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Old 07-06-2014, 02:57 PM   #29
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Old 07-06-2014, 04:16 PM   #30
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Old 07-06-2014, 04:29 PM   #31
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"I was reading a review of a commercial RV park the other day and the reviewer complained that the sites were so narrow that they couldn't open their sliders. She signed of by saying, "We camped in a Prevost motor home."


I looked up the definition of camping. According to the definition you are a camper if you partake in outdoor activities. It doesn't make any difference if you are living in a tent or motorhome or trailer while pursuing these outdoor activities.

I guess sitting around the campfire while drinking beer would count as "outdoor activity"!!!!!!! Wolf146
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:04 PM   #32
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Overnite back packing in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness in Montana where I live though at 61 my definition will change when my Globetrotter is finished. (-:
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:10 PM   #33
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Since my trailer is also known as a "camper", to me it's any time I can get out with it and enjoy some time with my family outdoors. I've been at sites with no hookups, full hookups, plenty of space, barely enough space to open my awning without touching my neighbor's camper. It's all good to me.

Someday, when I retire, I dream of traveling rte 66 without a schedule. The entire trip will be one long camping trip at hundreds of sites. Can't wait!
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:12 PM   #34
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Since my trailer is also known as a "camper", to me it's any time I can get out with it and enjoy some time with my family outdoors. I've been at sites with no hookups, full hookups, plenty of space, barely enough space to open my awning without touching my neighbor's camper. It's all good to me.

Someday, when I retire, I dream of traveling rte 66 without a schedule. The entire trip will be one long camping trip at hundreds of sites. Can't wait!
I do too! BUT, Last weekend I was on an original section of narrow concrete Rt 66 in Illinois, sans AS, and all I could think of was how this would shake the rivets right out of the sucker!
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:24 PM   #35
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When I am out for a weekend to get away from it all, at a park I call it camping. When we are travelling I call it towing my hotel suite to the next destination.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:19 PM   #36
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It's all camping for us, but there are different "modes"... I'd say 60% of our camping is dry camping (no hookups), 35% is with hookups of one kind or another in public parks or campgrounds, and 5% is in commercial RV parks (usually for stop-over or for a night to refresh and dump tanks ... not as a destination).
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I have loved this thread. What a great discussion. We are going "camping" (glamping, parking, whatever) in tow weeks with my brother-in-law and his wife. Went to the website for the place to make a reservation. They have three pools, and there is a bar on site with live music. Hmmmmmmm.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:23 PM   #38
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I do too! BUT, Last weekend I was on an original section of narrow concrete Rt 66 in Illinois, sans AS, and all I could think of was how this would shake the rivets right out of the sucker!
I watched Rte. 66 being built. I drove rte. 66 many miles before 4 lane rds. & interstates as there were none. I drove from Ft. lenord Wood mo. every week end to Streator Il. for 14 Mos. plus many other places. We camped on ground then tent rain or shine now my so called camping is in AS with no hook ups always cook out side over wood fire unless raining then use small grill & eat out side put awning out for shade & protection from rain. Sleep in bed or chair by fire, back will not take abuse anymore. We will use Illini state park at Marseilles Il. take boat to fish Wife loves river as she grew up in Hannibal Mo. boondock at farm no house only fields & timber to play in. Rv parks are not for me even when traveling, look for state parks or fed. parks etc. Use camp ground Chgo. land speedway for nascar no hook ups.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:43 PM   #39
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words are defined by how they are used in practice....this is (as I understand) a process that involves linguists researching through publications of various sorts, books, articles, magazines, publications of other sorts and listing down citations for each distinct usage.

I have a few buddies that are versed in such matters....often more full definitions of words can be found to include usages otherwise not often recognized.

But if it makes the "definition"....it is by that fact part of the "definition"....our sense as individuals as to what does or does not constitute "camping" is more limited to our own passing exposure to the usage of that given term.

Anyway, blah blah blah....but it seems per oxford dictionary, that the definition of "camping" is as follows:

"The activity spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper"

If you were to dig through many of the citations (I do not have such references, libraries I suspect would have such things in them), most references to "camping" will be in the context of more "primative" living quarters such as sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag or in a tent.

But clearly, among RV owners, the term "camping" is used quite often. As such (and as circular as they may be) it is part of the definition of "camping".

Of course...the title of this thread is what is "your" definition of "camping"...so perhaps all that is irrelevant...

For me, the term "camping" when I talk about my upcoming trips with my family in my airstream is too confusing and I avoid it.

While sleeping in an airstream is by definition "camping"....it is quite different than other more primative forms of "camping" as discussed in this thread and as such some feel it should not be called "camping" and wish to silent the usage of it in this context.

I tend to agree with this sentiment as it is just too darn confusing otherwise in passing discussion with strangers, colleagues, friends, and family....most of whom are unfamiliar with the less common usage of the term "camping" which includes in the definition usages that pertain to sleeping in a travel trailer.

Now I am not sure how oxford defines "camper" in their definition and if that precludes a prevost motorhome...ill look into it.

Enter the term "glamping" as an attempt to create a meaningful distinction to reduce this confusion....but it barely does...and it is still by definition (it is in the oxford dict) a subset of "camping".

All of these things are a battle...a brawl....word usage....who will win? tune in in 50 more years and we will find out
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If you are in a wooded are by a lake, can build a fire, cook out, and go fishing- that is camping-


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As one of the many who went from the ground, to a tent, to a VW bus, to an Airstream I am loving this discussion! Whatever it is we are doing, for sure it is not airplanes, rent-a-cars, hotels and restaurants.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:57 PM   #42
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We have camped on islands in the gulf, tent camped for 30 yrs till the ground became too hard, then camped for eight years in a pop up trailer, then our favorite camping is in our new airstream. No matter what we were using (tent, popup or airstream) we still called it camping.
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