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Old 08-17-2015, 01:44 PM   #11
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One of the things (the many things!) I'm looking forward to is sitting outside, under the awning while it's raining with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of wine OR a bottle of beer, hopefully by a river and enjoying the beauty of it all!
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:53 PM   #12
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We love the screen room, allows a bug free experience and still outside for sights, smells and sounds.
Didn't use it the first year, this summer last three times out in the last three weeks. Doubles "your" square footage, cuts down on dew on your stuff left outside, easy to put up and take down.
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:00 PM   #13
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We love the screen room, allows a bug free experience and still outside for sights, smells and sounds.
Didn't use it the first year, this summer last three times out in the last three weeks. Doubles "your" square footage, cuts down on dew on your stuff left outside, easy to put up and take down.
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Hi; Iowa Dave... We don't use our screen room enough either. It should allow you to drink in the sights, smells,& sounds of the rain!!! At the moment here in South Wet Ontario it's so dry that falling rain drops would crush the golden grass... but were going camping on the 29th so I expect it will rain then. Alf
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:53 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the great ideas. We used many of them:
  • We set up a 10' by 10' screened eating shelter and put it over the table outside and used it for one meal
  • My wife had packed lots of books, games and toys and this entertained the kids for quite a while inside
  • Our son took his wife and 1 1/2 year old son on a drive so that he could nap (that worked!)
  • We did our cooking outside on a small propane stove, which kept the moisture and cooking smells out of the trailer
  • We ran the furnace in the trailer so that it was nice and cosy inside -- the close quarters, rain on the roof and cold outside and closeness inside was enjoyed by everyone -- this was the all time favourite thing to do!
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:07 PM   #15
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Since I usually travel far to far from home to "quit & go home" on my trips, I live with the rain. If it is light, with little wind, I use the awning. If I'm going to be in a place more than a day or two, I carry a Caddis ARS 10X10 Easy Up like shelter that has three sides that velcro & zipper in place to keep out the wind, and a screen room that sets up in the Caddis to fight bugs.

While visiting Oregon during the "Pacific North Wet" season, I bought some rain gear that works well for venturing outside, but I'm also comfortable curling up on the bed (I have a permanent one in the rear of the 17B) and reading & listening to the radio.

Right now I'm in the middle of a thunderstorm that I'm glad to have - it cooled things down by 10F!
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:22 PM   #16
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Since we rarely just sit around in a campground when it's sunny, we usually don't do it when it rains. We try to identify the local indoor points of interest and do indoor activities. As a last resort, there is always a good book or the boob tube.
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:26 PM   #17
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Your second and third choices are what we do when it rains. If it isn't too windy we also are outside under the awning. A pop-up shelter is also a great idea.
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #18
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- Sit, eat, drink, visit, light the fire bowl, all under the awning of the Escape. (note that the heat from the fire bowl is mostly dissipated before reaching the awning, so no danger there).

- Go sight seeing, hiking, shopping, or other activities. A few weeks ago while my wife and daughter sat in the hot springs in Banff on a rainy afternoon, I took a hike up and down Sulphur Mountain in the rain. Was a blast.

- In the evenings, watch a DVD movie in the trailer. We have the TV mounted in the rear of our 19', and if we lie "back to front" on the rear bed, there is room for four or five of us to relax and watch a movie. Only down side are the chips and food crumbs that get under the bed covers.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:08 PM   #19
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We sometimes go for a drive to check out the area or, if it's really crappy weather, Kathy does quilting and I work on some model railway projects. The reason for having a dinette at BOTH ends of our 19 .

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I'm only happy when it rains.
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