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Camping in a RV is not really camping!

Updated on October 5, 2014

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"?

Yes, after all, the RV is in the campground

Yes, after all, the RV is in the campground

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  • murr4046 4 years ago

    Before I got my RV from Floyd's RVs , I would never ever have gone camping. Now my husband and I go every other weekend during the fall. It's a lot of fun and a great family activity...however, we definitely don't just sit in the RV. We get out and go hiking around the campsite or play in lakes or whatever else there is to do in the area.

  • miaponzo 6 years ago

    I think soo.. although very comfy camping :)

  • happynutritionist 6 years ago

    If it's in a campground and away from home, it's camping to me. I don't like camping in tents anymore:-)

  • Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

    We had a small 5th wheel for 20 years. The kids loved it, relatives came along and kids slept on the floor. We had so much fun. We just purchased an RV motor home. A small one, 23 ft and used. Good buy. Have not taken it out, yet.

  • simplyoasis 6 years ago

    Well 20 years ago I would agreed but my bones are telling me, YES it is =)

  • Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

    Camping in a RV has the potential to be real camping. You can still go out and commune with nature, even if you choose to have all the amenities of the RV for your downtimes. Similarly, a person who roughs it in a tent could still miss out on the true experience of camping if they did nothing but sit inside the tent all day and read.

No, camping in a RV does not provide the true camping experience

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  • Birdmaestro 12 months ago

    It goes something like this:

    Pure camping to Something else(MoHoing)



    Travel Trailer

    Fifth Wheel


    I'm in a RV Park right now that is filled with expensive MoHo's. Most of the folks seem to stay inside - no gear outside whatsoever. I don't have a catchy name for what they're doing MoHoing?), but it definitely isn't camping.

    I'm in a 25' travel trailer and it can be a little like camping when boondocking in the wildnerness, but in an RV park it's not camping.

  • stella vadakin 20 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    I love to go camping in my motor home. I started with a tent and then a pick up camper. In my 50,s I redid a Dolphin 19 ft. motor home, after that we bought a diesel 38 ft. I will keep it as long as we can drive it. We never stay in the motor home unless it rains, we are only in it to sleep, but we like to be comfortable.Great hub.

  • hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

    Nope. Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not an RV hater. RVs are fun! They're just not... camping. Then again, my dad used to say the same thing about tents... but he was being ridiculous ;)

  • MacPharlain 6 years ago

    No RV is a motel on wheels. Their loud air conditioners and generators running all night usually disrupt the campground for others.

    Anything other than a tent or sleeping outside under the stars isn't 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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      simplyoasis 6 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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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Nice lens!!! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting and great lens. Thank you!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

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

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