Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-09-2016, 10:57 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
John&Vicki's Avatar
 
1990 25' Excella
Sisters , Oregon
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 878
Images: 4
Camping is a DIY Activity

After returning home the other day from yet another enjoyable outing with Nellie, our 26 year old AS, I mentioned to my wife: "You know, you have to earn your fun when RVing.". No mints on the pillow at night, no room service, no room cleaning - you do everything yourself when you camp.

I wonder why there are so many complaints here about various aspects of camping/RVing - it kind of gets under my skin after a while. It leads me to believe that many folks are getting into it while peering dreamingly through rose colored glasses. Maybe the idealistic portrayal of camping in advertising has unduely influenced them, the couple sitting outside their AS while parked next to an idyllic lake. Maybe they expect camping to be some kind of catered, turn-key experience. I dunno. But what I do know is that camping requires a lot of user involvement - you have to earn your pleasure.

First of all, all RV's require ongoing maintenance. We all know the list: greasing wheel bearings; rotating tires; incidental repairs (pretty common in a frequently moving vibrating little house); leak proofing; cleaning and skin protection; well, you know...

Next there's towing your trailer to your campground. It requires you to be knowledgeable about your hitch setup which takes some learning. It requires you to concentrate and be alert for a number of hours. I really enjoy the driving it but it can be tiring.

Then there's the work involved when you arrive at a campsite: back into the site (occasionally a pull-through); check for level, maybe have to add a couple of blocks with additional back and forth; unhitch and level fore and aft, stow hitch and stabilizer bars; extend stabilizers; connect to water, electricity and sewer when available; extend awning(s); spread out ground mats; lower steps; unlock trailer and check inside for contents shifting; setup outside chairs and table; check to see that fridge is running on correct source; if you're like my wife, put checkered tableclothes and flowers on tables.

Then, when you leave, the entire procedure is reversed - with the addition of draining your gray and black tanks.

You work for your pleasure when you RV/camp. One of the things that I admire about the AS crowd is that for the most part it's a bunch of can do, self reliant folks. Most are aware of the work and skill level involved, accept and expect it and enjoy the process. But those who are not prepared to be involved in every aspect of RVing/camping, who complain about things constantly, might give some thought to a nice hotel.

Cheers,
John
__________________

__________________
John & Vicki
WBCCI #4291

Grown men don't need leaders. ~ Edward Abbey
John&Vicki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 11:13 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Piggy Bank's Avatar
 
2015 22' FB Sport
Kansas City , Missouri
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 781
Agree with you especially about setting camp and breaking camp when at the destination.

But having just done our first long trip (we will get back home today, on I 70 right now!), I do think that the en route work may be equal or easier with the trailer.

I don't need to drag my clothes and toiletries into a hotel room for a 12 hour stay, remember to repack and not forget my charger or shampoo when I leave. I know my bed and linens and pillows are just what I expect. I know what I can have for happy hour and dinner. I know a good cup of hot coffee will be a part of my morning.

So for the getting there and getting home part I think it's some work, but an assurance of sleeping in your own bed is pretty nice.

Now the set up and tear down of a multi night stay IS a process. I agree with everything you posted.
__________________

__________________

Piggy Bank
Piggy Bank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 11:20 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
John&Vicki's Avatar
 
1990 25' Excella
Sisters , Oregon
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 878
Images: 4
I agree with you. Having our own bed and our own stuff with us is one of the big pleasures that makes the work worthwhile. My wife and I are giddy everytime we pull over for lunch and bathroom break and all we have to do is open the door of our trailer.

John
__________________
John & Vicki
WBCCI #4291

Grown men don't need leaders. ~ Edward Abbey
John&Vicki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 12:01 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
mandolindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,102
Images: 4
Getting there early is nice

We go to Bluegrass festivals. Some of us are retired or self employed. Getting set up a day or two early ( sometimes much earlier if we know the promoters ) is a real luxury.

