Let’s Dump the Poop Tank????

I like to camp.  I like going camping.  In the mountains, in the woods, at the beach, wherever.  I just like camping.  In my younger days I camped in a tent.  One of those dome type tents that has a zipper door and a zipper window on the other side.

dometentI even went camping in a tent when I was pregnant (8 months pregnant mind you) with oldest son Zachary.  That was definitely NOT a comfortable camping trip.  My ex husband and I went camping every month back  then. (1996)  We went with a camping group on a monthly camping trip.  They of course had campers.  We had a tent.  We lived in San Diego and camped in the mountains of Julian, or on the beaches of La Jolla. They were fun times, but they also taught us that we might prefer camping more if we weren’t laying on the ground, so we bought a pop-up camper.

popupcamper

That was great for awhile.  In fact we moved from San Diego to Pensacola Florida when Zachary was 6 weeks old, and traveled across the country living in the pop-up.   We probably should have rethought that, since we had two dogs and an infant, but we were young, and you know how that goes…..

Anyway, so I have always enjoyed camping, but after my ex and I got divorced I didn’t camp much.  I was busy being a single mom, and didn’t even own a tent, so that made camping challenging. So I would get my “camping” fix by going to parents night at Zachary’s Boy Scout summer camp week and hanging around the campfire with them. And after all those years of scouting in April we got:

My new Eagle scout!
My new Eagle scout!

So I was just being a single mom, doing my thing and then Karol came into my life.  She loves camping too, so it was a match made in heaven.  The difference was she was much more equipped than I was in the camping area.  She had a HUGE dome tent, AND a little pup tent AND this amazing Cabela camping kitchen.  We went camping a few times, and had a ball.  Fishing, burning marshmallows, sitting in the smoky campfire, getting tons of bug bites (well that part wasn’t so much fun), and just sitting in camping chairs drinking coffee from the percolator coffee pot on the Coleman stove….good times.

But then we decided to get crazy and we bought a camper.

We really do love camping in our camper!!  Of course in the two years since we bought our camper  things have changed some.  We bought a camper with bunk beds in the back since we had 4 kids at home at the time and the 3 boys always went camping with us.  Then Katarina moved, and it was just the 3 boys. Then Brandon graduated high school and started working full time, and had other interests (which no longer included camping with the fam), and then we only had 2 boys.

Our camper
Our camper

Now Zachary is older, and works most weekends, so he doesn’t always camp with us either, so it is usually just Karol and I and The Genius camping.  Because he is the only kid, he has the back all to himself, like his own private little room. Also we usually let him bring a friend so he won’t be so bored by himself…..I know, can you believe that Karol and I aren’t interesting enough for him???? Hmpphhhhh…………..

I am super excited whenever we go camping , and even more excited that Zachary is old enough to take care of the house while we are gone!!

It is funny to me that just two years ago, Karol and I knew nothing about camping with a camper , and in the two years we have owned it we have gotten to the point where  we have setting up and taking down the camper to a science, and we can set up and tear down in about 30 minutes.  That is 30 minutes from pulling in to being fully ready to camp. And 30 minutes from “ok, let’s get ready to go”, to having the camper hitched and ready to pull out!

But as we are tearing down, I do the inside and Karol STILL gets to be the one who dumps the poop tank!

So I say let’s go camping and Let’s Dump the Poop Tank !!!

So who is going to dump the poop tank?

I like to camp.  I like going camping.  In the mountains, in the woods, at the beach, wherever.  I just like camping.  In my younger days I camped in a tent.  One of those dome type tents that has a zipper door and a zipper window on the other side.

dometentI even went camping in a tent when I was pregnant (8 months pregnant mind you) with Joe Cool.  That was definitely NOT a comfortable camping trip.  My ex and I went camping every month back  then.  We went with a camping group on a monthly camping trip.  They of course had campers.  We had a tent.  We lived in San Diego and camped in the mountains of Julian, or on the beaches of La Jolla. They were fun times, but they also taught us that we might prefer camping more if we weren’t laying on the ground, so we bought a pop-up camper.

popupcamper

That was great for awhile.  In fact we moved from San Diego to Pensacola Florida when Joe Cool was 6 weeks old, and traveled across the country living in the pop-up.   We probably should have rethought that, since we had two dogs and an infant, but we were young, and you know how that goes…..

Anyway, so I have always enjoyed camping, but after my ex and I got divorced I didn’t camp much.  I was busy being a single mom, and didn’t even own a tent, so that made camping challenging. So I would get my “camping” fix by going to parents night at the boys’ Boy Scout summer camp week and hanging around the campfire with them.

Then Karol came into my life.  She loves camping too, so it was a match made in heaven.  The difference was she was much more equipped than I was in the camping area.  She had a HUGE dome tent, AND a little pup tent AND this amazing Cabela camping kitchen.  We went camping a few times, and had a ball.  Fishing, burning marshmallows, sitting in the smoky campfire, getting tons of bug bites (well that part wasn’t so much fun), and just sitting in camping chairs drinking coffee from the percolator coffee pot on the Coleman stove….good times.

But then we decided to get crazy and buy a camper.

