When my wife and I met 21 years ago, one of the first trips we took was a camping trip to a place called (yes you've heard it before) Silver Fork of the American River. Because my Assistant Supervisor was being a bitch and wouldn't let me leave work early, we didn't get going until after 8:00 pm. The other error we made was camping on a 3 day holiday weekend. By the time we got up there, there wasn't a camp site to be found. We ended up pitching our tent in a little spot next to a side road, drank a bunch a wine and crashed. 5:00 am the next morning the dirt bikes started. We packed up and went home.
The next time we actually went camping was in August 2013 at Hope Valley Campground.
|Hope Valley Space 9|
|So Much To Bring|
There were two things we found about tent camping. One, somebody has to sleep against the tent and the other is crawling out in the middle of the night to take a wizz is just a pain in the ass. It was at that point we decided to look into trailers.
Enter the Coachman Clipper.
|Note Single Axle|
|Short Queen Bed|
Good little trailer, was a learning experience AND
no one had to sleep against the wall.
Well, you all know the story of the blown tire
on the way to Hendy Woods and subsequent purchase of the Freedom Express. Click on the "blown tire" link to see what happened.
|TV & Stereo|
|Stove & Oven|
|Full Sized Queen Bed|
|From The Other Side|
|Bath Room With Shower|
|Wrap Around Table|
Here is a little explanation of why the trailer. In the picture from Hope Valley you could see all that was needed for a camping trip. Filled the bed of the truck. In between that trip and the Clipper purchase we did a trip down Highway 395 on the Eastern Side of the Sierra's staying in motels. One of the two things we didn't like moteling it was carrying in and out clothes bags every day at every stop for the 5 nights we were on the road. The second was going from one place to the next place each day.
So when we started in the trailers, it was a necessity to stay at least two nights everywhere we went. It has progressed to every place is now at least three nights and our trip to Upper Lake this coming August will be 4 nights.
Take it, park it, and enjoy...........