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
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Jul 30 2013, 06:22 AM
Joined: 12-October 04
Member No.: 1770
BigNuge, is this your first year in a "camper"? Kinda sounds like you've been tent camping / hiking before this. Campgrounds were/are pretty much exactly the same as they were 20 years ago, even longer than that (look up the movie Long, Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez for a fun movie - the campgrounds have hardly changed!). If you are going to have electric, water, and perhaps sewer hookups at your campsite, you are going to pay for that. Campgrounds (such as most Connecticut state parks) without hookups are very much less expensive.
If you want more of an "outdoor" experience, then look at state parks and national park campgrounds... many times they have larger, more rustic campsites without hookups (electric and water). Also, New England is simply CROWDED. We don't really have much in the way of national forest where you can set up anywhere, or BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land where again you can pretty much just go and setup where you want.
My family has gone to both full out "resort" campgrounds with all the amenities, arcades, activities, even restaurants - and state parks that are just a clearing in the woods. We've enjoyed both equally well.
Just have fun! See you on the road!
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