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Old 08-13-2017, 04:29 PM   #15
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Hi,
I'm 81 years old, camped most of my life in tent trailers, pop-ups, motor homes etc.
Gave it up when wife passed 3 years ago.
Have my eye on an 1983 Trillium 4500. Decent shape. I love to tinker, familiar with all the issues that can go wrong, I think.
Any thoughts, never camped alone.
Live in Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Love the look of the Trillium.
Seriously and I say this to anyone who has trouble or is unable to do setup or breaking camp...
Come to any fiberglass rally which I attend and I will help you or do your setup and break camp for you if at all possible. If not there will always be someone there to help in my absence.
Added bonus... You won't camp alone!
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:54 PM   #16
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My Dad is 82, Mom is 75, they still go out every summer with their '75 Travco motorhome (FG shell, BTW )
Dad's best friend is 83, he's a full-timer that owns a fairly recent diesel pusher Class A motorhome, he's been going down to Arizona (from Quebec) every winter for the last 15 years or so with his motorhome. 3 years ago his wife passed away, he decided he would go to Arizona for winter again, although he was now alone. He has friends down there, and he never stopped. Being by himself is different, but he still enjoys the lifestyle.
You should see Dad and his buddy, they look more like 68-70 year-old than 82-83, pretty impressive. Good shape, good drivers, very alert.

On a final note, me and my Dad went on a 3 day winter camping trip 2 years ago (Dad was 79 back then). 12km snowmobile ride, propector-style canvas tent with wood stove, sleeping bags, etc. That was his idea, and he enjoyed every minute of it.

So I say just do it!
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:12 PM   #17
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We can sit in a chair and wait for the inevitable, or we can get out there and do something worthwhile. Pick quality over quantity... who knows, you may get both.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:14 PM   #18
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I was talking to someone recently who suggested that over about 85 everyone should stop DRIVING because their reflexes get slower. I don't agree- but I do think keeping in mind that your reflexes may be slower should mean drive at the trailer/tow speed limit and also keep a longer following distance (which we all should anyone towing since we can't stop as fast). Also think about emergencies. At a rally a few years ago someone had a medical problem alone in her rig and used her car keys to set off her car alarm until help came. GREAT idea. Also cell phone if it works where you are, and carry any pertinent medical records. But those things have more to do with being alone camping than with the age of the person camping alone.
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I was talking to someone recently who suggested that over about 85 everyone should stop DRIVING because their reflexes get slower. I don't agree- but I do think keeping in mind that your reflexes may be slower should mean drive at the trailer/tow speed limit and also keep a longer following distance (which we all should anyone towing since we can't stop as fast). Also think about emergencies.
Good points, but I think it's like many other things in life. Know and accept your own limitations. After a lifetime of driving, it's very hard for some people to give it up. My Mom's husband was like that. She finally took over driving whenever they went on one of their frequent road trips because he was positively unsafe due to deteriorating vision and hearing. Every case is different. I've seen folks drive in their 90s who were perfectly capable of doing so, and others who needed to be off the road at 75.

But to the OP's question, if you are physically able to get out there and camp, by all means do so! Live life.
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We can sit in a chair and wait for the inevitable, or we can get out there and do something worthwhile. Pick quality over quantity... who knows, you may get both.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:05 PM   #21
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When we were camping in Wisconsin last summer the gentleman in the next campsite was 94 year young .His wife had recently passed away and said he was lonely sitting around the house by himself
so he bought a new Alliner and hit the road.
He was a WW2 bomber pilot and one of the first computer engineers . We all sat around the campfire that weekend while he told stories and we were thoroughly entertained .
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Ginny and I are 75 this coming week. We intend to travel in our Scamp until someone takes the keys to our tow vehicle. In our FL home park we have one member who is 93 and still drives, takes his Rv out, actually all over the country.

You'll know when to stop. if you have the itch, do it.
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:00 AM   #23
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Successful organisms adapt. In my case, notage but physical limitations and chronic pain. I went from backpacking and canoe camping to car camping. The past couple of years, up to 12/01/16, I just got more and more depressed. Didn't realize how bad till I toured the LilSnoozy factory. Been feeling better every time we head out. (Went on a month long camping trip in June-the camper bed is so much more comfortable than the home beds)
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You are NEVER TOO OLD to go camping. If you are willing and able, go out and do what you enjoy. Don't let People or Society tell you what you can or can not do. You are the only one that knows your limits and it is for you to decide when you are not able to do something.

You will certainly meet a lot of New Friends along the way.

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Hi,
I'm 81 years old, camped most of my life in tent trailers, pop-ups, motor homes etc.
Gave it up when wife passed 3 years ago.
Have my eye on an 1983 Trillium 4500. Decent shape. I love to tinker, familiar with all the issues that can go wrong, I think.
Any thoughts, never camped alone.
Live in Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Love the look of the Trillium.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:54 AM   #25
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I'm female and 73 and I ONLY camp alone. And ONLY on public lands. I've never had any problems with being alone. The worst was a herd of coyotes surrounding my Scamp but not really dangerous, meeeky a little frightening when they stayed for an hour. I only camp in autumn so I was alone at the state park where the coyotes and donkeys hung out.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:25 AM   #26
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I checked and my bones are no creakier after sleeping in an RV, than if I sleep at home. ...BTW, Turmeric, fish oil, & resveratrol all help.

But I am too old to sleep on the ground.

Take the backroads and avoid rush hour.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:30 AM   #27
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At 82 and leaving this week to pick up my new Escape I prefer to think you have a lot of camping years ahead of you.
I really like RandyB's response.
Go for it and be sure to let us know.

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Old 08-14-2017, 11:06 AM   #28
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Excellent comments continue to come in.
I believe I'm convinced. Was out yesterday looking at and making friends with the Trillium 4500. Looks like we may go steady.
Thanks everyone
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