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Old 05-21-2016, 08:48 PM   #1
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Camper or Travel Trailer

Do you have a camper or a travel trailer?
We have a travel trailer, a 30 ft Classic with a slide.
My friends have campers. Most of the campers have never been more that 100 miles from home. We have camped one time within 40 miles of home. Took the grand kids for a weekend, it rained most of the time. When we could play a little pitch and catch with a football a little boy with some form of disorder would take the football and run back to his camper. Not fun at all.
We travel with our trailer, been in all 48 contiguous states, not all with this trailer though.
Nothing against camping just not our thing to sit all week in one spot and set around and relax, IE; do nothing. At least that is what my friends say they like to do. Just not wired that away.
So what do you have a camper or a travel trailer?
Either one works for me, we just like to travel.

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Old 05-21-2016, 09:16 PM   #2
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I have both,

It's a "Travel Trailer" until I get where I'm going, then it becomes a "Camper".


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Old 05-21-2016, 09:26 PM   #3
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Interesting. Travel Trailer sounds kind of chic. I guess we are Campers that tow 40 plus year old Travel Trailers that are vintage chic.

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Old 05-21-2016, 09:37 PM   #4
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We toured the entire country for 35 years with a series of four VW Poptop Campers. We enjoyed it immensely, were never cold, hot, wet or hungry and with two swivel reclining bucket seats with armrests in front, and a 42" wide bed in back, we were comfortable.

Less mobile but with all the gadgets of home we use our 25 FB to tour the country. Never to sit around doing nothing. We plan destinations during our six month snowbird trips to see things we like, historical, art and architecture, National and State Parks and such, the ocean, mountains, desert and friends. We find nice RV resorts with lots of activities, get involved with the community, and use it as a base camp for months at a time.

Both camper and travel trailer have worked well for their purpose.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:44 PM   #5
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I have an Airstream travel trailer that I take camping.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:50 PM   #6
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Nearly everyone in my area calls them campers. If I called it a travel trailer, I would probably feel the need to sip hot tea.
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:48 AM   #7
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Hi, my trailer is a travel trailer and that is how it's used. Some people who only camp locally call their trailers campers. I always thought that campers were something that was mounted in the bed of a pick-up truck.

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I have a camper.

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Camper van. Longest trip to date was 2700 miles round-trip and just under three weeks duration visiting five campgrounds. Shortest trip length was 72 miles round-trip. Shortest duration was a three-day weekend while I was still working for a living.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:44 AM   #10
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Generally, we consider that we have one of each. The Basecamp is so primitive that we think of it as a camper, and sometimes refer to it as an aluminum tent. The Safari seems so self-contained that we think of it as a travel trailer, and often call it our mobile cabin.

But perhaps this question is answered less by what your vehicle is, and more by where you are and what you are doing. We have camped in some pretty primitive places in the Safari, and while on the way to a camping experience spent overnights in some fancy RV parks in the Basecamp .
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:04 PM   #11
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Type of camper

I have both types -- a 25 foot Airstream and a 21 foot motorhome. For short and local trips I use the motorhome. For long distant trips I use the Airstream. There are, of course, pros and cons about each type. So, having one of each has worked great for me.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:45 PM   #12
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We grew up hearing that a camper was a slide in unit that fits in the back of a pickup truck. The trailers were called trailers. However, Airstreams were always called Airstreams and then folks smiled!

We travel and are not campers. We almost missed out on all the fun, because we have always known that and thought a trailer would be a mistake for us. The good news is that our puppies explained the facts of travel to us and we changed our tune.

Now all that was before I kind of got interested in fly fishing. Time will tell if the call of the wilderness overwhelms the call of traveling to new places.

Thank you all for helping us learn how to cope with the challenges. Pat

PS - Niece calls their slide-in camper a CRAMPER. But she fly fishes and won the last family outing competition.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:55 PM   #13
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Those are 'Travel Trailers' NOT "campers"!
"Camping" is putting a pack on your back and going out into the wilderness, miles from civilization, and pitching your tent; like I did for thirty years.
"Camping" is traveling on foot into the wilderness, or on trails like 'The Bruce Trail', Rideau Trail, or 'La-Cloche Silouette' in Canada, or wild wilderness in Northern Ontario; or the 'Long Trial/Appalation trail in the U.S
Our Travel Trailers, are just mobile Cottages that save the cost and hassle of hotels/motels, with attendant bedbugs.
I now have a 30' 'tin-can' shed on wheels, that serve the 'hotel' purpose for me.
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