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No Roughing It!

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This is how I camp now.  It started with a Coleman tent.  Then it was a 40s-50s tent trailer.  Wish I still had that, didn't realize what a classic it was.  Then to a seventies Starcraft pop-up Which was on it's last leg.  Now I have the TravelStar.  Love it, just wish it was a little bigger.  The Lighting has no problem pulling, no swaying back and forth.  It did need trailer brakes to help stop.  The pictures are at Joe Wheeler State Park.  I grew up camping there since the 70s and I can be there in a half hour.  The place is like a second home.  Camper setup at a campsite is straight forward.  After backing in and unhooking it from the truck I hook up the electricity   Then turn the frig and air conditioning (needed in Alabama!).  Next crank down the stabilizers and let down the foldouts.   Connect the water and waste line and you are good to go.  Backing in to setup only takes 20-30 minutes.  To head out all I really have to do is pack clothes, food, and drinks.

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Looks like a sweet tent trailer you got bud. 

Enjoy your holiday/break. 

Thanks for posting bud 

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Nice setup, actually looks quite comfy.

If and when going camping have to use a tent, may be hard at times though, mostly getting up and out of it.

Would like to have a  truck/camper, which will keep me from lots of sketchy roads, would be going alone.

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Thanks for the positive comments!  Since I've had it (going on 8 years) it has rained sometime during the camping trip every time but once.  And I mean every time!  One time we got 5.75 inches in one day.  I actually went home and left the camper at the campground.  The rain was deafening.  The joke at work is anytime we need rain in the area everyone trys to get me to go camping.  

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Rains alot in the Northwest, right now its dry and under a heat advisory Sunday morning into Monday evening (hot for us, forecasting 95 to 102).

Depends where you go camping around these parts, mountains and coast are different worlds sometimes.

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IMO, there is no other way to go out and explore, a travel trailer is pretty much mandatory if you want all the creature comforts of home while you're out and about. Not to mention, if you have any gear you care about like cameras, electronics, etc. and want to keep them safe, a trailer will serve that purpose! I can't wait to get another trailer, so many places I want to get out and see, but they are too far for day trips, and I hate spending all day driving and not getting out. 

The only thing that worries me are all the trailer and RV horror stories about the poor build quality and lack of manufacturer support. 

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Haven't gone camping in years, kinda hoping I'll have either a SUV or truck/camper before I go again.

Hopefully before I get even older.

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22 hours ago, EWU Bob said:

IMO, there is no other way to go out and explore, a travel trailer is pretty much mandatory if you want all the creature comforts of home while you're out and about. Not to mention, if you have any gear you care about like cameras, electronics, etc. and want to keep them safe, a trailer will serve that purpose! I can't wait to get another trailer, so many places I want to get out and see, but they are too far for day trips, and I hate spending all day driving and not getting out. 

The only thing that worries me are all the trailer and RV horror stories about the poor build quality and lack of manufacturer support. 

Yeah, I don't do the roughing it anymore.  Creature comforts are a must!!!    Been pretty happy with my TravelStar.  I had one recall and it was taken care of quick by the manufacturer.  One thing several people have told me including a friend in our Mustang club that has a RV repair business, stay away from motorhomes.  And from the looks of several repair places around here I can see why.  Their lots are always full of them waiting to be repaired.  If I had a family the size of Bob's I'd be thinking a 5th wheel toy hauler.   Maybe a Keystone Raptor.  Plenty of sleeping areas and room for a side by side.  I have a friend that has one for the past 10 years.  He goes everywhere.  Only thing you'd need a real truck like a Ford F350!

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I should note I AM NOT an employee of Keystone or their affiliates.  That's just my dream RV. 

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The RAM Rebel can tow up to 12,000 pounds, which is plenty for my needs. I don't want anything too long, it's more of a PITA to tow, and since we would only spend about a week at a time on location, something around 25 foot would probably be perfect. I would love to get a 5th wheel, they are so much nicer to tow than the bumper tow, but I don't want to cut up my bed. 

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I would love to see more pictures of other people's setup.   Even if it's just a tent camp, that's how I got my start.  I'd love to see how other parts of the country does it.

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BTW, I wanted a Ford Lightning when they first came out, they were an awesome truck, and looks like they lasted! 

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2 minutes ago, EWU Bob said:

BTW, I wanted a Ford Lightning when they first came out, they were an awesome truck, and looks like they lasted! 

Thanks!  I remember in 93 when they came out.  I fell  in love.  I've had mine going on 26 years.  It's a timeless style and the value is really going up.  Mine is all original even the paint with 214k miles.  The only thing I've really done is have the wheels white powder coated.  There is a picture on page 9 of off roading.  Never plan to get rid of it!  I do plan to get me a Raptor.  I get a Raptor to go with the Lightning and Cobra I'd be like the coolest person in north west Alabama!!!

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I considered a Raptor, but I realized it's far to wide for many of the trails I frequent. The trails are even too narrow for the RAM. 

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I'm jealous! When I am out with my team we have a bucket camp toilet with screen around it for privacy, a cast iron pot we hang over a fire pit, and sleeping on the ground, LOL!

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