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Old 08-17-2009, 02:24 PM   #1
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I set out on Thursday morning for a family reunion camp out. I got back last night and today am wondering why I even like camping. It took me three hours to load up my little camper (ya think I have to much stuff?!) The screen tent was sopping wet, the outside totes wet, the chairs, tables, and everything drenched. I had x pens for the 2 dogs and 5 puppies, and those had covers on them to keep the dogs dry. Of course the rain was so hard all that got drenched including dogs. I threw away my awning as I just could not deal with packing another wet thing. We drove home with the heat on in the car just to try to dry off a little.
Today I am thinking WHY did it take so long to pack everything up? I am exausted! I am headed out to wash the bedding and clean the camper now, which got wet because of piling wet things on it.
I have two weeks off work and was gonna head out again tomorrow. I am too exausted to even think of doing so.
How do you all deal with rain?
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Old 08-17-2009, 02:31 PM   #2
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**How do you all deal with rain?**

By living in central California. The rain ENDS by, generally, mid-April and nary a drop until late Sept to Oct.


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I set out on Thursday morning for a family reunion camp out. I got back last night and today am wondering why I even like camping. It took me three hours to load up my little camper (ya think I have to much stuff?!) The screen tent was sopping wet, the outside totes wet, the chairs, tables, and everything drenched. I had x pens for the 2 dogs and 5 puppies, and those had covers on them to keep the dogs dry. Of course the rain was so hard all that got drenched including dogs. I threw away my awning as I just could not deal with packing another wet thing. We drove home with the heat on in the car just to try to dry off a little.
Today I am thinking WHY did it take so long to pack everything up? I am exausted! I am headed out to wash the bedding and clean the camper now, which got wet because of piling wet things on it.
I have two weeks off work and was gonna head out again tomorrow. I am too exausted to even think of doing so.
How do you all deal with rain?
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Old 08-17-2009, 02:51 PM   #3
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And if you live in So cal than its even less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 08-17-2009, 03:04 PM   #4
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Ouch, 7 wet dogs? Now that sounds like a lot of work. We just got a used dog and even having one is going to make camping more complex.

The rainiest we have camped was in the Cascade National Park - the biggest problem I found was all the dirt sticks to our shoes when we got in and out and our exterior carpet was soaked. We have an awning on our trailer so that we have a 8'x7' dry space. We also don't pack a lot of stuff that won't fit in drawers and anything we do have has to be able to handle the wet (stoves, bbq's etc..).
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Yup. We are SOOOO Blessed. I mean, RIGHT NOW, we can plan to go camping virtually anywhere (except POSSIBLY the north coast - Eureka area) on virtually ANY weekend next summer, and almost GUARANTEE that the weather will be nice. Admittedly, there is a mild possibility of an afternoon thundershower in the high sierra, and even here in the Sacramento Valley we do normally get [b]ONE summer storm (cannot think of one yet this summer, though). But otherwise... good to go!

Just checked one of the weather data bases... Sacto has avg 3 days of rain in May, then one in June, none Jully or August and one in Sept.

LA has one each in May June Aug and Sept.

Minneapolis has...11,12,10,10 & 10 for May thru Sept.

go to http://www.weatherbase.com/ for some really interesting stats.



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Old 08-17-2009, 03:53 PM   #6
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I set out on Thursday morning for a family reunion camp out. I got back last night and today am wondering why I even like camping. It took me three hours to load up my little camper (ya think I have to much stuff?!) The screen tent was sopping wet, the outside totes wet, the chairs, tables, and everything drenched. I had x pens for the 2 dogs and 5 puppies, and those had covers on them to keep the dogs dry. Of course the rain was so hard all that got drenched including dogs. I threw away my awning as I just could not deal with packing another wet thing. We drove home with the heat on in the car just to try to dry off a little.
Today I am thinking WHY did it take so long to pack everything up? I am exausted! I am headed out to wash the bedding and clean the camper now, which got wet because of piling wet things on it.
I have two weeks off work and was gonna head out again tomorrow. I am too exausted to even think of doing so.
How do you all deal with rain?
Once you have your trailer packed with permanent stuff, stuff you will leave in at all times, all you need to add is food, clothes and a couple items particular to the trip you are taking. Buying the food may take a bit of time, but packing up will end up taking much less time.

I have done tons of camping in the rain, both canoeing and backpacking in the backcountry, as well as using an RV. I have never not gone because of rain in the forecast, or I would have likely missed some of the best times of my life. I keep everything wet out of the trailer aside from maybe a tea towel. Wet clothes get hung up on the outside of the trailer under an awning.

Keeping things (aside from awnings/tarps/tents) dry is quite critical. It also adds to your comfort level, and gives you a good secure feeling. A good awing, combined with good quality rain gear, will help lots. A large golf type umbrella is nice to have too.

I can only imagine that 7 dogs must have really added to your exhaustion. I would find someone to watch them at home, if at all possible.

The biggest thing, is try not to despair. Jump back into it, taking with you what you learned from this experience. You can learn to enjoy yourself, even in the rain.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:41 PM   #7
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I sure understand how you feel.We have never been out in our trailer in the last year that it has not rained at least one day,usually more.You can only store so much in a 13' trailer.Two people three small dogs does not allow much space for indoor activity on wet days..Lots of stuff kept in the back of the van.BUT......Dining tent soaked.Buckects soaked.Everything under awning soaked....everything outside gets soaked. .We have had rain almost everyday this summer.I am so exhausted at the end of a weekend of (relaxing)camping that I really would just as soon stay at home.Maybe a bigger trailer would help.Don't remember having so much of a problem in our 21' Prowler.Lots of storage space inside and lots of room so staying inside out of the rain doesn't cause claustraphobia.....Maybe I'm just a sucker for punishment....Heading out again this weekend and praying to the rain gods to visit an area other than the one I'm parked in.....Pat.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:45 PM   #8
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Handling multiple days with lots of rain does become problematic - I can empathize!
My techniques might not work for you (they barely work for me ) - kind of depends on who you're traveling with (besides the 7 dogs!).

