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Old 10-10-2011, 05:39 AM   #1
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Hi from MI

Hi I'm Stacey and I am the proud new owner of a '94 16' Scamp. My husband is a workaholic, so I had this wild idea that I would take the kids on road-trips next summer "all by myself".

So far we've washed and waxed the outside of the Scamp, and cleaned inside. Hopefully I can get a fresh coat of paint on the black frame and some new curtains made this week.

Thank you for this wonderful resource! Looking through all of the how-tos and tips has been VERY helpful!

Stacey
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:41 AM   #2
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Always nice to see another Michigander here. NOT a "Michigoose." Or are you?
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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Nope, not me...

(why are we geese, anyhow?)
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:45 PM   #4
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Hi from another Michigander. Welcome to the forum. Michigan has so many beautiful places to camp. We never tire of our great state. We're doing our last hurrah next weekend before we put our egg away for the winter :-(

I know you and your children will enjoy Scamping. We miss saying that. We had a 13' Scamp, but gave it to my brother-in-law to enjoy when we bought our Casita last year.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:57 PM   #5
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Go Stacey! You can do it! Traveling and camping can be good positive experiences for kids. They'll build fond memories. Too bad about their dad missing out, but you can only control what you do.

Are you planning to stay close to home or will you see the nation?
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:45 AM   #6
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Wow Marsha, your brother-in-law is really lucky!

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mike! Everyone I've talked to thinks I'm crazy. To start with, I'll probably stay close to home. Eventually I'd like to take the kids all over, though.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:21 PM   #7
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Stacey, I'm in Michigan, and I also camp alone. Hubby does not have any interest in camping, and I adore it! You can do it, you are not crazy. I've already got one girlfriend hooked (and the proud owner of a Scamp herself). And another gf at work is currently beginning to shop too! Did you consider that people who think you are crazy might actually be secretly jealous ?
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:38 PM   #8
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Maybe a joint camping expedition for all you gals?

Camping traditionally may be thought of as "roughing it," since it has its roots in the backpacking/tenting, out-in-the-boonies experience. So most people imagine that a guy has to be there to do all the "guy things" to make it comfy for the gal and to keep them safe from the wild animals.

But with today's well-equipped RVs and good campgrounds, it isn't necessary to have a guy along to split wood, build a shelter of boughs, carry water, fend off wolves, and all that stuff. So the only thing you miss in not having the guy along is... well, the companionship. Or maybe a perception of safety.

About safety... I feel safer in a campground than I do downtown. With all the other campers around, who's going to try anything? Campers are mostly a very good bunch of folks. One can always carry a stout walking stick and a can of pepper spray if it makes one feel better, though.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:07 AM   #9
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Well, it's either jealousy or just plain interesting to watch a train wreck! We'll see - we're going on our "maiden voyage" this weekend for 1 night. My plan is to rope in the children to help with everything...everyone's very excited
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Well, it's either jealousy or just plain interesting to watch a train wreck! We'll see - we're going on our "maiden voyage" this weekend for 1 night. My plan is to rope in the children to help with everything...everyone's very excited
you can do it! I am hunting down my own first FB trailer now for this exact reason, something small enough that I can take the kids out on my own while mister works 7 days a week........ i plan on using duct tape on the children
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:23 PM   #11
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Stacey--another fellow Michigander here.......my wife and I have been camping for 36 years and love it more today than when we were kids in our first canvas tent! We took our kids a lot and now at 29 and 32 years old, they speak fondly of our days and nights camping up and down the east coast. Your kids will love you for it and when your hubby slows down, so will he. Good luck; we would love to hear how your first night out goes.
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Stacey, You can try a 'dry run' at setting it all up in the driveway. If the park will let you take a look at a few sites before setting up, you can pick a 'pull through' one (so no issue with backing up). I try to find a site without anyone parked next to me so I can have some extra manouvering room (and less audience for my parking techniques)
And, yes, we'll have to set up a Michigan NOG for next year! I have no weekends left in October to camp, and November is my cutoff point. I am a 3-season camper (spring, summer, fall).
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Stacey, you can do it and your kids will love you for it! Make memories!!!! (and take some pictures along the way)
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:41 AM   #14
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Well, we're back! Everyone had a great time (despite the rain and cold temps) - and my husband came too

I think next time I'll try to find a campground with pull-through spots. Other than that, everything was great! Can't wait to go again...but we'll have to wait for some warmer weather.
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