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I've always wanted a mobile hunting camp for our deer and other hunting trips. Lately I've been cruising Craigslist looking for an old class A RV like an old school Winnebago that I could buy cheap, and maybe put a small amount into it, just to use on hunting trips. Just a place to flop and maybe be able to cook a meal. Just wondering if anyone does this.

Also, if anybody knows the whereabouts of an old Winnebago for sale cheap, I'm all ears. Thanks
 

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Way back in the day we used our little hardside trailer or my uncles mini motor home(van cab with camper shell) for bear season. We'd go up to Hyner Run St. Pk. in Clinton Co. Then hunt up a couple of those dirt roads not sure anymore if it was GL's of SF woods. It was just 3 of us so we didn't need much. We did not run the heater unless we were awake - made for some chilly mornings(still had winter back then). I think we kept food(did use stove) + water in a cooler not the fridge and we used the park bathrooms. I think we only took bacon, eggs, bread, lunch meat + cheese and maybe 1 dinner meal(first night we went out for dinner) Season was only 2 maybe 3 days back then.
 

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My only thoughts on a Class A would be that you now would have another vehicle with another engine, brakes, tires, transmission, etc to maintain. I would prefer to get a trailer camper or something of that nature that I could tow behind my pickup. At least then you pretty much just have tires and brakes to maintain. One thought I have is I have seen people use Cargo trailers for something like you are talking about and they make the inside so that they can remove the stuff and use the trailer for other purposes throughout the year. This also allows you to drop the trailer at "camp" and still use your vehicle if you are hunting away from your camping area. Just a thought.
 

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My only thoughts on a Class A would be that you now would have another vehicle with another engine, brakes, tires, transmission, etc to maintain. I would prefer to get a trailer camper or something of that nature that I could tow behind my pickup. At least then you pretty much just have tires and brakes to maintain. One thought I have is I have seen people use Cargo trailers for something like you are talking about and they make the inside so that they can remove the stuff and use the trailer for other purposes throughout the year. This also allows you to drop the trailer at "camp" and still use your vehicle if you are hunting away from your camping area. Just a thought.
I agree with you regarding class A, but there is just something about those old school Winnebagos that I really like. I realize that if I were to buy a real cheap one, its gonna take some serious dough to fix up and to buy one that is half way decent is still gonna require some serious scratch, but its a dream I've had for a long time. There's a place we hunt that has a dumpy campground literally within walking distance, so a class A would not be a problem, and normally I hunt with a couple other guys when its not just me and my kid so theres always another vehicle around to ferry hunters to the woods or to the local restaurant etc.

I've used an old popup that I owned one year way up in Sullivan county. We froze our nuts off but still enjoyed the heck out of it. Only problem with a popup is folding them down in crappy weather. Add icy canvas to the mix and its a real PIA. Won't go down that road again.
 

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I agree with you regarding class A, but there is just something about those old school Winnebagos that I really like. I realize that if I were to buy a real cheap one, its gonna take some serious dough to fix up and to buy one that is half way decent is still gonna require some serious scratch, but its a dream I've had for a long time. There's a place we hunt that has a dumpy campground literally within walking distance, so a class A would not be a problem, and normally I hunt with a couple other guys when its not just me and my kid so theres always another vehicle around to ferry hunters to the woods or to the local restaurant etc.

I've used an old popup that I owned one year way up in Sullivan county. We froze our nuts off but still enjoyed the heck out of it. Only problem with a popup is folding them down in crappy weather. Add icy canvas to the mix and its a real PIA. Won't go down that road again.
In that case a Winnebago it is. LOL. If it is something you always wanted then I say go for it! You only live once.
 

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Back in late 80's, I bear hunted with a guy that used a travel trailer and camped from a week before bear season thru the end of deer season. I have stayed in tents, the back of trucks and truck campers during bear season. First priority was being dry then warm. I do miss those days. Good times!
 

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Just don't bother rechecking your mileage when your first calculation results in 7 mpg, it's probably correct! If not it may be even lower when corrected. Sounds like fun though.

If you do get an old Winnie, don't forget to hang the flo. orange fuzzy dice on the mirror.
 

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Will do Simon......I personally couldn't care less about gas mileage. The furthest I'd drive one would probably be to Schuylkill county, or maybe Ocean city MD. Neither area is all that far from my home. I could live with 7MPG.....
 

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Saw this on that Rennug site: 1983 CLASS "C" FORD MOTORHOME

If I had a place to park it, I would probably buy it. My father had a pop up trailer we always used for camping/vacations. We got over 30 years of use out of that thing. Lots of memories in that.

Whatever you end up doing, hope you get years of use out of it like my father did.
 

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Realize that an old camper is nothing but problems. We had a 20+ year old class A that we bought for $500 at a campground in Jersey, made it to the Tacony bridge and broke down, Spent a few grand repairing it. Got it up to NE Bradford camp and all kinds of wiring issues. Mostly caused by mice . After several years of issues, gave it away and bought a 32' 3 year old camper trailer. Still have mice problems but so far we are doing good.
Guy we gave it to managed to get it as far as Tunkhannock before it died. Have no idea where it is now.
 

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Of course it depends upon the condition of the motor home and how it was cared for. There are nice ones out there that have been well taken care of, and will still provide many hours of enjoyment, and then there are piles that probably are better served being pushed off a cliff into a water filled quarry. Making a blanket statement that they're all going to have problems simply because they are old is a matter of opinion only.
 

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If you run into one that takes 2 screwdrivers and a pair of vice grips to start and have to park it on a 20* incline to level the floor, you may want to pass!:grin2:
 

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Years ago Dad used a 17' camper for buck. With 7 guys in it it was still cold. When the papers on the floor freeze while you sleep on them you know it it is cold. Even had the propane regulator freeze one night. Was good times but cold!
 

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i dont have an RV but i do have a decent sized popup camper that i keep telling my wife i will use to go hunting.
If you use it during deer season, especially during rifle season when its cold, wrap the canvas on the bed pull outs with tarps. It adds insulation and will keep the camper warmer. I learned this the hard way the one year we took mine up to Sullivan county. Another guy had a popup there and had his wrapped. I'd bet his was quite a bit warmer than ours. As I said we froze our butts off, but it was still fun.
 

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My local paper has a 1984 Ford Coachman advertised for $1000 OBO.All it states is tires are fairly new and a new spare tire.As is.I don,t know if I am allowed to put the phone # on here or not.It is in the Observer-Reporter newspaper out of Washington,Pa.and you probably can look it up online.The phone #indicates it is located in the Canonsburg,Pa.area.
 
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