We never went camping as a family growing up. My little brother & I went camping with the churches Royal Ranger's scouting group. We usually had two camping trips a year, one big regional Pow Wow with other Ranger groups, the other one would be just out local group. Those were the best memories of growing up, man... pancakes & sausage never tasted better!
I got a pup tent for my 12th birthday, so we'd camp out in my yard or my friend's yard. In the middle of the night we'd wander the neighborhood streets, it was like a whole different world in the wee hours.
I bought a 12' micro TT when I was 20, I used it for a few years on a friends land up state NY. I brought it home years later, used it for storage, mice ruined it and I scraped it.
A few years after that I bought a 24' TT to use as an office trailer / storage while building new homes. Once while it was sitting at home between projects I decided to take it to a local c/g to try camping in it, our kids were just the right ages where we could all enjoy it, and we did. After that, we were hooked.
Now with a bigger 36'er, we have all the comforts of home without all the distractions. A great way to have true family time.
I'm sure that I ensured that my "some day" grand kids will be camping & boating because mine are now & love it all. Camping sure is nice legacy to pass on to the next generation.
My wife never camped before, she has done the tent one time on our old pontoon boat, she's a good sport and will endure anything for the family. She loves the TT & now the cabin Cruiser (boat), she needs the flush toilets & warm showers, etc... Happy wife, happy life :)
Best selling hint for me is a youtube link in your add to a video walk around. It's free, too! You heard a pic is worth a 1,000 words, then a video is worth 1,000,000 words.
I rent out homes & apts, nothing sets you apart more than having a video in addition to the pics..
Here's my experience with both;
I was a partner in a towing company in the early 90's, we had both Ford & GMC/chevy wreckers. The late 80's early 90's Fords never had any trans or rear problems. The late 80's / early 90's GMC did. We stopped buying the GMC's & stuck with Fords.
I will only have a Ford for towing my 7500 LB TT & 5000 LB Boat.
I have a 98 Lincoln Navigator (Expedition) w/ 107K miles on it for towing. I tow 8K-10K (back hoe & trailer & loaded dump trailer) with it, too. I'm happy with it's performance.
We went the other way around, been TT camping for years & had a 24' pontoon boat. Last summer we tried camping on it in the Barnegat Bay on the NJ shore. We set up a 9x7 tent on the deck and stayed out three days & two nights...we were hooked.
I came home, sold the pontoon after picking up a 23' cabin cruiser. Last weekend was our first overnighter in her, it was great, like having a camper on the water.
Our camping always slowed down in the summer, because I don't like camping when the parks are crowded, I love it when no one else is around.
It was all new being on the lake at night, didn't know people stayed out till very late, we always left just after sunset if it was nice. It was a whole different world at night, it was very nice.
A good friend of mine is an exterminator, he said the green blocks do have a coagulant, one nibble and they soon die, 99% make it outside. We've used them for years & they work *FAST*, no guessing, no on going war. I own / manage rental properties as well, some out in the country. Every fall, the mice try to come in from the cold and I get calls about them. Once I put the blocks out, within a day or two there is no more evidence (black rice), 99% time no smell. The few times there was a smell, it lasted no more than a week. Tenants would rather deal with a smell for a week than being over run by mice. Even in my TT I leave them out, there will never be an infestation in there. I've seen these blocks work like I claim for over 25 years, like magic.
The economy is still in the toilet, I'm sure there are alot more sellers than buyers out there, especially buyers who are looking to pay anywhere near "used retail". If your buying, buy low or walk, there are plenty of people out there looking to unload at a discount price.
I went from 24' to 36'er. The 24' was nice for camping, the 36' you could live in if you had to. We have three kids who now have their own bunks & shared bedroom, mom & dad have their own private bedroom with queen bed you can walk around. If it rains, no problem staying inside. no more moving stuff so the kids can sleep on the pull out sofa & break down dinnette. Towing the 36' is no problem over the 24'. We stay local in the state campgrounds or private land, so no problems not fitting for us. Some spots were too small for my 24', but there was always large spots for the 36' in the state campground, including our favorite ones.
I have a 1993 (yup 20 years old) Skyline Nomad that I put a new epdm roof coating on last October. I'm pushing 300lbs and walked all over that roof, I could tell where the rafters were by the staple lines under the roof material, so I stepped on there with no problem. I saw things that I couldn't see from looking over from the side with a ladder, so it was a good thing to catch problems before they started. BTW, the roof came out great.
This is about the only con on my TT, the kids can't reach the ceiling light. I added a sticky led light for them on the wall. Great idea, NanciL with putting a pullchain on the ceiling light, quick & easy fix there.
That seems to be a silly way to make an extra buck or two while manufacturing, when most campers have kids who can't reach a ceiling light. My old Citation had two light switches in the bathroom, one for over the sink & one for the main ceiling light.