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Old 06-23-2011, 11:18 AM   #15
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I allways tent camped growing up and into my early 50's. Then on a trip to the shore I said "NEVER MORE". The insects in the evening sent us inside but the heat made me sticky and all night the sand stuck to me. I woke my husband up at 3:00 AM and said that I was out of there! That was the LAST tent camping trip.
I then bought a nice 30 ft. Prowler but I kept having to replace things on our truck like engins and transmissions when on a trip. Which lead me here for something more realistic and affordable.

I hear ya on the bugs. On our cross country move they were so bad in Northern Ontario that the dogs didn't even want to be outside for more than two minutes.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:21 PM   #16
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Started out backpacking with a small tent - the ground was always too hard and too cold - and getting dressed and packed in the rain was no fun (and it rains a lot in the Pacific NW).
Then I did a lot of kayak camping - the sand was a lot softer, but it still rained a lot - Keeping anything dry several days into a trip was just not possible.
Then I did some car camping - bigger tent, air mattress - still raining.
Then I got a camper van - and the bed was soft and the van was warm, but the canvas pop-up still got wet (in the ever present rain of the NW) and moldy.
Then I got my 17 foot fiberglass trailer - warm, DRY, and no more long slogs in the middle of the night to the restroom (usually in the rain). Morning coffee in my snug little trailer still in my PJ's. . . . . . perfect!
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:17 PM   #17
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I grew up camping....tent....open sky....brush shelters...once even a garbage bag opened at both ends. Mr. and I hooked up 7 years ago and he had NO interest in camping until we took up kayaking.

Started in an old family tent, graduated to a 20 year old pop-up minus its kitchen, then a wonderful tent on wheels (also no kitchen). We started talking about "full time camping" and thought we needed a house on wheels. (and big arse diesel dually)

Gradually dawned on us we were thinking toooooo big and we began looking at smaller "stickies" (stick built trailers). A Thanksgiving camping trip on the SC coast found me fascinated by a 16 foot Casita that rolled by and we began thinking REALLLLLY small.

This last December we found a 16' Scamp in good shape at a fair price. Mr. drove 8 hours to Virginia Beach, VA, picked her up and towed her home. We began camping as soon as the weather allowed and the rest remains unwritten.

We still intend to become full time campers in the not too distant future.

Meant to add that we are both 60 and emptying out to open up the tent camper in the dark was getting tiresome...with Li'l Scamp we can park it, move a few boxes, go to bed and set the rest of our stuff up next day...or not depending on length of stay.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:43 PM   #18
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My partner and I spent many years back country camping and kayak camping on the west coast. My partner still does back country ski camping trips in the middle of winter. After one very rainy trip to the Bella Bella area that we went from island to island for 10 days without seeing a single other person we were in the ferry line up waiting to come home when I saw a small fiberglass trailer. I suggested that now that we were both in our 50's perhaps the time for one of those - he didnt buy into that idea at the time. A year or so later while purchasing a new car I noticed it had a pretty high towing cap so I started to look around at small trailer options. I wanted very much to have a bathroom in it as I had way to many scary nights involving not so human friendly animals camping out with tents. It also had to be towed with the same car I use in the city everyday - no way partner would buy into owing a truck or SUV either. Discovered the Scamp 16' fit the bill. Search Craigs list for months until one came up within a day and half drive - purchased it sight unseen and spent a long week-end picking up. Still do wilderness kayaking trips for a week or so once a year but I am much happier at night in the trailer. :-)
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:20 PM   #19
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What great stories! Thank you to everyone who responded to my post. I wish I could include all these anecdotes! I am working on the story this weekend and will figure out what fits in best (we need to juggle mix of geographical areas and so on). I will send a private message to those of you I'd like to quote directly.