I think that I mentioned to you that Oregon is on my bucket list. I have a friends that just bought a bed and breakfast on the river in Vida. The Pacific Crest Trail to Crater Lake, and Bend are on my itinerary, as well as a few others. Hoping that I can find a nice spot on BLM land. Sisters looks like a nice town to explore.
__________________
mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 12:08 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
dkottum's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Battle Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7,131
Great and timely post John. Man of us wish we could put our thoughts into words as well as you do.
__________________
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles

The Truth is More Important Than the Facts
dkottum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 12:20 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
ColoradoLady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 954
Well said John. It is a process to learn, but, once learned......the "world, (or at least the nation) is our oyster! My last plane ride reminded me of why I hate flying....sitting in an uncomfortable and cramped seat for 2 1/2 hrs, packed in like sardines....that was plenty for me to appreciate my AI. Searching for a reasonably priced motel....hoping for clean sheets and a somewhat comfortable bed....no thank you!

If I can't get there by driving my "Goliath"....I don't want to go. Yes, there is a learning curve and yes, there is some work involved, but, man oh man, is it worth it! We are fortunate in living in a country with some amazingly beautiful natural resources. And all we need to do is put forth a bit of effort and it is all there waiting for the adventorous souls in us all !
Evelyn.
__________________
Evelyn & Mikki,(chihuahua) or Nikko (Pomeranian mix) Near Denver, Colorado
2016 AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE GRAND TOUR EXT. 24.5' "GOLIATH"
TV: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder 2015 BAMBI 16' Sport
ColoradoLady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 12:31 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Hittenstiehl's Avatar

 
1965 24' Tradewind
1962 28' Ambassador
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2,505
Images: 9
Ditto John and Vicki! Another good post!

Many of our friends asked us, "what do you do while your out there camping". Of course most of those friends are non campers so they're wondering why we go out to some strange place on a Forest Road and sit among the trees. Actually I tell them, we're quite busy out there when camping.

We also get giddy every time we go.

There's the planning, the selecting of location, the gathering, the loading. Then take off, safe travel, and arrival.

We like to pick our own spot so we always try to convince whomever (if its an organized spot) that we want to do a scouting loop. Where's the sun, how level is it, whats the approach, where's the bathroom, the playground, the view, the privacy. Lots to consider when your building a house. .

Then actual set up, interior exterior, schatzki's, water, shade, chairs, stove, etc. Yes a nice table is absolutely part of it. And inside needs to be tidy for the curious.

Then depending on if its a rally, family or solo trip what's the next meal entail. Baking bread, has it risen, start the coals, does meat need to thaw, are we taking a cheese platter to happy hour, what beverage are we bringing, is there a theme.

We are a fire family so after dinner it's the fire (or a ranger program maybe) and staring endlessly into the red coals. Catching up with friends, meeting new people, asking who they are on Airforums. Watching the grandkids experience and learn about fire.

Hit the bathroom before tuck in, is it cold enough for a catalytic heater, climb over hubby into our to small sleeping accommodations. Sometimes the wall is nice and cool on the backside sometimes it's really cold. Hang onto that comforter and tuck the extra behind you. Think to myself I'm going to make a baby buggy bumper for that wall someday.

Awake to another great day, kinda cramped need a good stretch, hot chocolate, coffee, tea? Hot breakfast, cold, breakfast provided? Talk about the day, take a hike, visit other trailers, ride a bike, are there attractions close by.

Sit and talk, a lot, plan, dream enjoy, smell nature, be thankful.
__________________

Hittenstiehl
Hittenstiehl is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 12:38 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
John&Vicki's Avatar
 
1990 25' Excella
Sisters , Oregon
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 878
Images: 4
Hittenstiehl...

What a beautiful post! We're heading off to the Oregon Coast for two weeks on Wednesday - and I'm getting giddy!

Cheers,
John
__________________
John & Vicki
WBCCI #4291

Grown men don't need leaders. ~ Edward Abbey
John&Vicki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 12:49 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Hittenstiehl's Avatar

 
1965 24' Tradewind
1962 28' Ambassador
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2,505
Images: 9
Thx John and Vicki, enjoy your trip as we all travel vicariously with you.

You might have a good opportunity to post a photo into this month's photo thread, the theme is wild.

I enjoy threads where there is sharing, informing, banter, light teasing and reasonable debate. Seems we can argue almost in any thread about most everything.

