The Future Of "camping"
The Future Of "camping"
Jul 29 2013, 03:07 PM
Joined: 11-June 13
Member No.: 79464
I have been camping for a while now (my whole life, I'm 36). This year I graduated from tent camping to a 23' HTT. My wife bailed on tent camping 10 years ago, its been friends & family until we got the camper.
Since we have been camping (locally in New England) so much more this year (compared to the last 10 years) I am really noticing some things.
1, When did we get invaded by Quebec??? The folks seem nice enough, I just see such a strong population of them everywhere I go! I really need to dust off my French...lol
2, For the life of me I cannot find the attraction/appeal of the "parking lot" style of campground. Aren't we all camping to be in the woods with nature?? Ya know, trees, vegetation, dirt roads etc??? Some of these parks (one right down the road from me) get great reviews?!?!?! I just don't get the appeal.
3, Wow....it is not cheap to camp anymore! It is easy to see $40-$60/night for 2 adults?!?! $10/head after that, with a limit of 6 per site. My very last trip cost me $230.00 for 3 nights w 6 people...Why the heck do they make campers that sleep more than 6 then?!?! Mine sleeps 10!!!
4, Beware of the websites for campgrounds. While I have not had a terrible experience (yet), I have had to change plans due to the conditions at one of our latest campgrounds.
5, Doesn't anyone enjoy getting back to basics/nature? I know this statement could be cliche seeing as I am enjoying my brand new RV. However, I am not sitting on my phone/tablet/FB surfing the internet. Isn't camping supposed to be an experience with the environment/nature?!?!? I just cant come to terms with the reviews that complain heavily about WiFi signal/access. (Workamping folks aside obviously).
Things were so different 20 years ago....
Thats all for now
2014 Coachmen Freedom Express 23TQX
2012 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Limited, 5.7, TRD Off Road, Towing Package
Jul 31 2013, 12:37 AM
Joined: 6-April 10
From: Westminster, Colorado
Member No.: 41655
Bignug, I'd like to agree with you, that things are not like they used to be. I camped with my parents in a motor home from the late 1960s to the 1980s, and when I got married, I purchased my first motorhome in the mid 1990s.
It used to be that people knew how to fix things, now when something breaks, they run for the phone and call roadside assistance.
To plan trips, people used to pull out a map, look for clues to things to see along the way. Now I love my GPS just like the next guy, but its just a tool, and people need to be able to "see" where they are going, not just follow directions.
people used to socialize in RV parks and say hi to their neighbor, and some still do, but more frequently, you see the windows closed and the occupants watching movies or on the computer, never enjoying the outdoors.
Thanks for letting me vent.
1989 32' Southwind MH