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How big of a trailer is too big for convienence?
Poll ended at Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:04 pm
18ft 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
20ft 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
28ft 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
35ft 100%  100%  [ 1 ]
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 Post subject: Our family's experience in the Allegheny National Forest.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:04 pm 
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This past summer my wife came across a local ad for a used travel trailer, 2000 16ft with heater, generator and a small shower. After a few months of work we completed our renovation around October and figured we'd head out and give it a try.

We ended up modernizing the interior with a few electronics and expanding the battery bank with a few golf cart batteries, as well as adding a 200watt solar panel array to help with boon-docking. We also installed a 12volt oven and an electric heater in case our propane heater had an issue. And what camping trip would be complete without a new TV
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, well the kids thought it would be a good idea and it turned out pretty useful! We have a 24in 12volt Naxa TV mounted on our passenger side wall.

Our trip date was for the 25'th - the 29th. Which was supposed to be a nice sunny weekend
:?
, however it turned out to be rather dreary.

We went fishing on the afternoon of the 25'th and caught a few pan fish and a catfish for lunch. Our kids were pretty excited with the prospect of having a good'ol fish fry and we were pretty happy with our days catch. A smattering of pan fish about sandwich size and a 4lb catfish! This was one of the small streams we followed to a nice crystal clear pool, you could see all the way to the bottom!

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That evening turned out to be MUCH cooler than the forecast of 45 with temps dipping down in to the low 30's. Luckily our propane heater did its job and kept us toasty.

This was taken after a few hours worth of hiking around, guess we got there a bit late to see the fall colors I suppose we'll have to go back next year!
:D


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We found some GREAT hiking and possible rock climbing if you brought the right equipment! I love to hope around on rocks even though my body say's I shouldn't anymore
:P
especially the moss covered rocks those suckers are slick!

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All and all our trip worked out very well, the kids had a great time and the wife and I enjoyed our flipped trailer, its just big enough to go somewhere but not big enough to be a burden.


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 Post subject: Re: Our family's experience in the Allegheny National Forest.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:12 pm 
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Regarding your poll, we previously owned an 18 foot 5th wheel, that was about 9 feet tall. We where able to pull it practically anywhere in and around the national forest campgrounds. We wanted to increase our indoor comfort level so we purchased the smallest newer 5er we could find. A 25 footer and 11.5' tall. The bigger size has limited our rural camping experiences, but not to the point where we can't find a nice secluded spot. Our height has been more of a limiting factor.


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 Post subject: Re: Our family's experience in the Allegheny National Forest.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:42 pm 
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So you started out with a smaller camper too
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How does height effect your ability to camp more than the length if you don't mind my asking?


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 Post subject: Re: Our family's experience in the Allegheny National Forest.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:49 pm 
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Low hanging tree branches. I do not want to have these pointed objects rip my roof. For some reason, not much pruning goes on. Low hanging branches can stop me in my tracks if located on the main access road.


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 Post subject: Re: Our family's experience in the Allegheny National Forest.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:07 pm 
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Well now that makes sense. I know the last thing I would want to have happen is for a branch to put a quick end to a camping trip! Is your roof gelcoat or the basic rubber over wood?


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 Post subject: Re: Our family's experience in the Allegheny National Forest.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:33 am 
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When we meet with the Forest Service, our often unsolicited advice is "look up" when doing their CG maintenance. When we owned a travel trailer, we drove a pointed branch right through the top end of our trailer. As an aside, always carry duck tape on your travels.
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