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.

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.

2019 Florida RV Super Show – Tampa, Florida

Small Campers

I am unlikely personally to go for one of these. We are happy with our current unit and frankly we need the space and amenities of our more mainstream trailer. I do confess to being intrigued by the innovation shown and the woodwork on these units. I think that this interest on my part is a throwback to our tent camping days, and the luxury these campers offer in contrast to those far more rustic days.

Take a look at the details. Notice the plastic springs under the mattress. That looks like a great idea.

Florida RV SuperShow

A great opportunity to see it all in one place – just a couple weeks to go!

We are really looking forward to this show. It’s only a half day of travel for us and we are bringing our trailer to stay right at the fairgrounds. There aren’t any hookups available for electric or water, but we’ll rough it. Should be fun.

This is a big show.

“This show is recognized as the greatest RV show in the country. Campers welcome, daily seminars, over 450 vendor booths and more than 1550 RVs covering 26 acres – it is a site to see!”