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Old 04-22-2015, 08:39 PM   #21
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Getting flooded out camping in a canvas tent did it for me, went to a new 1990 Starcraft Starflyer, had to sell due to job loss and bought a 1994 version 10'yrs later....that one lasted 9 yrs before we traded her in for our new TT...pup camping wasn't working for me anymore since I was bring everything except the kitchen sink so set up and take down became a chore..along came the TT and I haven't looked back.

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:31 PM   #22
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We did the tent camping thing for a few years then about 8 years ago had the good fortune of borrowing a friend's 27' Prowler. That was a little large for us but it did plant the "seed". Went back to tent camping for a few more years and always had our eyes out for a reasonable used trailer. Wasn't really looking very hard and had one fall right into our lap. Found a 2001 Kiwi 17 a that had been sitting for about 8 years that needed some TLC and now we own it. Had it out 5 times now and are really looking forward to more trips.

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Old 04-23-2015, 05:47 AM   #23
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Several reasons.... We kind of hear the clock ticking with our kids being nearly 16 and 18. We love the movie "RV" and my kids have joked for years we should rent one for a trip. Well, last summer we came very close to doing just that then changed our minds last minute. Looking ahead to this year, thought we would for sure, but looking at rental costs we realized we would halfway to purchase of a good used trailer.

So, I got to shopping around a bit online. Found one, showed it to my wife, but we didn't pursue it. Then, headed to see her parents over Christmas break, she mentioned she couldn't quit thinking about the trailer. I was shocked! So we stopped to look at it on the way back home. We decided against that one, but that spurred a good month of more research. We kept coming back to the 264BHW. Finally, we decided that, depending on price, we probably would rather buy new, and the 2 year Jayco warranty was huge in that.

Then, I turned 50 in February. A week later, on Valentine's, we went to Tulsa (Camper Land) to pick up the unit. As we left the building to tow it home, my wife said, "Happy Birthday" and I said, "Happy Valentine's Day".

It was just the right time...Kids ages, percolating ideas, culmination of research, a landmark birthday, my wife's favorable opinion.
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:39 AM   #24
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I forgot to mention in my story that borrowing the outlaws' Class C MH was one of the tipping points too. I knew a lot already about what I wanted for my family in an RV, but I'm a firm believer (in RVs and other purchases) that until I put my fat a$$ IN it for a while, I don't really know. So we learned a lot from those couple trips about what we did and didn't want in our TT even though we were using a Class C.

So for anyone out there reading these, thinking about venturing into the RV lifestyle, my biggest recommendation is to borrow or rent a unit for AT LEAST one outing at some point in your research and shopping phase. Take a look at units, go to dealerships and sit in them with your family and without the salesman blabbing in your ear, then go rent/borrow one and take it out for a couple nights. Make a list of what you do and don't like about the unit you're in and it will go a long way toward picking the right unit for you.

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Old 04-23-2015, 08:48 AM   #25
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DW. She was right again, I love taking my own hotel room down the road and finding interesting places.
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:54 AM   #26
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I bought a rv/camper because my wife wanted one. Her family camped when she was younger. I camped some prior to meeting her but was fine with hotels and cabins at campgrounds. But I enjoy it and my wife and kids love it...
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:17 PM   #27
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Not a lot of camping as a kid, but my parents were into long cross country road trips to visit relatives and tourist sites. Those were the days when Dad could take all of his vacation at one time. Still remember waiting for the AAA map to arrive with route marked in Orange.

Fast forward 40 some years and retirement is looming. Tried the 7 day cruise; how much can you eat and drink in one day w/2,500 strangers.

Got to thinking about those road trips, so we bought a 5th wheel and traveled thru Colorado and Pacific NW over 2 summers. Decided to upgrade to the Seneca and will do SE this summer.

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Old 04-23-2015, 09:45 PM   #28
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My family always camped when I was growing up, and when I was 8, my parents sold the camper (a 14' Skipper -- kind of tight with two adults, three kids and two dogs) and bought a cottage. That was pretty much the end of camping for the next 20 years until I met my ex-wife. We did some tent camping until it became too much work, so we bought a pop-up. We kept that for 5 seasons until it started to become a hassle and expensive things started breaking -- the salesman who sold it to us probably saw us coming a mile away. We traded it in for a hybrid, and by that time we knew enough to make a much more informed buying decision. Our marriage failed soon after that, and my ex didn't want to have anything more to do with the trailer, so I managed to keep it. I met my current wife not much later, and we've had many great adventures with the hybrid. That's kind of amazing, since her idea of a vacation involves airline tickets and hotel reservations. She definitely enjoys her comfort, and anything without hot running water and a full bathroom would definitely be out of the question.

After owning the hybrid for 10 years, we've decided that it's time to move to something more comfortable and easy to set up, so this spring we bought a Jay Flight 24FBS, and we take delivery on May 6. I've been all over the province towing a trailer; I've seen some awesome country and done some cool things.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:32 AM   #29
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Kids and tent camping? No thanks!
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:36 AM   #30
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Love of camping in many scenic places. Camp fires, etc etc

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