I recently asked the Offline Outdoors community whether RV camping is real camping. Most people laughingly said no! Some said that if it takes them outside, that’s camping for them. The most intriguing answer came from Justin Ryman:
“I want to be in the outdoors even if I have a bad back or neck. I use my RV strictly for sleeping, I don't spend all my time there.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time outdoors. I know how to camp. Roughing it, campground camping, or RV camping, I did it all. It isn’t about tents or name brands. It’s about making memories with family and friends in the outdoors.”
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I used to make fun of people that would camp in RVs. I thought that tent camping was the way to go. That was the only way to get an “authentic” camping experience. There was no excuse for anyone to avoid tent camping. For me, RV camping was the same thing as camping in my backyard. I was wrong!
What if someone has a terminal illness or a bad back? What about infants that need a stable environment. Tents are not designed to keep you warm at nights. During the day, they become extremely hot. Tent camping isn't for everyone. There are many types of "camping".
What is camping? Who writes the rules on camping? That’s an important question to consider. I really like what Justin said: “It’s about making memories with family and friends in the outdoors.” It doesn’t matter how you do it. Whether you are roughing it with minimal supplies, or if you have mansion on wheels with all the luxuries in the world. As long as you’re enjoying the nature with your friends and family, that is good enough for me.For the most fulfilling camping experience, just follow these three simple steps. (Based on my personal experience.)
Find a Remote Location: Get away as far as possible from civilization.
Minimal or No Technology: Turn on the “airplane mode” to avoid any distractions.
Bring Family and Friends: It is always best to share your memories with someone else.
Is RV camping real camping? This shouldn't even be a question. It assumes that tent camping is the only real or authentic way to camp. Real camping is not dependent the gear you have. For a fulfilling experience, you just need a remote location, no distractions, and someone to share the adventure with. That's it. RV camping is real camping!
There are many variations of camping. It is important to try them all. Naturally, I get tired of something if I do it all the time. Here is an interesting blog that I wrote on this topic: Car Camping vs Backpacking. If you have been RV camping all your life, mix it up. Try tent camping instead, or vise versa.
There is a way to overkill RV camping. I’ve seen some RVs that have multiple flat screen TVs and a satellite dish. That is why my perception of RV camping was originally ruined. Come on, do you really need satellite television when you got a beautiful forest or a breathtaking lake? Can you think of any other reasons that "overkill" RV camping? Comment below.
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