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Old 03-02-2021, 04:18 PM   #1
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Camping in The Rain

So we are entering our second season as campers in our TT and the first trip planned next week has rain the forecast. Iím skeptical but also kind of optimistic on it still being a fun trip. Our trailer is a smaller 22 ft and no TV (Wanted to keep the kids kids if you will). Just looking for fun ideas for camping in the rain with the family or ideas that anyone has.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:24 PM   #2
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:58 PM   #3
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We brought a puzzle I received from my brother at Christmas. Itís a 1000 piece picture of a hot air balloon festival at dawn (DW and I took a hot air balloon ride in Colorado last summer so this is my brotherís idea of payback). Ages 14+, but Iím probably way older than the manufacturer anticipated

Hasnít rained enough in February to break it out. This might be the week. We have a hard time getting started, then canít walk away.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:33 PM   #4
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Depends on the temperature, if you're in Florida it might be just as wet as you would be without rain.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:57 PM   #5
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So we are entering our second season as campers in our TT and the first trip planned next week has rain the forecast. I’m skeptical but also kind of optimistic on it still being a fun trip. Our trailer is a smaller 22 ft and no TV (Wanted to keep the kids kids if you will). Just looking for fun ideas for camping in the rain with the family or ideas that anyone has.
Bring raincoats and get out there and hike,go sightseeing, maybe take the kids to a book store and get a extra popup canopy and enjoy the time ....raining or not.
It rained here in Florida and my wife and I went into town and shopped and had a great lunch..then went to some antique stores......yesterday we were on the beach .... Have to take the good with the bad and make the most of it

I think some areas of the pacific northwest it rains frequently...I’m sure most of those people still get out and have fun..raining or not
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:29 PM   #6
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Rainy days are a great time for the "When I was your age, we walked 5 miles to school, uphill both ways" kind of stories... Not necessarily the "embellished ones" but rather the, "know your roots" kind of stories. Things that kids seldom forget, even though they probably won't ever mention it again, until they're in their 30's or 40's and they "shock hell out of you" by recalling, "Dad, do you remember when we had that green trailer and we were in the mountains and you told us about your grandpa and his white shirt? You know, when you used to fight not to have to sit behind him because he spit tobacco juice out the window??? Do you remember that? ".... It's surprising or maybe even amazing that after 40 years, a 7 year old remembers something like that.... Or the time they walked into the kitchen on Christmas Eve, just as you were rolling their bike into the living room and you thought they didn't see???

Rainy days are great times to pass on the stories your Dad or Grandpa told you when you were their age... Even if they don't seem to be listening, in 40 years, you'll be surprised what they bring up in conversations.....

An hour spent, "just talking" to a 7 or 8 year old, engaging them to talk to you as well.... Cherished moments in family life that will be remembered for a lifetime. Don't waste those rainy days. Quite often they are the highlight of an otherwise "unremarkable weekend"....
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:25 PM   #7
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Rainy days are a great time for the "When I was your age, we walked 5 miles to school, uphill both ways" kind of stories... Not necessarily the "embellished ones" but rather the, "know your roots" kind of stories. Things that kids seldom forget, even though they probably won't ever mention it again, until they're in their 30's or 40's and they "shock hell out of you" by recalling, "Dad, do you remember when we had that green trailer and we were in the mountains and you told us about your grandpa and his white shirt? You know, when you used to fight not to have to sit behind him because he spit tobacco juice out the window??? Do you remember that? ".... It's surprising or maybe even amazing that after 40 years, a 7 year old remembers something like that.... Or the time they walked into the kitchen on Christmas Eve, just as you were rolling their bike into the living room and you thought they didn't see???

Rainy days are great times to pass on the stories your Dad or Grandpa told you when you were their age... Even if they don't seem to be listening, in 40 years, you'll be surprised what they bring up in conversations.....

An hour spent, "just talking" to a 7 or 8 year old, engaging them to talk to you as well.... Cherished moments in family life that will be remembered for a lifetime. Don't waste those rainy days. Quite often they are the highlight of an otherwise "unremarkable weekend"....
Love that! We are in southern CA so of course the one time it rains in March I have a trip planned hahaha
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:09 AM   #8
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So we are entering our second season as campers in our TT and the first trip planned next week has rain the forecast. Iím skeptical but also kind of optimistic on it still being a fun trip. Our trailer is a smaller 22 ft and no TV (Wanted to keep the kids kids if you will). Just looking for fun ideas for camping in the rain with the family or ideas that anyone has.

Keep the optimism. Rain is a downer if you let it/want it to be that way. I think some of the most serene, magical times I've had in the woods was in a drizzle. Now a frog strangler? Just batten down the hatches - it won't last long.

