Enjoying our Camping Trailer

When we are traveling and camping we do our best to be comfortable and relaxed. Under our awning is were we live during the day. It’s our living room in good weather.

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Our premise is that we need good beds to sleep well, we need a bathroom, so that we do not have to go out into the night, and because we enjoy having morning coffee, and lingering awhile in our PJ’s, we are glad for a kitchen area, however small, to prepare the morning coffee and a pastry or toast.

In pleasant weather we do our lounging outside of the trailer, under the awning, using nice fold up reclining chairs and a small table. We also will prepare our meals, when we cook at the camp, outside on a grill or using our Coleman Stove. That works best for us when we have already been to see the sights and are relaxing several days into the trip. It is especially enjoyable when we aren’t in too much of a hurry. We like to make a big breakfast on days like that.

We really don’t need more trailer to do all that. Not for the two of us. We only need a modest place to retreat at night, and when the weather turns wet and cold. When that happens we greatly enjoy having our TV and the DVD player to watch movies. Having our iPads and a Verizon hot spot for WiFi, along with our new reclining theater seating in the trailer lets us enjoy a bad weather day. It sure beats the days sitting under a dripping dining fly in our tent in our younger days.

Sometimes it’s nice to stop “Camping” and just be good to ourselves. A cold and wet day is a great time to do that. On those days we are also inclined to look for a place to have dinner out instead of cooking at all.

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Photos of Camping Trips and Special Places Visited

It’s a little sad that we don’t have a lot of photos from our travels and camping trips when we were younger. Digital photography is so wonderful. What a difference in just twenty years or so.

Before this millennium our photos were on film, what few we took. We didn’t have the money when raising our family to shoot and develop lots of photographs and only wish we had. The photos that we did take are precious to us. This must be true for almost everyone.

Here are a few old photos with the old tent.

Well as a result,  we don’t have pictures from many of our camping trips. We don’t have photos of vehicles and events that could be shared here either. These few excepted.

I suppose that the next generation will lament not having taken high definition videos as often as they will wish in their older age. What next – holograms? Perhaps. 

Well I got to thinking about this when looking for photos of us tent camping. That wasn’t so long ago.  But we have been camping since the 1970’s. Our old cotton duck Eureka tent was a big part of our recreation. Trucks came only in the 1980’s. At first we camped out of a  Volkswagen beetle.  Later we had a minivan.  I used trucks in my work, but we didn’t camp with them until about 2012 or so. By then it was just Beth and I once again.  Empty nesters. 

Photos from the Smokey Mountains. We were tent camping and had our bikes on a rake at the back of our 2009 F150 STX 4×4.

What I found though was that my old body didn’t still enjoy setup and knockdown of camp. I wasn’t thrilled with sleeping on a cot either. And I didn’t like getting out of the tent and to the campgrounds bathroom in the wee small hours of the night. I didn’t need to when I  was younger. 

So we evolved to trailer camping. Turns out we had a truck for towing. We could afford it, and having a bed, a bathroom, heat, and air conditioning turned out to be necessities not luxuries. Our truck made it possible to keep camping. 

Our first travel trailer. We did a lot to clean it up when we bought it on eBay. A 2008 FB189 Funfinder.

I actually wrote a short book about the experience. Here is a link to it at Amazon

And here is a link to a video that I did back then.

So we continue to enjoy the outdoors.  We take lots of digital pictures.  We have a good time. 

Curating Stories and Posts About Trucks, Trailers and Accessories for Both

It is my intention to offer a variety of topics that relate to the truck owner and their towed accessories, including what they have in or on those trailers. I also want to include equipment both for towing, but also equipment that makes the truck more useful for work and play.

My own personal experiences and current truck and equipment are something to mention from time-to-time, but what I am doing isn’t remotely as inclusive of the possibilities available.

For that reason more needs to be added. Hopefully we will find a few writers out there who want to share their slant on the subjects we cover. It’s also my intention to add more content that hits the mark as research is done with the manufacturers, and where we can find articles and videos that match the subject of trucks and trailers.

Hopefully this will continue to be fun for me. I am looking for these topics anyway. It makes sense to share them here too.

Just like my recent infatuation with our new trailer furniture, it may seem like too much of a single subject as I explore. I will try to get a balance and if we can add another writer’s voice, that will really make a difference. Writers, are you out there?

So let’s have fun together. Please add comments. Thanks for being here with us.