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Old 01-31-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Well I started camping about 30 years ago. I have gone from tents, to truck campers, pull behinds, a Class C, to two 5th wheels. My wife and I have recently sold our 32 ft three slide 5er, sold the 2500 HD and are now dropping back to a 2012 Colorado Chevrolet and a popup camper. For us; we had lost some enjoyment in the camping lifestyle. We had began to spend more time watching a flat screen and finding it difficult to get our unit into some places we love to camp or wanted to camp at. We had decided to get out of the camping lifestyle; but after some talking we decided it wasn't the camping we were tired of but more the way we were going at it. We've always wanted to stay at Ocracoke off Hatteras N.C. but never would put the unit on the Ferry. So, don't get me wrong, and I'm certainly not knocking anyone that lives or camps in big units. It's just a choice we've made. We are for the first time in years getting really excited about this upcoming camping season in our Popup. With ideas and new smaller campgrounds we want to visit. Were like two little kids. Yea, maybe we have lost our minds. We have changed our camping slogan from " Roughing It Smoothly" to " Popping Up Some Fun" So, if you see a small red Crew Cab Colorado pulling a popup through the eastern part of the US states it might be us. Lots of fun to everyone and Happy Camping.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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Ted, I think you are completely sane. There are so many camping options. I agree with you that "camping" in a rolling condo isn't really camping. It is more like traveling in a luxury mobile hotel suite that can stop at interesting places.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to RVing whether it be pop up or the largest DP Class A. The idea is to just get out there and enjoy life. Not all of us like to hike, fish, hunt, bird watch, etcand that is fine. But, there really is something to being in your RV on a clear, gorgeous star filled night that connects us all to something bigger than ourselves.

Go for it and happy camping!

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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Ted, If we were just camping we would have a smaller setup also, likely 4x4 with a small TT. Enjoy your time out camping the way you want and don't worry about how anyone else views your approach.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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where in N. C. Mtns?/
We bought out dogs from a gal in Henderson N. C.
I am extending an invitation to the Northeast Crossroads rally, in May 3, 4, 5, 2013.
Although you now have an SOB, all are welcome.
See the thread in the rally section.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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Hi Ted. All the best to you. Fun and good times are what you make them. We went from tent to popup to a 5er. Avid Kayakers and hikers ( Nova Scotia, Colorado, Alaska). We decided it was time for a more comfort.When I see a couple pulling a popup wit a couple of kayaks or canoes on top I do get a pang for that style of camping. Hope you have a blast we will keep an eye out for you in the East.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:18 PM   #6
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Hey, if you are both excited about the upcoming camping season, then all is well. Have a great season!...We are headed out this weekend to celebrate 70 degrees!
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:44 AM   #7
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Have fun. Some of our best memories are of the years we camped in a popup with our daughters when they were growing up. Lifestyle is a matter of choice--Enjoy.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:19 AM   #8
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Hey Ted:
Sounds like you have run the gauntlet of campers pretty much the same as we have. We also found in was near impossible to get into some of the campgrounds we like to frequent with a couple of the bigger rigs we had. All tho we downsized to our present rig, we didn't downsize to the extent you have. We are very content with our little 5th wheel. It serves us real well, we can get into all the NF and State campgrounds with it, and if we had the desire to winter in a warmer climate, it would do that also.
If this is what makes you guys happy, good, go for it.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:38 AM   #9
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We too started out with the pop-up and have fond memories of being at all the state parks with the kids. Once they grew out of it and the career called, we lost that momentum. We have gotten it back again and much like you are looking forward to the coming year. We hope we can have as much fun as you do.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:44 AM   #10
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I started out to buy a tear drop trailer, made the mistake of taking Janet. Her comment was if you think at our age I am going to a shower house at 2 o'clock in the morning you are nuts. Ended in buying the Zinger lot less money. Than that evolved into the Cruiser. Kind of wish I would have we had gotten that tear drop at times
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