Some keys have been mentioned. Off the top of my head;

If you have an outside enclosure take/use it. If it's just an awning with legs it will get you out of the rain and out of the trailer. If you don't have one I would encourage you to look into getting one. If you are going to be camping out, with the kids, they can sure be handy in inclement weather. We now carry 2; one 12x12 and the other 6x6. The larger is 6 sided with mesh sides and wind/rain screens, the smaller is 6x6 and 4 sided. EXTREMELY handy whether for sun or rain. They are Clam enclosures; extremely easy to pop up and pull down.

Make sure you have the "rain" equipment so that all can enjoy being in the rain. The right clothes, footwear...even socks make a difference. For kids being comfortable will keep them happier. Used to be GoreTex was the go to for waterproof but there are many similar products now.

For me a nice rain is a great time for a hike. If you like watching wildlife it makes an excellent cover for your noise as you move about.

Don't know the age of the kids but card games used to be fun with us 40 or so years ago. Go Fish, Old Maid and there a several more out there that kids like....and cards don't take up much room.

Keep something by the door to hold dirty shoes like an smaller trash can. Everyone can remove shoes and not track up the camper. In the same place I would put some hand towels to dry off.

Some sort of door mat/entry rug to clean off shoes is handy. I carry 2 plus one of the brush scrubbers mounted on a length of 2x8. Hopefully you can deploy the awning to help with getting things cleaned up before entering.

Just some random thoughts. Remember it's a mindset; it is what you make it and a preconceived notion that it's all going to be miserable will assure that it is - and the kids will pick up on that easily.

Wishing you luck and hope you all have a blast! Let us know.
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So we are entering our second season as campers in our TT and the first trip planned next week has rain the forecast. Iím skeptical but also kind of optimistic on it still being a fun trip. Our trailer is a smaller 22 ft and no TV (Wanted to keep the kids kids if you will). Just looking for fun ideas for camping in the rain with the family or ideas that anyone has.
Rain is an inconvenience but not a reason to avoid getting out and enjoying your travel and camping experience. A 22' trailer with kids is going to get real tight, real soon. Invest in some rain coats and go do the things you went camping to do. We create a "mud room" space (it can be really small) where we keep the outdoor shoes and wet gear to minimize the mess and clean up.
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So we are entering our second season as campers in our TT and the first trip planned next week has rain the forecast. Iím skeptical but also kind of optimistic on it still being a fun trip. Our trailer is a smaller 22 ft and no TV (Wanted to keep the kids kids if you will). Just looking for fun ideas for camping in the rain with the family or ideas that anyone has.
Are you staying in a campground or boondocking? Most cgs have some sort of "game room", or hall they use for bingo. Many cgs and state parks will have a Pavilion with tables that will provide some "elbow room" and a change of scenery. You can take the kids to one of those spaces to play games, read a story, have the kids put on a "show" for you etc.
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I was going to suggest buying some Gorilla brand duct tape but I guess they now have laws on the books to limit that alternative. I do think the "get a good mat to wipe shoes" is a good idea and perhaps a mop as kids will want to go out regardless of a little rain. If you have an awning, fashion something to hold wet coats, etc. so when they come in you don't have to try and stash them in a little trailer as you will have pools on the floor. Not sure a little boy can be entertained long with puzzles; they like to get out and get wet and muddy!
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My kids are 7 and 9. When it rains, they love Uno, puzzles, games (candy land, shoots and ladders, operation, etc). I bought a fold-up 4' table that fits behind our pull-out sofa/bed, so it stores well and can be pulled outside for games under the awning. I also use it to grill on since half of the table is wire and the other half is plastic. My son is an artist, so he draws. My daughter is a sculptor, so she plays with clay (the dry kind). I also have a hot spot, but I try to make them stay off the internet or tv 99% of the time. We normally try to take the museum tours or drive to educational spots on rainy days. As a last resort, they can sit under the awning and listed to audio books. I'd rather camp in the rain that be at home in the rain any day.
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]I was going to suggest buying some Gorilla brand duct tape but I guess they now have laws on the books to limit that alternative.[/B] I do think the "get a good mat to wipe shoes" is a good idea and perhaps a mop as kids will want to go out regardless of a little rain. If you have an awning, fashion something to hold wet coats, etc. so when they come in you don't have to try and stash them in a little trailer as you will have pools on the floor. Not sure a little boy can be entertained long with puzzles; they like to get out and get wet and muddy!
As long as they wear a mask who would know? Said in jest obviously. There are lots of "crafts" that can entertain little ones from painting to building with popsicle sticks. Obviously I'd recommend conducting the paint/glue type activities to a picnic table covered with a disposable tablecloth or paper and old cloths. Our grandchildren (girls and boys) love doing those things with the DW.
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