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I did a search and didn't find anything similar, and I know there are real camping forums, but I figured I'd give it shot and start a thread for all things camping. Where have you stayed, what campgrounds do you like/dislike. Any cool trips planned or taken recently? Where ya from, where ya going, how ya getting there, what's your set up?


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I've got a 2015 Lacrosse 336bht, just got it this year. First travel trailer. Bought it at the end of summer so we haven't done too much. Stayed in Oklahoma in it after I bought it, did a test/break in trip close to home at Yogi Bear, currently have camp set up in Minnesota at a real nice campground near Rochester. The big trip we are planning next year is a tour of the western states for a week or so.


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Just picked up our 2013 Keystone Cougar 5th wheel a few weeks ago. Took a trip to a local campground (50 miles) last weekend, and hoping to do a couple more small weekends like that before we close for the year. We have already booked a spot at a campground in Myrtle for next summer.
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We mostly "boondock" at the VCHSS races all over VA. In fact in the last 4 years of owning a toy hauler, we've only camped at TWO locations with hookups. That's how you put 600 hours on a generator in two years.
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I've thought about a generator, for that exact purpose.


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NC4stroker, You have an outstanding looking rig setup.

Our Generator came in handy camping when cat 1 hurricane came ashore in Melbourne Fl in 2012. Only had to use it a few hrs though till power came back up.

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We have a 25' TT, it is an easy pull for us. Tend to stay at the National/State parks in the west but planning a big trip to Glacier/Canada next year. Might move up to a 5th wheel before the trip. Would love to have a bigger shower!
Just did the southern coast of California a couple months ago. Some hook ups and some non hookup sites along the coastal highway.
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We've owned our Heartland Trail Runner 30' bunkhouse trailer since April of 2011.

We have been seasonal campers all but one season since owning it. I try to get it onto the site in such a way where I only need to hook up and go if we want a weekend away.

I've camped at Road America and the Milwaukee Mile and various private campgrounds in southern Wisconsin and as far north as the Dells area. Getting out of the state somewhere is on my "Bucket List" and we will some day. We bought the travel trailer with the term TRAVEL in mind, not to pitch it on a permanent site and let it rot. It is for the reason of travel that I bought my Dodge.

Definitely look into armed forces weekend at the private campgrounds. Sometimes, they will let you stay for free if also reserving for Memorial Day weekend.

Your profile says "Northwestern Illinois". We got the May special at Crazy Horse Campground just a tick west of Beloit, Wi.

Someday, when we decide to plan a long trip, we are looking to be on the road from day to day for not more than six hours. You can go pretty far in that amount of time and still be able to set up and burn wood and enjoy a fire in the evening, and then in the morning not having to rush out of the campground for the next day's ride.

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We've owned our Heartland Trail Runner 30' bunkhouse trailer since April of 2011.

We have been seasonal campers all but one season since owning it. I try to get it onto the site in such a way where I only need to hook up and go if we want a weekend away.

I've camped at Road America and the Milwaukee Mile and various private campgrounds in southern Wisconsin and as far north as the Dells area. Getting out of the state somewhere is on my "Bucket List" and we will some day. We bought the travel trailer with the term TRAVEL in mind, not to pitch it on a permanent site and let it rot. It is for the reason of travel that I bought my Dodge.

Definitely look into armed forces weekend at the private campgrounds. Sometimes, they will let you stay for free if also reserving for Memorial Day weekend.

Your profile says "Northwestern Illinois". We got the May special at Crazy Horse Campground just a tick west of Beloit, Wi.

Someday, when we decide to plan a long trip, we are looking to be on the road from day to day for not more than six hours. You can go pretty far in that amount of time and still be able to set up and burn wood and enjoy a fire in the evening, and then in the morning not having to rush out of the campground for the next day's ride.

There's a lot around the dells. Good for the kiddys too if you have to keep them occupied.

Just got back from Rochester MN. Stayed at autumn wood just south of town by the airport. Great quiet little place. We were up there for more "business" than pleasure. Had some check up appointments at the hospital. Would recommend autumn wood if you like a nice, quiet, clean, small camp ground. Conveniently located. BUT, it's close to Rochester, and there main clientele are there for medical reasons. So if your looking for a party, I'd suggest somewhere else. I like quiet. No fires though.


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My camping is always boondock style. Bring the generator but rarely use it. I camp in the woods and fields for trail riding or enduros or harescrambles or dual sports. Bring my 4 legged friend Buddy and the Gf. Always have a good time and even when it's just the 3 of us that I know at an event always meet a great group of people. I honestly bought my travel trailer for a hot shower after a ride. I still tent camp occasionally and still love it. It's just easier with the camper as it stays packed and doesn't have too be unloaded like the truck when tent camping. Most event have a large community bon fire and during the races the wife's gfs and peoples kids usually get involved or hang out and talk. So the camper is basically for sleeping and a shower. But I don't regret buying it one bit.
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Just got all winterize. You don't fill the hot water heater with antifreeze correct? Instructions say it will ruin the anode. I just drained and bypassed it.


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It's better to leave the anode rod out over the winter. I recently purchased one of these,

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I'm going to give it a shot and see how much crap collected in the water heater over the past five seasons.

Even though yours is still brandy new, there are plenty of service videos to watch on the you tube.

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