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View Poll Results: How many years have you been camping?
This is my first year Snake 2 1.71%
1-5 years 9 7.69%
6-10 5 4.27%
11-20 9 7.69%
21-30 13 11.11%
31 or more years 79 67.52%
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:52 PM   #21
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Started tent camping in 1965 with Cub Scouts and then Boy Scouts. When my son joined Cub Scouts 18 years ago, I started tent camping again with the Scouts and I still camp with the Scouts from time to time. I've tent camped when it was -7 degrees or 100+ degrees and everything in-between.

I purchased my first pop-up in 1980. I'm now on my 6th RV. This is the only way I can get my wife to camp.

So for me this is my 50th year camping with a mix of tent camping and RV camping, but no matter what I camp in, I'm still camping!
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:34 PM   #22
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My parents took me camping - we had the old-style canvas tents for a long while, and then a home-made (read 'perfectly dreadful' cab-over box on the back of the pick-up. DH and I started in tents when our son was about 2Ĺ .... So it's been (not counting an interlude of not camping) abut 46 years. Golly!
I still have my Dad's old canvas tent . I would never use it but it's around.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:46 PM   #23
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Wow, lots of old timers here. I'm not one though.....LOL.

Grandpa was a baggage handler for the New York Central railroad. Lost and found went to the trash after a year. He gave me an old Girl Scout's tent in about 1961, that was left behind the previous year.

In 1967 we moved up to the big time. A 12 x 12 Hettrick canvas tent that actually had a floor in it....LOL. Mom was afraid of snakes. We still have that old tent to this day.

When the boys were small (the 1980's) we moved up to a lifetime guarantee Euraka nylon tend for about $600. That lasted maybe 10 years when gale force winds took it apart.

In 1986 we bought a 1964 Four Seasons 14' TT, that we also still have. It's now our backup kids camper up the hill from the main camp.

In 2015 we bought the new Jayco 195RB. Ahhh for microwaves, AC and a hot shower.

8 months, 3 days and 14 hours to retirement....but I'm not counting.....LOL.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:58 PM   #24
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12 years in RV's, camping in tents, pretty much all my life. The longer we RV, the more picky and spoiled we get.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:19 PM   #25
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44 years, started out in an Apache tent trailer that had all the amenities. "A table and two beds"..
That brings back memories, my dad had one of the Apache tent trailers too, the kind with the fiberglass sides, the color was green. I remember one trip in the Uintah mountains over Easter weekend waking up to 6 inches of fresh snow, we stayed plenty warm that night.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:40 PM   #26
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Camped all my life as long as I can remember. My mother has pictures of the family and myself from when I was just learning to walk. That was almost 50 years ago.


Yet, 26 years in the Marine Corps taught me new tricks and definitions of camping I was never previously aware of.


Shelterhalf anyone?
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Shelterhalf anyone?
I still have one but no thanks
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I actually still have both halves of a the shelterhalf system with stakes and poles. My youngest son (12) thinks it's the coolest thing. He says he wants to do a hiking trip with it. I keep finding reasons not use it. Sure I will still hike, especially on hunting trips, but if I spike out, I utilize my Northface Assault 2....
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I actually still have both halves of a the shelterhalf system with stakes and poles. My youngest son (12) thinks it's the coolest thing. He says he wants to do a hiking trip with it. I keep finding reasons not use it. Sure I will still hike, especially on hunting trips, but if I spike out, I utilize my Northface Assault 2....
I used to buy gear for SOCOM from time to time so I have a few 1 man tents like this laying around that allow a SEAL to shoot from the opening.

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Old 04-15-2015, 02:21 PM   #30
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Been camping as long as I can remember. My folks bought a brand new palamino pony tent camper in the spring of 78 and I was only 8 months old when I first went. They had that camper (what seemed like) FOREVER, upgraded to a new Jayco 1207 PU in 97, kept if for one season before upgrading to a Terry Expo TT and finally they bought a Mountaineer by Montana 5th wheel in 05 which they still have to this day (its not been the greatest, but thats another story). LOTS OF GOOD MEMORIES in those campers. Hoping to get a few more years of camping with the whole family before mom and dad cant anymore...
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