I haven't had the opportunity since being married and having a kid of my own to be responsible for to get out camping as much as my parents took me camping thru the 70s. tried the Scouting thing with my son when he was ~9 to ~14ish.... he never really took an interest like I had hoped, since he was around 18 or 19, my wife and me have gotten out camping more each year than we did over any 5 years as he was growing up. WITHOUT MY SON! He went camping with his girlfriend a month ago for the 1st time since scouts. She loved it, my son not as much. My son is now 25.
(for the record, I'm 51)
I miss being able to camp as much as we did when I was growing up. as it turns out my Dad travelled a bunch for his work and many of our camping trips were so he could work in another town for a week or 3 at a time.
but as this ties into Coleman, back then you never saw anyone camping WITHOUT at least 1 Coleman lantern, most had the stoves and more, all powered by white gas. And even some of the grocery stores carried CF, mantles, generators, globes and such within a couple towns of any decent sized campground. not to mention sporting/bait/tackle stores, Ace, True Value, Target, Kmart, Sears etc.... never had to go much farther than the local bait stand to find parts/accessories...
but around 12 years ago when I was an asst scout master, I brought a couple of lanterns and a Coleman stove to a Scout campout.... and I got the riot act by the Scoutmaster and other ass'ts for doing so.... as soon as I lit the 1st lantern I got ripped into, like I just mauled somebody... wow.
Just because I brought white gas powered lanterns to a campout. they never die prove to me that they were against BSA ruels or anything, just going by what they "thought" were the rules/ yeah their own personal rules I guess. Well, within 5 minutes I had to kill the flame and left them unlit the rest of the weekend.
I did buy my son a new propane Coleman lantern back then, but he left it behind when he moved out. used it when he camped a month ago, brought it back-- and it's "his" lantern. I also loaned him my propane Coleman stove that I have yet to use for myself.... brought that back too, turns out they never used either.
and these days we have graduated to a popup from a tent (and it's 40 years old too, anyone remember the Apache hard sides? I'm on my 2nd one, it ain't going anywhere either) I need to find a hitch for my 78 Plymouth Sport Fury and use that, instead of one of my Dakotas, to pull it down the road....
and I never leave for a campout without at least 3 lanterns and 2 stoves.
The more I camp the less I see of them. A lot of LEDs, battery powered lights, no camp stoves, if people camp outside their "mansion" RV's its on the campfire. people look and stare when they go by and see us cooking on Coleman stoves and lighting our area with Coleman lanterns... It's hard to go to a garage sale or an auction, and not find something Coleman for sale.
2 weekends ago we went camping at Raccoon lake state park in Indiana during their local "Covered Bridge" fest that has been going on for 60 years now. campground was FULL
and I don't think I saw a single nother Coleman lantern being used besides the ones I brought. but go 15 miles south to a town called Brazil IN where they had town wide yard sales to go along with the Fest, just there, I could have bought 8 coleman suitcase stoves and a couple of lanterns from ONE SELLER! just looking at about 6-8 of their neighbors I could have had another 6-8 eacn, stoves and lanterns (maybe more) right on that one vacant corner in town... I didn't go thru the town and check out all their sales, just the ones adjacent to the gas station that I stopped at....
I originally went down there in search of a pump (or at least a pump cup) for one of my lanterns and a generator for my stove.... after striking out in Rockville, where the campground is located, I went down there in search of these parts on a Saturday afternoon. Walmart. zip.
but they had CF and Crown fuel and a few mantles. Lots of battery powered wanna be Coleman lanterns. and several shelves full of Coleman propane bottles. Ace Hardware in either town,,, same story. And there are 3 other state parks within about a 30 mile radius of the one I was situated at. NO bait and tackle stores. (though every gas station sold worms and a small assortment of hooks and bobbers, that was the extent of their camping/fishing inventory)
There was 1 bait store, Mom and Pop variety, had a guy set up doing a roadside garage sale on their driveway. The guy that owned the store had died and the widow was "just starting to think about" selling.....
I wound up not finding what I was after/ once I got home I hit Feebay and stockpiled spare parts for my Colemans, just to find out that when it comes to generators "a 413 isn't a 413".... what is different from an H model vs any other 413 that the generators won't interchange? still need a generator for a "G"....
I miss the days when I could go anywhere and find anything I need to keep a Coleman appliance running. (I miss carburetors on my trucks too!)