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Tent vs RV Camping - Positives and Negatives.

Updated on November 23, 2014
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Pros and cons of both.

If you’re new to camping or just want to try a different type there are some good aspects to both RV and tent camping. All you RV people may be saying no to camping in tents because of the luxuries you have in your RV but you're missing out on some great experiences. And you tent campers may be saying no way to RV's because it just doesn't feel like camping when you have most of the luxuries you have at home.

One main difference is of course the most obvious, bathrooms. Most RV's have bathrooms with holding tanks you can empty on your way home. With a tent, unless you’re in a high end campground, you have to use the great outdoors or walk to the public restrooms. A little inconvenient for some and for others part of the experience.

Second is running water. Running water is available in an RV but when tent camping you're limited to the lake, stream or spicket that may be on or about your campsite. Less work for RV campers but when you’re out "roughing it" not having this luxury is something that may be appealing to you.

Third is you may feel safer in an Rv than in a tent. Many people think they are safe from bears and wildlife and it may be true for smaller critters but when it comes to bears you're not any safer in an RV as a bear can open it like a tin can. Tents will give you a more outdoors feel and can be more desirable for true campers.

Here are some more quick pros and cons of both:


Pros: Beds, showers, bathrooms, warm water, microwaves, stoves, ovens, television, heaters, air conditioning

Cons: Fuel costs, upkeep, insurance, having to find a dump station, storage when not camping, detached from the outdoor experience, too much like home.


Pros: You can go places that you can't in an RV, No distractions with modern day technologies, at one with nature, creates a family bond like no other type of camping.

Cons: Equipment can be hard to pack in to camp site, make sure you bring toilet paper or you'll be using leaves, water can be a hike.

Some of these cons may sound like pros to some so it really depends on the person. I would like to hear some of your pros and cons along with some experiences you've had. Leave a comment below and happy camping!.


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    • cyoung35 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chad Young 

      6 years ago from Corona, CA

      I think a bear would be able to open a trailer like a tin can if it wanted to get in bad enough. The trick is to keep the food away from your sleeping quarters. Although some people feel a sense of security with metal arround them rather than fabric.

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      6 years ago

      a pro of trailers: much protected from dangerous animals like bears, snakes, wild cats, ect. Therefore, you are better off in a trailer than being killed in a tent.

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      Chad Young 

      7 years ago from Corona, CA

      That is some camping trip! I'm glad no one got hurt and you make a great point about camping in an RV when there is severe weather. It gives you better protection against the elements and is a safer environment if something like this happens.

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      7 years ago

      I have camped since i was a small child. Like most every camper, starting out in a tent and working my way up to an RV. I was in the Boy Scouts so i had the experience of tent camping every time i went. When my family went on our first tent camping trip, it was super cold and i am pretty sure there was a tornado blow through the area. That was the last time we took the tent anywhere. The next week we went and bought a pop-up camper. the experience was much like a tent except we had refrigeration. Still unable to take the cold weather we soon bought us a bigger camper with the works. Everything was perfect, until the kids grew taller, and the camper seemed to shrink. So finally we bought us a 5th wheel. Several years later we were caught in another sever storm. This time a tree fell on our camper and totaled it. No one was hurt and the camper took the impact perfectly. Even though we had to get another camper it is all good. So when people ask me, i say camper all the way.!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      8 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      This is a very useful article for me.

      I backpack and trek a lot and my wife does not do that a bit. She can rough it out during the day, but at night she wants all her home facilities. So when I am with my family, we always rent out a hotel room nearby. RV sounds like a great compromise situation. This never occurred to me.


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