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Old 12-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Had to defend my love of camping.

Last night, around the Christmas dinner table with the hubby's family, we got on the subject of Hocking Hills, an absolute beauty of a SP in Ohio. We explained how we try to camp there every year for a few days. My 15 yo nephew tells his parents that he would love to do that. My sis-in-law pipes up and tells him how lucky he is because they stay in hotels or houses for their vacations. His Dad then jokes about rednecks and camping. Either not realizing, or forgetting that we own a camper, I explained how luxurious camping can be and how absolutely fun it is. We're the only ones in my hubby's large family of 9 kids who camp. As they've never been camping before, I politely said they should come with us sometime before they decide camping would never be for them. Us campers have quite the following and I would miss (and have) not having our camper on a trip.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:45 PM   #2
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I always enjoy those conversations with other family and friends, especially when they think they are 'better off' because their vacations are in hotels.

There is nothing like waking up in the mountains on a cool brisk morning and start a fire to keep you warm while you cook your breakfast outside, and at night to see the billions of stars visible to the naked eye, as not to be washed out from city lights.

They can refer to us as rednecks if they choose, I don't mind... We are the lucky ones!
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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Maybe they saw Uncle Eddie and his RV in Christmas Vacation too many times and can only stereotype based on a lack of experience or exposure to our type of camping.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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The hotel thing gets real old, real fast for Crabman..............
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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No need to defend your love of camping. It is their loss. Camping brings a family closer together. Also, many people think that camping is a poor mans vacation. As most of us here already know, it is not!
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The hotel thing gets real old, real fast for Crabman..............
X2, X3, X4, X5 and so on! this past year I would guess I spent 50-70 nights in hotels mostly for work. I told my boss after a continous 3 week trip (300 working hours) in November that my goal was not to travel at all in December. I only had one day trip (400 miles of driving for 3 hours of meetings with contractors).
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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Next time this issue comes up let them watch this short video.

It's been on 60 minutes & 20-20 how hotel rooms are some of filthiest places around.
We sleep on clean sheets- we eat off of clean dinner ware etc... in our RV's.... Not in some hotel room that who knows was splattered on the walls & sheets.
Ugh !!!
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:09 PM   #8
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i will take my trailer any day over a hotel
that is the reason i bought a brand new one, didnt want one that was soiled by someone else
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They think hotels are GREAT??? send them this link then ask what they think
http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episod...tels-were-back
Note these are all large international chains tested here..
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Last night, around the Christmas dinner table with the hubby's family, we got on the subject of Hocking Hills, an absolute beauty of a SP in Ohio. We explained how we try to camp there every year for a few days. My 15 yo nephew tells his parents that he would love to do that. My sis-in-law pipes up and tells him how lucky he is because they stay in hotels or houses for their vacations. His Dad then jokes about rednecks and camping. Either not realizing, or forgetting that we own a camper, I explained how luxurious camping can be and how absolutely fun it is. We're the only ones in my hubby's large family of 9 kids who camp. As they've never been camping before, I politely said they should come with us sometime before they decide camping would never be for them. Us campers have quite the following and I would miss (and have) not having our camper on a trip.
Well played!!
I somewhat feel sorry for the 15 year old and the experiences he is missing. Our grandson is 5 and he has been camping with us every summer since he was 2. He can't wait for next summer to go camping, make a campfire, listen to grammy play her guitar, have some 'smores and help grandpa drive the boat.

Hotels have their place if you have a wedding or funeral or something. But for a family vacation?? There is no way in hell we would ever consider such a thing.
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