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Old 04-12-2011, 08:24 PM
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Hey Greencrew!

Your experience is not unusual. Many folks who are no-longer 20 yrs old soon tire of sleeping in tents. However, many on this forum will argue it's the only sort of "real" camping there is. And, my parents once befriended some campers with whom they became lifelong friends, and that couple was in a tent well into their 80s. So, it works for some.

But, I agree that you need to find a balance between comfort, convenience, and time. The real purpose here is to spend great active outdoor time with your family -- especially the kids. And, you don't want a structural system (tent, camper, gear, methods) that ends-up consuming all of your time and energy. I do think - however - that washing the dishes is a wonderful active outdoor activity.

Our first camper was a tiny (and I do mean tiny) fold-out. Each end was a "single" size. We bought it at a garage sale for $400. We were thrilled to get "off the ground." Some fold-outs can actually be quite large!

Eventually, we did get one of the hybrid units -- where you have a hard-shell, and the ends fold out. Those campers are intended for the smaller tow vehicles. And, you generally get a lot of space within a relatively small trailer.

Recently we've had to deal with the reality of our kids (now 12, 10, and 7) getting older and taller --- and also the desire to accommodate their friends and cousins - who increasingly accompany us (we're introducing a lot of kids to camping). Tho we do now have a bit larger TT, I think we might soon ask kids (with their friends) to bring a tent -- but, not until their at least high school age.

It is a great joy! So, stick with it, and find the balance for your family. And, also understand that that balance is a moving target as you move forward.

My advice is to be very careful that you don't "move indoors" with your TT. Get a good canopy (without screens) for your table, and a good camp stove - and stay outdoors. I wish they actually made TT without stoves, because we have NEVER used ours. It just consumes valuable space.

Certainly do post any questions you have. We'll be thrilled to offer our experience.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:01 PM
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When I was a kid I loved having my own pup tent then graduating to a cabin tent around 25 years old and at 30 I found I was too old and started motel camping. Now that I'm 65 we are on our second toy hauler. Welcome to the forum
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