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Old 11-23-2016, 12:11 PM   #15
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Always fun watching people come in and set one of those things up when its just about dark, raining like hell, and a mad-as-a-wet-hen wife and kids screaming "hurry up already" while the poor guy fumbles around for half an hour trying to rig it up. That's entertainment you can't buy...
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:41 PM   #16
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Always fun watching people come in and set one of those things up when its just about dark, raining like hell, and a mad-as-a-wet-hen wife and kids screaming "hurry up already" while the poor guy fumbles around for half an hour trying to rig it up. That's entertainment you can't buy...
Yep. That can really take the fun out of the trip if you're the ones setting it up. My last tent experience was with a truck bed tent. I practiced setting it up at home before we went, but the night we arrived it was dark and blowing hard. It was nearly destroyed by the time I get it up and definitely not savable by morning. Total loss. Meanwhile, there was lots of yelling about hold this, pull that, put that in there, etc. It served to reinforce how nice trailers are.
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Old 11-23-2016, 02:14 PM   #17
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Always fun watching people come in and set one of those things up when its just about dark, raining like hell, and a mad-as-a-wet-hen wife and kids screaming "hurry up already" while the poor guy fumbles around for half an hour trying to rig it up. That's entertainment you can't buy...
Are we having FUN yet???
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Old 11-23-2016, 02:30 PM   #18
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Are we having FUN yet???
The best camping trips are when the weather is perfect. The best memories are when the weather is horrible.
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Old 11-23-2016, 04:32 PM   #19
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Are we having FUN yet???
I also remember telling the kids (5 & 7 yrs old) "DO NOT TOUCH THE CANVAS WHILE IT IS RAINING " ......so what do you think they just ad to do? LEAKS EVERYWHERE THEY TOUCHED. When asked why did you do that, they would say "I don't know"
Dave & Paula. Ah memories
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Old 11-23-2016, 07:07 PM   #20
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Nice light unit for hauling. We used one in the back country years ago. The wind came up and it tipped over, LOL. After that we kept it hitched to the vehicle, just in case.
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Old 11-24-2016, 01:13 PM   #21
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Looking at a 1 owner 1967 Apache Eagle to purchase.

Kinda neat, very light (400#'s) and vintage popup to boot to pull behind our VW Westfalia Van.

Anyone have any input to add (Good or Bad) about this little piece of camping nostalgia???
Mike,

I love seeing old equipment, cars, trains, planes and trailers that are still in service. Each one's design represents a step (or sometimes a misstep!) in the evolution to making our lives easier or better in some way.

I mentally bless the people that take care of these of these relics and keep them running. Sometimes I am reminded of something similar that I personally owned and operated, such when I had an air-cooled '64 Notchback and a split-window Kombi, both 6 volt.

In general, I then go gratefully back to enjoying my newer, though sometimes-infernally complicated, "stuff".

However, in the end I say if you like it and it speaks to you, go for it!

And yes, the irony that many of the trailers on this site are older units is not lost on me. I enjoy seeing the restorations and improvements, but it's also not an accident that mine is just going on five years young!
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I love seeing old equipment, cars, trains, planes and trailers that are still in service. Each one's design represents a step (or sometimes a misstep!) in the evolution to making our lives easier or better in some way.

I mentally bless the people that take care of these of these relics and keep them running. Sometimes I am reminded of something similar that I personally owned and operated, such when I had an air-cooled '64 Notchback and a split-window Kombi, both 6 volt.

In general, I then go gratefully back to enjoying my newer, though sometimes-infernally complicated, "stuff".

However, in the end I say if you like it and it speaks to you, go for it!

And yes, the irony that many of the trailers on this site are older units is not lost on me. I enjoy seeing the restorations and improvements, but it's also not an accident that mine is just going on five years young!
Mike,

Well said! I'm always weighing the advantages of older, proven, lower cost, simpler, against the newer, more convenient, safer, more efficient, etc. How much of what we do is nostalgia vs. reality or our current needs? Older cars, trailers, etc can be radically modified or upgraded to suit, vs newer stuff that is already nice in it's own way and probably harder to work on.

I really like looking at older machines just to get a glimpse of the thinking at the time and the physics of how things work and deal with stresses of the job at hand. How everything was done with iron instead of electronics. How engine technology continuously evolves. How the use of materials, in general, evolves. I sometimes giggle at the seemingly absurd designs of things, but then realize those old engineers really knew what they were doing. They often had a different sense of priorities too. Maybe a longer machine life or using simpler maintenance tools. Since things were less standardized way back when, all ideas or styles could be tried.

Almost everything we have is the result of many many small steps forward or a slightly different priority. "I want a blue one", "I want a faster one", I want a cheaper one", "I want a smaller one", "I want one that will do it for me", etc.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:53 AM   #23
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I enjoy having older things as well, maybe because I'm older myself, LOL! I have a '78 Corvette, completely restored. My son and I restored a '90 S15 as a Father-Son project. I tow my trailer with an '88 F250 diesel, my current restoration project. Older is good.
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