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Old 07-10-2011, 09:59 PM
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HA! A little rain and we bailed... first time for my family + downpour/lightning= not my best shot at impressing either to do it more.

We may head up tomorrow still but these storms have been pretty rocking and WET!
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:46 AM
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Yea - all this rain is pretty unusual. What a difference a week makes! We were up for 4 days over the 4th weekend and had some showers the first day, but it was sunny and warm the rest of the time. This past weekend would have been brutal with all the rain and lightning.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:00 AM
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Are you ready for a pop up trailer? I never was but my wife loves it. We camped all weekend. Went inside and drank hot chocolate while it rained. Rent one for the weekend next time you bring the family. My wife went from not liking camping to suggesting we go almost every weekend all summer once we got the camper. You can rent them for about $100 per night. We've had ours for almost 3 years and it's averaged out to about that amount. But, priceless in my mind for the family time spent together.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:08 AM
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Agreed there... the worse the weather is, the better the popup is.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:38 AM
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Yeah, sadly I spent a year of my life building my "camper."

I keep trying to stay in my FJ40 & Trailer lifestyle when our circumstances scream for a 100 Series and a Popup/travel trailer.

Time will tell.
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100 series? You have the sequoia. Same thing.

In fact, the sequoia is likely better because it has more room in side.

Bill burke has wheeled one.

Buy some more agressive tires for it, and get rid of the running boards. That baby will take you anywhere you want to go, and you'll be comfy doing it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:42 PM
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100 series? You have the sequoia. Same thing.

In fact, the sequoia is likely better because it has more room in side.

Bill burke has wheeled one.

Buy some more agressive tires for it, and get rid of the running boards. That baby will take you anywhere you want to go, and you'll be comfy doing it.
Right now we have a wheelin' rig and a station wagon
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:55 PM
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Getting to this one late. Ironically I was at Scout camp for a week. Probably my last one. But a couple of things.

Get him a small but pack and make him outfit it himself. a bright color if possible.
Items are:
small water bottle (8 oz. or so) and make him fill it.
a couple of granola bars or whatever works.
a couple of Band Aids
a Flash light
and a whistle

Both my sons were required to pack this by themselves for all outings. It started them on the right track for thinking about equipment.

Another thing, when they get cold tell them to run over to that puddle or tree or whatever and see how deep it is and then run back to tell you what the depth is. Do understand why this works?

And as soon as you can have them walk a little ways besides you in the woods instead of right behind you. Gets them to gain a little confidence in themselves. And they start looking for themselves at nature. But get ready to answer all questions.

Hope you had a good time and many more to come. When you get to backpacking I have some more lessons to pass on about youngins.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:35 PM
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Plan B was initiated today... camping in the living room! We played in the sleeping bags, had burgers, and s'mores in the oven

Game on. Family is dry and happy
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1999 UZJ 100 Series bone stock ready to rock AKA:The backup minivan

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Old 07-11-2011, 07:45 PM
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Do you have an easy up for shelter? Nice in rain and in sun. That's one of the nice thing about the popups vs a tent. You can go in and relax and sit at a table and play some games etc.
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