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My first was a 1977 Ford E150 cargo van that I completely modified the interior myself. That was fun.


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my first was a '72 Starcraft Galaxy 8 pop up then a '84 Lazy Daze 23' Class C>> those were the days !!


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Lol, being a youngin' here, my first was a 1998 Terry with a manual crank sofa slide. Thought it would last me forever! 3 trips with a baby changed that school of thought!


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Our first was a 1985 Palomino popup. I do mean popup as you had to unlatch the roof and lift it manually, it had spring loaded arms that would help lift and then snap up. In 1987 traded it for a Jayco popup that had a crank up top. Those were the good ole days.


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1969 Winnie Brave

Back in the mid 80's when our family vacation budgets were limited. DW and I loaded up our four kids in the 1969 22ft Winnebago Brave, for a trip to Washington DC. We planned on staying in the Winnie if a stealthy spot could be found around the Capitol/Mall/White House area. We were experienced urban campers, having taken other trips to our nation's largest cities. Usually spending the night in a hotel parking lots or a city street that bordered a park. It was a lot of fun with the kids, having the Motor Home parked close to the action, of each city's downtown tourist area. While driving the Winnie around the Washington Monument I spotted a group of white construction trailers parked on the grass next the Monument's visitor's parking lot. I drove the Winnie from the visitor's parking lot across the grass and chose a space among the construction trailers. Our 'white' Winnie blended right in with the 'white' construction trailers. We spent the next three nights camped there, spending the day touring the Capitol's Mall, Museums and Monuments. At night we'd bed down in our lil' White House gazing at the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Monuments and then turn to give a salute to our closest neighbors, Ronnie and Nancy over at the big White House.

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Being another relatively youngin', our first was a 1997 Rockwood pop-up with a 12' box. It was HUGE but we were able to use our minivan to haul it around. We owned it longer than any since (5 years). Wife wanted her own toilet (her exact words) so we went to a 2002 27' Hornet. We quickly outgrew that and bought a 2004 Jayco 32' w/ a superslide and quad bunks (this was a nice unit). After realizing the kids spent more time sleeping outside, we upgraded to our current rig (our first 5er) back in 2006. We finally broke the "trading in every two years" thing and hope to keep this one until it falls apart - which will hopefully be a few years after I get it paid off!


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1967 Aristocrat 16' TT. Now we have grandchildren and are ready to do it again! (But we are overwhelmed by the variety of choices.)

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Our first was a 2000 Coleman pupup. Then we had two TT and now have our second 5th wheel. As someone else said the popup was the good old days.


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Our first RV was a camper shell on the back of my dad's farm pick-up (1970 Chevy) with a butane tank in back; this would have been in 1971. My wife & I drove from Harlingen, TX to Las Cruces, NM for a job interview. We bought the camper shell for the trip. We had two fold up cots (old army style, canvas, take apart to fold), a borrowed Coleman camp stove. The camp stove's leather pump was dry, therefore we had a time getting it to work. Corn oil on the leather to get it going. First time to sleep in it was a KOA in Las Cruces. Got the job, found a small house to rent, spent another night at the KOA. Went to Carlsbad. Can't remember others stops. No real problem. Fell in love with RVing & New Mexico and have been at it for 38 years.

After getting back home, we bought a '71 Chevy Pickup for the camper shell. After moving to NM, I added build in bunks, storage, a spot for a Coleman ice chest and a wooden floor over the metal bed with indoor/outdoor carpet. It was a neat set up for us. It even had a little seat, so you could have a place to put on shoes, etc in the back close to the door. The camper shell had a solid back, with a door & windows on both sides. I took the tail gate off. It had 3 tiers, tallest in the rear, of course. It was great for boon docking & dispersed camping. We also got a port-a-potty.

We also bought a new Coleman stove in Las Cruces before we left. Ha!

Edit add: In '75, at least I believe it was '75. Traded this set-up on a '75 Scout II 4x4, slept in the back with the tailgate down with a sheet over the back to keep out bugs, or in a tent.

A few years later, around '83 or 4, I got an old '60 something Holiday Rambler Truck Camper for the old '70 pick up, after I got it from my mom. It had roof leaks, water leaks if on city, smelled bad until got to cooking in it each trip. I took the mattress out & burned it (living out on a small, 5 acre farm at the time). It fit a long bed pick-up.

Bought a TT in '86 (a 20' 1983 Komfort Lite Bunkhouse with a head & shower, Wow!) which we took on a trip to Yellowstone, Glacier, Baniff in Canada to Victoria, BC then down the west coast to SoCal & back home towed with the 16 year old '70 Chevy farm truck without a butane tank & a low shell.

After several new to us tows through the years, we went to a '96 Coachman Catalina C-class 22' MH in '97. We went to Canada again for our first trip with it. This time to LA area then up the west coast to Victoria, BC area to Jasper, to Baniff, Watertown, Glacier, then back home via American Falls area of Idaho. After getting a Fish & Sky Boat, we often towed our Jeep CJ-7 & the boat behind the C-class going up to Elephant Butte State Park.

We down sized to the 16' Scamp in 2005.

We enjoyed each and everyone of them. [emoticon]


WoW! McZip, you are the super urban Stealth Camper for sure.
McZip, wrote: "Back in the mid 80's when our family vacation budgets were limited. DW and I loaded up our four kids in the 1969 22ft Winnebago Brave, for a trip to Washington DC. We planned on staying in the Winnie if a stealthy spot could be found around the Capitol/Mall/White House area. We were experienced urban campers, having taken other trips to our nation's largest cities. Usually spending the night in a hotel parking lots or a city street that bordered a park. It was a lot of fun with the kids, having the Motor Home parked close to the action, of each city's downtown tourist area. While driving the Winnie around the Washington Monument I spotted a group of white construction trailers parked on the grass next the Monument's visitor's parking lot. I drove the Winnie from the visitor's parking lot across the grass and chose a space among the construction trailers. Our 'white' Winnie blended right in with the 'white' construction trailers. We spent the next three nights camped there, spending the day touring the Capitol's Mall, Museums and Monuments. At night we'd bed down in our lil' White House gazing at the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Monuments and then turn to give a salute to our closest neighbors, Ronnie and Nancy over at the big White House."

Only once did we do any Stealth Camping, back in the early '70s. We pulled off the viewing road by the Grand Canyon South onto a forest pull over and into a forest track of road. Parked behind some small trees & brush. No knock on the door in the middle of the night. Only time we disperse camped where I felt as if I was stealthing.


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Our first was a early 50's star craft tent that the beds pulled out the front & back. When the tent went bad in the 60's, cut the back out to carry DW & My dirt bikes. Pulled it with a self made van conversion. Lot of really good memories from them times!





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