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BigNuge
post Jul 29 2013, 03:07 PM
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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 biggrin.gif
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. dry.gif
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!!! wink.gif
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. unsure.gif (Workamping folks aside obviously).

Things were so different 20 years ago....

Thats all for now smile.gif



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post Jul 30 2013, 07:15 AM
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The rolling hotel room makes sense. If folks are simply using their RV for exploring the country and just want a safe place to park and hook up for a short while I guess is doesn't matter what the campground offers (especially if your fortunate enough to have a big rig that is completely self contained). I get the whole "different strokes for different folks" thing. I am just shaking my head at how different everybody is now. And at how much "business" has crept into a once simple industry. I had a discussion with a CG owner recently and he made the statement that their will never be a pool at his CG due to the clientele he would lose. Gahhhh, I'm rambling.....

Tom, this is my first year in my own "camper". I have been camping in one before, a handful of times years ago. So, the last 10+ years I have been tent camping. Since the camper has afforded me so many more camping opportunities I have been taking notice. What has changed is a little bit of everything. The people, the courtesy, experience blah blah blah.....all different. I am old fashioned at heart, and never want the things I love to change. When I read a CG review that hammers on a CG for its poor WiFi & the fact that it didn't have their brand of milk (exaggeration) is disappointing to me. Ive also seen folks rail on the fact that a CG had dirt roads?!?!? Its the woods?!?!?! The roads are going to be dirt, the sites are going to be un-level. It is only a matter of time before more and more CG owners succumb to these crazy demands and we are all camping on paved sites with electric fake fireplaces (exaggeration). Mostly, it means that we really are that different, and it is only going to get worse.....Im rambling agin...

In the end, I do make the best of it. When I first set out to do so much more camping this summer I had the idea that we would be doing just that...camping (swimming/hiking/fishing/sitting around the fire etc.). While we still do that, we have adapted to make the trips into a destination/landing spot. day 1 is usually set up and lay low. Day 2 is get out and do some of the local fun things and see the attractions...and so on. We have had a ton of fun with it, and I look forward to years more!



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When I read a CG review that hammers on a CG for its poor WiFi & the fact that it didn't have their brand of milk (exaggeration) is disappointing to me. Ive also seen folks rail on the fact that a CG had dirt roads?!?!? Its the woods?!?!?! The roads are going to be dirt, the sites are going to be un-level. It is only a matter of time before more and more CG owners succumb to these crazy demands and we are all camping on paved sites with electric fake fireplaces (exaggeration). Mostly, it means that we really are that different, and it is only going to get worse.....Im rambling agin...



Although I agree with you that WiFi is not an essential element of the RV experience, I don't view "paved roads" the same way. Although I have no basic objection to a dirt or gravel road, they are difficult to maintain and easily become rutted and difficult for large vehicles to travel on. I assume that is the reason that many of the state and national parks we have visited have paved roads and some have paved sites. If you have a CG with dirt roads and sites I don't think it is unreasonable to expect that I won't encounter multiple potholes on my way to my site.


