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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 10-05-2007, 10:45 PM   #29
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1. Four wet dogs in a dome tent has a "unique" smell.
2. Hit 40 and the joints crack a lot when getting up off the ground.
3. Got tired of stumbling over wife & dogs, unzipping the tent and standing in the rain to pee at night. (Wife says "at least you can stand up to pee"...).
4. You never get all the sand out of a tent.
5. You have to dry out a tent when you get home.
6. On a rainy day, it's hard to get comfy for too long in a tent.
7. We like the furnace in a trailer.
8. Ditto for the "port-a-potti"...

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Old 10-06-2007, 09:26 AM   #30
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They all apply to me except the 8th one. If I really had an insane need to put up, take down, then put up and take down again a tent at home in an attempt to dry it out here in western Oregon I might still use a tent.

As it is I solve all these problems by gently rubbing the Burro's ears and whispering softly into them and all these irritating distractions disappear.

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Old 10-06-2007, 08:33 PM   #31
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We had a Coleman pop-up. Just a small one and stored it in our garage when not in use (Homeowner Association Rules) So, when I was looking for a pot or a pan, out to the garage I'd go, pop it up, grab what I was looking for, put it back down - and continue what I was doing...

By doing so, I learned quickly how to put the top up and down whereas my husband only learned when we'd go camping. We'd get to our site, I'd jump out and ready for the 45min set up process. Hubby on the other hand had to re-learn what he'd forgot from the last time we went camping. It got to be that the first day of our weekend camping trip was a wash because we'd argue the first day/evening - One of us usually ended up going for a long walk as the other set things up themselves.

We had enough. We've been looking for something easier, dryer, and ready to go when the time arises (not having to spend half the day re-loading the camper from the last trip!)
We almost bought a motor home, until one of the sellers reminded us that "everything that can go wrong with your car and house can go wrong with a motor home" and all the problems with flat roofs on MH's and other TT's made the decision easy to look for something in fiberglass.

Our 16' Uhaul VT will make it's first (with us) camping trip on October 19th for a weekend, then we'll tuck her into her 30' rented garage for the winter.
Where in Ohio are you going camping the weekend of the 19th. We live in Ontario and are planning on one more trip this year, and I thought we might join you in Ohio. I have a three day weekend. If you would rather go alone, that is fine with me. Yours in Bolering. Jim
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:54 PM   #32
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I was getting tired of the up and down of the tent and then up and down to dry it out. I like having everything together and ready to go. I just got my Casita the end of July and have been out in it more than in the tent.

Most of the time it has involved search and rescue. Statewide dog trainings are fun because you can show off your domicile. While I'm walking out of the camper in the morning with my cup of coffee others are crawling out of the back of their trucks and setting up the stove. Then they have to rearrange the truck back for the "workings" of the day and then back again to sleep.

A couple of weekends ago my dog and I were called for a search about three hours away. It took me an additional 10 minutes to get the camper ready that night and be on my way. Rolled in to base at 2 am and slept comfortably. If I didn't have the camper I would have slept at home. Worried that I would sleep through the alarm going off at 3am and not have gotten any sleep (I can be a tad neurotic sometimes).

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Old 10-06-2007, 10:08 PM   #33
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Where in Ohio are you going camping the weekend of the 19th. We live in Ontario and are planning on one more trip this year, and I thought we might join you in Ohio. I have a three day weekend. If you would rather go alone, that is fine with me. Yours in Bolering. Jim
We're going to Hocking's our version of North Carolina. Lots of hiking, and 3 state parks where we can take our dogs. Plus there's a BBQ cook off at Hocking College, and antique shopping in Logan. It's "Grandma Gatewood's Fall Festival" weekend, (peak leaf weekend) but if it doesn't get cool soon, I can't imagine "leaf peeping" in 90 degree weather!!!
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Old 10-06-2007, 11:10 PM   #34
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Trailer: 2005 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel
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Why did I move from tent camping to fiberglass?

WELL, there is camping in a fiberglass trailer with a furnace, a toilet, and my wife.

OR, there is camping in a tent with a cozy sleeping bag, a bush, and a pillow made from unused clothing for company.

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Old 10-07-2007, 12:13 AM   #35
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I switched over for a number of reasons:

1. Got tired of being rained out and having to deal with a wet tent in the morning
2. Got tired of going out in the dark and the cold in the middle of the night to use the bathroom
3. Got tired of all the packing and unpacking
4. Kids were starting to leave home and the one time I'd camped in the middle of nowhere with just the dog I felt a little uncomfortable (and the dog did too!)
5. Wanted to be able to camp at the coast in the winter

I guess that's about it.

I originally looked at FGRV's because I thought they were cute, but when I started doing additional research I decided they were much more than just CUTE!
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:23 PM   #36
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Three main reasons:
1. Rain: lots of rain, cold rain, sideways rain
2. Boondocking: tent-campers like to have a picnic table, a garbage container, perhaps a cookhouse, a fire ring, and outhouse. We pull up to any beach and have brought everything we need for a low-impact stay
3. Kid: safe and warm and dry, plus room for Lego, Transformers, Drawing Materials, Scotch tape
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:25 PM   #37
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Don't like BUGS !!!!!!!!!!!!! Missouri is bug heaven. So thats why we went with a camper.
Ted & Vera
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:35 PM   #38
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Hit middle age and the ground seemed so much more uncomfortable than when I was younger.
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:43 AM   #39
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:25 AM   #40
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It's the phenomenon of levitation -- the older you get the higher off the ground you sleep.

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Old 11-04-2007, 12:56 AM   #41
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I was in Canadian Army----Sleeping on the ground or under a poncho was not fun, especially if it rained. I like some form of comfort.
Exactly right.

20+ years US Army. I've slept in the rain more than, well, a lot of times. : Under a poncho, wrapped in a poncho, and without a poncho.

Strangely, I've lost any need to sleep on the ground. I'd given up camping until I saw a Scamp a few years ago. I still walk in the hills, but I sleep in a bed.

Now, if an M-1 tank came with a towing package and a 2' hitch receiver, I'd be all set..... Hmm. You think I'd need a WDH with that rig?
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:51 AM   #42
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Checked convenience 'cause I couldn't find ALL of ABOVE.
Actually wife bought it while I was at work and put it on MY visa.
Took a while to get used to the idea but wouldn't do away with it for anything.
I chose Other for the same reason: there was no ALL OF ABOVE!

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