Monday, August 12, 2013

Roughin' It...

So, there's been a raging debate over what is or isn't "camping".




This is taken from the queen bed in our camper, a 25' travel trailer. Compared to a tent or pop-up camper it's pretty lavish; compared to some of the fifth wheels and Class A's it's barely a step above sleeping on a rock. It's enough for us, though - you can see the bunk beds to the right where TheBoy and Baby Girl G. sleep and the facilities. Sure beats unzipping a tent at 3 AM when nature calls.

Life is all about compromises. The Mrs. isn't into tent camping, she just isn't. She tried - she came on several tenting trips before the kids came along, but it's just not her thing. We started out with a popup, and while that's a decent step above a tent, it's really the worst of both worlds - you still have to worry about the weather, but you can't just throw everything in the back of your car and go when you feel like it.

We found that the hassle of using a popup camper - there's very little actual storage inside the camper itself that's not take up with camper stuff - meant we didn't take it very often, so we tool the step up to the travel trailer. The Dodge Earthf**ker is more than enough to tow it even fully loaded, and it's small enough that I didn't need to go back to school for my CDL to learn how to tow it (although it wouldn't hurt...).

For weekend trips the trailer is a little overkill - it's somewhat of a procedure to get it ready to travel - but for a week or longer it's great. There's enough space inside so that if we have bad weather we can survive without having to search for a mall nearby, and the kids are old enough that their electronic devices mean they're not automatically at each other's throats.

It also doesn't hurt that we have a *great* site this year and weather to match!

That is all.

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13 comments:

Dave H said...

Since my kids are (mostly) moved out my fiancee and I have looked at teardrop campers. They're basically a sleeping space with a small galley in the back, but they're small and can be pulled by just about anything with a hitch.

I bought a cheap Harbor Freight trailer to try to build one on, but I'm beginning to think a wise friend of mine was right. She said, "The three most important words in the English language aren't 'I love you' but rather 'pay the man.'"

David said...

I have friends who load up their huge 5th wheel trailer almost every weekend and drive up into the mountains with it. They call it camping.

The rest of us who, 30 years ago, used to spend weeks on end with this guy trudging through the backwoods and high mountains with everything we needed on our backs, call it parking your house in the hills for the weekend.

But we're just bitter because he gets to spend more time in the hills than we do. Regardless of where he is sleeping.

Laura said...

our popup is the lexus of popups...seriously. 23' long when unfolded, plus a slide-out dinette and a couch (with storage underneath). sure, the storage is lacking, but we don't have other people in there with us presently so it's mostly a non-issue. we just use the other bed as our dresser.

Nancy R. said...

If you can cook inside, it's not camping.

Dave H said...

Nancy R: That definition works for me.

KevinC said...

What she said.

David said...

I agree with Nancy, except I cooked (yeah I know it's not safe!!) in my tent once. I was at over 11,000 ft altitude, my clothes were wet (don't ask, it was not one of my brighter moments) and it was snowing (dropped over 3 feet in 12 hours). So I was huddled in my sleeping bag, and used my camp stove in the tent.

Can I still claim to have been camping? (even though the three guys with me have taken to say that we weren't camping that week, we were surviving.)

Mopar said...

Agree with Nancy

Hafnhaf said...

We have a 29' class C Winnebago. It's called GLAMPING. glamour camping. The wife loves it! The 19' wide 3-room tent sits in the basement.

billf said...

Camping means "sleeping on the ground".Sometimes it's in a tent,sometimes under a tarp,but never on wheels.I have camped in the snow many times.One of my favorite memories,was in the winter ,in Idaho,deer hunting for two weeks.We slept in Sheepherder's tents (some say wall tents)and it snowed every day.There was a wood burning cook stove in one of the tents,so nancy's definition doesn't work.But that was a great adventure.

Old NFO said...

+1 on Nancy... LOL

ASM826 said...

Hafnhaf nailed it. This is glamping.
It's fine, and fun, and a great way to be at the beach, but if it involves this statement, "There's enough space inside so that if we have bad weather we can survive without having to search for a mall nearby, and the kids are old enough that their electronic devices mean they're not automatically at each other's throats", camping it is not.

Anonymous said...

It may or may not be camping. But it is having fun!!
Riley