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Old 08-21-2015, 09:35 PM   #1
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Meaning of life?

Have to admit; we didn't book a site.
So, we have a view of monster campers.
I don't envy them, because I don't care to park slide-out to slide-out, even if I would have an ocean view.
But, it does make me wonder if there is any point to camping if it means bringing all the comforts of home and unpacking them at the beach.
So, we are on the inside of the loop and spending our time at restaurant patios, enjoying lunch and a brew and returning in the afternoon to watch people set up camp, or read.
The Bighorn in picture one arrived yesterday to set up and then left. Spotted the owner late this afternoon, but I'm not sure he is staying the night.
Our neighbour on the inside has satellite dish focused and appear to spend their days watching television.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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Where are you camped Glenn? The sky looks so nice and blue! We are downwind of the fires and it is extremely smoky and unhealthy here today. Sort of like standing next to a campfire.
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We are at Qualicum First Nation campground on Vancouver Island ( between Nanaimo and Courtenay ). Here to visit an old friend in an assisted care home. It's locked down with Noro virus, so hoping to see him next week.
Nothing to do but eat well.
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But, it does make me wonder if there is any point to camping if it means bringing all the comforts of home and unpacking them at the beach.
As I grew up tent camping (into my 50s), I used to wonder about this, too. Then someone pointed out to me that these people are RVing, not camping. Made sense to me.
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At one point this summer Terry commented that soon there would need to be elevators installed in the RVs.
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At one point this summer Terry commented that soon there would need to be elevators installed in the RVs.
Yes, the vertical escalation is amazing. Some must be at the maximum highway height allowable.

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Old 08-21-2015, 10:33 PM   #7
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Guess you'd have to ask Brian to be sure Interesting read: A Year To Live by Stephen Levine.

One of our first RV camp experiences was at Rancho Sedona RV Park. Nice place, near town.... our neighbor was a rather large class A. No problem, however when the gentleman appeared(she never did) it was a pretty curt hello. The next day we saw how they transported the little Mercedes coupe- with a box trailer.

From that experience(plus many others since) and coincidentally with the US Gov't shutdown in 2013 we have become big fans of boondocking whenever we can.

And another thing- why all the friggin' dogs? Hard to get away from it all
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As I grew up tent camping (into my 50s), I used to wonder about this, too. Then someone pointed out to me that these people are RVing, not camping. Made sense to me.
Hmmm. Spend thousands on large RV, lots more on fuel, deal with traffic, then have to dump and clean holding tanks just to do the same thing you would be doing at home. I'm still trying to figure out what is recreational about that. Oh well, each to their own.
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Sounds like you were Baglo's neighbor in a previous RV life
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Just be glad we don't all like the same thing. There would be a five year waiting list for a custom Escape trailer

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And another thing- why all the friggin' dogs? Hard to get away from it all
Indeed. I've noticed a pattern to this-- at remote campgrounds in national parks you don't see that many pets, but you do in RV parks. At my current location, an RV park with mostly retired folks, almost everyone has a dog or two. Some have cats, though. There is one couple that goes for an evening walk with the man walking a dog and his wife pushing a stroller. At first I thought they had a grandchild with them, but then I saw that she was "walking" the cat in her stroller.

I may have to get a pet myself...
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Lost cat signs posted here yesterday. Spoke to the guy, who didn't seem concerned. He figured an eagle got it, or it was somewhere in the bush going feral, just like its dad.
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Hi: gbaglo... In life you are a victim of "Time". Me... I didn't get an Escape soon enough!!! Alf
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...it does make me wonder if there is any point to camping if it means bringing all the comforts of home and unpacking them at the beach.
My thoughts exactly, but I guess to each his own.
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Ok, ok, so here's one explanation from family experience: my brother, upon hearing we were approaching CA at Bishop- returning from Glacier suggested we meet him at Mammoth Lakes. He rented a one-way car and we camped together for two nights. He was bonkers with nature delight. His wife has a different approach to a perfect vacation: room service. So me thinks that to assuage a spouse one sometimes goes overboard to bring all the pleasures of home as possible only to find it may be just a band-aid.
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Ok, ok, so here's one explanation from family experience: my brother, upon hearing we were approaching CA at Bishop- returning from Glacier suggested we meet him at Mammoth Lakes. He rented a one-way car and we camped together for two nights. He was bonkers with nature delight. His wife has a different approach to a perfect vacation: room service. So me thinks that to assuage a spouse one sometimes goes overboard to bring all the pleasures of home as possible only to usually find it may be just a band-aid.
I think you're right Ross, that may be a part of it. I'm sure grateful that my wife likes roughing it on occasion as I do. I just cannot picture myself with one of those rolling McMansions.
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Right? I keep saying I am lucky to have married a camper. My in-laws were teachers for the express reason of having summers off to be able to take the family camping.
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Yes, the vertical escalation is amazing. Some must be at the maximum highway height allowable.
Sort of close. To have a flat floor over the wheel wells, with large tires, the floor is at least a metre off the ground. Add enough body height for comfortable headroom, then top that with air conditioners (same as an Escape) and a satellite dish, and you're taller than an Escape 5.0 but no taller than large conventional fifth-wheels or highway buses, and still short of having clearance issues on a highway, major streets, or most campgrounds.

The height does mean paying attention to overhead stuff, much more attention than is required with a conventional (not 5.0/5.0TA) Escape.
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This was us in Troutdale , near Portland, a few weeks ago. parked between big rigs in 100 degree heat. We hardly ever saw anyone in the CG. Thankfully we were beside a small river (Sandy River RV next to Sandy River) where we could cool off. We didn't see anyone from the big rigs swimming.

Nice CG though - clean bathrooms with showers, laundry and close to Portland.


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There are a couple of places we have been going to for over 20 years and we have seen some families go from tent camping to tent trailer to largish trailer to a monster trailer with a place to carry motorcycles and atv's.

So they are going through times of their life with different needs.

So it's not for me but I get it.
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