My Early Camping Days




These are just a few of my pictures from the various types of camping I've been involved with over the years.  I was also in the Boy Scouts, an organization I've been donating to for the past 20 years.


I grew up as a Military brat.  This picture was taken back in 1969 at a campground in the FL Panhandle.  The USAF had rental campers available.  We had rented the Starcraft seen in the background.  I'm standing in the background (taller of the two kids).  My mother is sitting on the picnic table.  Click on the image for a larger view




1969, hotdogs and camping, what could be better?



1981, my first vehicle, a '73 Chevy Luv.  A real bomber, but I sure had fun with it.  I later added a $25 aluminum topper and camped in the bed.



1986, tent camping at Salt Springs FL.  There was a nice wooded area just outside the campground to ride our motorcycles.




1989, camping in New Mexico.  I built this conversion van from a '77 Chevy G-10.  I added a rooftop A/C, a 3 way refrigerator, microwave, solid oak cabinets, all new interior, windows, etc.  I took a generator, ATV & cart, and a utility trailer.  I camped a lot with this rig.



I traded my ATV for this '84 Rockwood Popup.  It had hardly been used.  Nice camper, but was stolen.  The story of the incident is at this link.



1995, I bought a new '95 Coleman Royale Popup and a '95 Nissan P/Up.  The truck had a 4 banger, but pulled the weight fine.  It did need some suspension upgrades in the rear to cope with the load.  This truck also had an uncomfortable bench seat.  Ultimately, it wasn't a good long distance tow vehicle and was traded within a year. 




1995, I traded the Nissan truck for this '95 Ford conversion van.  It was fully equipped, but had a lot of mechanical issues.  Finally traded it at 69K miles.  Consumer Reports later referred to this model as a "Lemon".




I bought this 2000 Nissan Crew Cab new.  This was used to tow my 95 Coleman Popup.  The topper was purchased from SnugTop.  Excellent vehicle, sure hated to trade it in.  Extremely reliable.  The downside was it couldn't be towed my my motorhome.  Click on the image for a larger view.



This is my current daily driver.  A 2004 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.  Click on the picture, and you'll be taken to a new page with its details.  It doesn't tow a camper, just the opposite.  My RV pulls it.




Here's my current camper, a 1999 Fleetwood Bounder.  To see more pictures and details, click on the image above to be taken to a new page.



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