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Sanely Eccentric
Mar. 31, 2013, 02:16 AM
How do you camp?

I just made reservations for Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado and have been planning other camping trips with friends and family. We have a nice Jayco pop-up that suits us, though someday we may go with a self-contained trailer.

Mar. 31, 2013, 06:49 AM
"camping" in a vehicle is cheating, might as well check into a motel.

Mar. 31, 2013, 08:02 AM
Love my living quarters. I have camped. I have done pack trips. Did I mention I love my living quarters?

Mar. 31, 2013, 08:22 AM
i camp in my hawk gooseneck after i kick the horses out for the night.
it's quite decadent with my hay and shavings bales turned into tables with the help of tablecloths, and my cushy temperpedic bed rests atop a half dozen bales as well.
the whole thing is draped with mosquito netting for a very arabian nights feel,lol.

Mar. 31, 2013, 09:22 AM
I have a weekender - sink, stove, fridge, hot water, cowboy shower, portapotty, awning. LOVE it! And yes, it is still camping.

Mar. 31, 2013, 09:27 AM
The last time I camped in a tent, I woke up with a frog on my cheek and about 3" of water in the tent when it was around 30 degrees. Needless to say I don't camp in tents anymore.

I now define camping as any hotel less than 3 stars but I would be game to give it a shot in a motor home! I do love being outdoors and in nature, however the frog thing... *shudder*

Mar. 31, 2013, 09:31 AM
I now define camping as any hotel less than 3 stars but I would be game to give it a shot in a motor home! I do love being outdoors and in nature, however the frog thing... *shudder*
Growing up, my father said camping was staying in a Best Western instead of a Holiday Inn.

I don't camp because I hate the dirty feeling that comes from bug spray, sunscreen, dirt, and sweat. I can do outdoor activities all day, but I need a shower at the end of that day!

Mar. 31, 2013, 09:32 AM
I so very much miss camping. Neither my husband nor kids can stand it, so I haven't been camping in ages. :no:

My favorite camping means I don't even use a tent. A sleeping bag under mosquito netting draped over a low branch. Another fun way is in the bed of a pickup, mosquito netting draped over sides of bed with heavyweight sinkers on the edges to hold it in place. Gorgeous view of the stars and less uninvited guests. :winkgrin:

One of my brothers used to have an old school bus he gutted and redid as a camper. It was pretty awesome.

Mar. 31, 2013, 09:47 AM
We have had a little of everything....starting with a tent (misery!), then a pop up, then a towable trailer, then a 32' Class C.

We loved them all for different reasons....BUT I found myself really missing the camping "experience" when in our beautiful Class C.

And now our kids have grown up....so we had decisions to make...

We decided to go back to a Pop-up camper (high wall). This time, we got all the upgrades:

Large fridge/freezer
flat screen tv/cable/wi-fi
heated beds
full bathroom and shower
sleeps 6 (if we need it)
has outdoor kitchen (an upgrade we did after-market)

I can't wait to take it out again next week!!!

Mar. 31, 2013, 09:57 AM
I'm done with backpack camping. Fun when I was younger but the whole sleeping on the ground, dehydrated food, swatting skeeters, stinky body thing:eek: just isn't worth it for me anymore. When we do our Yellowstone trip, it will be in a fully equipped RV:yes:

Mar. 31, 2013, 10:11 AM
In my premarriage days - with a backpack and tent. Backpacked all over Tetons, across Glacier, on the Masai Mara in Kenya (and up Mt. Kenya) - best, best, best way to go. did NOLS (an awesome program which does NOT allow one to use/bring TP, however). I am NOT that militant but agree that it is disgusting to be hiking along and see plumes of TP or very poorly dug cat holes.

Mr. LT however, is NOT a backpacker and has a wall tent, which has been great for hunting camp. We are out in the middle of serious boonies, and the tent is large enough for a small stove. I am not allowed to deal with the stove anymore, ever since I stoked the SHIT out of it and was feeling nice and cozy while the side of the stove glowed orange and the other guys in the tent were melting and gasping for air! In late Nov - early Dec a camper of some type would be nice, but he already has a trailer for hauling the animals out, so I guess we'll contnue with the wall tent.

However you do it though, just being out is awesome. I lived in a tent in a campground for a summer, and was pretty much outside the whole time. it was wonderful. I can make bread and a really good cake over an open camp fire (and over a little whisperlite stove as well!)

