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Old 08-19-2008, 04:28 PM   #15
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You're right about the crowds in the state parks, especially in the pet sections. Between more people wanting to camp with pets and more people camping in state parks to save money, it's quite crowded. We've stayed at Caledonia State Park twice this season (50+ pet sites) and they have been filled to capacity both times. Caledonia and Cowans Gap have a large number of pet sites, but you need reservations to be assured of getting one. Both are nice in the off-season.

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Old 08-19-2008, 06:40 PM   #16
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To answer your question in a few word: Not Enough!!! We live in a tourist town and work locally, so you get to work during the summer months and winter months....not much in between. Another problem is - we can't get the camper out of storage much before the end of April (after the snow thaws and the ground hardens up) and it needs to be put back in by the middle of our camping season is quite limited! Some day when we really retire (we are retired but both of us still work) we will have a longer camping season and head away from the snow during the winter.

We have camped at least one weekend a month since May and in August we did a very long weekend (Thursday thru Monday) and have another long weekend coming up this September I believe we have two weekends planned - one being the Adirondack Meet & Greet.....we may try to get away in October before the camper is put away!

Oh our trips vary in distance from 5 minutes (Nick's Lake SP) to 4 hours away.

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Old 08-20-2008, 10:27 PM   #17
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Well, the Sunline and camping is new to us so we're going slowly. Unfortunately, the bent header put a stop to things, temporarily. Now that I got the Sunline back, today, I'm hoping to make up for lost time. I would definitley like to spend 2 weeks on Cape Cod in September at North Truro. A few more weekends, in addition, would be nice.

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Old 08-24-2008, 02:57 PM   #18
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We use our rig quite a bit. We've proably spent over 50 nights in it this season. We start in April and go untill it starts getting really, really cold at night, usually about Thanksgiving time. The F-304SR has a heated underbelly and heated tanks and extra insulation to make her an extended season unit. We take advantage of that. Most of our outings are closer to home. Our favorite destination is about 20 minutes from home. We also take 2 week long journeys a year. Last month we went to Sea Isle City in NJ for 9 days, and we are tentatively planning a trip to Williamsburg sometime in late October.
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:36 PM   #19
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We camp all year round with a few exceptions. Most are weekends or extended weekends. A Friday or Monday off pending work schedule and Cindy grand kid sitting schedules. The camping schedule is every other weekend and even that is not enough…. Work get’s in the way sometimes and this year is especially bad.

We do at least 2 week long vacation trips and a few out of state long weekend camping with some of our other RV’ing friends.

The exceptions come in the winter time.

First there has to be no snow to tow in and no forecast of a snow storm.
Second during the day the temps need to at least get above freezing. 40 is A OK. A Night freeze is not a problem.
Third, there is no heavy rains all day/night in the forecast.
Fourth, the above 3 need to end up on a weekend.

If we get a sunny day in there, it is icing on the cake. Winter camping is great. No bugs, no crowds, it’s quit and most times an entire State Park to yourself or to share with 2 or 3 other die hard campers.

To get the 4 combinations above to line can be a challenge at times. At least here in Central Ohio. November can be 2 campouts a month. December is generally only 1. January when fortunate is 1 or 2. Seems February is just plain rotten and we can have a 6 weeks stretch and in severe camping with drawl.

The grand kids come some times and they sleep in the camper. Their parents rough it outside in the tent… Yet Grandpa does all the cooking…

We are primarily on the State Park camping circuit. We are tree camping people. Meaning campsites with tress, not in them… .but do some private campgrounds with other camper friends.

As far as distance, the weekend ones range from 15 miles to 80 miles one way. I have no problem at all pulling into a park I know at night. We have a backing in the dark system that works well. For a new park, this needs to be daylight or I scoped out the park during the day light hours before hand.

Towing miles ranges between 4 to 6K per year. Most all camping is done in and the states surrounding Ohio. PA, IN, NY. Some day we will make it out west, with the camper and up into Canada.

We are at the stage in our lives, empty nesters, where we can do this much camping. And unfortunatly never realized the RV’ing style with DW until being an empty nester. Doing the tent scene was years and years worth in the Scouting program. But now I am only on call.

Not enough time for all the places we want to yet camp. Some day…

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Old 08-26-2008, 10:40 PM   #20
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camping, how often?

We try go get out at least once a month,but for one month I host at a state park and leave the camper there and just camp on fri and sat night.We ususally drive about 1.5 hours to a site.We try to camp till the end of october because you have more choices at pet sites.

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