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Old 07-16-2017, 04:39 PM   #1
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Question What is your "job" on a campout? Or do you share all tasks?

Generally I am the surgical nurse handing tools.
Making trips in and out to fetch.
My "job" I love is to keep the inside tidy.
Order out of what could be chaos in small quarters.
Works great.
A real partnership to share.
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Walk the dog and the cat.
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Everything my wife can't or doesn't want to do.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:32 PM   #4
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When we tent camped I did everything so my wife could have a real vacation. I enjoyed it, and she was willing to camp anytime I wanted!
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Walk the dog and the cat.
While I have you on the line so-to-speak.

How did you acclimate your dog to being a good camper?

We have a border collie we would like to take to a nearby campground
Figure we won't probably get kicked out in 2 days. If we do no big loser.

Problem she barks at other dogs, "strangers", and is afraid to go up and down our metal stairs. Go figure. Advantage is she pees and poops on command.

We would bring her kennel and I figure try a gentle leader on her. Keep on a harness and another lead. Maybe that would hush her? I wouldn't mind at all being the dog walker. Gives me a chance to check out other campsites to pick up tips and visit.

We had a cat named Fred (Freda) on our farm when I was a teen.
She would go hiking with us and our 2 Shelties.
Did her business outside.
Great cat. Lived well past 20.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:51 PM   #6
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>> Everything my wife can't or doesn't want to do. <<

Ah good husband! I am sure she appreciates it too.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:55 PM   #7
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I do the inside stuff, but also help out with outside setup including chocks and leveling. One of the really great things I like about camping, though, is I don't have to cook.
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Everything my wife can't or doesn't want to do.
Ah good answer husband

It seems like my "job" is inside but I always wind up being the glass plus cord, drinking hose, and cable wiper-offer. No problem. Just don't take the bottle and paper towels away from me! It goes in the back of the truck last.

I also seem to be called over to observe the brown liquid flowing out of the stinky slinky into the sewer. Now that I don't want any part of ... handling it. Eeee Oooo. I do have to say it is a happy dance time when the water rinses clear.

It all works out well.

Why I love camping it shows just how to cooperate and enjoy much with very little.
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I do the inside stuff, but also help out with outside setup including chocks and leveling. One of the really great things I like about camping, though, is I don't have to cook.
Yeah I don't cook either inside. (Except make coffee one mug at a time or nuke in the microware). I leave the burger and hot dogs to the chief chef. He makes really good shish kabobs and really great boiled shrimp. Have to admit he is a better cook than I am.

I am chock woman too and the motioning inner. Works out reasonable smoothly. He still jumps out and checks for the final disposition positioning.
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:31 PM   #10
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Together

We put up the anti-bug Coleman Shelter together. Takes 1 minute flat to setup and 2 minutes to fold up. See our pic album. Team work!
Had to get one to enjoy our 0 recliners.
Durn bugs love me.
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While I have you on the line so-to-speak.

How did you acclimate your dog to being a good camper?

We have a border collie we would like to take to a nearby campground
Figure we won't probably get kicked out in 2 days. If we do no big loser.

Problem she barks at other dogs, "strangers", and is afraid to go up and down our metal stairs. Go figure. Advantage is she pees and poops on command.

We would bring her kennel and I figure try a gentle leader on her. Keep on a harness and another lead. Maybe that would hush her? I wouldn't mind at all being the dog walker. Gives me a chance to check out other campsites to pick up tips and visit.

We had a cat named Fred (Freda) on our farm when I was a teen.
She would go hiking with us and our 2 Shelties.
Did her business outside.
Great cat. Lived well past 20.
Work on both at home. Reward her for looking at you when she sees a dog or strange person (instead of barking) but don't force her to get close to them. Work on the stairs with her. Use high value rewards- cheese, liver, pieces of chicken. Then when you go try to find a site where she can be out of sight of passing dogs (often difficult but maybe get a screen or one of those half-tents people use on the beach to screen her view from xpen or crate) and walk her when other people aren't sleeping, using the same technique of rewarding her for ignoring them.

I've got one, too, and the above helps but doesn't totally get him over his fear of strange men (he's pretty much okay with dogs). He also stays inside a lot so he won't be barking all the time. If I have to go somewhere without him he is inside or in the car in his crate (he doesn't bark there).
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One of my My Papillons barks a lot when he sees other dogs. Just one woof if he hears them outside. So I keep the blinds down when I'm not there.
Same dog was skittish on metal stairs until I put carpet on them.
If the cats there also, I flip one blind slat open by her pillow so she can see out facing away from the street.
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Thank you for your tips on dog control Bobbie.
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Thank you for your tips. Our Border is a very sweet dog but skittish. Probably why she barks at other dogs. She doesn't do well with anything new. Has separation anxiety. Barks in her crate when left. She will have to be on lead with me at all times. Even a X pen won't work. She will whine and bark to get next to us.

She does well in our fenced in backyard. Is friendly and loves the dogs next door on the other side of the shared border chain linked fence. She knows them.

She loves cheese. That may help when she spies a "stranger" or another new dog. We don't approach other dogs. I really feel guilty leaving her at the doggy "resort" even if it is a nice place.

We bought her long before we ventured back into camping. Had I known we were going back I would have had a much smaller dog. In fact the size of a pocket pooch I could carry in a doggy purse. That could have solved it all.

Wouldn't trade our sweetheart for anything. So it is what it is. If she gets enough very short term campouts close to home she may acclimate. I hope.

Poor doggy! My "job" will definitely be a full time dog glued to me momma.
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Multiple pets?

librarianocnj ,

Curious how do you walk your cat(s)?
Leash or do they follow along nicely?
Sounds like you have a podful of pets.
I love animals too.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:03 AM   #18
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I'll back in the trailer and set it up...and do 90% of cooking...Wife does all the pre-trip packing (all but my clothes)
She does help with the backing up and the cranking down of leveling legs.
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Great partnership

Gerry,

Great partnership. Camping takes two to be successful. When working together a joy-filled experience.

If one of the spouses is not keen on sharing tasks that is the time the RV sits in the driveway. RVs are meant to be used often

Love it! Feel so alive and know what little it takes to have a nice time.

Thank you for posting.
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We share duties but mostly she is inside and I am out. I encourage her to know about the trailer - how to use everything, hook up water and electric, observe the dump process, drive on back roads and interstate pulling it, level it at the site, hook up the wires, hook up the weight distribution Andersen hitch, etc.. have gotten her to back up a short easy distance once in a while - still working on that.... It is good to have both of us know what to do and how to do it should something happen to one of us. I have met other campers that have lost their spouse but were able to continue to enjoy camping because they knew what to do and were comfortable enough to do it themselves - no need to sell the camper and give up that part of their life too.
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