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Old 04-06-2011, 09:33 AM   #15
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Keeping a journal is fun. Write down the space you were in, what you liked about it... and didn't like about it. When walking the campground, write down the space numbers you may rather camp in next time... or the spaces you definitely want to AVOID. Sure helps when making reservations

In the dead of winter, with snow on the ground and you find you're still weeks/months from camping... you can relive those memories by reading your journal.
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I was thinking that keeping track of towed mileage for each trip would also be good.

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:42 PM   #16
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Thank you John!

In the pictures the cushion covers look a bit "Overwhelming".

In real life they tone down quite a bit. Needed something that would wear good and not show paw prints if the dogs got on them with wet or dirty feet. Sometimes they forget to wipe their feet before entering!
So we chose this 10.5 oz Denium. It is about the same density as jeans and should take a lot of abuse. The original cushions are in storage.

We are having fun decorating this thing. Trying to make it livable for "us", safe for the pups, and festive without being gaudy. Well....Not too gaudy!
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I LOVE those cushions. Great color and pattern! Looks like you did an excellent job sewing! Wish you were closer to help me redo my furniture!
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:56 AM   #17
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I LOVE those cushions. Great color and pattern! Looks like you did an excellent job sewing! Wish you were closer to help me redo my furniture!
Thanks Jane!

We went back and forth many times deciding on that particular fabric. Finally decided to treat it like a solid that most anything would go with.

Interesting that when I ask Ann to hem a pair of jeans, she balks and says the sewing machine won't do denium. But when I told her the inside of the camper was her department, and do whatever she wanted, that old sewing machine did just fine.

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Old 04-07-2011, 12:19 PM   #18
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I love denim! You can never go wrong! Great choice!
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:28 AM   #19
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Kip I love your twin bed configuration. Your trailer looks so well thought out and inviting.

We currently have a full size Southern Mattress in ours, along with our side sofa bed mod option always available. We have pretty much decided we will make the change to a rear twin in the next few years.

It is hard to shell out the money for another twin right now, since the full size one was so expensive and is very comfortable. The crawl over is the pain.

We were sure we wanted to switch to get the Liberty for the ability to have the twins. After thinking it through, we were so glad we did not get our Spirit sold. At least with the Spirit we always have an option for a grandchild or our youngest daughter to come along.

Again, really nice job your wife did with the inside. Terry R
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:03 AM   #20
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Kip I love your twin bed configuration. Your trailer looks so well thought out and inviting.

We currently have a full size Southern Mattress in ours, along with our side sofa bed mod option always available. We have pretty much decided we will make the change to a rear twin in the next few years.

It is hard to shell out the money for another twin right now, since the full size one was so expensive and is very comfortable. The crawl over is the pain.

We were sure we wanted to switch to get the Liberty for the ability to have the twins. After thinking it through, we were so glad we did not get our Spirit sold. At least with the Spirit we always have an option for a grandchild or our youngest daughter to come along.

Again, really nice job your wife did with the inside. Terry R
Thank you Terry.

A full size queen bed is 60" wide, I think. With the 17'er the dinette area is 54 inches deep. Making that bed across the back 30" wide gave Ann half a queen size bed. That left 24" for seats on either side. Even if she is sleeping in. Turns out those seats are also beds for the pups at night. I sleep on the side sofa, (oh...he sacrifices we make for the ones we love ) so effectively we are sleeping 4. All with individual beds. Two just happen to have fur!

We put all the original cushions in storage. Ann bought new high density foam and covered that. It sleeps real good. She bought the pillows at an outlet for $2.99 each and covered them. Some are covered with that same denum with the reverse side showing.

I made up a small table using one of the rear table post and it would still mount in the forward floor mount. But it made getting in and out of the rear bed difficult and had to be removed and stored somewhere at night. So the folding table is more desirable for us.

Yes Ann did a great job of making it a livable home for our lifestyle. But let's give credit where it is due. I made and installed the gate!!!

