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Old 03-24-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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May be a controversal question...

Actually it should not be!

We just took delivery of our 2011 G2 32BHDS and we are seasonal. We have two young boys age 5 and 3 and we really do the camping thing on the weekend to spend time as a family.

My questions does anyone out there with kids carry or leave a wii system in the camper?

I obviously want them outside but I am thinking if it rains or maybe quiet time at night?

Thoughts?
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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Our friends kids have a PSP system.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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My kids (8 and 9) have DSes and iPods....I tried to resist them while camping, but came to the realization that if I let them have some time on them they are much happier campers. I give them a down period during the middle of the day and allow them to play...they go crawl into their bunks and play...then at night while we are making dinner I let them play again....

I have made the compromise because that is their culture and if I let them have some time, they are more willing to go camping and do the outdoor activities at other times without them. As much as I hate it, I think it does give us a better overall experience.

As a side note -- last week when we were at a state park they had a ranger led activity called "toys of the past"...they were all from the 1800s. We had cup and balls...sticks and hoops...jack straws...etc...They absolutely loved it....in reality I think this new generation just needs constant brain input...as long as I keep them busy...they are happy weather it is ipods or cups and balls....
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:26 AM   #5
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Don brings his xbox and plays it at night usually. When our Grandkids tag along, depending on the weather they will spend lots of time outdoors swimming, riding bikes, hiking. So when they come into the tt, we don't mind them playing games including their computer games. They also spend some time reading
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It looks like Crabman is in the minority on this one, but I am trying a no video games policy while camping/vacationing. We also try to keep TV to a bare minimum. We`ll see how it works and if we have to make adjustments to "the policy". I just feel they get too much of it at home. I know our Scout troops do not allow them and the boys seem content as long as we keep them busy and active. -Lee
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:10 AM   #7
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Being the "old fogie" I am, I let my grandkids bring whatever kind of gameboy or electronic game/computer thing kids have nowadays to keep them occupied on the road to the campsite, but once there, I keep them busy outside as long as there is daylight, then we will burn a few marshmellows, then it's time for games of my era...monopoly, dominos, and others.....and I guess because they have never played these old games, they are intrigued with them and never seem to get around to digging their electronic marvels out of their bags. Works for me and so far, they still look forward to a weekend in the RV.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:00 AM   #9
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My better half just got an iPad 2, so I guess it's going with us. Granddaughter just loves to play games on it. Me, all I need is my fly rod and some water. We do have a DVD in the TT to watch movies but no TV receptions at our permanent site, yet!!!
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:49 AM   #10
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Fortunately(?), back in the the "olden" days (starting in 1984) when my boys were young and we went camping, all this technology stuff didn't exist. The only thing we ever took along with us (and only on camping trips longer than a weekend) was a 5" GE Spacemaker color TV from our kitchen at home. During our trip, it lived in a box in the back of the truck and was only brought out and used when the weather was so inclement that we were going to be cooped up in the pop-up all day. As soon as the weather cleared- back in the box it went. Ahhhhh... wasn't life (and camping) much simpler back then?

Today, with just my wife and I, the only technology things we bring camping are cell phones and laptops (yes, those are plurals). In the TT, we have an old 12" analog CRT TV and a VCR/DVD player (with a digital tuner) if we ever get the urge to watch something. For music, there's always the TT's radio/weather/CD player.
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