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Old 02-04-2016, 08:15 AM   #11
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It is a lot easier to stay a few steps ahead of the "law" by being mobile in my camper. ....er... and I also like the outdoors.

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Old 02-04-2016, 08:33 AM   #12
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I've camped to get away from the stress of the job and everything to do with owning a home. Both of those things were going to be there when I got back, but taking a stress-free break was good for my soul.

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Old 02-04-2016, 08:37 AM   #13
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if I had to pick some primary reasons they would be: freedom to get to new places (a wilderness area, mountain vista, campground, small town, cool coffe-shop) and making new memories with my beloved so in our old age we can look back at the good times we had.

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Old 02-04-2016, 09:55 AM   #14
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Lifetime backpacker (minimalist), now out of necessity have evolved into a lifetime trailer camper (maximalist). I'd love to have remained a backpacker, but life deals issues and I couldn't give camping up so I evolved.

We find that with life stresses, still working-2 school kids, it takes about 7 days out before we decompress and then no one wants to go back. It is a great family activity and as they get older and now start to whine about going, we know the kids will look back on these times very fondly.

Camping is magical no matter how you approach it. We remember who we've met and where we have gone and will never forget the months out with 4 of us in a SCAMP 13 (The Clown Car).

What makes me sad is going to storage regularly and seeing all the trailers that haven't moved in a long time. I hope everyone that buys one of these gorgeous Escapes, uses the heck out of it.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:40 AM   #15
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why we camp

We don't anymore, we now call ourselves travelers. We bring our own bed and bedding, much of our own food and we come and go as we wish when we wish to enjoy the sights and towns. After too many years in hotels with dirty linen and floors, (these were name brands) we stop where we want to go, next week Quartzite, following week Palm Springs and then who knows. Maybe along the coast.
See you all somewhere.
Jack and Nancy and Chico because we don't ask if the stop is dog friendly
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:06 PM   #16
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For me ,raising 5 daughters alone , camping was what we could afford and it kept us together and was fun . Now they have their own families and they continue the legacy and go camping . Pat
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Old 02-04-2016, 03:09 PM   #17
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We have always camped. When we were children, we each camped in tents with our families. My family got a 17' trailer, and the family (Mom, Dad, 3 sisters and me) took a 4 week trip from Pennsylvania to California and back. When we got married, we returned to camping in a tent. When our kids got to the tween years, we decided we wanted to take them to see the country, so we bought a popup tent trailer and went from Michigan to Grand Canyon to Yellowstone and back, and saw 10 national parks and monuments in 3 weeks. We camped for many more years in that trailer, then sold it before a cross country move. We tried to go back to tent camping, but we, uh, aged out. We agreed to look at trailers although my wife would have preferred a tent trailer. There was the call of the national parks especially which we have always loved to visit. We find that you enjoy a visit to a national (or state or county) park much more when you are in the park rather than staying at a motel nearby. We got a 1968 Aristocrat trailer and planned to use it to resume visiting parks but even after restoring it, it still took a lot of our time to maintain it and that took away from time in the parks. The campground in Arches National Park was fabulous, but so was the need for a little more comfort and maybe a shower. So we sold it and bought our Escape 19 and now we just hook up and go. This year, we plan to see at least 10 national parks and some state and county parks, too. We camp and hike and drive around. Why a trailer? It's ready to go when we are, we take our bed and bath and kitchen with us, and we can camp for a few days or more and don't have to pack up the camp to go visit the park.
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Old 02-04-2016, 03:18 PM   #18
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I started camping when I was 12 years old with my parents and relatives. I was hooked! After maturing, I continued to camp and introduced my wife to camping. We raised 2 daughters and camping allowed us to afford a vacation every year. We always traveled light, using "backpacking tents" instead of large 2 room cabin tents. Over the last few years of my camping, my wife preferred staying home. Thus the move to the Escape 19 when we retired. We took a 10 week trip to pick up the trailer and return home, sleeping in it for 49 nights. Upon return, my wife has been hit with a major health challenge, but, due to the Escape being "self contained," we are still able to do some "camping."
Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything - Charles Kuralt
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Old 02-04-2016, 04:10 PM   #19
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The happiest part of my summers were the weeks I spent in a tent at Girl Scout camp. I didn't camp again until after college when I did the traditional summer in Europe with a boyfriend who couldn't believe it when I agreed with him that it was a good idea to buy a tent in Switzerland and camp our way around the continent. I loved being outside -- it took a lot of adjustment when I returned to the states.

I like having the minimum amount of stuff and being outdoors -- hiking, swimming -- just listening to the sounds and looking at the scenery. And when we are doing touristy things near cities I like coming back to the campground at the end of the day and just breathing the fresh air.
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Old 02-04-2016, 04:47 PM   #20
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I've been doing it all my life, starting with a 1950 trip across the US when I was 5. Many more trips tent camping around the country & Canada over the years. When we moved from sleeping bags on the tent floor to an air mattress to cots and more excuses for a stop at a motel rather than setting up the tent in bad weather, we decided to try RVs. Its attempt was a rented Class A. All the comforts of home, but no where near as much fun.

After a 6 year break do to my wife's ill health, and her passing away in 2010, I purchased my 17B. I've been doing long trips every year since. I travel to see the country & take photographs of some of the most beautiful places on earth. For anyone interested, I've keep on line journals of many of the trips (both tenting & with the Escape) linked here.

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