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Trapshooting and camping

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Phatmann, May 22, 2020.

  1. Phatmann

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    I’m sure its not for everyone, but I’d appreciate to hear your thoughts and experience? I am quite sure its not a money saving decision vs the local hotel option! Did you try it and regret it? Do it regularly and love it? Like me, wondering....
     
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  2. THALL

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    Adds a lot to the shoot. Fellowship with other like minded shooters. Having all my shooting supplies handy is nice. YMMV. Tim Hall
     
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  3. ggmshoots4fun

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    In the beginning I always stayed in a hotel. Then 4 of us got together and bought a motor home and now we travel together to all the overnight shoots (and some of the day shoots too). It's much more fun to stay on the grounds and BS with the other shooters/play cards/have a beer/hang out with your friends. I might give it up if I had to go back to hotels.
     
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  4. mg1polo

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    Many, many shooters love camping.
    It's just not for me, I can't stand it.
    Hotels work for me,
    MG
     
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  5. Bighoss

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    The campfire gatherings in the evening add a lot to the weekend. Try it.
     
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  6. Two Dogs

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    Staying on the grounds is great,it rains and you get soaked,just go to your rv have a shower put on fresh cloths.
    If it's really hot you can sit in your air cond. rv. You can have a few drinks after the shoot and you don't have to drive anywhere.
    Cook your own meals or go out.Everthing I need is right here.
     
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  7. Perazzi_MX8

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    I’ve been living in a Motorhome for nearly 5 years everyday. I stay at trap clubs nearly exclusively and it’s been great. I traveled a lot the first couple of years and I liked it. Now that my health went south it’s no where near as much fun. I hope to be able to shoot after I get healed up this time.

    Eating your own food, taking a shower between events, relaxing in your AC and sitting in a recliner sure makes shooting a lot easier. Many big shoots broadcast the scores on your tv and it makes watching the scoreboard much nicer.
     
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  8. murphranch

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    I have trouble finding a good place to put my teepee at a few places.


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  9. Perazzi_MX8

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    Just park in the beaver pounding section like many of us do. Lol
     
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  10. buck3200

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  11. Township Chief

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    Well Phatmann, every thing others have said on here is true. The comradely, place to change cloths if you get soaked in a rain storm. Air conditioning to cool off if it’s hot. All your gear, shells, everything right there. Fellowship after the shoot, having a beer around a camp fire. All great stuff. But now you have the negatives. Let’s start with licensing, insurance, state inspection, oil changes, tires, routine maintenance even for a towed camper. Fuel costs. RV don’t have very good mileage history’s. Ah 10, maybe if your lucky, 12 miles to a gallon. Camping fees, water-electric hookups. Booking a “GOOD “ spot to park it. Like a good motel room you’d better book it early. Transportation to and from the camp site to the club house or bank to shoot on. Only use it maybe five months out of the year. Winterizing it. Finding a place to store it for the winter. Maybe paying for it to be stored.
    Maybe a pain in the ass. But hey if you’re into camping go for it.
     
  12. Claypoppy

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    Definitely advantages to both camping and staying in a hotel while attending shoots.

    But lets make one thing clear.

    Unless you are staying in a tent or a very inexpensive camper, there is no money to be saved by camping.

    I have to LMAO at the guys who talk about how expensive it is to stay in a hotel while they are staying in campers (some using tow vehicles as big as a semi!) that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    I was born at night, but it wasn't last night. You can go try to sell that somewhere else!!!

    A person can stay in first class hotels for as long as they shoot and NEVER spend as much money as a lot of shooters have tied up in their camping rigs.

    Good Luck and Good Shooting!
     
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  13. Frank C

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    Define camping! Staying in a motor home or trailer is most definitely NOT camping......
     
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  14. Township Chief

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    Hey Claypoppy. How about some of those gun carts you see running around at the big shoots. $6,000, $8,000, $10,000 for a new golf cart or side by side decked out with everything they have in their car. Custom wheels, lights, custom seats, stereos, gps systems, phone charging systems, complete rain covers with built in ventilation systems, electronic gun racks.
    Nice to have money. Special paint jobs, decals, suspension systems.
     
  15. Phatmann

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    Send us a pic of Township Chiefs shoot cart that you put together! That cart is a beauty!
     
  16. Township Chief

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    Ok it’s an old one. 1999 Yamaha. Picked it up off of my sons buddy who bought off of
    a golf course that was closing down. Replaced shocks, battery, carburetor. New windshield. Put a Roll up rain tarp to protect the new range bag/shell basket on the rear. New two gun floor mounted rack. New tires. Repainted it. Came out pretty good.
     

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  17. Setterman

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    Don't forget my favorite job, packing and unpacking. Clothes, food from the fridge, guns to clean, etc. I don't like to run the frig between shoots so I unload it.

    My next fav is washing it.
     
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  18. 8708

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    My wife and I love taking our 5th wheel to multiple day shoots. So much more laid back than fighting motel rooms. If I did motels she would stay home. I agree with everything said above, pros and cons. No way does it save any money but it is also important to enjoy your time away from home with friends.
     
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  19. mg1polo

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    I wouldn't know what else you call it?
    If you park your, RV, Trailer or Tent at the "CAMP GROUNDS", to me, that's camping.
    Been there, tried that, it's just not for me.
    I'll choose the Holiday Inn, everytime.
    Many, many others like camping,
    MG
     
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  20. ezz555

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    When I was a young man my wife and I camped in a tent even after we had our first child. After number two came along we went to camping at the Holiday Inn. Now that my baby is 32 years old I could not possibly imagine that tent camping thing and would rather buy another fine firearm or some other foolish thing than purchase an RV or pull behind camper as we are long past the tent stage. The space one of these things take up is another issue for people. I see campers and camper fish houses that don't leave the driveway more than a couple times a year in my neighborhood. I am sure it is nice hanging out at the grounds and having your spot you can go to between rounds but I just couldn't justify the expense involved with it. I'm with MG, give me the room service at the motel.
     
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