It depends on the 'camping'. Personally, I'd always prefer to go camping where you can lay out a tent on smooth ground or grass. Though often times we'll go 'camping' to ride atv's, and the camp grounds don't often lend to great tent sleeping at night, so we usually bring a trailer or RV. Technically though, it's really not 'camping' at that point. The only thing that is like camping, is that you tend to cook over a fire and be in the woods. =P
Definitely an RV. But I have also rented a cabin at campgrounds and been very pleased with that experience as well.
I camped a bit when I was a teen with family, but nowadays it would have to be an RV and a nice one. I am not an outdoor girl--at all.
Camping in a tent is more fun, however I understand the comfort that an RV provides, but when I go camping the idea is to be outdoors and most RV camping situations just do not appeal to me as much as being away from most people and camping in a tent.
We went camping when we were younger but that was mainly because we couldn't afford to do anything else.
As I grew older I preferred an RV because I can put the kettle on for a cup of tea as soon as we arrive anywhere and my bed is already made up for when I need it.
The older I get the more I like my creature comforts around me, so in an RV if its cold I could put on the fire, if its hot I could get ice-cubes out of my fridge to put in my cold drink.
My preference is a hotel room with room service. Spending the night in the great outdoors never appealed to me. I also find it humorous that many who camp these days bring special tents with ventilation systems, park their RV nearby so they can use the microwave, have their GPS and cell phone handy and bring along camp stoves that run on some canned or bottled fuel source or maybe even charcoal. The idea of roughing it is not what it use to me. GIve me the hotel with room service and of course air conditioning.
I know what you mean. Some of those RVs have big screen tvs. We have rented twice, and they were small and cozy but comfortable for the 3 of us, no television. However, I do have to agree that a hotel with room service is the best way to go.
I always prefer camping in a tent, it is the only way to do it in my eyes. If I wanted to camp in an RV where I can watch TV, use a toilet, cook on a stove top, etc I think I would rather stay home. Sleeping in a tent is closer to nature while an RV is just a mobile home. I like to leave my luxuries behind and spend the night in the woods when I camp. I also do not like to be surrounded by people when I go camping either, I'm not a fan of the RV camping communities, they are usually too crowded and rambunctious (at least in the places I have been in Vermont). I love cooking over an open fire and finding peace in the solitude of nature while sleeping in a tent at night.
The 2 times we have rented we chose RV campgrounds that were really spread out and they were quite nice and not too crowded. We actually stayed in Vermont at one of the State campgrounds and we were the only RV in our section and it was really quiet.
I prefer camping in a hotel, motel or Holiday Inn (do you know that song?) or in a pop-up tent in my living room with my daughters and now with my granddaughters. That's as daring as I get with camping
Tent. I'm used to it. An RV is an entirely different experience for me.
Seems like it is about 50/50 for people answering and it definitely seems like most people like their way and stick with it. I may have to give a tent a try (may should be in caps for me).
Good luck. But be aware of the dangers of your area. I learned in Florida where you worry about a gator being outside your tent in the mornings. Now I'm in Texas and more horrified because of the danger of snakes. Gators you can see better.
They both have advantages. There are some places you just can't get an RV to. Because of this, being under canvas makes it even more special. It's as though you're away from the masses.
However, when my children were younger we traveled across the lower states in an RV. That is the only way to travel with kids! It was great fun for everyone.
Now my aging bones like the comfort, so it would have to be an RV or hotel.
Wow, an RV. It is more comfortable for one thing with a bathroom and for another it is not so easy to be murdered.
There is a bike ride we do where we camp in tents, but there is a coffee cart that comes around each morning. They have steak dinners too. I will make do in a tent as long as I don't have to cook. My tent trailer is toasty even on a cold night. We have camped when it was below freezing.
"Camping" in an RV is not camping. What's the purpose of it if you're not getting the whole outdoor experience? I was a Boy Scout for 10 years so I spent a lot of time camping. It was one of the coolest things I did with my life and I really miss it.
Although it may seem impossible, I've never done neither of the two. LOL A couple of times, my family and friend went tent camping, but I always slept in a chair outside.
I prefer the fine and pleasant misery of roughing it in a tent; however, since I am the "daddeo" of 3 women and married to another woman recently we have only camped-out in cabins (did I just use an oxymoron?)... I do have such fond memories of roughing it in tents in the middle-of-no-where under siege from mosquitoes, black flies, monsoons (sooner than later), pesty bandits (raccoons not politicians) and black bear. I learned so much about myself and the world from experiencing this "fine and pleasant misery."
I prefer tent camping because if you are going to "camp" in an RV with all of the comforts of home, why bother? Plus, some of my best childhood memories are from camping in a tent with my family.
I have done both. For the most part, I prefer an RV.....basically due to comfort aspects. "Camping," in general, isn't really something I thoroughly enjoy, but rather have gone along with and tolerated, for the sake of other family members. I might add that I my tolerance is good for a mere 3 days. After that, I begin to seriously long for the comforts of home.....my tub, my own bed.....food cooked by other than an open fire......and a BUG-free environment.
I think I have just admitted to NOT being your basic Happy Camper!
When we have rented an RV it has been for a week at a time and I am with you. By the end I am desperate for my own bathtub and bed. We also end up going to eat because I am so sick of doing dishes on my vacation. I do like it though, not a tent.
The last time I did any sightseeing travel was in the 70s and I loved it. My husband fixed up a Ford van with a fold-out bed, and we headed across the country from Asheville, North Carolina to Santa Cruz, California. We took the southern route and the sites were stupendous. We learned to stay off the interstate and take the state roads, so we'd get a sense of the towns we were passing through and interact with the local people.
Having an honest-to-goodness RV would be heaven.
Camping in a tent? No, thank you. Haven't done it. Don't want to try it.
What a trip that must have been. Both towns are so beautiful and I can't imagine the stops in between. I'm with you that an RV is the way to go. We could always bring a tent an my daughter and husband could sleep in it while I camped in the RV bed
If you have read any of my RV articles here on HP you already know that I am a big Fan of RV travel. This type of travel is simply more comfortable than tenting!
Never did the RV, but have loved tenting for a long time; though as I get older it's harder to sleep on the ground, even with a therma-rest. I'd like to get a little A-Liner or a conversion van someday, Until then, we cabin camp at State Parks here in PA...the even have 'yurts' here, but have not tried one yet. PS, GlimmerTwin Fan: I got a pair of tickets for the Stones in Philly...my very first time (and likely last at me and their age)!
The choice varies from person to person. I’ve done both and prefer tent camping due to a few reasons which I’ll highlight at the last part of my answer. But here I want to discuss the pros and cons of both the camping processes so that the ones who are looking to choose between the two can make the decision according to their convenience. Hopefully this will make the camp lovers go forward and make the things easier and enjoyable.
RV Camping Pros
a) It is self-contained.
b) You can get complete protection even in bad weathers.
c) You will get the mobility facility.
d) You can store things and get dressed easily.
RV Camping Cons
a) Most of the RV parks are like parking lots rather than parks.
b) Your staying place will be determined by your vehicle.
c) RV travelling is expensive. Even small RV consumes considerable amount of gas.
Tent Camping Pros
a) You can camp at naturally located terrains.
b) Apart from sleeping, you will all the time outside f the tent.
c) It is inexpensive.
d)You can get the pinch with any campsite.
Tent Camping Cons
a) Rain can hamper the whole process.
b) If the tent is small, getting dressed can be a bit difficult.
c)More time is required getting back to the road.
As most of the camping do not involve much travelling, I prefer tent camping.
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