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Old 07-19-2021, 09:57 PM   #1
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No hookups = camping, otherwise Glamping?

Coworker said when I'm staying at a KOA with full hookups, it's not camping. Apparently he thinks boondocking = camping, and places like KOA is glamping.

Do y'all agree?
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When you have all the water and electricity you want, don't have to worry about filling holding tanks, and air conditioning when it's hot, I wouldn't really call it camping in the traditional sense.

More camping than a resort hotel however but not as much as when you have to provide your own water, electricity, perhaps do without A/C, and have your trip length defined by the capacity of your holding tanks.

I'm a hard core Boondocker. Have yet to stay in an RV park this year after quite a few trips to Forest Service campgrounds. With an average price of $35 per night that's a lot of money left over for gas which trsnslates for me into more and longer trips.
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After we moved from the popup to the hybrid Roo, I no longer say I’m camping. I say I’m RVing. To me, if I have to dump the black tank its not glamorous and therefore not “glamping”.
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My wife use to think that opening the window to her room at the Marriot was camping.
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If I'm in a camper, in a campgrounds... it's camping.

Although the industry seems to be moving to the term "RVing", which is just as inclusive IMHO.
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I don't care what people want to call it, I'm doing it how I want to do it and how I enjoy it. That's what matters.
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I often refer to my TT as a small hotel room that I bring along whenever I travel. The biggest inconvenience I typically deal with is not finding anything good to watch on the campground's cable TV.


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Coworker said when I'm staying at a KOA with full hookups, it's not camping. Apparently he thinks boondocking = camping, and places like KOA is glamping.

Do y'all agree?
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Coworker said when I'm staying at a KOA with full hookups, it's not camping. Apparently he thinks boondocking = camping, and places like KOA is glamping.

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Coming from most of my life tent camping, often while backpacking or off of my motorcycles, I consider most any RV camping to be glamping. If you have running water, toilet, heat, A/C, beds, etc., even if you don't have full hookups, it's hard to call it camping. Now, full hookups at KOAs and other RV resorts, YES, definitely glamping.

But, who cares?! As long as it makes you happy, call it what you want.
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Coworker said when I'm staying at a KOA with full hookups, it's not camping. Apparently he thinks boondocking = camping, and places like KOA is glamping.

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Darned if I know. Does your friend use a generator for electricity so that he can watch TV in his rig?
If you're a purist, camping may be doing without electricity, running water, a comfortable mattress or a toilet. Been there, done that and our first trailer was 'glamping' to us.
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“Glamping” is a stupid word and I refuse to let people use it for what I am doing. There is nothing glamorous about digging out the electric cord, dumping sewage, hooking up water, dealing with rain/mud/dirt, etc.

I joke about “camping” in my motorhome when comparing to previous years all the way back to my tent years. We get to call it what we want. We sit out at the fire we built, some of us shut off the stadium lights to enjoy the darkness and stars, go hiking, …

BTW, when I’m boondocking I can still watch my satellite TV, take a dump in my toilet, shower, and pull ice out of the ice maker in the freezer

Ask your friend if he sleeps on the bumpy ground in his tiny pop-up tent that soaks everything the sides touch when it rains. That’s what I did when I “camped” way back! (Uphill both ways)
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Camping = A tent in the wilderness.
Glamping = An RV with all the comforts of home.
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KOA = Kamping On Asphalt. And we use KOA all the time as they're usually well maintained and have full service sites.

Real camping is a poncho over some branches or a 12x12 tarp stretched next to the tank for the entire crew but we've grown tired of it.

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ďGlampingĒ is a stupid word and I refuse to let people use it for what I am doing. There is nothing glamorous about digging out the electric cord, dumping sewage, hooking up water, dealing with rain/mud/dirt, etc.



If anyone thinks that staying in a 200 - 300 sq ft enclosure is "glamorous" because it has A/C, heat and a few channels on a small TV, then they have a warped sense of that word.

I'd hate to see how they describe some hotel penthouses that are literally bigger than my sticks and bricks house.

That's what I would define as "glamorous".
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KOA = Kamping On Asphalt. And we use KOA all the time as they're usually well maintained and have full service sites.

Real camping is a poncho over some branches or a 12x12 tarp stretched next to the tank for the entire crew but we've grown tired of it.

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In my younger camping days, a couple times I left the tent at home, went out into the wilderness and built a lean-to.
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I've spent several nights in a snow shelter carved out of deep snow. Yep, real camping that makes tentage seem wimpy. (Thank you, Canadian Forces.) But I don't recommend it for recreation.

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Go ask Native American's what their ancestors would have thought of what we call camping.
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I've spent several nights in a snow shelter carved out of deep snow. Yep, real camping that makes tentage seem wimpy. (Thank you, Canadian Forces.) But I don't recommend it for recreation.

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In Afghanistan in the service, we had a rat problem in our tent at our combat outpost, so we set up sticky traps all around. I woke up one morning to noise under my cot. There was an Onyx Cobra stuck to the sticky trap. I didn't sleep quite as sound the next night. Definitely not glamping.

In Iraq, we had a mission go longer than expected and we had to 'camp' out in the desert with no tents, cots, etc. Just sleeping in the sand in full battle rattle (helmet, body army, fatigues). A buddy next to me woke us up screaming about a scorpion in his his helmet. We never found it, so who knows if it was actually there. Either way, it was tough getting back to sleep.

You know, I don't miss those days hanging out with the infantry all that much (medic).
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