed to accommodate wheel chairs...good advice you gave him.


My wishes as well for him to be able to follow his dream. He may find a lift-equipped camping van would work out well, too. No hitching up. If such things exist and aren't out of reach for price.
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Old 08-05-2016, 03:04 PM   #6
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Back and some osteoarthritis. Mattress or sleep situation requirements, and needing good chairs are the primary impacts. That and repairs, mods, and packing are not nearly as easy as they once were.


Been lucky knock on wood, wife had some medical crisis over the years but came through them in pretty good shape. I had a couple of issues but don't have a huge day to day impact. Do remind one that ones time is finite. Or as I like to say laying in an ER ones heart stops you don't spend a single second wishing you had spent more energy and time on a work project. Hoping spouse did not get stuck having to pay to have those camper repairs finished might have crossed ones mind.
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Old 08-05-2016, 03:47 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=Kai in Seattle;601855]The original of this thread is from 2011; it was very good and brought to mind by Lynn considering full-timing in a Little Guy after extensive surgeries...

What kinds of ailments, troubles, etc., are bothering you while you're trying to get out and get camping?

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Like most of us, I'm a bit less mobile than when this thread started in 2011. Five years can make a lot of changes. But I won't harp on any of my problems because they don't amount to a hill of beans compared to some people.
But I did have a small roadblock as Julie and I were getting ready to leave for this year's Oregon Gathering.. My dermatologist phoned and said a sample he sent in was skin cancer so I would need to come in right away to have it removed. So on our day to leave for Oregon we drove two hr south to Fresno, had the spot removed and 6 stitches 'installed " . Then headed north for the Oregon Gathering with stitches under a big bandage. But my cap covered much of it and the pain wasn't too bad so we had a good time at The Gathering and headed up the coast to Astoria.
I don't know if many people noticed the bandage, but I wasn't going to miss time at the Oregon Gathering or camping on the coast with our Scamp 13'. After a week on the road we stopped at a Walk In Clinic in a small town and had the stitches removed. It was a great vacation and besides the Oregon Gathering, we rode the Steam Railroad in Rockaway, saw whales up close to the shore in Depoe Bay, visited Lewis and Clark's Fort Clatsop, and saw the Tillamok Cheese Factory and the Tillamook Air Museum. Oh, and a 2 day car show with music in Grants Pass on the way home. I almost thought of not going at all, but it was worth the slight inconvenience and risk to travel while uncomfortable. I hope others can travel when they are able. Don't even wait until retirement to begin traveling. David in Sonora and Fresno
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Good for you!

We just went to our first Gathering, drove over 1000 miles, and are planning our next outing...we do need some home time between trips, and aren't sure we'll ever take really long tours (more than a week or so), but we'll build up to it, maybe.

Lots of accommodating to do for both of us. Paul's willing to work himself half to death but sooner o later it catches up to him. Pacing oneself seems to be something we need to work at.

Hope you find just the right rig for you!
: at Linden, WA the local Studebaker Club is going to be there the same weekend and share space with them, So Judy and I hope to be there to.
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: at Linden, WA the local Studebaker Club is going to be there the same weekend and share space with them, So Judy and I hope to be there to.
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It's at Linden, WA on the 10th of September? What times?
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Like everyone else I know in my age group we all have problems. I like to think that no matter what I'm in pretty good shape I get up and stay busy all day. We always are looking forward to our next adventure . Just don't complain if you get the urge to just go to the hospital sit in the entrance and in just a few minutes you will realize you really have it good. As I like to say get up lets go you can rest when you are dead.
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I have been trying to decide if I should sell my trailer or not. Hurt my back shortly after I got it, got better, but three months later fell and it just keeps getting worse. Had steroid injections and it got better...I could then walk upright, but they didn't last but a few weeks. I am looking forward to next year when I can have another three injections! Maybe I should just plan ahead and schedule a trip for then!

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As long as I can drive I can camp, that is my thought.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:39 AM   #13
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I have lots of physical limitations and it has been that way for the last 30 years. I have limitations on what I can do and many of those limitations come upon me when I was in my early 30s. It has certainly slowed me down and I have to get help now and again with certain tasks or use the principles of physics to make the task easier to do. I need some medications to keep the pains under control as well as having needed surgical help but it has not stopped me in my tracks

I would have to give up traveling solo if I could not longer drive due to needing medication that makes it unsafe to drive. But I have not gotten there except for limited periods of time now and again and I hope not to.

But dealing with pain and limits is different with every individual. I tolerate pain better than many do and that makes a lot of difference in how much one can do and how much medication is required. But I do have days when I just don't get much of anything accomplished and that is OK as everyone could use a day of rest once a week or even three or four days a week. I don't mind sitting around reading and relaxing and doing physically easy stuff to accomplish
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I have been trying to decide if I should sell my trailer or not. Hurt my back shortly after I got it, got better, but three months later fell and it just keeps getting worse. Had steroid injections and it got better...I could then walk upright, but they didn't last but a few weeks. I am looking forward to next year when I can have another three injections! Maybe I should just plan ahead and schedule a trip for then!

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That actually sounds like a really good idea!
My 2-cents worth, though: Just be super, super
careful not to have any incidents if you can,
and don't make it worse!
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