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Old 03-05-2015, 10:32 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by laurarice26 View Post
As long as I'm having fun, it just doesn't matter. I'm getting excited for our 2nd year with our camper.

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Old 03-05-2015, 10:40 PM   #82
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As a young man I spent almost a year "camped out" ate ham & lima beans out of a green can, had my mail flown in and out, and met strange and interesting people (some of whom wanted to kill me). All paid for by my Uncle Sam. What a guy! I swore off of camping for a long time.

But these days.... hooking up my camper and going to where the fish are biting (or not)... yeah, I love this kind of camping! Happy Trails!!

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Old 03-06-2015, 06:09 AM   #83
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When I was quite a bit younger and camped in tents and a small popup back in the 70's and 80's, I walked past a TT and said to my husband, that's not camping . Since 2003 and on our second class c motorhome, I can honestly say I am still camping, but, in a different comfortable way and I love it. Age changes things !
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:18 AM   #84
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My 2cents is that camping is what you want it to be. I like it all - Rving, backpacking, tent camping, hammockng or just sleeping on the floor in front of the fireplace "camping" with the kids. Just have fun. We got our hybrid because it seemed like a good compromise between tent camping and glamping. So far so good!
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:47 AM   #85
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Is it Grey or Gray, Colour or color, do we use tissues or Kleenex, Is it a Cougar, Mountain Lion, or a Puma, they are all the same animal but depending on where you live is what it is called. A Puma to us is our camper. So call it what you like but camping to us can be in a tent or an RV who cares what its called as long as we can get away & have some relaxation time.........


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Old 03-06-2015, 08:11 AM   #86
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Sometimes we meet up with DW's brother, as he raises the top on his pop up, moves the slide out into position, sets up several bottles of spirits on his makeshift bar and all the while telling me DW and I aren't camping cause I had the 26' TT and now 35' MH. I am like others on this thread my camping is a coffee at the morning camp fire (by myself as DW sleeps in - love it!) long walks with the fir babies during the day, cooking on a small gas grill and another camp fire in the evening with snacks and oh yeh drinking a can of suds now and then. My parents weren't into camping so I did not experience it growing up so what I am doing certainly feels like camping to me.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:13 AM   #87
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Originally Posted by M&K Hoffman View Post
I added this Coleman Lantern to my collection a few years ago. It belonged to my parents and I remember it well from "camping" during my childhood. The lantern dates from the late 50's and that is the original box which still has the label stating it came from The Sperry and Hutchinson Co. in Burlington, IA. (that is S&H Green Stamps for you youngsters!) I had to get a replacement fuel cap as the original one would not hold pressure, but it still works like new.
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:28 AM   #88
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When I was a kid I spent many years camping with my parents in a 20 ft travel trailer. With my own wife and kids we’ve done the entire progression from tent to pop-up to bigger pop-up to TT and now to a 42ft 5th wheel.

We spend our weekends in a CAMPER that is parked in a CAMPground. It’s camping. Don’t know what else you would call it.

That's like saying athletes don't play “real” baseball because they get paid millions of dollars to play in front of thousands of fans with the best equipment/training money can buy instead of playing in an empty field somewhere.

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Old 03-06-2015, 03:45 PM   #89
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A lot of interesting comments in this thread! Personally, I call what we do (stay in a camper in a campground) 'camping', but it's not really the same thing as what we do when we camp in a tent - the specifics of the experience are different, but I still consider them both to be 'camping'.

It's easy for me (and I'm only going to speak for me here) to read an implied derogatory sentiment into comments that camping in an RV is not really camping, so I can see where some people would be offended hearing that another person does not consider it camping if you sleep in a camper or RV. I tent camp, have for decades, and to be honest, that's what I consider true 'camping' - no electrical devices, no camp store, nothing that you didn't carry on your back to the place where you setup camp, etc. A mostly primitive experience. But there are a lot of shades in there - is it still camping if you use a stove? How about a lighter instead of making a bow and friction fire? Does a firestick count or not? How about that knife you use for bushcraft, or that fancy plastic tent, do those disqualify you as a camper? You can draw the line in a lot of places...

I feel that our campers, which have electrical and water hookups, HVAC, etc. qualify as camping because for me, a large part of the concept of 'camping' has to do with the experience rather than the equipment. Camping is about location, cooking and eating outdoors (we tend to only cook indoors when it's raining), hiking, bicycling, canoeing, or otherwise doing things in a non-urban setting, not what my tent is made of (metal, foam, and wood in this case.)

So for me, if I were staying in a giant camping-lot where my neighbors were less than 10 feet away, never left my air conditioned RV, and sat in front of the TV all day I admit that I would no longer consider that camping, but again, that's just me. The bottom line as I see it is this - if you are doing what you like then more power to you. Draw the line where you want to draw it and if someone else doesn't like where you drew the line, what does that really matter? If it's camping in your mind then you are camping.

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Old 03-06-2015, 09:45 PM   #90
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If you are in a RV it is not considered camping because of all the luxuries. I have seen groups of people at the campground in tents. They bring a large dining shelter, fridge, ice maker, electric coffee maker, electric fry pans, TV with sat. dish. How is this any different then a person in a hard walled unit. Plus I have seen some bring the "bring your own bed" blow up mattress on a frame. They came into the CG pulling a covered utility trailer in order to hold all their equipment.

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