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View Poll Results: How long have you been RVing?
Less then one year 52 13.68%
One to three years 44 11.58%
Three to six years 50 13.16%
Six to ten years 30 7.89%
Ten to fifteen years 48 12.63%
Fifteen to twenty years 33 8.68%
Twenty to thirty years 42 11.05%
Thirty to forty years 43 11.32%
Forty to fifty years 30 7.89%
Fifty plus years/ I`m older then Methuselah! 8 2.11%
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:33 PM   #11
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My first camping trip was with my parents in a 1951 Olds 2-door sedan somewhere around 1955. Dad took the partition out between the back seat and the trunk, and put a piece of plywood and a mattress in for the three of us to sleep on. Our feet were in the trunk, and it was pretty comfy and a lot of fun. We spent a month touring the West, and saw most of the National Parks out there. My Granddad sold vacation trailers in the late 50's, and we had a succession of them over the years. My wife and I have camped in a series of 4 units over the last 30 years, culminating in our present 2004 Designer 5er. It's been a blast, and we hope to keep on camping as long as possible, and when we can't drive anymore, we'll camp in the field. Wagons Ho !!

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:05 AM   #12
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we started out back in the 60's if i remember correctly it was with a Sears 600 camper, correct me if i am wrong about the Sears 600. then moved on to a 1969 Shasta 15 foot camper that we slept 6 of us in. don't know how we did 6 of us in that thing. by the way my dad still has it and my sister is going to the shore this friday with it. i still love my Jayco 22fb.


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Old 06-12-2012, 02:12 PM   #13
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If you count when I was a kid, we started in 1967, first couple years with a tent, then into a Suncamper pop-up. By 1976, it was a 24ft Master Coach TT. After that, quite a few years of occasional tenting, then got the Jayco 22FB in late 2010. Over the years, been as far south as Key West FLA, as far north as the roads go in Ontario, and as far east as the roads go in Nova Scotia. Need to work on stuff west of the Mississippi.
P.S. I got to drive from time to time, when towing the Master Coach. I love towing.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:19 PM   #14
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I checked 10-15 years but that is only the length of time that I have been RVing as an adult/owner. I started out RV camping when I was around 6 or 7 years old so my real answer would be in the 35-40 year range.
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:55 PM   #15
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Nooooooooooobody in the six to ten year range?
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:58 PM   #16
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started out in the 50's in a 41 packard with the back seat opened up to the trunk where we layed out sleeping bags for a place to sleep while on fishing trips to Wyoming later graduated to a old dodge van converted. In the 60's after getting out of the military I bought a wrecked tear drop trailer and rebuilt it. Been RVing ever since Pickup truck campers, Motor Homes, travel Trailers, and 5th wheels.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:30 PM   #17
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My parents was camping with me when I was less than a year old. That was back in 73. I had a problem with ear infections, and camping in a tent was not working for me. They bought an Apache popup and literally wore it out. It just grew from there with TT to motor homes, and everything in between. Even when I was 16 and got my drivers license, I had a Dodge D50 that I put a topper on and slept in that camping.

The last camper my parents had before mom passed away was a Jayco 19H, that I used all the time. This spring when I went to buy my own, I bought the same unit I like it so much.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:47 PM   #18
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I have been camping with my first family since 1952- Before that I "camped" with Uncle Sam from 47 through 51- My second family and I have had 6 different camping units- We will have been fulltiming for 13 years on July 1- Still have the "fever"- Is there a cure? If there is, I don't want to be cured- JMHO- DD
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:32 PM   #19
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Born July 9th 1975, my parents took me camping not more then 3 months later in my Grandfather's pop-up. While I remember none of this, they recount the story of freezing their butts off nightly trying to prove that you can take a newborn camping.
Our daughter beat the family record by being the first member (on either side) to camp (tent/rv/otherwise) at less than two weeks old (against her Doctor's recommendation) ... got side tracked ... oh yeah ... so I guess I've been RV'ing my whole 37 years of breathing.
Just never owned one of my own until about two years ago. Glad we made the switch to a Jayco this year. WOW!
Never knew it could be this nice and easy.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:58 AM   #20
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My earliest memory was a Jayco tent trailer and the finger Lakes. In 1971 Our family travelled to Arizona from Buffalo with a Jayco Tent Trailer Gpa lent us from his rental fleet. I still have it etched in my mind, the image of my Dad turning around in Jerome, AZ on the side of a mountain. This unit had the stove that slid outside and the latch had not been secured and had extended fully while we manuevered the then very narrow streets of Jerome. Hence returning whence we came to retrieve the griddles. Good times yeah!

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