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Old 05-29-2013, 06:21 AM   #1
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First Campout

Last weekend our family took our first camping trip in our scamp. Bagley Rapids campground in northern WI. Everything went great, our little one had a blast and the scamperoo performed flawlessly.

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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Glad all went well Paul! Its good to get the little one into camping..might enjoy it for life then.

So I also have a cargo carrier and trunk on the back of my ParkLiner. What are you storing back there? Any wiggle? I used 2 ratchet straps to my bumper for it to not be moving/twisting on me. I keep 2 hoses, extention cords, a few cedar blocks, my rocket stove and awning and fittings in mine. Trying to keep it light.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:44 AM   #3
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Is that last picture from tasting mud pies? Looks like you had a nice spot.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:00 AM   #4
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Yeah! Keep creating memories! Enjoy!



Thanks for the pics, we like pic's here! Love the cutie patootie camping moment capture!
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:01 PM   #5
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Indeed she was eating a mud pie, it was pretty hilarious. We loved taking her camping but much like everything else with a baby it's a huge change. We didn't spend much time relaxing, but this was more rewarding.


Regarding the rack/box attached to the tail:

The system was installed by the PO, to prevent movement he drilled a hole in the side of the receiver and had a bolt/nut welded onto the side. After attaching the rack you crank in the bolt and it puts pressure on the rack. It seems to do wonders regarding movement if you really crank it down.

This trip we had the following items I the box:
- small weber grill
- 5lb propane cylinder
- our daughters pack and play
- propane hoses
- 4way lug wrench
- small aluminum framed camp chair

I'm definitely concerned about the amount of weight in the box, and I'm thinking about switching out the rack from a steel to an aluminum rack, as well as trying to shift some of the contents to the Jeep. It's difficult trying to find enough stuff to fill it without adding too much weight back there.


Thanks for all the great comments
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:04 PM   #6
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I agree paul, its easy to want to fill it lol... but my 11.5' x 9.5' awning folded loosely mostly fills it so keeps me from putting too much stuff in there lol.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:34 PM   #7
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Our best camping trips are always when we bring our grand kids. For some reason they make me feel 20 years younger. I am sure your daughter has the same affect on you
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Nice! Looks like a very clean campground!
Enjoy these early camps with the kids when they are small. They grow up fast!
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:33 PM   #9
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AND TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES!!! I love pictures of kids with dirty faces, shows they're having fun and mom and dad aren't fencing them in on carpet. I raised my own daughter with "kids and clothes wash." Can't wait to take my granddaughter out. It will be a couple of years yet, but it's gonna be fun!!
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:30 PM   #10
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We just took our 13' out for the first family campout. 2 kids +a Great Dane! It rained all nights and we were cozy dry

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That's the Great Dane filling up the floor space with his bed.

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Jiffy pop!


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Our hybrid does just fine pulling the scamp!
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I admit we did keep her on carpet for some of the time, mom + dad just needed a break from making sure she wasn't going to swallow any rocks, but most of the time she just ran wild. Ironically, the mosquitoes weren't really interested in her at all.

Deryk, I shot a quick photo of the bolt the PO installed to keep everything tight on that rear receiver.


Wisconsin has a lot of incredible national forest campgrounds. All clean, relatively secluded and completely rustic. Most of the sites are too small to get a huge camper in, so you usually see tents, pop-ups, and eggs. Saw a 13' scamp up there over the weekend as well. They didn't stay the first night, so I think they heard it from the ranger.


Those boys looked like they were having a blast out in the woods
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Paul, keep an eye on your tongue weight with the loaded box hanging off the back...to keep the towing safe!

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Agreed on the tongue weight. I'm also concerned about structural integrity of the receiver mount, I doubt it was meant to handle much.

I'm currently tech enhanced for towing via a WDH with sway control. This was a relatively short trip (1hr with 55 mph limits), but I won't tow this thing on the freeway without checking my full weight to see where I come in at. I hate to depend on tech. Thanks to the excellent tips here, I'll be trying to find a cat scale sometime soon.
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Wow what a great time! Having camped with our four kids over the years, the first thing I noticed was the dirt. They just can't stay out of it. Nothing wrong with that though. I've heard man was made from dirt.
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