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Old 01-14-2014, 06:49 PM   #11
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I still sit by the CAMPfire.

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Old 01-14-2014, 07:32 PM   #12
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Camping is old school Boy Scout type camping. Tents, cooking over a fire, coleman propane lantern, coleman propane stove, etc. That's true camping.

Glamping takes camping and adds things like a propane fired coffee maker, porta potty with privy tent, Smokey Joe or Weber propane grill, etc. That's glamour camping.

What we do here on this forum? If you got a Jayco, you're RV'ing. Its not camping though you may be on a campsite while you are RV'ing. Sure, you may not have a Melbourne or a 36' Eagle; but we're ALL OF US RV'ing. And maybe hanging out by the fire before we retire into our climate controlled rolling Holiday Inn.

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:00 PM   #13
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IMHO -- Your only glamping if you have a fireplace in your coach!
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:16 PM   #14
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10 years ago, I told my Wife to kill me if we ever got a trailer.
Oh well. I'm sure she'll do it in my sleep when I'm least expecting it.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:19 PM   #15
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Paid my dues by sleeping in a tent numerous times, I still have a tent in the garage, i'm happy to say I haven't used it in about 8 years now
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:41 PM   #16
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Camping comes in many forms. We have an RV now along with all our other camping gear, with no plans to get rid of it. What I have found is we get out camping a LOT more now than when we tented. In the HTT is all our gear nicely stowed for the next trip. With the kid and dog, we found it to be a lot of work before and after the trip. We still tent camp, and cabin camp. I also camp with the Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts. I use to Mountaineer before the kid. I have not been to the BWCA as much either now. But now the boy is getting older and stronger and likes to canoe solo, I foresee a BWCA trip in the near future. All I need is to convince work to give me more time off for all the adventures I want to do.

I have taken the DW mountaineering and she did not like that extreme. But some day when the kid is out the door, I would like to load up my gear in the RV, let the DW enjoy the RV park in the mountains, and I will take multiday solo tenting adventures.

Each to their own, and you have to find your own balance.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:40 PM   #17
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We 'tent' camped at first. But after several trips, I determined I was the only person on the planet who could pitch a tent atop of Mt Everest--- and still wake up in the morning in a puddle. I swear WATER WILL FLOW UP HILL TO GET TO ME!!!

So we 'upgraded' to a pop-up since it was sort of like a tent, but up off the ground. But again after a few rainstorms in the pop-up, it became apparent that no matter how 'water proof' the canvas was, if it rains hard enough and long enough, you will get leaks somewhere.

So we again 'upgraded' to a 2005 Jay Feather LGT 27P. Finally we stayed warm when it was cold, we stayed cool when it was hot and dry when it poured. It served us well for 9 seasons. But with no slide-out, it was somewhat cramped inside.

Out of desire for more space and to prepare for retirement in a few years, we got our 2013 Eagle 284BHS. Call it camping or not, we're warm or cool as needed. We're dry inside when it's not so outside. And if we want to watch a movie in bed, we can do that too.

For anyone who thinks true 'camping' can only be done in a tent, try this on for size. When I was going through all the required training to be a B-52 tail gunner, I had to attend Air Force survival school. During that course, I got to go 'camping' in the mountains for about 5 days. All I had was a government issue sleeping bag and a PORTION of a parachute with which to make improvised shelters. For food and water all we had was 2 days worth of salted beef and some water purification tablets. Any additional food had to be 'procured' and all our water we got from natural sources. After enduring that 'true camping' experience, a tent and a cooler full of food seemed like an 'upgrade'.

I think I'll keep my Eagle TT.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:05 AM   #18
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My idea of camping may be different than your idea of camping, I like to be off the grid boondocking somewhere, I have a rule of no TV or electronic games for the kids, I want them to experience the mountains and the environment included in such. I cook outside whenever feasible, my lanterns use white gas, my kids appreciate getting away from it all.

We also like vacationing in our trailer, for these trips, we loosen the rules, stay in campgrounds with full hookups, use the air conditioner if needed.

Bottom line... it's all camping, and we get out to enjoy it whenever we can

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Old 01-15-2014, 05:18 AM   #19
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I like Flyrotor's line:
"Bottom line... it's all camping, and we get out to enjoy it whenever we can"
I've been following this thread with my fingers crossed that we don't make camping a "one size fits all" experience. The intellectually challenged might need to be told how to camp. Most of us will do fine on our own.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:09 AM   #20
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If I'm dry camping, you can bet I have my Honda EU3000is purring in the back of the truck. My cushy needs will not be denied anywhere !!!!

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