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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 Aug 11 2013, 08:59 PM
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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.
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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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