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Camping in a RV is not really camping!

Updated on August 23, 2017

Here's what I think

Camping in a RV is not really camping!

They pulled in next to our teardrop trailer as we were outside cooking our dinner. The giant RV towered over our tiny trailer and completely shaded our campsite.

The dad and boy got out and hooked up the water, the electrical and the sewer system. The dad cranked up the satellite dish and the two of them went back inside. Before they lowered the shade, we saw the boy turn on the TV.

We looked at each other and laughed. In the beautiful forest surrounding Lake Shasta in Northern California, they had just shut out the whole experience. Camping in a RV is not camping!

I have an opinion, do you?

This is a debate that rages on without any hope of a resolution. What do you think?

Is camping in a RV "camping"?

This is my newest tent

Roomy, lots of space for stuff and people, this is my newest tent.

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent,204" L x 120" W x 72" H
Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent,204" L x 120" W x 72" H

Easy to assemble, lots of room and folds back nicely into the container. Lots of windows for great airflow.


Let me be very clear

We are campers!

I have a teardrop trailer, two tents, a 1959 Dalton and a 1974 Perris Pacer. I consider the trailers hard sided tents. The trailers are bare basics. Teardrops do not have cooking facilities inside. The Dalton does but we prefer to cook outside so always setup a camp kitchen. To me, being outside is part of the camping experience. So although I have what might be considered RV's, they are no equipped with water systems or sewer systems. Yes, they do hook up to electrical but we often take an extension cord with the tent to power some electrical appliances.

The debate really is about the term "camping". I am a purist, meaning camping to me is the older version of the activity where people actually spent time outside, socializing with fellow campers. There is nothing better than food cooked outside and the roar of the campfire to ward off the night chill.

There are many ways to camp

Tent, RV or trailer, there are many choices. What do you choose to camp in?

What do you camp in?

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Sleeping equipment

If you are over 40, sleeping on the ground becomes unpleasant. We have two cots. We put them together, cover them with an air-mattress and sleep like babies. These are also comfortable as is and we also like to move them outside the tent under the trees in the daytime for lounging and reading.

We don't discriminate

If you see us when camping, come by and say hi. There are no strangers in a campground, even if you have an RV.

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      5 months ago

      Haha, a trailer is an RV. Try backpacking, lol. Real campers don't stay at a campground where RVs go. An air mattress on a pair of cots sounds ridiculous

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      7 years ago

      Hear, hear!!! Real campers do NOT spend their camping trip watching TV!

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting and great lens. Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens!!! :)

    • simplyoasis profile image


      8 years ago

      It's been more than ten years since we went camping .. don't know if I'm up for it anymore =(


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