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  • Group Legacy Member
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  • Member Title Outbackers Contributor
  • Age 65 years old
  • Birthday May 3, 1955
  • Location
    Bartonville, IL
  • Outback/SOB
    2015 Jayco Jay Flight 32RLDS
  • Tow Vehicle
    2007 2500 HD 4X4 Chevy Crew Cab - 6.0L gas
  • Gender
    Male Male
  • Interests
    I am a Service Training Instructor/Training Developer at a major heavy equipment manufacturer with 37+ years of company service (and counting). Currently, I develop training materials and teach service trainjing classes to our dealers' training instructors and sometimes their technicians. Hydraulic excavators and big dozers are my specialty. I've been a Boy Scout Leader for 40+ years - so I like camping (but I prefer my Outback to a tent!) Since my son (now 29) is no longer involved, I spend most of my Scouting time helping stage District events and volunteering on the Scout camp maintenance committee.

    My love of camping began when I was three, when my Dad, my Grandpa, and my uncle started taking me along on weekend fishing trips to Spoon River, near London Mills, IL. I expanded my camping experiences when I joined the Boy Scouts, in 1966. I camped at every opportunity, worked on Summer Camp staff (as a teenager) and went backpacking in the Rockies, at Philmont Scout Ranch (NM) a couple times.

    As a family, my (ex) wife and I began our camping experiences in a 4-person Eureka Timberline tent. We had many memorable experiences with our DS, now 33, and our Collie, Bart, We tent-camped along Spoon River, at state parks, and a few other campgrounds on short vacations (Current River, in Missouri, for one).

    We got our first Coleman pop-up in 1998 (a bare bones 10' 1997 model) when our DD was 3 years old and DS was 17. (Yeah, we have two "only" children.) We then graduated to a BIG Coleman pop-up (2000 Bayside) that we camped in for seven seasons.

    The Outback came in late summer, 2006, after a 5000 mile trek from Peoria to Glacier NP, to Boise, to Arches NP (Moab, Utah) to home. We got tired of all that cranking! (Especially after my shoulder surgery!)

    I've now traded for a 2015 Jayco Jay Flight 32RLDS and LOVE it! Outbacks are a great trailer, just couldn't find what I was looking for in their lineup.

    Needless to say - I love camping, having camped from Maine to Idaho, to New Mexico, to Florida (WDW), and most states in-between. We love the various State and National Parks systems, having visited Acadia NP, Niagra Falls, DC, Gettysburg, Adirondack SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Mammoth Cave NP, Badlands NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Waterton International Peace Park (Canada), Mt. Rushmore/Black Hills, Custer SP, Wind Cave NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, and Glacier NP.

    Hope to see some of you in our travels!

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