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Old 03-17-2011, 01:28 PM   #41
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If someone just does the same things they do at home, what's the point of hauling a camper somewhere to do it?
When it rains, we often visit other campers in the park and socialize. That is part of the camping experience.
I feel sorry for those who hide in the unit.
Nah, they're just doing what they want to do. Maybe they're just private people. Maybe they have a job where they have to "socialize" all week long and just want to get away from it. Maybe they just want to look out the window and see the trees, or ocean, or mountains, or whatever.

If it means enjoying their $150,000 MH or $40,000 trailer from the inside, so be it. Camping is just getting away from your normal life in a manner which lets you relax.

To each his own brother, to each his own.....



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Old 03-19-2011, 07:26 PM   #42
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For myself; I just look at why I bought a TT. It was to take some of the negatives about tent camping away and to be able to enjoy my time out; and to be able to spend more weekends out as well.

I always dreaded the packing and unpacking of the vehicle; making sure we had everything. Now all my gear stays in the trailer. I also hated the setting up and tearing down; also eliminated. My wife often works late on Fridays so that meant getting to the campsite near dark and rushing to get the tent setup.

I also wanted to extend the camping season. In Alberta it isn't uncommon to have overnight lows below 10 degrees C; or 50 F. Especially in the mountains; and even in the summer. Now instead of waiting until June we are looking at going out in April. Owning an RV is just going to enable me to do more camping.

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Old 03-19-2011, 08:35 PM   #43
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First I looked it up in the Dictionary. Then I consulted an expert; the writings of Patrick McManus. I've concluded you are RVing if you have to pick up the dog poo in a plastic sandwich bag if not you're camping!
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:27 PM   #44
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Just finished two days at the local state park in the 19ft. Surveyor hybrid. On the way home, stopped for breakfast, the waitress says, "Were you just CAMPING, I can smell campfire on you?" Why yes, yes we were!
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:08 PM   #45
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I promised myself to never sleep in a tent again. When my son needed 2 more nights in a tent to earn his "eagle" in scouts . the temps dropped to 22 degrees without heat.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:23 PM   #46
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wwwwwhhhhhhhaaaaa! Ya'll have made my evening! What a wonderful topic!

My engineer frined Tom is a "minmialist".. he says when we go in our TT we are NOT camping... I beg to differ!!!

I think camping is a state of mind... YES to being outdoors, YES to making a fire and YES to having fun!!! MY other firend is a resource manager for a loacl state park... he say " Rain on fiberglass is better than rain on nylon!" SO TRUE!!!

I have tent camped and RVed for years...and when I tent camped I still had all the comforts of home... its just easier to take it all in the TT.

Either way... it conecting with friends and family. Took our 13 yr old niece camping last summer... she had never been... she had so much fun we went for two extra days...time we will always remember.

The point is...either a tent or big fancy MH...just get out and DO IT!!

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Old 03-21-2011, 07:50 PM   #47
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We went from a tent to a 35' TT. Our first night lying in bed (a nice queen sized comfortable bed) my wife looks at me with a big smile on her face and says, " This Ain't Campin'" To which I reply..."I know, and I LOVE it!!!" My daughter, I think, enjoys it more because she can bring more friends, and she loves the bunk beds...Our tent was only a 6 person tent...which translated to 2 adults, 1 kid, and 1 dog (when it was raining). What ever you want to call it, we're hooked!!!...Happy camping..errr...RVing....uhhh....
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:10 PM   #48
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[QUOTE=crocus;89184]If someone just does the same things they do at home, what's the point of hauling a camper somewhere to do it?[/QUOTE]
Originally Posted by crocus View Post
When it rains, we often visit other campers in the park and socialize. That is part of the camping experience.
I feel sorry for those who hide in the unit.

Our family has been through a lot in the last 4 years and life has become a lot more stressful. When I go camping I feel so relaxed. Just getting away makes a big difference. Sometimes I seek social interaction and other times I need peace and quiet.

In my older brother final stages of fighting colon cancer he still took trips in his fifth wheel. While he didn't get out much he still found the surroundings to be calming.

I guess what I'm saying is that "Camping Experience" may vary from one person to the next. It may come down to what we are seeking at that moment...
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 06-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #49
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I' m just a dumb ole country boy..We started out in tents, went to a two different pop ups, and now in a 25 foot travel trailer. With the TT, we are able to be on our site more, less set up time etc..We fish, swim, set around the fire, visit, tell lies, drink beer, grill stuff, watch the wild life, go for boat rides, talk about the day, admire the stars, convene with God, and question our place in the Universe...The only difference I can see, is each one had a more comfortable bed than the other, and a increasingly better bath room area...As long as you are outside and one with nature...what does it really matter what you call it...: )...wolfie
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:17 PM   #50
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To me camping is getting away from home with the family. We get away and meet some new friends from other parts of the state/country/world. Having an occasional campfire. Seeing something we haven't seen before. My wife and I started in a tent. After Hannah was born we moved up to a popup. Then we had Brian. A few years after that we moved up to a TT. Brian is in Boy Scouts now and he is tent camping once a month with his troop. Hannah was in Girl Scouts for a while and she tent camped with them. We have all done that. Now we are just a little more comfortable doing it. We are still camping.


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