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Posted: 01/02/13 04:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After visiting my parents over Christmas, we were reminiscing about all the good times we had camping as a family. I'm repeating those memories with my family, and it got me wondering how many of us are 2nd or 3rd generation campers? If you camped with your parents, what type of rig did they have?

I'm intentionally using "camp" instead of limiting this to RVs. Many of us probably tent camped with our folks (please include those stories as well).

Me? I can actually claim to be a third generation camper. My grandparents learned to camp in the 30's in a Model-A (they were headed to the west coast with a bunch of other Okies... Something about lots of dust. I'm sure you heard about it. )

Anyway to sum up,
Grandparents: Tent camping in a Model-A. As a boy, my dad actually camped via horseback with his little brother. Lots more open land back then.
My Parents: Sears Tent camper, then a Franklin* travel trailer. Both were pulled by a 1970 Olds Delta 88 (anyone remember the Rocket 455 in those cars?)
Me: Pickup truck pulling a Prowler 5th wheel. My kids have camped since they were babies.

I'd love to hear from those who've grown up camping, and the comparison between your parent's camping equipment and yours today.

Hopefully this will bring fond memories of those times.

*Am I remembering that right? Was there company called "Franklin"?

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As a kid, we went camping in a 1966 Bethany pop up. Just for sleeping and storing stuff inside as there was no inside kitchen or bathroom. Rarely did we set up the dinette as we had a screen room outside where we ate. My mom still has it. I remember the snaps on the canvas as that was my job. We went to Assateague, Skyline Drive, Berkeley Springs, and other places near the Maryland suburbs. Pulled with a Chrysler Newport.

While I first looked at pop-ups when buying last year, I decided to go hard sided trailer, mostly for DH's comfort, and decided on a self contained 14ft. TT

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Posted: 01/02/13 05:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can remember camping with my Grandparents in their MH, my parents in their trailer... in fact I meet my wife on a camping trip

May be why we own an RV

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Posted: 01/02/13 05:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3rd generation..

Grandpa had a cabover on his 53 Ford p/u that he built...Used it for deer hunting, etc.....

Mom/Dad had a 73 Revcon that they loved..Was a good rig and ahead of its time I think.....

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Posted: 01/02/13 05:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm still the first generation. My parents didn't do any of that stuff, no money for RV's only food and the clothes on our backs. in fact we, my brothers and I didn't have fishing gear until our BIL sent us fishing poles from Japan when he was in the Navy. you might say that was the start of our day trip outings


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Second generation. My parents last camper was a 1972 22 ft Holiday Traveler. They sold it in 1978 after moving to the other side of the country. Now dads been gone 20 yrs & Mom, 10yrs.

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Second generation. My parents had a fifth wheel but I don't remember what make.

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My folks bought a pop up camper in 1966 to take my brother and I camping. Pretty much a 8' x 10' box with wheels. You took off the cover. Pulled out the 2 beds and the tent popped up. Just a blank floor with a bed on each end. I was 4 and my brother was 2. In 1968 my baby brother "the surprise" arrived. The family joke was I arrived in 62, my brother in 64, got trailer in 66 and the last one arrived in 68. We did things on even years. Mostly we camped in the state campgrounds in up state NY near where we lived. I vaguely remember a trip up through Nova Scotia one year, but mostly the trips in the Catskills. Through scouts we did the tents and canoeing trips.

Dad had made a box of compartments along the wall opposite the door so we each had a square wash tub in our cubby to keep our clothes in for the weekend and there was a big box we would pull out and put on the end of the picnic table which opened up to make mom's camp kitchen. Kinda like the back of a chuck wagon. I remember carrying water back to camp and sitting around the fire at night. Seems a dado blade and a sheet of plywood was dad's solution for many issues in the camper.

Those memories are what prompted us to buy our camper now. To give the grandchild which lives with us some of those memories. She may be denied part of the experience since I'm no longer willing to sleep in a tent on the ground or do without my heat, A/C and the midnight walk to a latrine.

Also due to some health issues, traveling by RV is just a better option for us.

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1976 18' Shasta single axle with two overhead bunks, propane lights, toilet/no shower, and manual pump (could be pressurized with air) water system. Pulled with 1970 Dodge Station Wagon. Spent a week at Smith Mountain Lake on uncles property every year as well as used during showing Quarter Horses on the AQHA show circuit

Now I support my daughter & wife showing American Saddlebreds on that show circuit with a 34' bunkhouse FW.



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Third Generation - Grandparents started camping in tents around 1958 and when Travel Trailers were more common they always had a Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer and crossed the country several times and Mass to FL more times than I can remember.

Started camping in 1967 with a Tent and Buick Stationwagon...

Then the parents purchased a new 1971 VW Bus and we upgraded to a colman popup (not sure of the model)... But we made a competition of putting it up/down and had the whole process down to about 15 minutes... (4 kids at the time, later 6)

Sometime in the mid '70s we upgrade to a "real" travel trailer - had a 15' Adco Travel Trailer.. and we even had a bathroom then! The Bus was pretty much worn out by this time and they purchased a 76 Plymouth Voyager(this was a full size van with 318 V8 - not today's mini).

Around '79 they "upgraded" to a 23' Taurus Travel trailer that even had enough room for all of us to sleep inside... Cross Country we went in this combo (Taurus/Voyager) several times - Travel was great.

After the van was warn out they upgraded to a Chevy Caprice Wagon with the 454 in it... Power was no longer an issue.

About this time (1983ish) a company named Citation introduced a new concept... The Tilt out room - Parents bought one of the first production units that had this tilt out room. They had this for many years and later upgraded to a Trialaire (or some spelling)...

So many memories of places like wall drug store (Jackalopes), the Bad Lands, Yellowstone, Dinasour National Park, Lincoln, IL, etc...

The wife's parents spent MANY years camping in the same 1969 Franklin Travel Trailer - we later used it just after we got married for a couple of years - what a heavy beast!

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