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Old 07-06-2014, 08:46 AM   #15
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Any time I am sleeping in my trailer... REGARDLESS of where it is parked. I tent camped for over 20 years. Been there got the bug bites, bad back AND the merit badge.

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:57 AM   #16
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We try to avoid the commercial parks ...that is why we purchased a self-contained AS ... so we wouldn't have to plug in / connect / slide ...
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:11 AM   #17
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:13 AM   #18
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Great question and discussion. Like many on here we have done it all, from backpacking to tent to pop up to Casita to Airstream. All were fun and have their place. They are certainly fun to remember, some more so than others. I still go elk hunting once a year for 10 days. We set up wall tents, sleep in sleeping bags on cots, all at over 10,000' elevation. Now that is really camping, but I'm not giving up my Airstream. And we camp in it too.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:39 AM   #19
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To me camping is not what you're in, but what you do. Being out in nature and listening to the sounds of the water, birds etc. Appreciating the view, trees, wildlife etc. You can do this in a tent, Airstream or Prevost.
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:15 AM   #20
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To me camping is not what you're in, but what you do. Being out in nature and listening to the sounds of the water, birds etc. Appreciating the view, trees, wildlife etc. You can do this in a tent, Airstream or Prevost.
This comes pretty close to how I feel. A couple of nights ago we stayed in a NFS campground called Ochoco Divide in Eastern Oregon. It's in an old growth of Ponderosa Pines and very natural (no hookups), our neighbors were mostly tent camping. Surrounded by these huge 500 year old Ponderosas and total quiet gave me a deep sense of serenity. We left the windows open at night - it was 54 degrees in the trailer and we slept as soundly as hibernating bears. Got up in the chilly morning, drank hot tea, and cooked bacon and eggs over a campfire. Clothes smelled like wood smoke all day.

This felt like camping to me.

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Old 07-06-2014, 10:30 AM   #21
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To me camping is not what you're in, but what you do. Being out in nature and listening to the sounds of the water, birds etc. Appreciating the view, trees, wildlife etc. You can do this in a tent, Airstream or Prevost.
Many of us have our homes at the lake, seashore, woods or in the mountains. Does that mean we're camping all the time?

If we stay at the lodge in a National Park are we camping?

Camping certainly is different things to different people, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:51 AM   #22
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Have you seen some of the new tents with AC etc.. Also many who say they tent camp are actually car camping which in my opinion is significantly different then backpacking a tent to a site. With car camping you can bring everything that an AS has to include the kitchen sink
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:03 AM   #23
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There are real differences between staying in a country home and a National Park lodge as opposed to dry camping in an Airstream in a forest:

In a dwelling you don't have to carefully manage finite resources such as food, water, electricity, waste storage, electricity and propane.

In a dwelling you most likely won't be cooking your meals on a campfire.

In a dwelling you might opt for heat and to sleep in warmer conditions. My wife and I have had the trailler down to the 30's at night.

In the trailer you probably won't watch TV, at least not in mine.

In the trailer you're more profoundly affected by the weather.

In the trailer you aren't as isolated from the environment. This one to me is the biggy. Anytime you reduce the layers of insulation between you and the environment you are coming closer to camping.

Modern technology enables us, in fact encases us, in a bubble that separates us from the natural world. Most RV'ing diminishes the isolation a bit and puts us a little more in touch with it.

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Old 07-06-2014, 11:12 AM   #24
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Anywhere I park and sleep ; be it in my truck ,van, tent ,Airstream, and even with a sheet of plastic and a sleeping bag under a picnic table at a rest stop ( my younger years). As long as I'm on the road I'm happy.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:20 AM   #25
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Great discussion!

In my younger days I backpacked, carried my tent and food and set up with no facilities at all, and to my mind that was camping.

I was a Scout Leader for a while and we took tents in the back of a truck and had some facilities, and that too was camping.

A few years back, as a family, we piled our huge, modern tent into a car and stayed at a Provincial Park. We were on air mattresses, had a big gas grill and plenty of room. It was still camping but not in the same way that backpacking was.

Now we have the Airstream. Heating, electric lights, hot water, A/C, beds, TV, DVD and the rest. I don't consider this camping, compared to my earlier experiences at least. The thing is that everyone calls it camping and that's kind of stuck; a guy once called my shiny new Airstream a "Camper" and I was mortified, but now I call it a camper, too.

Back in the UK there is a distinction between being in a tent and being in an RV; one is camping and the other is "Caravaning", because a towed RV is known as a Caravan there. It isn't going to work on this side of the pond, though, because "Caravaning" is something else (and it took me a while to figure it out!).

Camping, glamping or RVing, it's all getting out and doing something different; they're all good positive pursuits and the name isn't important, really.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:43 AM   #26
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Riveted Camping & "camping in general" without a doubt has evolved over time. For each individual "camping" brings to mind different experiences. One of the reasons we finally decided to "camp" again after many decades since our simple pup tent days was due to the wonderful adventures of days past. Understanding what you most enjoy about seeking new adventures & destinations which enrich memories to shape experience of it. Adventures in our Airstream with "riveted camping", we know we will gain significant experience that would not otherwise have....not just pictures stored.

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Old 07-06-2014, 01:28 PM   #27
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You are getting some great responses and definitions of what different folks consider camping. We can identify with much of it but the common response we like is you are out there doing it, enjoying it, making memories and living life to your fullest.

We started in tent camping families, then to boy and girl scouting, then to backpacking, then came Army camping, back to backpacking, car camping, pop up camper, and now to the Taj Mahal !!!!!!!!

2 Airstreams that are both partially done, don't plug in yet. We cook inside or outside on our camp stoves or fires, have the shovel if we need it and sleep up off the ground, except for the few occasions when you can only get there on foot and then I let a mule carry my pack for 12 miles due to a aging back.

All were good, all were so much fun, (okay maybe a couple of the Army campouts were not do much fun) and we plan to keep plugging away and make memories whatever you want to call it.

Categorize us as Rv'ers, Campers, Streamers, Glampers etc we don't care we just keep doing it.
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  1. the activity spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper.
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