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        12-08-2010, 10:34 AM
      #21
    Foal
    Post Safety and flexiblity are the "Keys" in camping!

    My Bride and I try to be as safe and flexible as possible to meet any camping environment that we may experience. Option 1 is a truck tent, re: http://www.sportzbynapier.com. Sets up in 20 minutes or less and is suitable for developed or primitive camping areas. Option 2 is a ground tent that we use for quick set up on short overnight stays (usually in transit to out of state trails/campgrounds). Option 3 is to sleep in our 3-horse, slant load, bumper pull trailer (usually selected when we are caught in an extended bad weather forecast senario). Regardless of which option selected, we use two Coleman cots that are 27" in width to sleep on. Sleeping bags zipped together with - as needed - cover blankets (wool) will keep you warm (we've slept quite comfortable in temperatures as low as 15 degrees in the Rocky and Appalachians Mountains). The involved gear is easily stored in the Dressing Quaters of our horse trailer.
         
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        12-08-2010, 09:03 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    When I go camping, I usually go with my trail club. The first year I just slept in my trailer. (cleaned out any poo, put down a tarp and a foam pad, a sleeping bag and blankets...) The last two years, however, I've conned my parents into meeting us up there and now I sleep in their 32' motor-home. *grin*
         
        12-12-2010, 10:15 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    I've gone on the trails with my horse, but I've never camped. As suggested before I would sleep in the trailer or in a tent. I prefer tents because it feels more like camping. How do you keep clean though?
         
        12-12-2010, 10:36 PM
      #24
    Trained
    This is making me anxious for summer again. Have friends who do this and I have always wanted to go, but life has gotten in the way. I am thinking the back of my SUV sounds good-or a tent with a cot.....I hate snakes and bugs. YUK! The tough part is we have a beautiful 38'RV-but, since DH is SO allergic to horses, I can NEVER use it. Even if I strip and shower outside.
         
        12-12-2010, 10:37 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Uhmmm. Keep clean while camping? Well, I generally shower most every day. A solar shower bag and a modesty enclosure and a hot camp shower is a done deal!
         
        12-13-2010, 09:47 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Post Camping Hygiene.

    We have the following bathing options when we camp: Sponge Bathing in the horse trailer with heated water; Solar water bag hanging from a tree or stand; and bath house shower when available. If safe and close by we also will enjoy a refreshing dip in a stream, river, or lake. Obviously, the option selected is dependent upon the time of year, location, and sense of privacy.
         
        12-13-2010, 10:26 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gamecock67    
    We have the following bathing options when we camp: Sponge Bathing in the horse trailer with heated water; Solar water bag hanging from a tree or stand; and bath house shower when available. If safe and close by we also will enjoy a refreshing dip in a stream, river, or lake. Obviously, the option selected is dependent upon the time of year, location, and sense of privacy.
    To be honest I'd prefer the Sponge Bathing because it has heated water. I was just wondering how you keep you hair and body clean. I know it sounds funny to ask how to keep your hair and body clean while camping. I take one shower everyday because if I don't my hair and body gets filthy! If the bath house shower was available I would use that too.
         
        12-14-2010, 12:20 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    A solar shower bag provides a hot shower if there's any sunshine. An option is to get a Campmore Shower Pump for about $20 and use a 5 gallon bucket for the water. Fill the bucket with whatever temp water you prefer. The shower pump is battery operated and drops into the bucket. The shower head can be attached to whatever is convenient. There's a convenient, remote, on off switch so you can shut of the pump to save water and batteries when lathering up.

    I used one of these when winter camping in my travel trailer. I had drains, but no water supply. I hauled water to camp and heated it on the stove for showering/washing.

    Not being able to keep clean is NOT an excuse to avoid getting out! There's just too many options available!
         
        12-14-2010, 01:45 PM
      #29
    Showing
    Wow, ya'll take all the fun out of camping . When we used to go, we would hitch up a team of mules, pack all our sleeping bags and food in the wagon, and us kids would take our saddle horses and ride to wherever we wanted to camp (anywhere from 3 to 15 miles from home). We would take a tent just in case the weather turned but seldom used it. We usually just spread a tarp out on the ground and layed our sleeping bags out on that. We would tie our horses to the trees and call it good. We almost always found a spot within walking distance of a spring fed stream or a pond for washing dishes and ourselves. It was an amazing thing just laying there with your feet toward the camp fire looking up at the stars.

    Coming back toward town after a weekend out camping.


    Just packed up and ready to leave the campsite.
         
        12-14-2010, 07:19 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    As I kid, I roughed it, too. Now I like all the comforts of home. Even backpacking I take the wine and stemwear! Just 'cause I go to the back woods don't mean I can't be civilized!

    OK, when backpacking I wash in the lake. But with a horse to help carry the gear there's no reason not to have a hot shower when needed/desired! Although for just an overnight it might not be worth it. Ask me next summer after I've done a few!

    I've been doing a bunch of internet exploring the last couple of weeks and have found a whole slug of places where we can camp and leave the boys to play at camp while the Mrs. And I go for long day rides. Or where we can get dropped off with the horses and meet the boys 8 or 10 miles down the trail and all camp together.

    And a lot of places where we can leave the boys behind and have some Quality Time with just us and the horses!

    I bet there's two or three dozen good destinations within an hour's drive of home. Only 4 or 5 more months and it'll be camping season! WooHoo!
         

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