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JoshInReno

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Posted: 03/12/14 01:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know this may not be the best place to get unbiased opinions on the subject, but there is a huge wealth of knowledge on this site.

We may have just taken our last camping trip - without knowing it.

The plan WAS to sell the trailer after this trip, save our money for the rest of the year and buy something new off the lot next spring. But between our work schedules and the effective loss of my wife's vacation time will pretty much eliminate any further vacations and chances to use a new trailer. Finding any time to get away during the year was already challenging, but with recent child care developments it may have just become impossible. Long story short: my wife will have to use her annual vacation time to stay with our kids in the summer when our child care takes her two week vacation. I can't take any time off in the summer - I work in air conditioning. It's a non-starter.

So now with my wife's vacation time being spoken for (when I can't join her and the kids), what is she to do when I can use mine in the fall? So the new trailer would just sit unused.

So is it best at this point to sell the trailer and the truck? Not to mention all of the associated gear (tents, sleeping bags, hunting rifles, coolers, etc, etc) and maybe revisit RVing in 10 years after the kids are gone?

Any input is appreciated.


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Posted: 03/12/14 01:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

Get set up for winter camping. I had a ball doing that when I was part time.


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Posted: 03/12/14 01:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you live in Reno, there are many FS campgrounds to the west and northwest that you could enjoy all summer long just using the weekends.


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Posted: 03/12/14 02:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about grandparents? Do your parents or in-laws live close enough to watch the kids in the summer for two weeks?

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But what about weekends?

We really couldn't justify our unit if all we used it for was the "big" summer trip. Instead we try and go out around every other weeken or so. Up here in the PNW it can rain a lot in winter but we still have fun and it sure is easy to get a campsite, no reservations needed. Our camper is ready to go and it works well to leave Friday night or Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon. Sometimes we have some work to do so we bring it along.

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Posted: 03/12/14 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Though you don't have the time to take an extended trip - will you have any weekends free? We have always found some great relaxing times in campgrounds less than 20 miles from home. Also, will your current trailer serve you well for this purpose?

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Why not just keep what you have. Do you really need a new one? That way when you both have a few days off together, you can jump into your rig and do some close by camping. You sound like middle age campers. Just remember "Yesterday is history--there is only today---tomorrow may never come.

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If your kids will be gone in 10 years - then you need to be camping with them any way you can RIGHT NOW. Even if it's just a weekend in a tent. This is your chance to teach them to love the outdoors and to respect Mother Nature; so that some day they'll take THEIR kids camping, too.

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nomad297 wrote:

How about grandparents? Do your parents or in-laws live close enough to watch the kids in the summer for two weeks?

Bruce


The grandparents are the child care problem.

My parents are unavailable in the summer. Her parents are gone for months at a time, mostly in the summer.

Her ex-inlaws are responsible (divorce agreement) for the Monday - Friday childcare during the day. They have decided to take 2 weeks off in June, starting last summer. Last June, we got lucky that my wifes parents were in town and they watched the kids during the day. This year, we won't be so lucky. And they are not about to change their schedule to be able to watch them - seperate issue.

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Homer wrote:

Why not just keep what you have. Do you really need a new one? That way when you both have a few days off together, you can jump into your rig and do some close by camping. You sound like middle age campers. Just remember "Yesterday is history--there is only today---tomorrow may never come.


Early thirties. Kids are 8 and 10.

Keep ours or buy new, the time to use either just won't exist anymore. Sadly.

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