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(?) for Hunters that Camp while hunting:

Good Day!
Intro
- I am a 47 year old husband and father of 7
- I've have been a camping since I was 5. (1967 Apache Pop Green Canvas over Gold aluminum box)
- I've been hunting for the past 5 years or so.
- I've spent 18 years as an mechanical engineer in the automobile industry, which, needless to say, at this point and time is not a favorable career.

SOoooo, I have been working a unique "Camper Design" that bridges the gap between tent camping and conventional popup camping. In order for me to finalize my design I need input from hunters that camp like you
Here is a few (?) for Hunters that Camp while hunting:
A) What type of Camping do you do?
(Tent, Popup, Travel Trailer, other-please elaborate)
B) Why do you camp?
Part of the experience, economical, close to the "Action", other
Please explain you answer.
C) What season do you camp most frequently?
D) On average how much time is spent setting up your ONLY your sleeping quarters?
E) How would you rate your sleeping experience while camping?
F) What do you use to improve your sleeping experience?
G) What is the most "excessive" weather that you camped/hunted in?
i.e. Excessive Rain, Wind, Snow, Heat, Cold, Snow.
H) How did your dwelling handle this situation? Please elaborate

Thank you so much for your time ???

KunneKamper

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(?) for Hunters that Camp while hunting:

A) What type of Camping do you do?
(Tent, Popup, Travel Trailer, other-please elaborate)
HC) - Tent, all sizes and styles! Backpacking - 20'x15' 12 man
B) Why do you camp?
Part of the experience, economical, close to the "Action", other
Please explain you answer.
HC) Not gonna lie, down deep I am a cheap arse so eye roll ... But most of the time it is the close to the action answer. Backpacking speaks for itself actually, but in hunting I sware by getting away from the roads and folks as best I can as I hunt on public prop. Often a base camp and a hike-in real close to the top!
C) What season do you camp most frequently?
HC) Spring & fall (early fishing and spring hunting & all the hunting seasons in the fall! Yes Though have longer camping trips in the summer.
D) On average how much time is spent setting up your ONLY your sleeping quarters?
HC) Got most of my set-ups down pat, so maybe 30min backpacking, if at an improved campsite it prolly means I have brought along as much comfort as poss, so 2hours!
E) How would you rate your sleeping experience while camping?
HC) For whatever reason; even when I might be sleeping on a big ol rock I sleep like a baby! THOUGH...not the night before big game opener! Uh...prolly nothing that night! LOL! Thumbs up
F) What do you use to improve your sleeping experience?
HC) Tough question...hmmmm? Everything I can! Best OVERALL answer I could think of is good & right equipment! Good not necessarily meaning expensive...but quite often we do need to pay for quality.
G) What is the most "excessive" weather that you camped/hunted in?
i.e. Excessive Rain, Wind, Snow, Heat, Cold, Snow.
HC) TOO MANY TO LIST! WOW! That is a great question and for some reason I thought of a great answer! This is no BS story either...Colorado boy...fourth of July week, musta been early eighties, Chambers Lake Colorado... we played cards in the buddys pop-up till close to 1am when my two buddys & I go to our tent, 5:30 am tent collapses from 15"-18" of snow, that HAD NOT started yet when we laid down! we all woke up quickly, everyone packed up and by 7ish there was much more on the ground and we took many turns pulling eachother out all the way to the highway....late afternoon before we hit Ft Collins and it was in the 90s!
H) How did your dwelling handle this situation? Please elaborate
HC) Not at all! LOL! Was suredly not a [4] season job! Big smile

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Location: Fruita Colorado
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(?) for Hunters that Camp while hunting:

A) I camp mostly in a 14' 1969 Kit Camper my parents bought pack in 1978. I also use a six man tent and two man tent when packing in.
B) I have been camping all of my life. It is what I grew up doing and me, my wife and three children have always done. It is economical there is no other experience like it, waking up when the sun is coming up, listening to the birds and animals, that is the life. When hunting it allows me to be closer to the areas I hunt and it allows me to cover more ground.
C) During hunting season I usually end up camping every season, from archery season in August all the way through third rifle season in November, hunting for myself, my wife,my children,my family and my friends. We also camp during spring turkey season and throughout the summer.
D) In the camper about 15 minutes. As for the tents around 30-40 minutes.
E) In the old camper great, some of the best sleep I get all year. In the six man tent and two man tent not as well. on a scale from 1-10 in the tents around a 6.
F) When I am in the six man tent a thick piece of foam and pillows and the two man pack tent sometimes a thin piece of foam.
G) Living in Colorado all of my life and camping all of my life I have camped in many different types of bad excessive weather. One in mind is 2005 archery season, the second to the last weekend, it snowed over 18" over night. At the end of archery season I moved the camper down to the area I camp in for first rifle season. We filled all of our tags by the fourth day (now a lot of the snow from archery season had melted but it had snowed or rained almost every day during that first rifle season, so the roads were very, very bad and all the ground was saturated) so we decided to leave Wednesday (the last day of that season). My dad and my friend had there campers also, we had to hook two trucks to each there campers just to get them back to Divide Rd. My camper has had the axles flipped and my tires did not plug up with mud so I was able to pull my camper out with only my vehicle.
H) All of the campers handled the weather great for sleeping in and staying in but the other campers did not have the clearence between the tires and the fender wells for the ride home, my friends camper even ended up with its plumbing ripped off from not being able to stay on the road. Now as for the guys in the tent that year they were soaked, it rained and snowed so much that the tent ended up leaking and there gear got wet.

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1970 12 ft alum. beauty with cook top, furn., ice frig

Baught it for $700 and use it year-round where ever the road conditions and snow allow. Tent camped/hunted all my life up until last year. I do not miss the tent/ground at all. I do not use the camper furnace due to not trusting that I will not be a chared remains in the morning. However, I do use a very reliable propane heater that I've used in tents before. The queen size foam bed, toilet, hard shell with functioning windows, added storage, and NO, "NO" setup is just fiiiiiiiiine for this Ole hunter/fisherman/camper. My bones thank me all the time.

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