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Old 02-03-2016, 11:52 PM   #1
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Why Do You Camp?

Would it be fair to say that this forum exists because of its denizens' passion for trailer camping?

If you were to explain your passion to others, how would you?

For me, it's the unbridled freedom of the great outdoors. It's not having to be anywhere at any particular time. It's clean air, wild critters, scenic vistas. It's sharing the wonder and joys of discovery with my little girls. It's all that and a portable bedroom-kitchen-bathroom just there behind the car.

What makes you passionate about camping?
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Old 02-04-2016, 01:07 AM   #2
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Why we trailer camp

My wife and I backpacked and did canoe and kayak tours for years, but sleeping on the ground and lifting heavy fibreglass objects onto roof racks are no longer comfortable experiences for us.

Our travel trailer enables us to continue to access nature and enjoy areas that are amenable to hiking, biking, photography, and other outdoor pursuits, but with a higher level of comfort. We especially like camping in state, provincial, and national parks in both the USA and Canada in the spring and fall when we are less likely to encounter hot weather, insects, or crowded highways and campgrounds. We went back and forth between choosing a van or a trailer, but for now we like being able to unhitch the Escape, set up camp, and drive to a different trailhead or other attraction each morning, rather than take our whole camp with us every day.

We also like the way towing a trailer dials down my "get-there-itis" and lessens the urge to drive too many hours each day. Instead, we stop more often (and not just to fill up with the extra gas our truck burns when towing). See a nice pulloff by a creek? Park the rig and hang out there for a while, and perhaps have lunch, a nap, a bathroom break, a short hike, or all four.

Finally, we meet great people pretty well everywhere we camp. When you're about the same age as another couple, and have both chosen to tow two tons of fibreglass around to beautiful parts of the country, and have had interesting life experiences, the chances are good that you will have a lot in common to talk about over a beverage around a campfire.

We're looking forward to our spring (Vancouver Island) and fall (BC mainland, Alberta, Saskatchewan) trips this year, and hope to meet at least a few other Escape owners out there.
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:18 AM   #3
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Towering trees
Fields of many colors
Long stretches of sandy beach
Lighthouses on points
Clean air
Wildlife of every description
Fellow campers who appreciate the same
Stunning rocky cliffs
Sunsets
Back roads and small towns
Crystal clear water
The stars in the quiet night
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:44 AM   #4
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I love work. When I work, All my cares seem to melt away. So I go camping to build stress. The stress comes from the traffic I have to drive through, road construction slow downs or stoppages, increased gasoline consumption when I am towing, detours, flat tires, unlevel campsites, people having fun camping while I am trying to build anxiety and stress, firewood that is not dry enough to ignite, equipment malfunctions, etc. Finally, I can return home, go back to work, decompress, and rejoice that I am no longer camping, seeing lakes, mountains, and stars, breathing clean air, or "struggling" with all the aforementioned aggravants.

And if you believe that, I have a dry campsite in South Florida (located in the Everglades) that I am more than willing to sell you!
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Old 02-04-2016, 08:08 AM   #5
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A forum member has posted to their signature the saying "Camping, where you spend a lot of money to appear like a homeless person">>>>
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I enjoy going to great trouble and expense to inconvenience myself.

Maybe I will instead look into that spot Carl has for sale.
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I retired and wanted to get away, but I have my Golden Retriever. The camper solves my dilemma, for I cannot be away from her. My wife, Me and Ginger fit into a 16` scamp just perfect. The dog is great traveler and loves all the attention she gets from the other campers who cannot resist petting her, right after they say what a cute little camper. I never had a camper before, so all is new. Carl
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It is never too late to start either, Carl.
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