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Old 02-15-2020, 09:39 AM   #1
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We got a new deer lease this past year. Starting bare bones. No water. No electricity. We bought a camper and a generator to start. We also brought an old gas grill and converted it to charcoal/ pecan wood! Not much else to speak of, just hoping for some awesome upgrade ideas. What's your favorite deer camp addition?

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Old 02-15-2020, 09:42 AM   #2
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Cleaning station with a pair of winches. The big one was electricity. AC and lights are huge! We don’t have water and hauling water isn’t a big deal to me but unlimited water would be a nice next step.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:48 AM   #3
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Brand New lease this year and so far this old tractor rim is our favorite. Hoping for long term so best to come. Name:  Adjustments.jpg
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:51 AM   #4
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Cleaning station with a pair of winches. The big one was electricity. AC and lights are huge! We don’t have water and hauling water isn’t a big deal to me but unlimited water would be a nice next step.
Yes a nice covered cleaning station, with a good floor

tractor rims are awesome for fire pits ( just don’t melt your boots)

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Old 02-15-2020, 09:59 AM   #5
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Covered community area for hanging out and cooking as a group!
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:13 AM   #6
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Besides Electric and Water...

Covered cleaning station
Covered deck to have a place relax
Outdoor Shower for hot summer months
TV with antenna for football season
Fire pit
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:22 AM   #7
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Besides Electric and Water...

Covered cleaning station
Covered deck to have a place relax
Outdoor Shower for hot summer months
TV with antenna for football season
Fire pit
And a place to keep some dry wood for the fire pit
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:33 AM   #8
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:36 AM   #9
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Shower, Shower, shower. unless the camper has one. then a good fire pit is imperative.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:50 AM   #10
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If you build a covered area, add a rain catch. You’ll be surprised how much water you will have. Put a 12 volt on demand water pump on it and your in business.
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Old 02-15-2020, 12:31 PM   #11
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One of those cheap carports is a big addition I think
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Old 02-15-2020, 12:48 PM   #12
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:25 PM   #13
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Cleaning station with a pair of winches. The big one was electricity. AC and lights are huge! We don’t have water and hauling water isn’t a big deal to me but unlimited water would be a nice next step.

Build you a rain catch. Fill your tanks with rain.
I have about 2400 gallons on my place, stays full for thr most part
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:27 PM   #14
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Besides Electric and Water...

Covered cleaning station
Covered deck to have a place relax
Outdoor Shower for hot summer months
TV with antenna for football season
Fire pit
This is what i would do.
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:28 PM   #15
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Walk in cooler to hang those deer!
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:38 PM   #16
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Electricity & water 1 and 1A
Rv or mobile home.
Connex storage container for atvs and mules
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:54 PM   #17
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One of those cheap carports is a big addition I think
where do you get a cheap one? all the ones I see cost way too much
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:58 PM   #18
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If you build a covered area, add a rain catch. You’ll be surprised how much water you will have. Put a 12 volt on demand water pump on it and your in business.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:23 PM   #19
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in 2017 i put a new singlewide out there for 32k that was nice. Now im in the process of building a wraparound porch and a roof over the whole thing. then ill start on the tank farm for storing rainwater for the whole place.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:25 PM   #20
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Water heater at the skinning rack
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:40 PM   #21
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we had same situation 13 years ago - now we have an awesome camp.

Above anything is electric, water, and septic. THose are the basic needs.

Then we added a walk in cooler, camphouse and pavilion to meet, put rock down in the entire camp area so no dust or mud, added a storage pod for corn to be stored, added a firing range - we added a few improvements each year and now we have a great camp set up
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:41 PM   #22
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Water heater at the skinning rack
??? please explain the value of that?
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:50 PM   #23
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??? please explain the value of that?
I really hate washing my hands in ice water and I can get fat and blood off my knives and equipment easily with warm or hot water
That would be my value ( though not a necessity)
Also I have a big stainless steel commercial grade sink to wash pots and pans ect
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:56 PM   #24
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we had same situation 13 years ago - now we have an awesome camp.

Above anything is electric, water, and septic. THose are the basic needs.

Then we added a walk in cooler, camphouse and pavilion to meet, put rock down in the entire camp area so no dust or mud, added a storage pod for corn to be stored, added a firing range - we added a few improvements each year and now we have a great camp set up
Power, water & septic are the big 3 in my book as well. Power will be fine with generators, water you can haul in easily with 35+- gallon container and with a good pump it's not a problem, then the septic: All of our lease RV's have a 55 gallon drum buried for black septic. Just add to your RV holding tank "septic" additives and it has worked great for all of ours for several years now.

