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Old 03-17-2014, 09:18 AM   #1
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Dominant Factors Influencing Your Camping Choices and Experience

For you longtime campers and perhaps newcomers too who did not start with every gizmo known to man. Do you find that satellite, sewer availability, and etc. have become dominant factors in your camping experience, mainly campground and site selection and locality to other conveniences?

I remember when we just happy to go camping. It did not matter if we had sewer hookup or used the dump station, if we had a concrete pad or gravel, and satellite television was not even an option. It did not matter how far we were from conveniences such as stores and restaurants.

Our experiences changed after we started camping with others.

I know these things are easily remedied – you just stop allowing them to influence you.

I am just curious if others find that these influences have become factors in your experience – especially over time?
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:33 AM   #2
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It depends somewhat. Just me? I don't care if there's even power. In fact, my very favorite cg is stone primitive. No power, sewer, water at the sites, nothing. They do have a well pump they'll let you use to fill your tanks.

Now, if the kids are going, heaven forbid if we're outside the range of cell service or not plugged in so they can charge their phones ten times a day.

So if it's just me, no, I'm not worried about such things. With the family? Then yes, I've got to keep them quiet.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:36 AM   #3
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I gotta have electric now for the AC. Other than that, I'll manage. I could care less about TV, internet or phone. That's what I'm getting away from in the first place. I like larger sites too, can't stand being cramped in on both sides. The less crowded the campground is the better. I usually stay away from camping during July and August. Considering what I'm pulling now, it's hard to call it camping.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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Our camping lifestyle is modeled around the concept that our rig is the "condo on wheels"...with that said, modern amenities and activities are where we head to during family trips...really makes life easier with two young kids while enjoying the RV lifestyle
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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all we need is electricity. we mainly use the camper to eat sleep and get out of the weather. we will bring the internet along and some movies for the night or bad weater. during the day we are either out fishing or trail riding with our friends
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:55 AM   #6
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Our camping style has changed alot over the years. Starting in a tent, then a popup, hybrid, TT, and now a 5th wheel our needs/wants have changed along the way. A site close to level, water and electric have always been important. Never cared about a sewer hookup as long as there was a dump station. We don't go camping to watch tv so cable was never important either. As long as I could get a local OTA station to keep up with the weather I'm fine. We bring along a couple movies in case we're stuck inside on a rainy day or night. When the kids were with us campground amenities were important. We have a pool at home so that was never a deal breaker when looking at a campground.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:56 AM   #7
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I think our "requirements" have changed over the years more as a function of age than anything else. Back when my wife and I were in college, a pup tent and a few cans of this and that + sterno and we were good to go. Need to wash up? Isn't that what that waterfall & stream are for?

Over the ensuing years we have camped with our kids in ever increasing sophistication to the point where we were ina Cabela's Alaskan guide tent and all the other "necessities" of a well rounded tent encampment.

Somewhere in our early 40s we "discovered" pop-up campers and wow that was a game changer - never looked back to tent camping - especially after that one extended weekend in the popup camping next to our tent camping friends in a constant rainstorm that flooded out just about every tent camp. We, of course, were high and dry

We graduated from the pop-up to a travel trailer when we discovered that a lot of western campgrounds (bear country) frowned or prohibited pop up campers. Now as we look toward retirement we made the final purchase of a 5er that is just set up for the two of us. We did get just about every option available and with 2 TVs, surround sound, a ceiling fan and electric fireplace and dual A/C we are pretty much dependent on a full hookup/sewer. Internet & WIFI, absolutely. Satellite , not so much because we can get most of our content off the internet.

Honestly, now that I am approaching 60 I have absolutely NO desire to go back to "roughing it" - I paid my dues in the Military and our early tent camping years. Danny Glover said it best: I'm getting too old for that $*it
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:41 AM   #8
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...Honestly, now that I am approaching 60 I have absolutely NO desire to go back to "roughing it" - I paid my dues in the Military and our early tent camping years. Danny Glover said it best: I'm getting too old for that $*it [/SIZE][/FONT]
X2. I'm 62 and there's no way I could go back to tent camping and sleeping on the ground, even with an air mattress.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:46 AM   #9
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it depends on my trip and length of stay. Anything more then 3 days I prefer full hookup. Since I have dogs and prefer to take them with me usually power and a level site is the minimum requirement. I never boondocked in an RV, I never tent camped anywhere but state parks tenting sites.

So my absolute must haves for camping is a site with power, hopefully some shade, at a clean and maintained location with at least something I want to do nearby if its not an overnight stop. Overnight I want cheap, level, easy access and exit. Everything else I could care less about.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:08 PM   #10
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All I require is power but getting TV stations nice but by no mean necessary. At Red River gorge we were lucky to have cell phone service and I can't wait to go back again.
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