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    Time for the next phase

    It's been a while since I've been here, but have enjoyed peeking at the forum now and then to see what everyone is up to. After some soul-searching, we've decided to sell our Niagara. It's been a fun family-camping experience, but also a lot of work for the small amount of time we're able to...
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    2006 Fleetwood Niagara – $8,500 obo - Illinois

    Camper is in very good condition, ready to camp today! All systems and appliances in good working order. Camper is watertight, no leaks or water damage, floor is solid. Canvas in good condition, zippers work well, some minor wear spots and discoloration. Some normal wear to interior...
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    FREE! Dometic 3-way fridge (33" tall, from a high wall)

    Free! Dometic 3-way fridge from our 2006 Fleetwood Niagara HW. Works on 110 and propane, not sure about 12v. Standard light brown color. Has a small freezer compartment. We've only used on 110 and it works fine, unless the outside temp gets too hot (think 90+) and after that it has trouble...
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    Baraboo Hills Campground (near Wisconsin Dells)

    We just returned from a fun weekend at this campground, so I thought I would share our experience! This is our second time there. Baraboo is between Wisconsin Dells and Devil's Lake SP. The campground is a large, private campground. So many families with kids. Looks like about 1/3 seasonal...
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    What food item has unexpectedly become a camping staple for you?

    This morning I'm packing up food for our first trip of the year, leaving this afternoon. I had a chuckle to myself as I thought, time to make the pasta salad! The backstory is that when we first started camping a few years ago, I didn't trust the fridge to keep things cold and didn't want any...
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    Made a towel rack that hangs and stores under the bunkend!

    I'm so excited that I finished up this mod! I wanted to do it every since I saw it on thepopupprincess years ago, but our old PUP did not have enough room on the underside of the bunk. New PUP has plenty! I made two towel racks out of 1/2 inch PVC that hang under the rear bunkend. They stow...
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    Cedar Lake Ministries RV Park

    I was wondering if anyone has visited this campground and has any insights? It looks like a pretty nice place, but nothing too fancy. Reviews I find online are all pretty positive. One downside seems to be that hookups are shared by two campsites, so if you are on the further one you need...
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    Jellystone Millbrook (Chicago) - no longer accepting popups or tents!

    Yesterday I was shocked to learn from my phone call to Jellystone that the new owners have decided they are not accepting popups or tent campers! Wha?????? I've heard of this happening in more fancy or snow-bird type areas, but this is your average just-outside-the-suburbs private campground...
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    My NTU 2006 Fleetwood Niagara - aka "Captain Janky"

    So excited to have a high wall! Although not exactly the one I thought I'd get... Found this one for sale about 2 hours away. Looked decent in the pics, but a few known issues (no original water heater, dometic cabana with dry-rotted bag and of unknown condition in a storage tote, etc.). Had...
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    Does your AC make condensation on the ceiling?

    Found a Fleetwood HW I might want to take a look at. Talked to the seller a bit and he says it's in good shape with only one cosmetic problem. He says when the AC is running, it makes a condensation spot on the ceiling (like where the cold air is blowing out the side vent of the AC unit). He...
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    "Super Awning" - anyone make one? (and have pics?)

    I'm looking for a way to make, what DH and I have dubbed, a "super awning!" We like to cook and eat outside our PUP and our basic bag awning is just not enough room. In the past, we've set up our EZ up next to our bag awning and it's almost enough space. However when it rains there is rain...
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    Is the center seam supposed to be like this? 2000 Viking 2485ST

    Looked at a Viking for sale today and noticed that the roof seam seems kind of bare. It is the 2 sheet metal halves of the roof that meet in the middle. Only thing covering that seam is some old, half-missing caulk/tape stuff. My Jayco has a metal channel that covers the seam, a vinyl strip...
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    How you thought it would be vs how it really is

    So I have just passed the 1 year mark of PUP ownership! Happy anniversary to me! I was reminiscing today about how I THOUGHT camping would be before we bought our PUP vs. how we did things those first few trips vs. our current "highly evolved" set-up and style. It makes me glad that we...
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    Why do my van tires sound funny after last camping trip?

    So after we returned from our last camping trip, I've noticed the tires on my van are making more noise than they used to. Like a slightly louder, slightly more high-pitched sound than before. Gets higher pitched as I drive faster and lower pitched as I slow down. I checked tire pressure and...
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    Jellystone - Eureka, MO

    Just got back from 4 nights at Jellystone and thought I'd post for anyone looking for a family/resort place! Overall a fun, family-focused campground. This is obviously a private campground that has a lot of amenities for kids. Pros: -Grounds are clean and well-kept -Bathrooms are pretty...
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    What if I remove cabinet fronts to make open shelving?

    Every time I start thinking about packing the PUP for an upcoming trip, I come up with another storage mod I want to try. Getting ready to pack for our longest trip yet - stuff for 5 people for 4 nights! This week's pondering is, what if I removed the cabinet fronts (but leave the bracing...
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    Illinois Beach State Park - anyone been recently?

    Considering a weekend at this park over the summer. Has anyone been recently that can comment on the condition and cleanliness? Also, anyone come across a campground map that shows where the shower house and playground are at? Need to pick a spot close to those! Any other thoughts or...
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    ISO campground near Mammoth Cave that also has cabins

    Does anyone have a recommendation of a campground in the Mammoth Cave area that has cabins? Planning a trip this summer with SIL & family. We are going in the PUP of course. They would like a cabin. We are open to either private or state park, whatever. Looked at the Jellystone, but very...
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    Anyone turn a fish cleaning table into a camp kitchen?

    Wondering if anyone has used a fish cleaning table (folding table with a built in sink & faucet) into a camp kitchen? I recently got one on clearance at Menards, since we realized we don't like using the inside sink. I have a 10 gallon flat blue rectangle gray water tank to keep underneath...
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    New camper with a ntu camper!

    Hello! I'm Christene from outside of Chicago. I'm so happy to be joining you! I have very little camping experience, a ntu 2002 Jayco Quest 10-footer [PU], and a husband, 3 kids, and a dog that are all excited to camp. We squeezed in 2 trips this fall. First a one-night shakedown at a...




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