Man, we so love camping in our camper!!  Of course in the two years since we bought our camper  things have changed some.  We bought a camper with bunk beds in the back since we had 4 kids at home at the time and the 3 boys always went camping with us.  Then Katarina moved, and it was just the 3 boys. Then Brandon graduated high school and started working full time, and had other interests (which no longer included camping with the fam), and then we only had 2 boys.

Our camper
Our camper

Now Joe Cool is older, and works most weekends, so he doesn’t always camp with us either, so it is usually just Karol and I and The Genius camping.  Because he is the only kid, he has the back all to himself, like his own private little room.

Well, we don’t get to camp much between Memorial Day and the middle of July because The Genius is on a summer swim team, and has meets every Saturday. So we were super excited that he didn’t have a meet this weekend and made reservations at the KOA we love in Williamsburg.  We planned our menu, cleaned the grill, made sure the sheets for the bed were washed, and got our “camper bin” ready to go.

Well then Hurricane Arthur decided to show up!  Really???  And not only is he showing up and ruining our camping weekend, but he is soooo slow, that instead of hitting us on Thursday so we can go camping on Friday he is coming on Friday, making our camping weekend too short to even bother.  Why set up our camper on Saturday am only to have to leave Sunday am?

Although I must say Karol and I have setting up and cleaning up down to a science, we can set up and tear down our camper in about 30 minutes.  That is 30 minutes from pulling in to being fully ready to camp. And 30 minutes from ok, let’s get ready to go, to having the camper hitched and ready to pull out!

So my answer is to go out today and buy a fire pit and burn my marshmallows here in my own backyard once Arthur decides to turn East and leave us alone.

And by the way…….I wash the dishes and Karol dumps the poop tank……..

Did she say, “Dump the poop tank?”

Bluebell and I have been working feverishly over the past few years to pay off bills.
 Well, I have been working feverishly.
 I say “I” because I balance the checkbook, pay the bills, and decide how much to pay on each bill.  I have been “stacking” payments on some bills for the past few years.  What that means is you pay as much as you can on the bill that has the lowest balance.  Pay it off, then add ALL of that money to the bill with the next lowest balance, etc.  We have paid off a car loan, a credit card, and three store cards that way.
We had a goal!  All of that feverish paying off of things was done for a reason…….
 
TO ADD A NEW BILL!!!!!
Bluebell with the new camper!
YUP, we bought a camper. DON’T JUDGE ME!
Yes, friends, camping in a camper is still camping.  You will still have smoke, and fires in a fire ring, and toasting (burning if you are one of my sons….burning to a charred mess) of marshmallows.  There are still mosquitoes and bugs and spiders.  The difference is they are OUTSIDE, and I can be INSIDE.  Look at it this way, the most important part of having a camper is this:  a clean potty only 15 feet from my bedroom……..  it is the little things that make me happy.  I don’t need diamonds, money or cars….I just need a clean potty in the middle of the night that I don’t need a flashlight to get to.
Oh and the other thing that is very important is a bed.  My old bones can no longer take sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag, and the air mattress is always deflated by morning time.  NO MORE TENT CAMPING FOR ME!!!!
Okay, so we bought our camper from Dodd RV!  Fabulous people!  Very nice, very reasonable, and extremely helpful!
Our salesperson and the Dodd RV Manager were so wonderful!!
 We bought a camper they did not have on the lot because it is a new model, so they ordered it for us.  It was made to order in Elkhart Indiana, where LOTS of campers are made….little known fact about Elkhart.  (I used to live near there in Mishawaka, Indiana, well actually South Bend, but that is another story…..)
So we went to pick it up last week, and an amazing man named Bobby showed us the ins and outs of the camper.  Bobby has been with Dodd RV for over 50 years!!!!  This man KNOWS campers!!
Mr. Bobby knows campers!!
He showed us the camper from stem to stern, and from top to bottom.  He showed us how to fix things, how EVERYTHING works, how to put antifreeze in the lines to winterize, how to make drinking water for our fresh water tank, he even showed us the electronics and the guts.
  Okay, so those of you who know me KNOW that he really showed all of that to Bluebell.  She is a mechanic.  She understands how to fix things.  I just like to look cute……oh, and I can bake, cook up a storm, do laundry and get my honey a beer, all while trying to look cute. I was being cute with Bobby and taking pictures.  Bluebell learned about the camper.  THAT is the truth of it….so here are the pictures, ’cause I surely was not paying attention to how to drain the hoses, or the poop tank, or the shower.  I sure hope Bluebell was!!!!  LOL
Mr. Bobby showing Bluebell about the stereo system.

 

The kitchen. Now I need some new Pampered Chef pans for cooking!

 

Dining area. Folds down to a bed.

 

Our new baby!
This is one of the extra amenities we bought.  It is a kitchen on the OUTSIDE of the camper.  It has a fridge (for cold bevvies), a microwave, a sink and a two burner cook top.  This way I can feed the family without having to have their dirty feet inside my clean camper……

So we will take our new baby out next week during the kids’ Spring Break.  We are going to a campground about 45 minutes from the house, to test her out.  I will post pics, and let you all know how it went…….bugs, poop tank and all.