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Old 07-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #21
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Yes we do. Our youngest is 5 and loves to camp whenever he can...the older kids (wife had 3 when we got married) are 14, 16, and 17 and the oldest has pretty much moved on from wanting to go camping.


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Old 07-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #22
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Keep it and camp more!

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Old 07-23-2013, 02:49 PM   #23
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I think you have already made up your mind. Best to do what works for you and your entire family.

For us, its not about the cost or whether someone might consider it a "luxury". It's in our blood. Its what we do. Its part of a lifestyle. Its how we vacation. We hike, we bike. We play tourist. Sometimes we just relax. But more important we camp. The notion of sitting in a motel room at the end of the day just doesn't work for us. We've been camping for nearly 30 years. I personally was on several back country fishing trips in Canada and was bit by the camping bug way back then. We tented because we loved being outdoors and had very little money in our early 20s. Later we had 2 PUPs over an 11 year period (one purchased new). Then a 17ft hybrid for 10 years, and now our new X20E hybrid. We towed the 17 ft from WI to California and back. We took it to Yellowstone. Never regretted a minute of any of it.

I suspect that buying your trailer seemed like the thing to do at the time. That you weren't real die-hard campers before buying that trailer. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing better to bring a family together than camping and involving the kids in all the decisions on where to go and what to do. To this day, our daughter still camps with us.

If its expense you are concerned about, how much would you spend going on non-camping vacations? I know people who pop $5k every year to sit on a beach and sip mojitos. Talk about boring. To each his own though, if it works for them, who am I to question it. I can go hiking or biking or play tourist during the day. And have a relaxing campfire and still have a mojito.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:04 PM   #24
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I couldn't have said it better Crabby! I have made a conscious effort to get out more this year with the trailer and have found a couple of gems for campgrounds...all because the new TV allowed me to feel more confident in how far I travelled with the trailer.

DocBrown...I know what you're saying. I bought the trailer thinking it would do just that...bring the family a little closer...of course as the older kids grow up they have their own ideas about what they like to do with their spare time including working, hanging out with buddies, etc. But I can tell you that our 5 year old loves going camping so much that he never wants to come back home at the end.

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:39 PM   #25
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I have done a couple of things to help reduce my costs of ownership. First, I do not have a tow vehicle. Thus no extra payment there. Instead, I store mine at a campground that the whole family enjoys camping at. The cost is only $600 a year. If I kept my TT in storage nearby, it would still cost me $600 a year. My homeowners assoc does not allow RV's to be kept at our homes. By storing mine at the campground, I got permission from my bank to drop collision insurance on the TT. That saves me another $300 or so a year. No payment for a big truck, reduced insurance costs, and reasonable storage fees are all savings. If I towed my TT to the campground(275 miles away)at 10 mpg I would use 55 gallons of fuel for one camping trip. Instead I drive my car which gets about 34 mpg. There are ways to reduce the cost of ownership. You just have to look for them and decide if its for you.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:35 PM   #26
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^ Good planning.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:10 AM   #27
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Camping is what we do. I have never taken a cruise or slept in a motel bed anywhere that gave me the opportunity to do what we love all the time. It is not a financial decision for us. Just the only way to get away.
That pretty much sums it up for my family too.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:34 AM   #28
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Well doc brown just saved me a bunch of typing. What he said. The only thing I will add is we moved to FL from upstate NY 10 years ago where we where avid campers. When we got to FL we decided to sell the TT because of all of the other things going on associated with a big move. Regretted it ever since. Just jumped back in a month ago and couldn't be happier.,.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:30 PM   #29
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Camping for us is our sanity, fortunately we are in a good position since everything is paid off other than our mortgage. I guess the real question is whether you are truly enjoying owning the trailer and can afford both the TV and trailer. I am sure we can all think of better ways to spend our money.....but the way I look at it is that you only live once...get out and do what you love to do....I watched my parents work all their lives to insure that we were taken care of....the problem was, they never enjoyed or got to do anything for themselves and I really wished that they did. My kids are all grown up now and moved out, so we are now enjoying the fruits of our labour. Now we can take our grand kids camping with us.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:21 PM   #30
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I know the cost of a TT and TV is expensive but I prefer to burden those expenses because the camping experiences outweigh those expenses.

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