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Old 08-07-2012, 03:37 PM   #61
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I would say no one uses those for camping.

Most tenters, if no electricity, would use propane from small bottles or, if they are die hard campers, Coleman Fuel with some sort of single or two burner stove.

And then some get one of these.
Not true.... we use emergency stoves all the time when backpack camping when we have to carry everything in. It is much more lightweight than carrying a bottle of fuel. Of course, a fueled camp stove is better, and that is our prefered method when family camping....but if space is a huge issue.... this is the way to go. If heating a large container... use more than one tablet. But... if you have electricity... an electric pot is a God send!!

My only suggestion to you (if you are cold natured) would be to insulate yourself from the air mattress. We have tent camped at WDW in October and we use air mattresses... however, the air in the mattresses will take on the air temp (of course) and your body heat is not enough to heat it. Some evening temps can get cool (atleast to me they are cool) I have tried mattress pads... etc... depending on the temps, but laying on a sleeping bag, with a sheet over it works best, in my opinion. My husband loves tent camping in the mountains in the late fall to early winter, freezing rain....... in the tent... even with a camping heater...it's cold. I've gotten lots of practice hahahaha...
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:02 PM   #62
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Not true.... we use emergency stoves all the time when backpack camping when we have to carry everything in.
To be clear, I differentiate between tenters and backpackers. I should have said most car campers wouldn't use them.

Backpackers are a whole other breed. Though I have never used one, I have made quite a few stoves from pop (soda) cans.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:53 PM   #63
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Good luck with your trip! It seems like you are doing all the right planning to make sure it's successful. I can't wait to read your trip report when you return.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:01 PM   #64
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man, there's a lot of family storing stuff in my basement!
Here's another extremely small tent! This belongs to sister no.1
It's an instant popup... lol, I put my ThermaRest in there, it filled the tent!
Nice & cavelike inside, but really too small for any =one over 5' tall! Wee Doggie liked it tho!

And this is my own, original Dining Tent: 4 side canopies can tie down, extend out, or roll up. Front & back entrances. This had seen a lot of use, but I guess it's been 10 yrs since I used it last.
I like this one. It's been up this entire week.
(See wee doggie's bed -setup. He's much neglected, lol)
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:01 PM   #65
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Extension cords & hoses.....

EXTENSION CORDS & HOSES.....

So, the electrical devices I'll have will be kettle/toaster, maybe a small electric frypan. And chargers for camera/phone. Small lamp/radio/fan.

What is the min length of exterior extension cord I can bring without risk of it being too short?

And what's the story on hoses/water at the site?
I've never been to a campground that had water at the site, always needed to go to a pump w/ water buckets/jugs.
I'll have a basin to use for dishes (or socks! lol!), and I'll need water for the kettle.
Do I need to bring a hose? What if I don't?

Keep the answers and suggestions coming! Nothing like informed decision making! Thanks all!
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EXTENSION CORDS & HOSES.....

So, the electrical devices I'll have will be kettle/toaster, maybe a small electric frypan. And chargers for camera/phone. Small lamp/radio/fan.

What is the min length of exterior extension cord I can bring without risk of it being too short?

And what's the story on hoses/water at the site?
I've never been to a campground that had water at the site, always needed to go to a pump w/ water buckets/jugs.
I'll have a basin to use for dishes (or socks! lol!), and I'll need water for the kettle.
Do I need to bring a hose? What if I don't?

Keep the answers and suggestions coming! Nothing like informed decision making! Thanks all!
If you bring a hose make sure its one for RV use or potable water. Don't use the hose thats there.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:27 PM   #67
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Chartle, "If I bring a hose" you say..... so could I do without one? Maybe just filling the kettle at the Comfort Stations?
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Chartle, "If I bring a hose" you say..... so could I do without one? Maybe just filling the kettle at the Comfort Stations?
My understanding is that at each site there is water faucet with a splitter on it. One side is for you one has a hose that CM's use to hose down the site between guests. even though I grew up drinking hose water supposedly that's a bad thing today.

I think a hose will be more hassle that its worth and take up a ton of space.
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:43 PM   #69
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I think a hose will be more hassle that its worth and take up a ton of space.
Chartle is correct. No hose needed for your setup, Foggie.

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Chartle is correct. No hose needed for your setup, Foggie.

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Is the water with the electrical? I have not camped in quite a few years and I remember the water was out by the street. At the time we thought a hose would be nice.
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Is the water with the electrical? I have not camped in quite a few years and I remember the water was out by the street. At the time we thought a hose would be nice.
chartle and foggy,

look at the pix on this DIS photo gallery.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/Photos/Fort-W...site/index.htm

The power/water stump is in the 10th row down/4th picture to the right and 11th row down/1st picture.

Power stuff is on the upper back half.

Water is down lower.

The cable tv jack is above the power.

The green hose is permanent. I wouldn't drink any water that came out of it. That hose is used to clean the sites.

The other water spigot (that the white hose is connected to) would be the one to get drinking/cooking water out of.

The power/water/catv stump is on your sand pad back away from the road.

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What fun tenting at Disney will be! I'm a bit late to this thread, but will be following it now. DH always says that bringing an RV isn't really camping and I totally agree. I miss our tenting days! We only just upgraded from tents 2 years ago, so it's all pretty fresh in our minds. (We tented with 5 kids 5 and under twice before we decided we'd get a pop-up.)We always say that when the kids are older we'll bring a tent and we can sleep in that when they sleep in the RV. We'll see how that works out in a few years. There's nothing like going to sleep in a tent though...
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Bama Ed, thanks for the visual on the electrical/ water.