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BigNuge   The Future Of "camping"   Jul 29 2013, 03:07 PM
Dutch_12078   Many of us often choose campgrounds for their amen...   Jul 29 2013, 07:38 PM
docj   Many of us often choose campgrounds for their ame...   Jul 29 2013, 09:29 PM
John S.   Sometimes I want nature and sometime I jst want to...   Jul 30 2013, 05:06 AM
Tom   BigNuge, is this your first year in a "camper...   Jul 30 2013, 06:22 AM
Dutch_12078   Joel, I listed the various amenities that many of ...   Jul 30 2013, 07:11 AM
BigNuge   The rolling hotel room makes sense. If folks are s...   Jul 30 2013, 07:15 AM
docj   When I read a CG review that hammers on a CG for ...   Jul 30 2013, 09:11 PM
kcmoedoe   . I am just shaking my head at how different ever...   Jul 31 2013, 10:01 AM
Fitzjohnfan   Bignug, I'd like to agree with you, that thing...   Jul 31 2013, 12:37 AM
KFS   At the risk of sounding uppity let me point out ...   Aug 1 2013, 07:41 AM
John S.   Never thought if it as a reverse camping but I do ...   Aug 2 2013, 12:28 PM
BigNuge   I love the comments!! Unfortunately they s...   Aug 5 2013, 09:13 AM
jim crowl   I've been "camping" for over 50 year...   Aug 11 2013, 08:59 PM
QueenofQuitealot   Well, in the words of Sly Stone "Different st...   Aug 11 2013, 09:22 PM
rkw99   Whenever I talk about our RV trips, I refer to it ...   Aug 13 2013, 01:58 PM
RFCN2   Private campgrounds must be far cheeper out here i...   Aug 13 2013, 10:19 PM
docj   In general we agree with your observations about c...   Aug 15 2013, 03:48 PM
cwcsmc   I registered with this forum to specifically reply...   Sep 1 2013, 05:37 PM
kcmoedoe   I registered with this forum to specifically repl...   Sep 1 2013, 08:46 PM
cwcsmc   Oh well, guess RVing isn't for you. Kind of ...   Sep 2 2013, 11:11 AM
docj   The problem is RV'ers have taken over the act...   Sep 2 2013, 11:28 AM
cwcsmc   I'm sorry you have such a judgmental view of ...   Sep 2 2013, 01:25 PM
JDOLLEN   Greetings CMCSMC, ...   Sep 3 2013, 10:28 PM
mdcamping   Hi cwcsmc You talked about visiting campsites L...   Sep 2 2013, 08:39 AM
Tom   cwcsmc, there are a lot of campgrounds primarily g...   Sep 2 2013, 02:25 PM
dalsgal   cwcsmc I understand you like camping your way but...   Sep 2 2013, 02:41 PM
Texasrvers   cwcsmc, I think most of us understand your point, ...   Sep 2 2013, 02:52 PM
Dutch_12078   First of all, I'm an ardent RV'er, often s...   Sep 2 2013, 03:08 PM
Texasrvers   Just thought of Corps of Engineer parks. Many of ...   Sep 2 2013, 03:25 PM
dalsgal   http://www.tentcampingpass.com/index.aspx   Sep 2 2013, 04:06 PM
Lindsay Richards   If I slept on the ground like I used to when we to...   Sep 2 2013, 04:20 PM
cwcsmc   This will be my last post here. I did not come her...   Sep 2 2013, 05:23 PM
kcmoedoe   This will be my last post here. I did not come he...   Sep 2 2013, 06:18 PM
mdcamping   I know all about the limited camp areas for tents...   Sep 2 2013, 08:05 PM
Tom   Wow. Well, I'll be polite anyways - good luck...   Sep 2 2013, 06:13 PM
docj   I find it sad when the concept of "tolerance ...   Sep 2 2013, 09:55 PM
laringrp   I find the comments posted by cwcsmc to be quite s...   Sep 2 2013, 10:55 PM
jamarynn1   I find the comments posted by cwcsmc to be quite ...   Sep 3 2013, 12:36 AM
ThreeTravellingBlondes   Camping is alive and well. We keep a tent and extr...   Sep 3 2013, 01:00 AM
Tom   Those "hellacious holiday weekends" are ...   Sep 3 2013, 06:04 AM
nedmtnman   We all have our idea of camping. I DO NOT camp. I ...   Sep 3 2013, 08:52 AM
mdcamping   We all have our idea of camping. I DO NOT camp. I...   Sep 3 2013, 08:34 PM
SASMITH   We used to call it "camping" when we use...   Oct 20 2013, 09:08 PM
NorthernIllinoisPlumber   We used to call it "camping" when we us...   Oct 22 2013, 06:45 PM
jamarynn1   Not ripping on you, but is it really an escape if...   Oct 23 2013, 12:05 AM
NorthernIllinoisPlumber   Yes, it is still an escape for me, even with the ...   Oct 23 2013, 04:49 PM
Dutch_12078   We don't consider traveling in our motorhome ...   Oct 22 2013, 07:31 PM
dodge guy   The last time I did a state park campground my dog...   Nov 28 2013, 01:58 PM


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