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View Poll Results: Why you left your tent behind...
Safety 8 6.78%
Time of set up 7 5.93%
Weather concerns (hot or cold or wet) 27 22.88%
convenience of trailer 28 23.73%
wanted a bathroom 6 5.08%
ground was uncomfortable 17 14.41%
air bed was not comfortable enough 2 1.69%
my spouse insisted 3 2.54%
I could afford a trailer finally 7 5.93%
Other 13 11.02%
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:24 AM   #15
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Hi: Wet canvas/nylon/WHATEVER just doesn't cut it with me !!! Tried a Pop up once with the family... first night violent Thunderstorm woke every one...even the baby. Next morn. all wet gear to the nearest Laundry Mat everyone from the campground had the same idea 1ST. Tried a 40' M.H. with 2 colour T.V.'s +a slide out but no dishwasher ... On the way home found that the fuel cap. was 248 ltrs YIKES Sure makes our '77 Boler "User Friendly"
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:34 AM   #16
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After backpacking most of the Appalachian Trail in my youth, moving out West I then switched to Ultralight backpacking in the desert. Done just about all the Grand Canyon trails and usually carry about 20 pounds including water. Never carried a tent in all those years, just the pad and bedroll.

Then came KIDS and we bought a huge four room tent and tried to introduce them to "car camping."

For those of you who don't know the SW we have a thing called the "Monsoon" in the summer with violent storms very similar to mini-hurricanes. These can be proceeded by a "Haboob" which is a giant wall of dust. Only occurs here and in the middle east, but it is something first time you see one. These storms can hit inside 20 minutes and you should try one in a tent if you never have.

Thus we now have Scamp.....
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:19 AM   #17
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Don't those kind of sand blast paint jobs and gelcoat?
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:06 PM   #18
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A few years back on one of our last ever tent trips, we camped in the foothills of Alberta. In August. It rained and the rain was mixed with snow. Because of the chill (read - cold), my husband ended up pulling a groin muscle when he was getting up off the ground in the night. He swore off camping forever then. We did do some more camping in the tent after that, but having better weather didn't make getting up off the ground any easier - for either one of us. It was on one such trip we saw a very small trailer in the next campsite. It wasn't fibreglass, but the second we looked at it we both had a eureka moment! Two weeks later we were the proud owners of our Boler (we were lucky). Our first trip was over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend that year. We love our Boler and use it as much as our schedules allow. Which is considerably more often than we used to tent. If I had things my way, we'd camp from May to September, then head south for the rest of the year!

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Old 10-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #19
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Don't those kind of sand blast paint jobs and gelcoat?
Exactly why I'm not interested in putting a brand new paint job on the Scamp and work mostly on the interior.
I'll just get the oxidation cleaned up and keep her polished, but a new paint job might not look real good here after a "Haboob."
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:09 PM   #20
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Byron's right!
Tent camping, trailering, cottaging, take your pick. It's like any other hobby. You don't stick to one thing you do whatever suits that moment in time. It's like saying " pick one of ... gardening... golf... photography." Why can't we still do each thing as we want?
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:29 PM   #21
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I chose "safety". Specifically it was after a black bear raided our campsite at midnight at the Standing Indian Campground near Murphy NC. We decided right then that we were going to buy a fiberglass trailer, which we'd been considering anyway.
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Old 10-02-2007, 08:25 PM   #22
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Others are right - the questionnaire answers don't really fit.

Once we moved to Colorado, we found that we were setting up our tent more often than not in campgrounds (usually primitive, but campgrounds nonetheless), and doing a lot more day-hiking from there. Colorado is wonderful that way, much of the world pays a lot of money to get out here once a year, and we are out in it all the time.

After a week on the ground last year, freezing in the AM while making coffee (this is August, mind you), I started doing my research on trailers, found MFROG and went to Minn. to buy a Scamp in the spring. Now, that we have the trailer, we get out 2-3 times/month, as opposed to 1x in the tent, can explore large parts of colorado and still get creaky bones up in the morning. Can still hike in to places much removed from the road, but don't have to! Snowy mornings are not the problem they used to be, so long as the road out is still passable. So the season is now longer, as well.

We really use the Scamp as we did the tent - just more often. It's easy to keep it packed and ready to go after work when the wild calls. Forest road camping is still possible, and getting in late at night isn't near the problem it used to be when you can just find a spot anywhere in the Nat Forest if required.

Some things don't work any better on the Scamp than they did on sailboats - 12 volt refrigerator runs down the battery when I drive with fridge on. Still need to improve storage (laundry! Boots!). Bottled water for drinking takes up a lot of room. hated the porta-potti on the boat, so don't have one in the trailer - but it can get awfully cold ot there in the mountains at midnight, looking for a soft spot of soil to dig in.

So th answer as to why we changed is that we are only slowly changing, but the Scamp makes it so much easier that we go more often!

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Old 10-03-2007, 04:59 PM   #23
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So th answer as to why we changed is that we are only slowly changing, but the Scamp makes it so much easier that we go more often!

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That's one thing about us, too. We camp much more often than we did before we got our Casita. Now we go camping several times a month and we even go camping in the dead of winter which we never did when we were tent camping.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:21 PM   #24
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I agree, I need about a dozen choices.
1. My Munchkin (5' 3" wife) had a stroke 6 years ago and is not able to help setting up the pop-up anymore.
2. When deer huntung in late November, early December, the 5 to 15 degree mornings are alot easier in the Love Bug instead of the Starcraft.
3. I got tired of setting up the pop-up in the rain.
4. The Starcraft Starmaster 8 weighs in at 2200 pounds. Empty Love Bug-1000 pounds. I don't need to drive "the beast" (chevy Astro) to pull the Love Bug on short trips.
5. 1972 Starcraft needed replacement. 35 years old, canvas still ok, well cared for, but wore out anyway.
6. Kids are gone, grandkids starting to go along. They still like tents.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:48 PM   #25
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"Other" ought to be all of the above. We had to do something when I couldn't get up off the ground anymore to cook the bacon and eggs, my wife said, this sleeping on the ground has to go, We bought Casita and now she can't get me out of bed to cook the bacon and eggs cuz I'm so comfortable. Anyway, hers taste better
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:53 AM   #26
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Although I checked "ground was uncomfortable" - I used to tent-camp just fine. It's not like the ground got any harder, I just became less tolerant of it. By "less tolerant" I mean, "my back, hips etc were in too much pain by morning".

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Old 10-04-2007, 07:37 AM   #27
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I was race staffing at road racing events in Illinois ans Michigan and the pain was getting to errese the fun of the weekend.
We have a 25foot Sunlite travel trailer, but that was too big to tow for just me, so I found the Beaten Burro. Three year of use My wife finnally stayed in the trailer at Eggfest#1 in LanesBuro and now we use the Buro more than the Sunlite..

2008 I plan on sening the Beaten Buro to rehab so we will have to use the big trailer. That should be motivation to finish the Buro.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:50 AM   #28
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Time is the reason. After decades of backpacking, canoe camping, wilderness trekking, snow-caving, etc., the march of Time (or perhaps the March of Arthritis) forced me and my wife to quit sleeping on the ground. It just isn't fun any more when it hurts so much!

The egg allows us to continue enjoying the mountains and forests and seashores, without suffering joint pain every morning. We just got home yesterday from camping along the North Shore of Lake Superior, where we gloried in the peak of autumn colors. And cuddled snug and dry in our UHaul while the morning rain pattered on the roof.
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