So why did you change from tent camping? - Fiberglass RV

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 10-01-2007, 05:56 PM   #1
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If you haven't really quit camping, treat the question as why you use the trailer when you DO use it.


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Old 10-01-2007, 06:18 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 10-01-2007, 06:36 PM   #3
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...seems as though the young ladies I was seeing/dating out at Falcon Lake (Whiteshell) 'preferred' being kept off the ground. literally, LOL!!!! (Can I say that here )

I then purchased a 1965 Emperor tent trailer made is Bresleau(sp?) Ontario
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:37 PM   #4
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The "choose one" format just doesn't work.

I went from tents to pop-up to a Casita. Many of the poll-listed factors apply. Mainly, discomfort does not form an important aspect of the outdoor experience for me anymore.
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:24 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:28 PM   #6
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Us too.
We went from a tent to a pop-up to a bigger pop-up before packing it up wet made us crazy.
You can't beat a tent trailer for room but the sideways rain on PEI makes you look at fiberglass in a new way.
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:38 PM   #7
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I didn't check anything. Nothing fits. We still plan on tent camping, read backpacking. The reason for getting the trailer was because we were going to more and more event camps. We were camping with wood carvers and geocachers, along with our grown kids and grandkids in campgrounds. We got tired of getting dressed while laying on our backs. It's not a problem when we're at a remote spot, we get out bed, step outside and get dressed. A practice that's frowned on when in a crowded campground.

Also we were more and more limiting our camping to fair weather. Stepping out the tent and getting dressed in down pour or snow started loosing some of it's charm.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:55 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:23 PM   #9
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I had to vote "Other"

Health reasons dictate I stay dry and warm. Being cold and or catching pneumonia can effect my breathing and could literally kill me.

Rather than give up camping when there is no guarrantee of weather, I decided to give in and go with a trailer to keep warm and dry.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:57 PM   #10
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I chose "convenience". MINE.

Robert and I have an Ocsar/Felix relationship.
In the morning, Robert gets right up and is ready to GO.
I need to ease into the shock of another day. Need Coffee

On one cross country trip, we stayed overnight in our tent at a KOA. Around 5:30 AM, I arose, threw on my pants, and went to the campground bathroom. After finishing my business, I looked forward to another hour-and-a-half of sack time. However, when I walked back to our campsite, I find that Robert had packed everything up and was sitting in the car.

The trailer is my self-defense that my bed will be there when I want it.
Frederick - The Scaleman
1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:27 PM   #11
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Great reason, Frederick!

It's interesting to me that no one has picked safety. I have never tent-camped in public campgrounds alone, and would be less likely to do so today. I used to sleep in my truck , with canopy and two Labs, and I used to backpack-tent camp alone. And I tent-camped at agility trials on a protected site. But for safety reasons I would not tent camp alone in a public campground, and I would probably feel safe to do so alone in my trailer (well, with the dogs.)

My real reason, though, is that it gets too cold in the winter to tent camp but agility trials don't stop and hotels are expensive.

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Old 10-01-2007, 11:38 PM   #12
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I agree with some of the previous postings, I kind of fell under several of the choices, I wanted a real bathroom (not a trowel, a roll of TP, and having to take a walk!), a refrigerator I didn't have to go buy ice for every day, and a real bed! But it all sort of wraps together into 'the convenience of a trailer'. I haven't have the opportunity to be able to do the 'just hitch up and run away on Fri spur of the moment' yet, being so busy with school and all, but I'm REALLY looking forward to that SOON! hehe Hopefully summer of 2008 or sometime 2009 those kinds of getaways should be REALLY possible! hehe

I DO still have a nice tent for OCCASIONAL use, campgrounds that ONLY allow tents, things like that, but if I have a choice, it's the TRAILER! YAY! hehe Joe
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:48 AM   #13
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After hikeing the Appalchian Trail in Maine back in the early 90's and sleeping on roots, ledges, bolders, twigs, wet leaves, in swamps and above tree line. I took a break and then in 2005, tried tent camping with the wife and it took one night of sleeping on hard ground again to convince me a Trailer is what I need. Age does things to your bones so they do not bend the way they use to.
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:35 AM   #14
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I've got a good feeling that we might have gone for comfort by this point in our lives anyway but it was our dog that made the choice for us.
Molly has a great sense of "wrongness" and when she saw that the tent walls moved she decided that she was never going to enter a tent. Leaving her on her own wasn't an option.

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