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Old 04-24-2012, 08:56 PM   #29
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anyway what on earth does NOG stand for? I've always guessed Northern Oregon Gathering. Is that correct?
Northern Oregon Gathering or as I prefer Not Organized Gathering.... which is really different than a DISORANIZED gathering. I just prefer to NOT schedule peoples time. We meet for meals, everything else is up to the indivdual to decide what they choose to do. Lots of lawnchair time at a NOG
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:15 AM   #30
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Northern Oregon Gathering or as I prefer Not Organized Gathering.... which is really different than a DISORANIZED gathering. I just prefer to NOT schedule peoples time. We meet for meals, everything else is up to the indivdual to decide what they choose to do. Lots of lawnchair time at a NOG
That sure sounds like my kind of get together.... Relaxing, not regimented!!
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:33 AM   #31
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Smile Time to set up

You people impress me! I takes me 30 minutes to back into a spot!! LOL

If it is a truck stop, wayside, Wal-Mart, just unplug the electrical from the car and climb in. Less than 1 minute!!

The time it takes depends on how long we will stay. Overnight, at a reasonable level site, I will not unhitch, just unplug the electrical from the car, check the polarity of the electrical tree, plug in the electricity, level Homelet front to back, put out the stablizing jacks, throw the wheel chocks around the wheels, and we're done. Oh, I do retrieve water with my 1/2 gal jug for the Porta Potti.

If we are going to stay for a few days, then placing the solar lights, unhitching the car to travel to nearby attractions, etc. all adds time, I guess.

If the spot is not level side to side, then pulling Homelet up onto the necessary leveling blocks is added before unhitching.

I have given up on hooking up water, nor do I carry water in our 10 gal onboard tank. We carry one or two sturdy, former gallon apple juice containers of drinking water, and if we have dishes, I take my big pot to the water and place it on the stove to heat while we eat, then do the dishes. This also requires attaching the grey water drain hose and placing the GW bucket next to Homelet.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:32 AM   #32
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Ha

I have watched you set that thing up and now I will be timing you next time!
Since I have nothing better to do,well maybe document the setup too?
I will remember to wear Uhaul, so I match my trailer if you document it. Of course, the fish fry being early, we won't have as much practice.

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Melissa the flame on my small fire pit (Fire Dancer) doesn't go all that high so I use it under the awning often. I have made 3 removable sides for my pop up awning which I put up in really poor weather to stop the wind and rain from coming in from the sides - it creates a warm spot for evening fire gatherings in bad weather. No concern with melting anything unless I was to place the fire right beside the nylon sides of the pop up and the wind was to blow the flame onto them. Mine is designed (it sits up on its on little built in stand that keeps the area where the flame is coming from off the ground by about 6") so that it can actually be placed on pretty well any surface and not damage what ever it is sitting on. I have seen though a much larger fire pit designed a little differently than mine leave a mark in the grass it was sitting on though.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:09 AM   #34
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does one need to disconnect the trailer from the car to "set up camp" or can you drive in and park and use it simply that way? SUPER NEWBIE to the whole camping thing.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:22 AM   #35
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Ana, that's a "depends" kind of answer. My trailer tows nearly level, so I can use it without unhooking. Although the refrigerator sure works better when the trailer is perfectly level. Some folks tow a bit tongue down... which may make sleeping uncomfortable (rolling out of bed? ). I often unhook, but don't move the tug... and level up. Makes rehooking a snap!
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and how do you "level" the trailer? WOW never thought of that aspect LOL! figured I'd throw some jacks under the rear just so it doesn't tip over. I suppose there is more to this owning and camping in a little egg than I thought of. I thought I would just pull in and open the door.
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If it's calm enough for the awning to be unfurled, we put out the awning and the patio mat, scan the TV channels to match the cable hook-up , code-in access to the Wifi signal...
That adds another 20 or 30 minutes.

Frederick you two should join in on some of the trips I make with a group of friends as you would fit right in. The attached is a sight that you are likely to see more often than not if we are at a camp ground for more than a day. Trust me you dont want to see a photo of the trailers as posting a photo of all the lights involved may not be a good thing due to it being so close to Earth Day.
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does one need to disconnect the trailer from the car to "set up camp" or can you drive in and park and use it simply that way? SUPER NEWBIE to the whole camping thing.
There's nothing says you can't leave it hooked up unless it's not level. Then as Donna says the fridge works better level. I would always disconnect the electrical cord that goes to the tow vehicle.

For single nights we often don't unhook, just disconnect the cord. Otherwise we unhook for several reasons. It's easier to get into the back our truck for chairs, table, solar panel, any of several traveling hobby materials. Also we often head for local attractions, do a little sight seeing, sometimes a grocery store is needed or a laundry mat. Maybe we just want to eat out.

That said most of our trailer use is NOT week-ends.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:26 AM   #40
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As Donna said, there is an advantage to adjusting the hitch so that the trailer tows level. When camping overnight, just having lunch, etc. the trailer is usable as is, no monkeying around. If you tend to get seasick easily it might be better to set up a couple of stabilizers, but that is usually not a problem.

Often nothing gets unhooked, providing you have a solenoid on the charge line (no chance of running the battery in the tow vehicle down that way).

Our fridge doesn't care about being level, but sleeping is a different matter. Gravity takes over, which may require a bit of planning.
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@Carol - and THAT'S why my sweetie and I are getting a trailer !
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Oh! I just got my first fixer-upper burro and wanted an awning - but settled for less. Was it expensive and difficult to add? I keep going out to the driveway to make sure it is still there. My neighbors must think I am unbalanced.
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