Life is WAY to short to be upset or stressed about a forum. Thanks for starting good threads.
__________________

Hittenstiehl
Hittenstiehl is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 04:04 PM   #10
Airstreamer In Training
 
FCStreamer's Avatar

 
2014 30' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 909
Blog Entries: 1
Great post. We thought RVing would be a lot like boating, and so far that has proven true. I confess I am part of the hotel crowd. I mean, I can do some things but for the most part I pay others to service my stuff. And I like 50 amp connections and concrete pads. Not exactly the boondocking type. But we went into this with both eyes open and so far our experience has been outstanding.

Looking forward to many years of comfy camping...
__________________
2014 Airstream Flying Cloud 30 Recliner - WBCCI #4850 - AIR #110821
2013 Cadillac Escalade Tow Vehicle, Equal-i-zer Hitch
Visit Our Flying Cloud blog for my latest adventure!
FCStreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 06:30 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
2015 30' FB FC Bunk
Ayer , Massachusetts
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 717
It's not for everyone. Personally, I hate hotel rooms no matter how nice they are. Others feel a 5 star resort is living large. To each their own.

Fortunately, we all have more fun. I don't see any forums dedicated to the pastime of renting hotel rooms.
__________________
Ted S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 06:48 PM   #12
Figment of My Imagination
 
Protagonist's Avatar
 
2012 Interstate Coach
Metairie , Louisiana
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 9,089
Quote:
Originally Posted by John&Vicki View Post
I wonder why there are so many complaints here about various aspects of camping/RVing - it kind of gets under my skin after a while. It leads me to believe that many folks are getting into it while peering dreamingly through rose colored glasses. Maybe the idealistic portrayal of camping in advertising has unduely influenced them, the couple sitting outside their AS while parked next to an idyllic lake. Maybe they expect camping to be some kind of catered, turn-key experience. I dunno. But what I do know is that camping requires a lot of user involvement - you have to earn your pleasure.
It's a matter of past experience, I think. Someone who comes to RVing having never camped except at a lodge— if that— expects it to be easy and fun and they're often disappointed. Someone who comes to RVing from tent camping expects RVing to be easy and fun, and they're absolutely right.
__________________
WBCCI #1105
TAC LA-4

Engineering: Finding complex solutions to simple problems you didn't even know you had.
Protagonist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 07:26 PM   #13
Displaced Beach Bum
 
beachbouy's Avatar

 
2016 30' International
Venice , Florida
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 142
Send a message via Skype™ to beachbouy
This topic is rather funny we have decided to give all our Marriot reward points to our kids. We would rather stay in our Airstream than any hotel anytime... Usually about three weeks a year in points.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
We drag Mitzi a 2016 International Serenity 30, with an Equal-i-zer 1000 yanked around with a 2015 GMC Yukon XL SLT 4x4, 5.3L V8 ECOTEC3, 3.92 axle, 6-speed auto WBCCI #6111 AIR #107335

beachbouy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 08:18 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
mandolindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,102
Images: 4
On the other hand…...

Our camping club ( family ) The Grillbillies, have been having fun for about 25 years. We started out in tents and Hippie Vans.

Kinda miss those days with tarp structures and make shift awnings, collaborative mazes, india print tapestries, beat up over stuffed couches, astro turf, huge buffet tables, portable showers, utility trailers with dish washers, kiddie pools, homemade cabanas, a sea of purple, and tie dye.
Parades, Pajama Parties, Pirate Night, Grillbillie Prom (My paranoia of being pulled over, and having to explain to a State Trooper why I was carrying around a hundred soiled prom dresses.)

Pot luck meals, Cooking 20 turkeys for Thanksgiving in August, singing Amazing Grace before dinner. Eating by the light of Tiki Torches.. A string of campfires and Jam sessions, picking guitar, banjos, and mandolins till dawn.

Times change. We finally threw out the dirty prom dresses, and we traded hippie vans for motorhomes. Our kids are taking charge now. Next weeks parade theme is Stars Wars. The kids are having the after party catered.
__________________

__________________
mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lack of activity here; what's up? wayneskid Sprinter and B-van Forum 17 03-13-2011 08:24 AM
Posting Activity Zeppelinium Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 45 02-02-2011 12:54 PM
Favorite Camping Activity Roscinante Our Community 32 11-24-2006 08:08 PM
Need rally activity ideas Stefrobrts WBCCI Rallies & Events 19 07-14-2004 09:56 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.