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Old 05-04-2003, 04:29 PM   #15
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air horn great idea

arrgggh what a great idea for bears! thanks
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Old 05-04-2003, 06:22 PM   #16
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howdy, For the last 20 years or so we always stayed in motels and last year bought an old Boler and spent 6 weeks travelling through Eastern Canada and the New England states. When we stayed in motels we never talked to the people next door but out camping we made many friends along the way. Had some very interesting chats and found out a lot about the different areas of the country. We always stayed in campgrounds though. And through it all, all our neighbours made us feel like old friends.....Try that in a motel with one night stops....That`s something that you can`t buy......Benny
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Old 05-04-2003, 06:40 PM   #17
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The real issue should be quality recreation for you and your family. If you enjoy camping, do it. You will have to then decide how based on you situation, whether it's financial or physical (some can't sleep on the ground). When I first camped with my family, it was in a tent. The greatest danger my kids were ever in was one evening I had to chase two racoons out of the tent. As the size and quantity of children increased (and my desire to not sleep on the ground), we got a popup. I wouldn't trade those times for anything. When my kids were small, we went to a campground that we only 40 mins away but it was just as remote and adventursome to my kids as if we went to Alaska (without the "are we there yet"'s).
If your recreation is going to NY city for broadway shows, there are hotels that are over $1000 a night if you want the lap of luxury just as ther are $250,000 motor homes for camping. The cost is only prohibitive if what your really looking for is just a bed to sleep in while you do other things for vacation. In this case, camping is the vacation.

At least that's my opinion.
PS For a five year old, camping is a huge adventure. Just go and enjoy God's creation.
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Old 05-04-2003, 06:49 PM   #18
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ken how are the black flys

heading to upsate ny in 3 weeks indian lake area. How bad are the flys an no see ems this year?
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Old 05-04-2003, 07:12 PM   #19
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black flies (the only ones that really matter)

I live just north of Albany and don't have any black flies to speak of. In the Adirondacks, I suspect they are about to start training for Memorial Day so they can drive campers nuts. Other insects have sense enough to notice insect repellant so can be tolerated but not black flies. BTW, it's the females that bite.

Seriously, they normally come out late May and last through June and maybe early July. Check here:

http://www.tirebiter.net/blackfly.html

PS small world - my mother and two of my sisters live south of Roanoke in VA and I live about two miles from I87 - you'll probably drive right by on your way up.
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Old 05-04-2003, 07:23 PM   #20
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Tom Stienstra's book

Carol,

Great tip :)

I plan to get the book....

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...30258?vi=glance
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Old 05-04-2003, 07:33 PM   #21
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black flies and bears why do i do it

Thanks ken maybe i will stay in Latham instead of moose river lol.
I am on the ocean side of Virginia and yes it is a small world .
Which is why ill put up whit black flies and hopefully no bears and enjoy moose river rec area.:)
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Old 05-04-2003, 07:40 PM   #22
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Go for it!

If they come out, you can always pack up and move a few miles south to get away from them. Remember, any sporting goods store up this way will have stuff that works on black flies if there is such a thing.
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Old 05-04-2003, 07:43 PM   #23
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flyfishing from the north pole

ken i just noticed your fly fishing is the same weekend as the mini rally in willimington. maybe ill see you there :)
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Old 05-04-2003, 07:53 PM   #24
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Sorry

I'm not a fly fisherman, I just looked up the black fly data. I use spinning gear. Fly fishing requires dexterity to cast. I'd be hooking trees and other fishermen.
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Old 05-05-2003, 12:01 AM   #25
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Orginally posted by Bill M.

The first things (IMO slightly ridiculous) my office buddies told me when they heard I was getting a used Casita/Scamp was,

1. It's not worth it economically -- motels are a lot cheaper.

2. If boondocking out in the sticks (e.g. Calif. central valley)-- the potential for robberies is high.

Other contributing factors are (since I'll be camping with my wife and a five year-old),

a. I don't carry weapons to defend myself and am worried about my family's safety (maybe I should?).

b. I'm not all that handy with mechanical fix-ups.
I'd guess your coworkers are just pulling your string. If they really think that way I'd say they need to get out more!

Is a trailer more expensive than motels? That depends on where you go, how you use it and the value you place on the experience which is quite different from a motel. A trailer opens up all sorts of possibilities unavailable to motel users such as many parks and vast stretches of forest, desert and beach. If your family is not into tent camping then there are many outstanding places you will probably not even go without a trailer. Other major benefits are the control over food and the interest write-off if you finance the trailer as a second home. Of course, you can always stay in motels or hotels for special trips.

Crime? Mostly an urban problem. You take reasonable precautions wherever and however you travel but there is nothing special about trailering. As for packing firearms, well, that's a personal choice in this country but it has little to do with real safety and more to do with perceived security and your own comfort level in handling weapons.

Potential mechanicals are a consideration. You have to take care of the trailer and the extra stress put on your tow vehicle. Most guys enjoy that. Also, it helps to have a good place to store the trailer when not in use.

A travel trailer isn't for everyone. Offer condolences to your coworkers if their lifestyle precludes this flexible and enjoyable way to travel. ;)
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Old 05-05-2003, 11:21 AM   #26
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I would be more likely to carry the pepper spray, air horn, baseball bat and a cell phone than I would a gun. I would also camp with one or both of my dogs if I were boondocking alone. They sound ferocious even though the worst they would probably do to someone is to lick them to death.

I fly to other cities about 25 weekends a year for work and stay in "nice" hotels where the cost of the room is usually over $125 a night. There have been hotels where I did not feel safe. I've never felt unsafe camping.

Nancy
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Old 05-05-2003, 11:50 AM   #27
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Camping Safety

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First off, I would stop discussing my business with my co-workers. Dont' get me wrong, but you know some people would never ever want to go camping and can't image why you would either. What with the bugs and dirt and everything - eewwww! It's so icky! I have an aunt that's been trying to talk me out of every camping trip for the last 25 years. I still go - never been mugged, robbed, beaten up or killed. I never thought of taking a weapon - I take a loaded German Shepherd dog - LOOK OUT!! Even repels bears. (Bears really hate a confrontation).

Secondly - the Casita doubles as a guest house - parked in your own drive way. More convenient than a hotel, yet still separate. Perfect!
We haven't experienced the increased maintenance on the tow vehicle. Tow package and transmission cooler were only add-ons. And we get good mileage with this 6-cylinder. You were driving on your vacation anyway, right?
Everything (and more) the Hotel room has, we have in the Casita. And I get to enjoy breakfast in bed with my dogs. Can you do that in a hotel? <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eb694f94dd7dBeach camp1.jpg/>
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Camping Safty

I have read all of these and some real good points , But our most important has not been mentioned,:huh As you get older the need for your own bathroom is number 1 as we travel the back roads mostly.
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