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We love camping and since retirement we have been intending to do a lot more of it. But, as you know if you are retired, there just isn't time to get around to all your plans.

We started out in a tent about 33 years ago and that lasted long enough for Rhonda to say "I'm not sleeping on the ground any more and have water under me and dripping from the top." Well we got an Apache pop up and did that for awhile and that was better. Then a better deal came along from a couple we knew that were parting (divorcing) and we got another pop up that was easier to put up than all the fiberglass walls of the Apache and used it for awhile. (They said they bought the pop up to try to save the marriage by doing thing together, boy, what did they know about camping or marriage?) Then one day I ran across a 23 foot Layton travel trailer from another couple that were divorcing and bought it. (Man, two in a row) We thought we had gone to heaven when we started camping in that. Water, (even hot water) air conditioning, a toilet, a shower, a big awning, what more could you ask for. That one served us well until we ran across a new 30 foot HyLine travel trailer that had been purchased to go to Miami for the people displaced by the hurricane, but that had slowed down and this one had never left the lot in Sumner, Ga. So I bought it and that was another level of heaven in camping. Plenty of room. Well when I retired we decided to go all out. I really wanted a motor home, but I needed a large truck to pull my tractors and backhoe on a trailer so that didn't make good financial sense. So we went looking for a large 5th wheel and settled on a Montana 3400RL that is pictured below. Wow, a separate bedroom upstairs, a large refrigerator, ceiling fans, a fireplace, 4 slide outs, and best of all two recliners in front of a surround sound TV and DVD player. Now we are in camping heaven as far as Rhonda is concerned, I still liked the roughing it, sorta. Well as they say. I like roughing it smoothly. We use a Dodge 3500 Laramie with the Cummins diesel to pull it. I think that is a pretty good combination, at least I like it. I know, everyone has those opinions.

We like to camp in state parks mostly when we travel. We have camped at Vogel State Park near Blairsville every July 4th week for the past 30 years. We have made many friendships from this and have watched their children grow up and start bringing their children just as we did. We really enjoy the mountains of North Georgia.

We enjoy them so much we bought a share in Mountain Lakes Resort (Timber Ridge Section) which is located about half way between Helen and Cleveland Georgia. This allows you to camp with only paying a very low yearly maintenance fee which allows you 14 days out of every month at the resort. If you take the RV there are no other fees, but they also have cabins rental if you don't want to go in the RV for a small rental fee. This is not an advertisement for Mountain Lakes, we just enjoy it and think it is a great deal. Below are a few pictures I took while on a trip there in the RV.

If you would like to share some camping experiences, tips, or we love to go "here" because it is so great....click on the email address (hobby747@bellsouth.net) and share it with us. I feel we have met the nicest people you can find in our camping experiences.  Happy Camping!

Floor Plan for Montana 3400RL