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Old 06-29-2016, 09:52 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, 10:01 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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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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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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We just go to "The Lake" where our "Camper" sits on our lot.
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I believe if I am in whats called a campground I am camping whether I have more amenities than the people in a tent just shows I enjoy being more comfortable when I sleep or if it rains cats and dogs and I like sleeping off the ground in the cool when it is hot and humid outside is just a bonus
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:32 PM   #13
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If you are going to a campground you are camping. If you go to an RV Park, you are... Parking?
Yes.....and you have the bed.. No more.. getting around the steering wheel.

We like to canoe camp which involves a tent. We got very interested in an RV when we camped in Florida in May with a low of 82. We were not sleeping.. they were!
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We call ourselves "campers" and say we're going "camping," but in reality we're RVers who go RVing. Every site we get has at least power, and sometimes power and water, and occasionally full service. This is pretty much the only way I can get DW to go "camping", in a RV with power. Her idea of a vacation includes airline tickets and hotel reservations. Going "camping", i.e. tent and sleeping bag, is completely out of the question for her.
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I call them RV CAMPERS or RV TRAVELERS...

We fall into the RV CAMPING category... This is setting up usually OFF-ROAD up on the high end of a Natl Forest service road within a couple hundred miles of where we live. No hookups... We will stay here at least a week...

I just never got the urge to be the RV TRAVELER. We would meet up with my sister and her hubby big Montana Setup somewhere and he would be wore plum out driving those long distances pulling his whole house along with him... That can't be much fun and is surely expensive...

My small foot print trailer setup is easy on everything going down the road including me... Them big ole diesel trailers will pass us going 70MPH and of course we will most often pull right next to them at the next red light down the road...

Our love is to wake in the morning creekside somewhere watching the fish jump sitting around a bon-fire... Already done all of the traveling for days I'm interested in doing getting from Point A to Point B.

We watch HDTV everynight before going to bed just like the big money guys do... hehe... Its all about what ever you all want to do I reckon... Sometimes we feel like we may be living the 'GREEN ACRES' tv series when we have to climb a tree to make our cell phones work haha...

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There is a huge array of RV camping. I think nothing of three five to ten thousand mile trips a year and we went small for that very reason.

Our first trailer trip was long and we stayed in every imaginable type of campground. We found... that we really do not need power as we seldom use the A/C and that dry camping is the best cause in our experience the scenery is best.

However our favorite campground Schoodic Woods in Acadia National Park does have power or power and water sites. Not bad with the senior discount of half price. For some there would be a downside.. Neighbors are pretty far away and its an hour to Bar Harbor. And its quiet.
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I look at it this way: I have my TV Parked in my Driveway and tomorrow I'll be Driving on the Parkway with the 5er. So I guess difference Camping versus RVing does not matter much either.

Although I still equate 'camping' with throwing the Backpack on and heading to the mountains to a remote site or loading up the Canoe and spending 10 days in the Boundary waters as I have done many times previously

But yes as RVers, we always have Cold beer
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We call ourselves "campers" and say we're going "camping," but in reality we're RVers who go RVing. Every site we get has at least power, and sometimes power and water, and occasionally full service. This is pretty much the only way I can get DW to go "camping", in a RV with power. Her idea of a vacation includes airline tickets and hotel reservations. Going "camping", i.e. tent and sleeping bag, is completely out of the question for her.
+1!!e Try having a wife that's owns her own travel agency that specializes in cruises!!
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