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. 

Camping Trailer Service Times

I recently wanted to have some service work done on our camping trailer. After calling a few RV dealerships I have found that wait times for service are months rather than days.

In this case I will do the work myself, but what does this tell us about the industry? It seems like there is a lot of opportunity for a new business with a sense for customer needs and wants.

Please post reasonable and respectful comments with your thoughts and service experiences.

A Short Trailer Camping Trip

Beth and I just returned from a short camping trip up into Georgia. We were attending an event and so we took the camper to make the trip easier and less stressful. The drive was only 2 1/2 hours one way. That’s just enough to be too much for me round trip and with a lot of hours in between.

Our New Theatre Recliners

So we relax, went to dinners, and tried out our new theater seating in the trailer watching a movie one night, and PBS Masterpiece Theatre the next.

I like reading in the morning on my iPad and drinking coffee. The recliner and the cup holder I can report pass the comfort test that matters most to me.

The TV arm that extends and allows the screen to tilt towards us needs to be swapped with a longer version. We sit at a right angle to the screen and need to bring it out further to reduce the strain on our necks. I have one already picked out and frankly expected this problem, but I wanted to be sure it was necessary. It’s debatable, but I am striving for perfection, or something like it. That’s still alluding me.

Goodyear Endurance Tires

New to this trip was a set of new tires as well. We invested in a new set of Goodyear Endurance tires. Our OEM tires were getting old, at three years, they had 15,000 miles on them, and one had some excessive wear from a slight alignment issue. I feel a lot better knowing they are new and safe. I’ve had new tires put on my truck, Beth’s car, and now the trailer. I am feeling a little bit tire poor at the moment.

My next trailer project is to grease the hubs. I have been watching YouTube videos and think I can do it. We’ll see.

New Furniture for our Trailer #2

New Theatre Seating for Our Camper

We finally received the last box from Fed Ex yesterday. There were three boxes in total and for some reason Fed Ex separated them and delivered one each day for three days. Crazy?

I’ve mentioned before that I have previously removed the dinette seating and table from our camper. So installing this seating took very little time.

Everything came well packaged. The seat backs come detached and only need to be placed over a slide on bayonet attachment where it snaps in place. The three main pieces work similarly. They are heavy though. So two people should handle them.

We are happy with the quality and look forward to our next camping trip.

Here are a some photos.

New Furniture for our Trailer #1

Today we are going to install our new Theatre Seating inside our Camping Trailer. I will take some photos of the process although I am not anticipating that there will be much to it. I took out our dinette setup about a year ago. So disassemble is already done. We’ve been using reclining lawn chairs for the last several trips we’ve taken. Frankly, they’ve been a little too uncomfortable after sitting a while. It’s been much better than trying to use the dinette to sit at night and watch TV or to talk. So photos to follow…

Flagstaff Micro Lite 25FBLS

We fell in love with this particular trailer and layout while at the Florida RV SuperShow last week. If we ever upgrade, this is our choice.

It isn’t my intent to publish items that are just promotional in nature. But I did want to share this particular trailer with you because we just thought that it was perfect – at least for us. We are making refinements to our existing trailer that you’ll see elsewhere on the site as we install theatre seating into our 2016 Bullet Premier. So we’re probably not in the market for this trailer, at this time. We can dream though…

Check out these theatre seats and especially how they incorporated a small table that swivels or is removeable at each seat. If you look at the floor plan above, this seating is directly opposite the TV. That’s a big deal!