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Old 04-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #11
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My parents had a late 70's Shasta TT that is the first one I remember. I'm not sure the model but I remember that it had bunks, a front dinette, and a rear bathroom. My parents then moved up to a Honey class C in the 80's. I loved those trips and that's why I'm now into camping and hope my family gains great memories for a long time to come. Great topic and thanks for giving me a reason for reminiscing!
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:45 PM   #12
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Wow! I could have written some of these posts. My family's first camper was a 1965 Nimrod Riviera. It had nothing inside, just as was stated by others here. My dad built wooden boxes to store our clothes in, and for my brother and sister to sleep on. There were 4 of us kids. We took a 3 week trip out East to visit historical sites.
But that was not our first camping rig. My dad and his brother each built a 4 x 8 foot box out of plywood and used it on top of their station wagons to carry luggage and sleeping bags, etc. during travel. But at night they would put up 4 foot sides and we would sleep in the box on top of the car. That was in 1961. We took a trip around Lake Superior in a week with that box.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:13 AM   #13
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We were po when I was a kid so a canvas on a line served as a tent for my brother and I. Sallie and I bought a home made tent / camper that took at least a half hour to set up. I think we used it twice on the same week end ( Friday and Satrurday) and sold it when we got home.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:00 PM   #14
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These are great stories. Our family had a little cabin (and I mean little - 8'x16') at Crooked Lake in SE Saskatchewan, so we didn't do the mobile thing. Our cabin did, however, move around. Before my Dad bought it in 1952, the fellow who built the shack hauled it to Florida on the back of his grain truck and spent winter there. I don't know if it got hauled there more than once or not. Can you imagine hauling an 8x16 shack on the back of a grain truck from Sask to Florida before 1952!
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I came across this pic and scanned it in tonight....this was our 1968 Nimrod...I think it had more miles than any car we ever owned! Look at all those stickers on the outside from all the places we went...

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Old 04-11-2011, 12:22 AM   #16
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Our tent trailer was about that size with only one bed wing folding out and where the person is standing we had a 8x8 ft room. When packed up for travel there was hardly no room in the trailer after the tent and poles were stashed. We had to carry the ice chest in the truck and our clothes in the cab of the truck. We sure didn't miss that old camper.
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Well...To Maromeo...that's too funny! I see you are from Scottsdale AZ as am I...Our first camper we had was a 1973 Steury pop up.My mom liked it because it had a closet that folded down onto one of the benches. I thought it was cool as it had a skylight thing in the fiberglass roof... We had soooo much fun in that thing!!! Best Story....I had to drive it and the family back from the Mazatzal wilderness when I was 13 into Globe AZ with our International Harvester Travellall. My brother had whacked his knee with an axe, and both my folks dammm near fainted at the sight of blood. Yes 1970's Avocado green striping. Keeping it in the family as we just bought our Jayco from Little Dealer,,,same family we bought the Steury from all those years ago...Cheers!
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In 1953, my Dad built a camper on a metal frame and the sides were wood and contained fold up metal supports. Once the supports were up, then a tarp covered the camper. I thought it was great. We pulled it with a 55 Ford and took it to Yellowstone National Park. What memories!
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1977 Triple E 19.5 Foot. It was small, but there was many great vacations in it. My parents towed it thousands of miles
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What was the first camper you remember or ever stayed in as a kid?
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Well, to this day I can still smell the hot canves and feel the sticky surface of the air mattress in my parents tent back in 1958 camping on the shores of Lake Huron......,



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