Oh, and another thing: in my personal camper quest, I'm a bit intimidated about pulling a trailer around here--very windy and lots of rough roads where I like to camp. Any thoughts/advice for me? You guys are great!!
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:33 PM   #20
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My wife and I tent camped for years. The occasional bad weather days were easy to take. The last year we tented we spent a week (late June) in Glacier where it rained every day we were there. So we finally gave up and moved down to Yellowstone--where it snowed. We decided that cooking out in the rain was no longer part of our lifestyle.
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Tina, the only advise I have is to give it a try - the more you do it the more comfortable you will be with it. I tow my trailer on my own often and I have a number of girlfriends who do the same. Funny enough the first time I towed my trailer on a long trip I hit one of your famous wind storms in the Columbia River Gorge area - going down a steep hill I actually had my foot on the gas to keep going. :-) Once you have towed it a couple of times it really is not an issue - I often forget i'm pulling the trailer while driving. Thats the nice part of a small trailer. On rough roads you just go slow. You can also get the axle lifted a bit if clearance of pot holes where you go is an issue. The nice things about the small trailers is that even if you cant drive it into a tight spot you want to camp in you can unhook it and it only takes a couple of people to move mine by hand into the spot. I know someone who has been known to move her 13' on her own as well - much younger than I :-)
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My wife and I tent camped for years. The occasional bad weather days were easy to take. The last year we tented we spent a week (late June) in Glacier where it rained every day we were there. So we finally gave up and moved down to Yellowstone--where it snowed. We decided that cooking out in the rain was no longer part of our lifestyle.
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Hi: Dick & Joanne... Here's a pic of "Our Escape Hatch" on a rainy afternoon at Tamarack in Beckley W. Va. 1st. time we boondocked...with permission of course.
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Two more days!
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Takoma tonight.
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:37 PM   #24
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Oh, and another thing: in my personal camper quest, I'm a bit intimidated about pulling a trailer around here--very windy and lots of rough roads where I like to camp. Any thoughts/advice for me? You guys are great!!

Won't answer your original questions as I saw your already working on your project. But will try and ease your mind on your personal quest for a camper.


Having driven the area your speaking about, I understand being scared. I bucked that pony in a class A motor home .............. Gadd's I was never so glad to get off a road in my life.

But that being said, towing/pulling for the first time is a little nerve wracking but, with time, caution, you will get comfortable with it. Just make sure your pulling something your vehicle will pull, take it slow (camping is not about racing) but most of all enjoy!

Now, after you find your perfect camping unit you will have to learn to back up! LOL....... Going forward is easy breezy, backing up, well it's a learned art! But it can be learned, believe me I entertained my Dh and his friends for many years with my backing up abilities. He was a master at backing up, but after he got sick I had to learn. My 72 year old Mother taught me! (why didn't she teach me when I was young?) Once you get it, you get it! I can back the Casita into anywhere. So don't let the fear of towing stop you from enjoying the great out-doors........................
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:05 PM   #25
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Tina, the egg trailers' round edges make them less subject to wind buffeting than a square trailer. So they are a great choice for windy areas. Find yourself a little 13 footer and join the fun.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:14 PM   #26
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I camped traveling from Minnesota to Portland, OR for almost 30 years. My husband and I will be taking possesion of a 16 foot Scamp in 2 weeks and are super excited. Why? For one thing, we won't have to pack everything up any time we want to take off for the weekend. It will all be in the Scamp and ready to roll. A second reason we bought a Scamp is because camping in the rain is NO FUN, and we like to travel in the Southwest during the summer, when I have time off as a classroom teacher. With air conditioning and a roof over our heads, we will be able to be comfortable rain or shine. And finally, since we like to travel A LOT, we will save money over the life of owning our Scamp by not having to pay for food out and hotel rooms. We are pumped to get started on Scamping, and looking forward to many years of adventures poking around the many nooks and crannies of the U.S. and our great neighbor to the north.
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Dorothy, welcome. Um, it took you almost 30 years to get from MN to OR? Sorry, couldn't pass that one up!
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Dorothy, welcome. Um, it took you almost 30 years to get from MN to OR? Sorry, couldn't pass that one up!
Yea, Lewis and Clark made it faster.
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