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Back in the mid 80's we had a Coleman PUP . On our first year, we camped at a lake in Ohio near a large Amusement park and I made the mistake of unhooking my (only 1000 lb) camper from the car to roll it into position at the site. Unfortunately I was on an incline, it started down the hill toward the lake with me trying to hold onto the tongue! It gained speed, pulled me onto my back under the tongue and dragged me down the hill at least 75 ft . Would have rolled right into the lake except that there was a small tree in my path thank God! The back of the camper hit the tree squarely and stopped! We used that camper for 30 more years with that big dent in the back aluminum cover of the PUP and learned the hard way to back into position and chock the wheels BEFORE unhooking!


Was it Geauga Lake? If so, we stayed there once and the campground was awful. Poorly maintained, indifferent staff, raccoons hanging from overflowing dumpsters... oh, and the dump station. Don't get me started on the dump station.


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Enjoyed reading all of the posts, thanks for taking the time to share.

We used to go camping over Thanksgiving at Kanopolis St. Park in the COE campground. A few years back they decided to start closing during the winter, we didn't discover that until we arrived, we weren't prepared to camp without electric hook ups that weekend so we ended up at the campground below the spillway. Well apparently the site we chose on Wednesday was used by a group on Friday that meets there every year, for the day, this site was not one that could be reserved btw. They ended up at the next site for the day giving us the occasional dirty glance but no more than that. Noticed the next morning that the hitch had been stolen off of my truck, fortunately it wasn't Sunday morning as we were getting ready to leave. I now have a lock that I use whenever the hitch is in.

Still had a great trip and the weather was beautiful!


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drsteve wrote:

temccarthy1 wrote:

Back in the mid 80's we had a Coleman PUP . On our first year, we camped at a lake in Ohio near a large Amusement park and I made the mistake of unhooking my (only 1000 lb) camper from the car to roll it into position at the site. Unfortunately I was on an incline, it started down the hill toward the lake with me trying to hold onto the tongue! It gained speed, pulled me onto my back under the tongue and dragged me down the hill at least 75 ft . Would have rolled right into the lake except that there was a small tree in my path thank God! The back of the camper hit the tree squarely and stopped! We used that camper for 30 more years with that big dent in the back aluminum cover of the PUP and learned the hard way to back into position and chock the wheels BEFORE unhooking!


Was it Geauga Lake? If so, we stayed there once and the campground was awful. Poorly maintained, indifferent staff, raccoons hanging from overflowing dumpsters... oh, and the dump station. Don't get me started on the dump station.


Yes, It was that Geauga Lake Campground! Thanks for reminding me!


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We were on a 10,000 mi RV trip touring the U.S. with another couple which are lifelong friends - each couple in their own rig. We were just into the trip about 2 weeks when they got hit by a bus and a pickup truck which totaled their RV. We helped them unload everything of value from their wrecked RV into a rented van and they went back to home to California the next day.

The DW and myself continued on alone for the remainder of the camping tour.


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lol.. While not technically a CG, we overnighted in a Sams Club parking lot in Camarillo CA. We were awakened at about midnight with insane drag racing in the parking lot. It was incredible. Car clubs, truck clubs etc, all show up there. They were racing between us and the big rig across the lane. Ran into a policeman at the gas station the next morning and he said they are aware of the racing, but leave them be instead of having them out on the the county roads

It was like something out of MadMax

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Thank you folks for the stories. I try to stay in private camps where staff would have problem campers out in minutes. Some are very beautiful but harder to find. I did have two very nice new shirts stolen.

Planning ahead knowing about alternative nearby camps and remaining packed, ready to go at a moments notice is sometimes very wise.

I was once threatened bodily harm if I said one more word about them stopping their foul mouthed yelling at around 1 in the morning. I stood my ground and said a few things about dealing with a couple attorneys.

I must have ruined their whole idea of camping since they were absolutely quiet after briefly mentioning my legal tactics making sure they go broke in the process.

I later realized that they were testing to see just how far they could go pushing their idea of camping on our 50 or so very polite people in our church group camping nearby.

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They threatened bodily harm? I'd have called 911 and let the cops deal with them.

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If I remember correctly there was no cell service around there in those days. The threat came even though I remained polite. They knew they were pushing it with the surrounding campers, aware of a possible situation with the way they behaved, they were looking for trouble. I found a way to deal with it. My church camp had a peaceful weekend camp after that.

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A couple that did a lot of tent camping talked the wife & I into a camping weekend. The last time we had camped was with the father-in-laws heavy canvas pole tent on the sand. On a beach in southern Oregon. What a beautiful evening that was watching the sun set shine through the tent door.

Well we did not have a tent this time. I think the Father-in-laws tent rotted out because of the way we folded it. So we went to a “surplus” store and bought what I thought was a nice light nylon tent. I am sure we had a wonderful meal and talk that evening evening at the heavily wooded campground. But at sunset it started to rain. And rain it did. With thunder and lightening. More rain and thunder and lightening. At some point we decided the new tent had a leak. So we moved around trying to avoid it. That did not work. Finally I pointed the flashlight straight up and all you could see was mist coming through the tent top everywhere!

We then moved the sleeping bags, now soaked, to the Chevy Citation hatchback (remember those?) and tried to get some sleep while it rained and rained all night.

The wife did not want to “camp” again until we glamped in a 30” Class C many years later when the kids were ten & seven.

Today I know IF the tent had a fly things would have been much different.


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Was walking at night in state park with flashlight and fell into 3 foot hole, chest deep...shoulder had to be replaced after taken by ambulance to hospital. In hospital 3 weeks, then months of recovery. Camping again now, though!!

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