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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Aug 11 2013, 08:59 PM
Joined: 12-July 09
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Member No.: 33991
I've been "camping" for over 50 years, and traveled in an RV full-time for about 5 years. I prefer to be close to nature, but due to work assignments, or desire to explore urban areas an RV park with electricity, internet etc. sometimes makes more sense.
The great thing about a small RV is that you can make the choice. I've spent many nights in national forests etc. camping on a river or other remote location, and nights in a modern RV park next to the freeway. I've never once had to pay $40-60 for a space, and often camp for free. Perhaps in New England this is not possible. In the Southwest and Northwest there are many places to camp for free. Many of the small towns even offer free city campgrounds. In Idaho, where I came from, there are many places to camp outside of established campgrounds along highways that parallel rivers. However there are many places not suitable for an RV due to road conditions, so even those of us who enjoy the outdoor experience opt for an RV park.
I don't feel it has changed that much in 50 years. The big change is the increase in population in a lot of areas. There were areas that you could camp away from the city that now have subdivisions. Campgrounds are more expensive, but it is relative. 50 years ago national forest campgrounds charged 0, $1, $2 or $3 a night. Today there are still free ones, but more likely $5-18 a night. However we paid $6 at a motel 6, and 25 cents a gallon for gas, so RV parks and campgrounds are not any more expensive today considering overall inflation.
People should camp where they are happiest. In one secluded state park I commented to the ranger what a wonderful location it was, with a terrific night sky, and quiet spots along the river. The ranger agreed, but then said "you would be surprised how many people complain that we don't have cable and lots of night lighting.