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Great resources for novice and experienced campers.
on September 1, 2010
We recently purchased a pop-up camper and quickly realized that the camping book world revolves around tents and RV's. There was very little material for those middle-of-the-road campers who wanted something better than a tent but not anything huge. I could not find much information other than a few websites with tidbits or pockets of information. I wanted checklists, to-do's, packing information, towing instructions, and help on living under canvas with a family in a pop-up. Mellody Allee has filled this voice very nicely with her book.
It is an unassuming publication, broken down by chapters into food themes giving us bite sized morsels of information that are easy to digest and sensible. Her book is full of practical advice for beginners but I suspect that even experiences campers will find tasty nuggets of help in the extensive receipt or first aid sections, as well as the comprehensive checklists for a trip. Allee provides equipment ideas and tips based on her personal history of camping and along with detailed photographs, gives the reader excellent references to topics on a wide continuum of interests.
This book is easy reading and jam-packed with good, solid, well-tested and tried advice. It will be a permanent fixture in my camper's toolbox as I do not want to leave home without it. The first aid section alone is worth having along. Her lists on the order to put up and take down a pop-up are thorough and saved us a lot of trouble as our camper manual's instructions were very simplistic. Her writing style is conversational and she passes on many of their tent-trailer experiences, good and bad, that I found insightful and interesting to learn from.
This book is wide-ranging, covering topics from pets, children, games, lots on first aid, practical and easy recipes, camper interior and exterior maintenance, winterizing, packing, unpacking (her fridge secret is great!), the excellent rolling pantry, and so much more. She keeps her advice simple and clear. I took this book with me for our maiden voyage trip this weekend and reread most of it -and found more juicy kernels of information that I could now use as we had gained a little more experience. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a camper or tent, or who is thinking about getting a camper - you will not regret the purchase.