But.... CABLE? Cable hookup at a campsite? And I thought it was so "non-camping" to have water/electrical at the tentsite! Cable, that takes the cake!
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What fun tenting at Disney will be! I'm a bit late to this thread, but will be following it now. DH always says that bringing an RV isn't really camping and I totally agree. I miss our tenting days! We only just upgraded from tents 2 years ago, so it's all pretty fresh in our minds. (We tented with 5 kids 5 and under twice before we decided we'd get a pop-up.)We always say that when the kids are older we'll bring a tent and we can sleep in that when they sleep in the RV. We'll see how that works out in a few years. There's nothing like going to sleep in a tent though...
Glad to have you along kcp1377!
I'm the youngest of 5 girls, and my parents tented with 5 of us, including 1 set of twins! And 3 of us in cloth diapers!
They gradually moved up to a popup tent camper, then a sm trailer, then a sm trailer w/ a toilet, and then built a cabin instead (by then we were 15-20yrs).
But every one of us girls owns at least 1 tent!


It's 10pm now, and I'm in the backyard in the screened Dining Tent, with 3 flaps down, Campfire lit in front of me, and a cold beer even closer in front of me! Loves wind-less summer evenings!
Sure wish I could bring this tent to the fort!
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:00 PM   #74
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Here's my tentative WDW touring plan. Any comments, or suggestions? Nothing's cast in stone!

-I've tried to leave some leeway to switch days around in case of inclement weather.
-I have a TouringPlans Subscription and did take the anticipated park crowds into account.
-This trip I'm trying to focus on healthy active me (In Sep/Oct I have 2 half marathons, a 10miler (TOT) & a 10k event...all are to be long slow runs, except mid October is my goal run: a HALF in Toronto)
- Thinking about fitting in a park tour, or even canoeing at the fort (do they still rent canoes? What about Kayaks? Would like a bike while at the fort, but those rates!
- I’d like to notice things a park commando doesn’t. I've been reading some of those threads, they're interesting!

Tu 25: Arrive POP. Pool Time. MNSSP. Or DTD + 5k late run

We 26: AM: AK. (Brekkie: Tusker House walk-in?). PM: ?hop to MK or DTD. 5k late run if not done Tuesday.

Th 27: Move to BWV. Check out Hess. EPCOT (lunch: Le Cellier walk-in? Supper: Tangierine Cafe?).
Supermarket or Dept Store. Later: Fantasia Mini-Golf or Epcot for fireworks
(Shameful confession: I've gone to WDW 3 of the past 4 years....I've never watched Illuminations in full..). Easy steady 6-8k run if no run on Wed.

Fri 28: AM: DHS (ropedrop + SciFi for lunch). ESPN for afternoon (TOT Expo/shopping etc...plan on 3-4 hrs)
Supper & later: EPCOT or DHS.

Sat 29: Resort/Pool day. Maybe Fantasia Mini-Golf if not done Thurs.
NIGHTTIME: TOT 10 Miler & afterparty

Sun 30: Sleep in, Epson Salt bath, Recovery breakfast on Balcony. Strolling MK or Epcot or WaterPark. Afternoon nap.
PM: MNNSHP if not done yet. (Would Sunday be more crowded than, say, Tuesday?)

Mon 1: Easy 3k jog, EPCOT for Day w/ swim break mid day. (F&W. Happy Birthday Epcot!)

Tues 2: Waterpark Day. Mini golf later (Pirates or ?)

Wed 3: 3k run. MK or even Universal.

Thur 4: Move to THE FORT!! Set up Tent/ Swim/Explore Campgrounds. Poss Supermarket for more fruit/veggies.

Frid 5: Run 8k. MK (ropedrop!). Suppertime Swim at Fort.
???Evening: Boo to You! Fireworks on the beach (?Poly, The Fort, or where?????? I’d like it to be a picnic supper, with beer... Do they allow that? Where would be the better view?

Sat 6: Breakfast ADR for Trails End. Water Park.
???Evening: Movie at the Fort (when will they put out the October movies?)

Sun 7: Run 8k. Maybe Universal, or DTD or Resort day (would like to scope out OKW, Coronado, and various resorts)

Mon 8 Waterpark, or MK. If MNSSP not yet done, this is my last chance.

Tue 9 Run 6k. Breakfast out: Tonga Café or ?. Grand Floridian for Tea? DTD for last chance shopping. Please please let it not rain today or tomorrow.

Wed 10: sniff sniff, break Camp. Leave mid morning. No parks, no nothing that day. Please please let everything be dry!
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:39 PM   #75
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Hi there fellow Canadian. I have been following your pre-trip report. We will be there Sept 24th to the 5th - Hope we run into each other.

I can answer some of your questions

Le Cellier you will need a reservation for, especially durning F&W.
Breakfast ADR for Trails End. You won't need a ADR walk up space always available.
Evening: Movie at the Fort - schedule is out usually the first couple of days of the month
Boo to You! Fireworks on the beach (?Poly, The Fort, or where?????? I’d like it to be a picnic supper, with beer... Do they allow that? Where would be the better view? - both locations are great. Picnic is no problem. Beer is actually sold at the pool bar right at the beach at the Poly, or you can bring it yourself to the Forts's beach
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