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:32 PM   #21
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Congratulations on the 'first' trip out. I made it out this week with my Scamp-first trip since purchase 2 years ago-had to do some renovation(new cabinet doors, elec, etc. This was the 'shakeout' trip'. Met my son and family in San Diego for 3 days. Trailer was great(they had a big tent). Pulled great too. But how did I forget mixing bowls?(pancake mix done in a pot-but it worked). I still need to recover the cushions-but everything worked great-and we had fun too.
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Donna mentioned keeping a journal. I totally agree. Even brief notes are fun to look through, years later, and prompt so many memories. We have a shelf of "little books" with our entries.
Even better, I keep track of mileage on the trailer, tires, axle lubes, etc., in the trailer. It's amazing how the years (and miles) stack up so quickly.... Even more quickly as we get a little older.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:29 AM   #23
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Congratulations on the 'first' trip out. I made it out this week with my Scamp-first trip since purchase 2 years ago-had to do some renovation(new cabinet doors, elec, etc. This was the 'shakeout' trip'. Met my son and family in San Diego for 3 days. Trailer was great(they had a big tent). Pulled great too. But how did I forget mixing bowls?(pancake mix done in a pot-but it worked). I still need to recover the cushions-but everything worked great-and we had fun too.
Congratulations on your first, shakeout, trip. There will likely be things that you and we both will discover that we didn't think of. I didn't think of a journal or a mixing bowl. Two things to add!

Odd how we forget things that will be needed. We took the pups food, leashes, baggies to pick up after them, and outside cage, but forgot to take their food and water bowls. We made do. Fed them on paper plates and used a plastic ice cream bucket for water. Thankfully Ann had just decided to take the bucket in case it was needed.

Agreed that things seem to move faster as we mature.

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Old 04-09-2011, 07:18 AM   #24
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We've keep three journals, each distinctive in their function. The first is primarily for ourselves, a record of each campground we visit, noting length of stay, local features and cost, serving as a reference for future travels.

The second is primarily for others, an on line journal that we send out to friends and relatives with a few pictures and little stories of our adventures.

The third we've only used on our Labrador trip. On this trip we carried a SPOT. The SPOT sends your GPS location to others whenever you press a button. This allows people to instantly follow your position on Google. As well it links them to lots of 'Google pictures'. People loved it and the local high school used it for the basis of a computer lab course, tracking our trip while learning geography.

We had purchase the SPOT as a safety tool on our Labrador trip. It has a nother button that allows you to call for help.

Of course all these journals are triggers for travel memories. Our Journals now cover 10 years of tavel.

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We are going to be making our first camping trip in years too! We are set for the 15th, we will go for a couple of nights, first night, no hookups, we haven't decided which provincial park yet & then treating ourselves to a night at Westbay marina in Victoria.
It's so nerve wracking trying to think of all you might need or should you bother with, but don't want to take too much....
Hi Dee, only a handful of Provincial parks have winter camping - and it's surprising how few take advantage of it. We tried Goldstream a few weeks ago and the only other camper's site looked like it belonged to a hoarder; or it was there cache of stolen property.

After that we went to Westbay. Site 51 is small so it's often available. It's also not one of their premium sites but you can manually shoehorn a 13' at any angle. We pushed ours around until the front window framed the city and Harbour view. Nice to have afront window - and a back window= so many new trailers don't have either.
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Have fun! And simple modifications to fit your lifestyle are important.

We took too much stuff. Like too many pillows. We removed 4 before these pictures were made. Also decided we don't need a table inside. Would rather have the floor space. Ann used the folding table to cook stuff on outside on a single electric eye. She used it inside when making sandwiches.

In this arrangement her permenant bed is 30" wide and goes across the back. Leaving enough room for a seat on either side for sitting at a table if we need to. My bed is permenant also and both can serve as sofas if the need should arise. The gate is to keep the pups from getting past us when the door is open. With the spring off, it folds against the bathroom door.

With the exception of the P-P sitting in the shower floor, the bathroom is storage for junk we don't need but can't bare to leave home without, YET! She put hanging shelves in the closet which leaves room for fishing rods, awning handles and other taller stuff and a few things on the closet floor.