One of our lease members has Dish so we had a Dish set up and it feeds all of our RV's. I'm a football nut, all of us are, so TV is a luxury we all enjoy. Probably the biggest pain is one RV who has a old generator that is very loud, but I am addicted to fan noise and it's not a problem for me.

Good luck and get that firepit dug and enjoy!!
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:27 PM   #25
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We are in the same situation plan on building a cold storage and deer hanger
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:36 PM   #26
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:39 PM   #27
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I really hate washing my hands in ice water and I can get fat and blood off my knives and equipment easily with warm or hot water
That would be my value ( though not a necessity)
Also I have a big stainless steel commercial grade sink to wash pots and pans ect
you cant beat hot water at the skinning rack on those cold nights while you're trying to get one quartered and in the cooler.
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:39 PM   #28
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Carport for me. Sure is nice to still sit out around the fire at night when mother nature throws in a nasty cool drizzle.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:00 PM   #29
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Conex for storage.
Covered cleaning area.
Water.
Electricity
Satellite
Covered cooking area
Covered porch on camp
Fire pits
Bbq pit
Smoker
Griddle
Cajun Cantina

About covers it.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:11 PM   #30
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??? please explain the value of that?
If I have to explain that I doubt you would understand.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:34 PM   #31
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A simple luxury is to put down old carpet around the camp outside where all the foot traffic takes place. This keeps all the mud from being tracked everywhere when it rains and keeps a solid path to walk on. Trust me. and a simple boot cleaner
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:50 PM   #32
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I miss having an out house with a shower/hot water.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:11 PM   #33
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Electricity & water 1 and 1A
Rv or mobile home.
Connex storage container for atvs and mules
Rock LOTS of rock as others have mentioned. We have dumped 5 loads and need 2 more!

Our next major add will be a mud room to take mud and snake boots, coats and other things on and off and out of the way. We will add it to the front door area of our mobile home. It would help a lot of cleaning and space issues. Probably going to buy a portable building of some kind.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:19 PM   #34
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For the first nine years we had the first picture minus the dozer work. Then we got spoiled!
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:23 PM   #35
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Something that is cheap and makes a camp a lot more enjoyable is a set of those string party lights hung up in a couple of the oaks by our camper. Adds a bit of ambient light to the general camp area so you don't have to have a headlamp on all the time to see where you're going whenever your'e not right by the fire.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:56 PM   #36
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:29 PM   #37
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Water and a shower!


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Old 02-15-2020, 11:47 PM   #38
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Hot water and shower. The water heater went out this season and it was surely missed.
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:11 AM   #39
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Something that is cheap and makes a camp a lot more enjoyable is a set of those string party lights hung up in a couple of the oaks by our camper. Adds a bit of ambient light to the general camp area so you don't have to have a headlamp on all the time to see where you're going whenever your'e not right by the fire.
This gets my vote. That and a nice skinning rack with boat cranks and lights. Since it’s your first year on the lease I’d be cautious as to spending a lot of money or doing anything to permanent. Never really know how it is till you try it for a year. Congratulations on the new place!
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Bidet. lol

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Old 02-16-2020, 09:41 AM   #42
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Hot shower

Warm place to get into

A butane cook top

The best bed you can muster

A place to poop
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Old 02-16-2020, 09:50 AM   #43
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Dang, you guys do a lot of “ permanent “ type stuff for a lease situation. Do you just leave it when you leave the lease ?
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Old 02-16-2020, 09:58 AM   #45
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Dang, you guys do a lot of “ permanent “ type stuff for a lease situation. Do you just leave it when you leave the lease ?


My thoughts as well. A lot of money that would be hard to recover if the lease is lost.

Not knocking it though, to each their own. Some of the setups are top notch!


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Old 02-16-2020, 07:38 PM   #46
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:06 PM   #47
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Had a double wide carport put in. Have my old camp trailer in one side and the other side for shade and staying out of the weather. Cleaning station with winches, tables, concrete floors, water and a roof is mighty nice too. Those carports will keep that hot Texas sun from destroying your camper. A really nice metal fire pit with attached foot rests can be an asset as well.
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:09 PM   #48
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Hot water heater at the cleaning station. Game changer...
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Old 02-17-2020, 05:42 PM   #49
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we barely get phone signal but one of the dudes put in a booster with a wireless converter... now we have camp wide wi-fi and can stream netflix or whatever to everyone's TV's in their trailers, and also set up wireless security cameras to monitor the WB traffic.
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Old 02-17-2020, 06:02 PM   #50
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Cleaning station was a big plus. (A-Frame with wenches and shelf) Also get you a Propane Turkey fryer with a pot to make hot water for cleaning knifes, hands, dishes etc. Biggest upgrade this year was a battery powered sawzall for cutting hip, no more back saw or loppers when quartering animals. Outdoor bench, table, heck we had a wire spool for a while.
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