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Old 09-16-2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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To those of you who used to tent camp and/or backpack...

Do you tent camp anymore after getting your trailer? We plan to get an Escape in a year or so. I'm thinking we might still go on backpack trips after we get the trailer but we most likely wouldn't tent camp again. Trying to talk my husband out of buying new sleeping bags

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Old 09-16-2014, 04:25 PM   #2
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I still backpack and obviously still use a tent for that. Really hope to keep doing that. As for car camping with a tent, did that for the first time in a long time last weekend and it was kind of fun but only did it because we don't have a trailer untill November. Back packing and using a trailer are two different experiences, Taking the trailer with you on a back packing trip to have a shower when you get off the trail is nice.

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Old 09-16-2014, 04:27 PM   #3
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There are many places that are not accessible to vehicles and campers, and would still require use of tents and sleeping bags, even if you own an Escape. I have had my 19' for about 1-1/2 yrs but still get out tent camping on occasion. We just got back in early Sept from nearly a week long canoe camping trip in Bowron Lake Provincial Park in northern BC, where we slept in tents in very rainy whether. I do find that sleeping in the Escape is much more comfortable than in a tent. But I have also been looking at hammocks again and am seriously considering a new camping hammock for next years camping season.
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:34 PM   #4
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We used to tent camp. In May of 2013, we bought a Camp Inn tear drop trailer which was like the Ritz compared to tent camping. After a 6 week trip from MA to Fl and back in March - April 2014, we decided we wanted something that we could cook, eat and use the bathroom without going outside. We ordered a 17B and sold the Camp Inn with days of each other in May. We had a couple of camping trips already planned for the summer but we able to cancel all but one that was with a little great niece and nephew. Before we left the campground for home I said "I will NEVER tent camp again!" I can't speak to the backpacking issue, my last backpacking trip was probably at least 35 years ago. But I am 100% sure my tent camping days are OVER.
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:39 PM   #5
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There are a couple of lakes in the Oregon Cascade mountain range with small islands, which can only be accessed by canoe (or non-powered boat.) I tent camped on them a few years ago while fishing. Extremely peaceful and quiet - and I didn't have to worry about tying up my dog that night!
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:16 PM   #6
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I have also been a tent camper my whole life. (50 years camping) I got to the point over the last few years that my wife wouldn't tent camp - our camping was out of sync! I still love camping in a tent, but really enjoy our Escape. I will not get rid of my 3 tents or thermarests as my daughter and grand sons can use them when they come to visit. I can't wait to continue camping in the Smoky mountais and have a shower after a challenging hike.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:48 PM   #7
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We are 64 and 57 years old respectively and will continue to sleep on the ground on occasion after we begin using our 17b this January. The piece of equipment that makes this possible is our Exped 9 pads. DownMat 9 M | Exped USA. These things are almost 4" thick and are FAR more comfortable and warm than any other mat out there. Not cheap but if you want to continue camping, consider this piece of equipment.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:52 PM   #8
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I still do some backpacking, and a fair bit of canoeing. In fact, going to be camping four nights this coming weekend on Maligne Lake, by Jasper. I absolutely love camping in the backcountry, as it is so much more relaxing on the soul than in a trailer, but that is still more relaxing than staying at home.

We also use the tent for quick overnight stays, where we just want to grab and go.

In our tent we use down filled air mattresses when we tent, as they provide good comfort and warmth.

Hope I never have a need, or want, to quit camping in a tent. At least until I am old, like way up in my 80's.

The new 'expensive' mattress we have in our 19 is way more comfy, even more comfy that our one at home, we just can't get our trailer to all of the best spots.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:16 PM   #9
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In 1985, I moved from New Hampshire to Florida because I finally got tired of New England winter weather. The closest I ever want to get to snow is the Sno-Cone booth at the state fair. And over 20 years in the army and the army reserve instilled in me a strong dislike for tents. So the only tent I ever want to spend more than 5 minutes in is a circus tent when Barnum & Bailey come to town. So I will stick to the fiberglass "tent" on wheels!
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:30 PM   #10
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Don't hate me! But... I think this "tent" stuff can be age related. I'm a former.... tent camper (that old oily Army tent... don't touch the sides), to backbacker, to sleep on the beach in a sleeping bag camper, to car camper, to sleep under the canopy on the truck camper, etc., etc., etc.

I'm done with that. I'm older now and have regulated all those GREAT times to my memory bank. You can't repeat history, even with rose colored glasses. I know my body will never enjoy those earlier times as when I was younger. AND THAT'S OKAY. I have memories no one can take away from me.

It doesn't mean the way I currently chose to camp is better... it's just different. And I'm making NEW memories along the way.

I gave my tent(s) to a young family couple who were on a limited budget. They get to make memories! I kept my sleeping bags because if I lose power (for days on end), I know I can sleep in my sticks 'n bricks home at night and be comfortable. Besides the sleeping bags are OLD. And I kept my stove and lantern for the same reason (garage looks like a need-to-have-a-garage-sale)!

Just know, if you give or sell your "earlier camping experience stuff" ... no one is taking away those memories and you may be providing someone else the opportunity to have as much fun as you did.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it...

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