Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why You Should Camp in an RV Not a Tent

tent camping vs RV camping
What happened here?!
RVs get a lot of flack. It's not really camping, says the 20-something with a couple cliff bars and a tent strapped to his back. Okay, but who is going to get their camping knowledge from that guy?

If you go RV camping and sit inside all day, you're doing it wrong. If an RV camper and our 20-something friend both set up camp at a state park, who has a more access to nature? You both do! Just because your housing came on wheels and not in a pack doesn't mean you can't enjoy the outdoors. 

Here is the difference. After a long day of hiking, swimming, exploring and observing you come back to your campsite for dinner. The campfire is roaring, the sun is setting and the smell of chili is wafting through the air. After the s'mores are made and fingers are sticky, darkness is surrounding you. Now what?

Well, in tent world, our 20-something is zipped up in his tent starring at the glowing screen of his iPhone. Meanwhile, you're snuggled up with a bowl of popcorn and a good movie. Just as you settle down, thunder cracks through the air and moments later, rain is tearing across the camp grounds. 

Water is pooling in our 20-something's tent. The ground is quickly turning into a river. The air is starting to chill. You are still watching a movie, nearly done with your popcorn when you hear a knock at the door. It's our 20-something looking for a dry place to stay. 

Okay, maybe that was dramatic, but RV camping during Florida summers means lots of rain. For most people, rain isn't a big deal. Campers are accustomed to getting wet now and then. But during Florida summers it rains every day. This is not good when you're camping in vinyl with a zipper. 

When you decide to buy an RV, you're not deciding you don't love nature, or that you don't want to enjoy camping. You are deciding that nature is great, but not ALL the time. You are deciding you'd like to have a bed at night, and a place to store the things you need. Because honestly, you're a person, not a pack mule. 

Modern RVs allow you to bring along bikes, canoes, kayaks or any assortment of outdoor toys. Beyond that, they have a lot more storage space that makes extended vacations much easier. Not to mention the fact that you can easily make meals at home. Oh, and a private bathroom. 

Looking for a great place to stay in your RV? Try a Newby Fun Resort! 

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