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Pros and Cons of Camping Units

Updated on May 2, 2013

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First let me say that I love camping! Over the years I have had the opportunity to camp in a variety of camping units. I would like to give you an overview of some of the different types of camping units that are available to you. They range from inexpensive to expensive depending on your level of commitment and your budget, but no matter what your budget you can find something that will be just right for you.

The first place that many people start is with a tent. We started out with a tent we didn’t want to spend a lot of money to start out and we needed to find out if we were going to like it. There are many types and sizes available in tents. They can range from the one person tent to 8 or 10 people. Here are some of the Pros and Cons of tent camping.

Pros

*close to nature

*can set up a tent where other camping units can’t go

*cheap to purchase

*cheap to rent a tent site (in most campgrounds that I have found)

*easy to haul

*easy to store

*come in all shapes and sizes

Cons

*sleeping on the ground

*air mattresses not comfortable

*not good in inclement weather and wind

*collects moisture inside the tent

*not very private

*no place to store your camping gear


The good news about tents is that they can be found just about anywhere at all kinds of prices. Tents can range from less than $50.00 on up to over one thousand dollars, I suggest you don’t spend too much on your first tent before you decide if it is for you or not. Borrow one from a friend is the best advice I can give you if money is an issue.

They also make tents that you can set up on your truck. These can be found at any outdoor store, we found ours at Cabala’s. In addition to the truck tent we also found a tent that goes off the back of an SUV or van, with these you can sleep in the back of your SUV or van keeping you up off the ground. Pretty much the same pros and cons as with a regular tent.

Next you can find a truck camper. They slide in to the back of your truck and go wherever you go, no towing involved! Here are some of the pros and cons of these units.

Pros

*convenient

*no towing

*inexpensive (can find used ones)

*up off the ground

*can have heat and air conditioning

*can have a refrigerator

*can have a bathroom (small!)

* Hard sides = more privacy

*can take your pets with you

*easy to maintain

Cons

*have to unhook every time you need to leave the campsite (unless you are dry docking)

*small

*must have the right size truck for the job

*beds are not the best

*not much storage space


Pop up Campers, these are the ones that fold down into themselves. The bottom half is hard side but the top is canvas.

Pros

*easy to tow

*easy to store

*up off the ground

*cheap to purchase

*come standard with a heater

*can get ones with air conditioning

*easy to maintain

Cons

*beds not comfortable

*no privacy

*set up and take down can be a pain

*not a lot of storage

*not good in inclement weather and wind


Motorcycle campers, yes they make these. Below is a video of one, and how to set it up. These can be found at dealerships for reasonable prices.

Pros

*small

*easy to tow

*easy to store

*convenient

*off the ground

*easy set up and take down

*easy to maintain

Cons

*small

*beds not the comfortable

*not much storage


The Tear Drop Camper, this is exactly what the name implies. This camper is tear drop shaped; you can find plans to make these on the web. They can be inexpensive or expensive depending on what you want.

Pros

*small

*easy to tow

*up off the ground

*can have heat and air conditioning

*can have a TV

*can have a small kitchen

*easy to maintain

*easy to store

Cons

*small

*no bathroom

*beds not that great

*not much storage

*no room for pets


Travel Trailers, these come in all lengths, floor plans, and weights. They now have what they call Ultra Lites that can be towed by SUVs and Mini Vans. These can be found used in good condition or purchased new from a dealer.

Pros

*Privacy

*kitchen

*bathroom

*more comfortable beds

*more space

*hard sides

*can take your pets

*easy maintenance

*more storage

*unhook and leave at the campsite

Cons

*depending on the length can be hard to tow

*use more gas to tow

*not so easy to store

*can sway back and forth in the wind while towing


Fifth Wheel, this is a camper that is hooked in the bed of a truck. These can be very expensive.

Pros

*lots of storage

*more stable while towing

*comfortable beds

*TV

*kitchen

*full bath

*unhook and leave at the campsite for convenience

*lots of space

*minimal maintenance

*set up relatively easy

Cons

*large

*must have the right truck to tow it

*expensive to purchase


The Motorhome, RV as we call it come in three different makes. The Class A Motorhome, the Class B Motorhome, and the Class C Motorhome. With the motor home the “Motor” and the “home” are one and the same. The Class A resembles a bus design with a flat or vertical front with large windows. The Class C has a truck cap front with a bed over the driver much like a camper. The Class B also has a truck cap design but have no bed over the driver, these are considered almost like a conversion van.

Pros of a Class A

*Luxury

*bath with shower and usually a bathtub

*dinette

*kitchens

*separate master bedroom

*heat and air conditioning

*hot and cold running water

*living room with couch, recliners, closets, entertainment center

*lots of space

*lots of storage

*comfortable beds

*come in 24 to 40 ft. in length

*privacy


Cons

*large

*gas

*expensive maintanence

*need a tow vehicle


Pros of the Class C

Pros

*lighter weight

*sleeps up to 10 people

*lots of storage

*come in 20 to 44 ft. in length

*comfortable beds

*heat and air conditioning

*privacy


Cons of the Class C

*can be expensive for upkeep

*can be expensive to buy

*gas

*need a tow vehicle


Class B Motorhome

Pros

*small

*easy to drive

*no tow vehicle needed

*privacy

Cons

*small, can be cramped

*not much storage


This is just an overview of some of the different types of camping units that are available out there. Camping can be fun and money saving. If you are on a budget there are many ways to save money camping. Save money on food, less eating out at restaurants while on vacation will save you money. Some say that is the point of vacation, I will not argue that point but you can make things ahead to take with you then you don’t have to cook that much and you can still save money. Save money on hotel rooms, these can get expensive! Less chance of sleeping on less than clean beds and coming home with “friends.” Teach your children to enjoy nature, enjoy the open air, campfires and the company of other campers. I find that most people that camp are quite friendly and helpful, talk to them you can always learn new and different things from others and they from you no matter how long you have been camping. Many have tips on storage, what the best camp chair is, how to cook something. You name it they love to share. Whether you have a young family or it is just you and your companion camping can be fun and rewarding.

Happy Camping! Velzipmur A.K.A Shelly Wyatt












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