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    New member-- taking my pool camping?

    I have what perhaps is maybe a bit of an ambitious idea--I want to take an above-ground pool with us on our next camping trip. Water and electricity aren't an issue. I'm looking at the intex metal frame pools. The only thing I am worried about is getting the pool level enough to not ruin the frame over a weekend. There's no guarantee that I will be able to find a flat enough piece of land. The best remedy I've come up with is to just bring a bunch of 2x4 blocks (or maybe 1x4?) to put under each of the legs in uneven spots, but will this be sturdy enough to avoid the legs slipping out and support the entire weight, etc?

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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Just checked your info to make sure you weren't posting from Colorado.... How about finding a campsite near a body of water???? I went camping with my kids many times during their childhood. If swimming was in the picture we planned the location accordingly.
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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Hi, welcome to TFP! That is an interesting question. Are you camping on private property or in a campground?
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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Quote Originally Posted by zea3 View Post
    Hi, welcome to TFP! That is an interesting question. Are you camping on private property or in a campground?
    It's private property.

    How about finding a campsite near a body of water????
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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    That's a lot of work. May be better off with the big blue blob pool.
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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    That's a lot of work. May be better off with the big blue blob pool.
    Of course it's a lot of work. I did say i was being ambitious!!! i do have plenty of helping hands though.

    I read a review on amazon that said the big blue blob pool was even more sensitive to uneven ground and it seems like it'd be much more difficult to remedy as well.

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    I gather there are no paved areas where you will be? If you bring enough shovels you can level out an area for the pool. Depending on how rambunctious the campers are, you will want the pool to be as stable as possible. I don't think just stacking the pavers up will do it.
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    That is going to be the coolest campsite ever.
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    I gather there are no paved areas where you will be? If you bring enough shovels you can level out an area for the pool. Depending on how rambunctious the campers are, you will want the pool to be as stable as possible. I don't think just stacking the pavers up will do it.
    No paved areas, and tearing up the land isn't an option. Campers shouldn't be too rambunctious, it's gonna basically just be a "cool tub". Surely the weight of the water will keep the legs pretty stable? Also, is there anything I should be worried about regarding the actual bottom of the pool not being on flat ground and not just the legs? Provided there is enough padding and tarpage to prevent stuff poking through...

    That is going to be the coolest campsite ever.
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    Can you make a reconnaissance trip to the campsite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kk_isme View Post
    Can you make a reconnaissance trip to the campsite?
    I've been there before. It's got a lot of grassy clearings. I think the chances of finding a completely level spot for it are slim to none though. Any advice on how to choose a spot?

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    Is the ground just un-even or does it have a lot of slope?
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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Is it practical to bring in a load of sand?
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    Where is the water coming from?
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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Quote Originally Posted by zea3 View Post
    Is the ground just un-even or does it have a lot of slope?
    I would lean towards "just uneven" i'm attaching a picture to give you a bit of an idea

    Is it practical to bring in a load of sand?


    Yes, as long as I can pack it all up when I'm done with it.

    Where is the water coming from?


    local fire department


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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    You will never get the sand back out of the grass... As long as you can stay under about 6 inches from high to low stack pavers to get them level then fill in under the bottom of the pool with ridged foam board. That way you have a level base under the water. Just don't knock any of the support legs off of the pavers. That should work I think its just an idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    You will never get the sand back out of the grass... As long as you can stay under about 6 inches from high to low stack pavers to get them level then fill in under the bottom of the pool with ridged foam board. That way you have a level base under the water. Just don't knock any of the support legs off of the pavers. That should work I think its just an idea.
    I'm new to this whole pool thing so forgive me on my ignorance on terminology but just to be sure-- do 2x4 blocks of wood count as "pavers?" Or am I going to need something more... idk sturdy than that? Also to clarify, do you mean just putting in the ridged foam board wherever there is a gap under the bottom? or underneath the whole thing? I was already planning on getting the intex ground cloth, but i'm assuming that won't be enough?

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    also a dumb question, what's the easiest way to check the slope?

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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Pavers are stones and go for a few bucks each at the box store. I wouldn't use 2x4s as a replacement, but a 2x4 is a great thing to tape a level to. Long levels give you a better picture of how level the land is.

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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    Maybe if you dumped the sand on a giant tarp.

    You might check out redneck pools on the internet. You can build a frame with hay bales, line it with a tarp and fill it with water. That might be easier and more practical for your needs.
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    Re: New member-- taking my pool camping?

    For this temporary setup, I think using 2x6 or 2x8 pieces would be better than concrete pavers. The pavers can break due to uneven pressure and even a little rock under a paver could make it break. The wood would be more forgiving.

    I am not sure the foam board would be worth the effort either. You want to make sure there is nothing that could poke a hole in the pool (rocks, sticks, etc) and then use the tarp.

    I think I would want to get the legs pretty level with each other. What I am not sure about is how well the liner will handle the variation in depth (like if some legs are on a 2 or 3 blocks of wood). So the bottom of the liner could be a few inches above the ground. There is certainly some stretch, but how much?

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