I have 2 big dogs - who I force to wear raincoats, and stand to get their feet towel dried before going in the trailer. This sort of works because I have a big awning that (pretty much) keeps the area by the door dry. I take their raincoats and mine off before I go into the trailer. Keeping the dry stuff dry and the wet stuff outside seems to work best because it's really hard to get things dry once they get wet inside (running the heater to dry the inside of the trailer and coats is way to hot for me even in the winter!).

When the weather is nice, I have chairs and little tables set up outside - but when the weather is rainy, I don't put any of that outside - I just spend a lot more time inside (this clearly only works if you're camping alone or have seating inside for everyone or if everyone fits under you awning). All my storage tubs etc fit underneath the camper and stay relatively dry.

Xpens and other items that do get wet get stored in big giant plastic garbage bags for the trip home - again so the inside of the trailer doesn't get soaked - I do try to at least wipe them down under the awning before I put them away.

Another option for me (might not be for you) is to stick the wet dogs in the back of my SUV on top of a bunch of towels- if the weather is OK, they're fine with it and it gives me more space inside the trailer that isn't taken up with wet dog.

I have also tried putting an old shower curtain on the bed (under the sheet that I use to protect the upholstery from the dogs) - that helps keep the upholstery a bit more dry.

If you're in and out a lot (like it sounds you would have been with a family reunion) and the rain is constant or really driving - it's just going to be difficult to keep dry - good rain gear for everyone - take it off before going inside - lots of towels and lots of plastic bags for storage on the way home.

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Old 08-17-2009, 07:31 PM   #9
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I saw a little idea somewhere on the forum that looked like it would fit into the "wet stuff outside" plan, and that was to have some of those suction cup hooks at the ready to stick right to the outside of the trailer. They could hold wet towels and rain gear.

I have some I use on the inside that are pretty strong that I got at Target. They have a plastic dome over the suction cup, and also the hook flips up and down. You flip the hook up, then press the suction cup into place, and then "lock it" by flipping the hook down into the "ready to use" position.

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Unless it's really cold, use your shower area as a place to hang wet clothes/stuff you want to dry. I have a tension rod in my "bathroom" that and a couple of clothing hangers, stuff can just drip into the shower. If I have wet towels. I loosely hang those and have a small clamp-on fan that I have blowing in the shower area right at the wet clothes (etc) ... with the window open. It doesn't take all that long for stuff to dry. The secret is to keep the air moving and going out the window.

Lots of towels and lots of garbage bags for overly wet stuff to get it home. And yes, having "just trailer" stuff that you don't haul in and out when you leave or get home cuts down on all the work. I typically bring all the dishes, etc. in and run them through the dishwasher and of course all the towels through the washer. But if that doesn't get done for a day or two after I get home... no biggy.
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We have had a LOT of rain this year, it even poured on us again this weekend. Our method, everything stays inside unless you are using it, chairs, tables etc. We keep our site very empty, that way when the rain starts, whatever is out goes away to stay dry, they only things that stay out are the things that don't matter, buckets of water etc.
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Please. Send some of that rain to central Texas. We are in a two year "exceptional" (worse than extreme) drought.

That said, one thing that saves us in the unlikely event we're camping in the rain (actually, it happened recently to us in Colorado) is the camper shell on our pickup. Our dog(s) can ride out a storm or rainy afternoon in our "mobile kennel," like Anne does with her SUV.

I've also been known to put down layers of newspaper just inside the door, to catch some of the mud and drip. We always seem to have an abundant supply of newspaper, which can be replaced/switched out if/when it gets too wet.

And another key to making it easier to prep for a trip is to go more often. We find that things that belong in the trailer will actually be IN the trailer if it hasn't been too long since we've taken the rig camping. It's when we go for months without camping that the camp chairs have been pulled out, the electric match, the little aluminum table, etc., etc., etc. have been pulled out and used on the porch or out back.

You'll figure it out - it will get easier... although, I agree 7 dogs in good weather seems like a fair amount of work; I can't imagine dealing with them in rain or cold!

Good luck!
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I saw a little idea somewhere on the forum that looked like it would fit into the "wet stuff outside" plan, and that was to have some of those suction cup hooks at the ready to stick right to the outside of the trailer. They could hold wet towels and rain gear.

I have some I use on the inside that are pretty strong that I got at Target. They have a plastic dome over the suction cup, and also the hook flips up and down. You flip the hook up, then press the suction cup into place, and then "lock it" by flipping the hook down into the "ready to use" position.

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This is what I use. I bought a schwack of them on eBay. They work great for towels, rain gear, jackets, you name it. I put about 6 or so just outside the door of the trailer.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:46 PM   #14
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We bought a Paha Que screen room--pricey but worth every dollar when it rains. You can let the flaps down on all sides & stay perfectly dry in there, no matter how hard it rains. Believe me, we've put it to the test on a couple of camping trips!
We don't take our dogs along if we think it might rain. It's just too messy & we can board them at a local kennel where they can stay inside or out, as they please.
I can handle the rain unless it's cold too. That's a combination I don't enjoy. Good luck with the weather next time around!
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