Dave and Nola, gone again... travel blog

tent camping

pop up

first trailer

32 footer

5th wheel


This is our first post so I thought I would tell you a little something about our experiences with camping over the years. Like a lot of folks, we started out tent camping with our kids, lots of fun, lots of work. Later on, we bought a pop up, still lots of fun, less work. When our kids were grown and gone, we bought a small trailer, different kind of fun (no kids), even less work. As age advanced, we bought a larger trailer with two slides, old folk’s fun, and electrical assisted work.

That trailer was a 32 foot bumper pull and when hooked up, we went down the highway taking up 65 feet of space. Some RV parks we pulled into couldn’t accommodate us and many county, state, and federal campgrounds either had no sites big enough or were very difficult to get into. So, we started looking for a fifth wheel of reasonable length and at least a super slide. We found one the owners had used a few years before the wife’s health had deteriorated.

The trailer had been parked under an RV port next to a barn in the “back 40” for several years. So far, we have taken three trips with it and in between, have replaced all four tires, cleaned out countless wasp nests and spider webs and eggs that were in every cavity, and other things that needed attention after sitting unused for so long. The brakes have been inspected (yes, there were spider webs and eggs there too!). The trailer needs a complete brake job.

But, In spite of a few problems, the trailer is in very good shape inside and out and should give us years of more camping fun, and just a little work…

We have several trips to tell you about and as soon as we get our photos organized and stories written, they will be posted.



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