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 29 2013, 07:38 PM
Joined: 31-July 09
Member No.: 35147
Many of us often choose campgrounds for their amenities, full hookups, cable TV, reliable WiFi at the site, etc, because we aren't "camping" as such, but more using our RV's as portable motel rooms while we visit various attractions in the area. My wife and I spend 7-8 months a year in our motorhome for example, and only rarely select a campground just as a place to kick back and relax while we commune with nature. As it happens, this week we're at a state park in Upstate NY looking out at the St Lawrence Seaway just for a few days of down time, but this is only the second time this year we've chosen to do that. RV'ers are no different than the rest of the population, with "Different strokes for different folks." applying equally to all.
Great Sacandaga Lake, NY
2001 GBM Landau 34' Class A
2011 Toyota RAV4 toad