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Old 06-29-2016, 10:52 AM   #1
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What's the difference?

Is there a difference between a person (or people) considered to be an "RVer" and a person considered to be a "Camper"?
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:01 AM   #2
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In my view all RVers are campers, but not all who camp are RVers. RVing is just another form of camping, albeit with far more amenities than a tent. The dictionary definition of "camp" depending on it's use as a noun or a verb is multi faceted with the idea of a temporary place to stay.
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:08 AM   #3
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To me, "camping" is taking what you need with you and living only with what you brought and what you find (hunt, fish, gather, etc.).


RVing, is actually using an RV to transport your stuff and as a place to live in.


The two are not exclusive of each other, nor are they really the same.


Personally, since we drag a flush toilet, hot shower and fully-quipped kitchen onto a barely improved building lot in the middle-of-nowhere, I call it 'glamping'!
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:38 AM   #4
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In my view all RVers are campers, but not all who camp are RVers.
Except for the RVers who pulled up beside us at Algonquin Park a few years back in a class C. I didn't actually see them the whole weekend. Someone did plug it in and unplug it, so they must have come out at least twice. But otherwise, they were RVing, but they were NOT camping.
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We still call it "camping", but I feel a little tang in my heart each time I use that term to describe "RVing". From a linguistic standpoint, it's just easier to say, so I use it.

But "camping" to me is significantly different than "RVing". To me, "camping" is packing everything you need for a few days into a backpack and walking off into the back country somewhere. A more luxurious form of "camping" was when we got a spot with water and electricity, and our car was right there. I typically would call this "tailgating" or "car camping". "RVing" is what I currently enjoy; hauling EVERYTHING I could possibly need in my truck and trailer, setting up at a spot with full hookups and probably even cable, and enjoying the cool AC or warm heat from the comfort of my couch when the mosquitoes out by the fire get inconvenient.

So while there is quite a bit of nuance surrounding the term "camping" for me, I just use the one word because it's easier. When I tell DW I made reservations to go "camping", her first question is "full hookups?" If I say "no", her shoulders slump a little, but she still has a good time.
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I always say "camping". "I'm going RV'ing" just sounds too snooty. And the way I see it, you're outside right? Sitting by the fire right? Cooking meals on that fire right??


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I always say "camping". "I'm going RV'ing" just sounds too snooty. And the way I see it, you're outside right? Sitting by the fire right? Cooking meals on that fire right??


C A M P I N G !!

AAHRVEEing.. Tone counts.

To me its not camping. It's just too easy to fall into the habit of eating in as the dishes are right there. The bugs are outside.

Worse the bathroom is inside. I keep having to remind myself that there are campground facilities and go walk to them.

But tenting in a car campground is that camping too? That too is weird to me.

Fire.. um no I have this thing about paying for firewood and we cant bring in anything farther than 50 miles.

Especially not camping if you are in essentially a wall to wall parking lot.

I can't say RV ing with a straight face. With one of the smaller trailers I would be the laughing stock.
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If you are going to a campground you are camping. If you go to an RV Park, you are... Parking?
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