It will likely take a couple of trips to figure out what you do and don't need. But have fun. There is always a store close by.

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I didn't think it looked like too much, but I know what you mean about storing stuff you just don't need. Because we're right on the cusp of our towing capacity, I'm trying to pare things down to the basics. I think we're going to leave the bed set up & take down the upper bunk to give us space to sit. I'm going to take 2 extra pillows for the back, which we can use to sit in bed & read. Luckily I still have a lot of the stuff we used in the camper van, but I'm surprised now by how much more storage space it had that the trailer. Oh well...

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Hi Dee, only a handful of Provincial parks have winter camping - and it's surprising how few take advantage of it. We tried Goldstream a few weeks ago and the only other camper's site looked like it belonged to a hoarder; or it was there cache of stolen property.

After that we went to Westbay. Site 51 is small so it's often available. It's also not one of their premium sites but you can manually shoehorn a 13' at any angle. We pushed ours around until the front window framed the city and Harbour view. Nice to have afront window - and a back window= so many new trailers don't have either.
When we had our camper van, we always reserved site 51! As far as I'm concerned it is the best spot in Westbay! Not sure if we are going on the 15th now, but it will be soon.
I've been reading everyone's suggestions for things, I'm going to go look for a couple of small plastic mixing bowls today.
Any other campgrounds that you can recommend on the island, at the price of the ferry, I doubt we'll be taking her off island very often. Our little ferry is expensive enough.
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I didn't think it looked like too much, but I know what you mean about storing stuff you just don't need. Because we're right on the cusp of our towing capacity, I'm trying to pare things down to the basics. I think we're going to leave the bed set up & take down the upper bunk to give us space to sit. I'm going to take 2 extra pillows for the back, which we can use to sit in bed & read. Luckily I still have a lot of the stuff we used in the camper van, but I'm surprised now by how much more storage space it had that the trailer. Oh well...



When we had our camper van, we always reserved site 51! As far as I'm concerned it is the best spot in Westbay! Not sure if we are going on the 15th now, but it will be soon.
I've been reading everyone's suggestions for things, I'm going to go look for a couple of small plastic mixing bowls today.
Any other campgrounds that you can recommend on the island, at the price of the ferry, I doubt we'll be taking her off island very often. Our little ferry is expensive enough.
Dee, wow that Site 51 opinion is quite the coincidence. Funny how the internet has made the world bigger and smaller at the same time.

Anyhow, Rathtrevor Park is nice and attractive in the winter too, and attracts just enough fellow recreational campers to be comfortable. Just remember that there are no services in Provincial Parks until the season starts.

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Miracle Beach campground and there were no campers - although it was open for winter camping. But we're glad we went a couple of more kilometers and found Saratoga Beach Resort, where we were able to site our trailer right next to the high tide line on the beach.

Whenever we can find a blank spot in the calendar for 3 nights away we plan to go to Gabriola and try Page's RV at Silva Bay. It looks pretty good from their website.
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Dee, wow that Site 51 opinion is quite the coincidence. Funny how the internet has made the world bigger and smaller at the same time.

Anyhow, Rathtrevor Park is nice and attractive in the winter too, and attracts just enough fellow recreational campers to be comfortable. Just remember that there are no services in Provincial Parks until the season starts.

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Miracle Beach campground and there were no campers - although it was open for winter camping. But we're glad we went a couple of more kilometers and found Saratoga Beach Resort, where we were able to site our trailer right next to the high tide line on the beach.

Whenever we can find a blank spot in the calendar for 3 nights away we plan to go to Gabriola and try Page's RV at Silva Bay. It looks pretty good from their website.
I'll have to look up the Saratoga beach resort, that sounds great, right next to the beach!
I have never gone to look at Pages, but I know the Descanso Bay Regional Park looks really nice, we've gone for a walk down there a few times. If you come over & don't want to cook every night, we have a new restaurant, Woodfire pizza which is great & the Old A Frame is good for dinner.
It is funny about site 51! So it's you who's in there every time we couldn't get in there!!!
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