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In Response to Re: Ah! the joys of Camping..:
You want to remind me why I think you used to be postal or am I confusing people again.
As of last check "Camping" still exists - odd thing is people keep joining but, then only lurk and never post.
When I do get notification I do swing back to see what's happening. BUt, I was talking to myself for awhile just trying to keep things active per AARP terms.
My latest reason for loving facebook is in Earl's post. I realy need to stop reading so darn many newsletters, magazines and my personal favorite the RTFM. I'm trying not to become a BOFH (check out the register.uk) for that acronym but, it does explain pretty my sense of humor WARPED!
I totally hear understand the joys of arthritis - getting used to a new happy/snappy arthritis relief that has put me on the sidelines of everything until everything settles down again. My ideal rig you have part of already and costs a heckofa lot less than a real motorized or tow behind RV. Truck camper and an expedition motorcyle rear carrier.
Check out in the bed truck campers (either pop-up or slide in hard sided) if you have at least an 8-foot bed on your pickup- you should be able to stick around 4 close friends, in a truck camper. And for your bike - I've seen drive-on carriers that attach to your tow bar (if it's at least 2" Reese).One end swivels down to dirt then it locks level after bike hits the half way mark.
Before camp, we had a Lance on a short bed diesel pickup and had 4 maximum people staying in the bed of the truck with 2 dogs for good measure (and not foo-foo's full size shepherd and a rottweiler/lab.)
You might find some insight to Truckcamper land at - http://www.truckcampermagazine.com
What we liked about the camper was nothing to tow, and the Queen size mattress for humans. I think it was a Sealy or Serta. The cost was a PITA $20K fully equipped with dual batteries and solar panels, and absolute favorite reasons. Didn't require a separate license plate on our truck fit in the bed, and when taken on a ferry boat we only were charged for our 20 foot pickup PERIOD they measured 4 times to try and get a higher fare.
Since the darkish ages when we bought ours they've started building campers for up to 6 people, with slide-outs that can fit on even flatbeds trucks.Or even little Jeeps it just depends upon your budget and preferences in comfort, or on/off-roading adventures.
Fair warning on Truckcampers - we had a diesel pickup, and didn't mind the negligible fuel difference hauling a not particularly light truck camper. We lost 1 mpg from 20mpg in cold weather to gaining 23mpg in super hot beltway type traffic.
We did buy air shock/stabilizers $150 our Lance was 1 year old dealer clearance from a place in Long Island,NY with a dealership in NH. And pretty much had everything prepared over the phone, til the day we drove up to pick up the rig. The dealer we bought it from I'd actually wcomment in a heart beat to anyone, he double checked everything regarding our weight and truck capacity over the phone 10 times, and in person 4 more times. Only noticeable difference in handling it had improved with the air bags and truck camper in it.
Time to play stack the firewood now, enjoy