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Old 07-18-2014, 11:47 AM   #11
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I think I am just having withdraws... Thanks for letting me vent! Dave
I think I can speak for several others also: Anytime! Especially when you message drives right through me! Good luck! And vent away again so we know we are not alone!!

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Old 07-18-2014, 11:57 AM   #12
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I concur with LkptRvPilot

"Our rule (that works for us) is every-other weekend. Any more is too much. We try to plan a tentative schedule in spring."




This is the same rule we apply. We generally schedule and book camping weekends during the winter months and let all family and friends know the dates we have scheduled for camping. On the odd chance of a reunion or birthday that falls on our camping weekend, we may invite them to our site or do something for them on the weekend we are home.
That works for us, so I don't recommend it for everyone. My wife has a very large family and many of them live near us.
It can be somewhat difficult, but they have come to realize that we have a life style that we want to enjoy. We purchased the camper for several reasons. If they want to join the fun with us camping, we welcome them. Otherwise, things will wait until we return.
Household duties usually get done the weekends we are home or winter.
I am not competing with anyone in our neighborhood for the best lawn since we have more sand than dirt on our 2 1/2 acres.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:17 PM   #13
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We are in our mid 30's and have 2 children ages 5 and 7. We made an agreement when we bought our camper. We were not going to make payments on something and let it sit in the driveway. The main purpose for buying the camper was to spend quality time with our kids. We plan 1 weekend a month from March to October for camping. We usually take a full week in July or August for our vacation. We make these plans in February so when the family ask what weekends we are free for birthdays and such we already have the camping weekends booked. This year both my wife and I decided that we wanted to spend Mother's day and Father's day camping with the kids. After all, she is a mother and I am a father. We did get some grief for this but we ignored it and did not let it ruin our trips. It's pretty sad that society has gotten so busy that you have to plan your whole summer in advance. We have just accepted it and plan accordingly.
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:25 PM   #14
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Work is the problem that I am going to solve in a few months. After 40 years of work comes first I am going to put work off the list, not even on the last page, gone from the book........
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:04 PM   #15
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When we worked, we made the weekend camping trips just as important as everything else.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:04 PM   #16
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Like a lot of the fellow camper said:
You bought the camper planning to camp so camp
if you are like alot of us your making payments and insurance
make your relaxation a priority just like working
dont wait until your retired to camp because life may not happen that way. Just some thoughts from a fellow camper
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:28 PM   #17
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plan and commit with a reservation

on recreation.gov or any other site public or private. Strive for one trip a year this way and let additional trips be optional.
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Good for you, eldermike! Sounds like we're both going to make the most of our retirement!
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:54 PM   #19
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Me and my wife make sure we get at least 30 nights of camping. Other wise we might as well rent a trailer and it would be cheaper. Life is too short. I work hard and want to play hard too, and my playing is camping. I dont want any regrets when I am older thinking I should of done more when I could.
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Me and my wife make sure we get at least 30 nights of camping. Other wise we might as well rent a trailer and it would be cheaper. Life is too short. I work hard and want to play hard too, and my playing is camping. I dont want any regrets when I am order thinking I should of done more when I could.
Agreed! My wife and I are still young, and no kids on the way for another year or two, but life is going by faster every year and you never know when it's going to be your time. We make time to enjoy as much of life as possible. For us camping is 90% of our vacation time and we camp 45+ nights per year. Like you said, I don't want to wish I had done more when I could have.
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