Mar. 31, 2013, 10:17 AM
I'm one of those that tests the temp guarantee on sleeping bags. Campgrounds are for yuppies. Camping is done on trails like the AT, with no one around for miles.

I lived on an island in Vermont for 4 months in a tent, but with so many people at close range, I wouldn't call it camping.

Mar. 31, 2013, 10:37 AM
Camping must be in a tent... or under the stars.

No problem with trailers or RVs... but I don't consider that camping. Call it RVing or whatever else you please. It's basically driving your house out to somewhere else and setting it up there.

Mar. 31, 2013, 10:45 AM
We *camp* in our motorhome. I've always been outdoorsy so except for sleeping, storing food and refuge from bad weather, we are never IN the motorhome.

And it's really handy for horse shows, which is also called camping. I think tent camping is great for the younger crowd but once you get over 70, the game changes a bit.

Don't be too hard on RVers...they like the same things you do, they just do it differently.

edited to add: diabetes precludes me having bread or grain products or starches like chips. The fridge in the rv is best for all my veggies. No hot dogs or hamburgers or sandwiches or toast for me. Not impossible to do but does complicate things a bit.

Mar. 31, 2013, 11:19 AM
I call it glamping.

Mar. 31, 2013, 11:39 AM
I couldn't answer the poll. I sleep in the horse part of my bumper pull. Floor is covered with shavings, I scoop the manure out, lay down a tarp, air mattress and sleeping bag. I only horse camp so it works for me.

Mar. 31, 2013, 11:46 AM
We do pack trips nearly exclusively, usually at least 10 miles from the trail head. We really get away from it all and sleep under the stars; I usually don't sleep in the tent unless it's raining. As long as I have a book, my music on the MP3, a little food and my wine I'm a happy camper.

Sometimes we camp at the truck and ride out from there but not in a camper, always a tent or in the open.

Occasionally we rent a cabin and that can be an easy luxurious way to go but there's something I just really like about burrowing into the grass with the dogs, listening to the horses graze in the dark, feeling the wind blow and waking up at first light to deer or moose passing through.... love it.

Mar. 31, 2013, 11:53 AM
Except now you have to worry about traps and snares getting your dogs and possibly your horses if you go off trail.:(

Mar. 31, 2013, 11:59 AM
Always in a tent. Love it.

I've got a 2 week camping trip coming up...run by the school. 20 people in a few tents for two weeks. Should be...fun?

Mar. 31, 2013, 12:02 PM
I admire the adventuresome people who go off the grid and really enjoy nature.

I'm a chicken-sh*t when it comes to stuff like that but I know in my heart that I'm missing out on some great experiences.

Hats off to you!

Mar. 31, 2013, 12:10 PM
We haven't had any troubles with traps-usually the trap lines are all picked up for the season by the time we're out there.

Mar. 31, 2013, 12:19 PM
We camp in our motorhome, but it's a small one so we can get it into the place we like to go, which is in the middle of nowhere. No cell service, no one around, get your own trees, buck them up for firewood, fish in the river nearby (catch and release only), say hello to the bears that inevitably find their way in to our camp at least once a season.
We didn't even have a generator before, but for some reason our batteries are not holding a charge anymore, so we have a small generator just in case. The dogs love it! I can't wait to go!

Mar. 31, 2013, 12:43 PM
I have a 29' bumper pull camper. I love it. To me, camping is about good times, family, starry nights, quiet times, and a good campfire. I am in a seasonal campsite, and have been for the last 18 years. I try to spend most of the day outside, but I do love having the option of escaping heat/cold/wet weather in a more secure environment. A mid afternoon nap is much more pleasant in my camper than in a tent that will induce swamp ass conditions.

Mar. 31, 2013, 12:43 PM
The last time I camped in a tent, I woke up with a frog on my cheek and about 3" of water in the tent when it was around 30 degrees. Needless to say I don't camp in tents anymore. and in nature, however

:lol::lol::lol: I'm just dying laughing here. Thats the funniest thing ive heard in a long week !

Mar. 31, 2013, 12:57 PM
I have a cap on my truck and built in a big platform for mattress with storage underneath and on the other side, a tall wide shelf with room to stack plastic containers underneath. Porta-Potti in dressing room of trailer. Cooking and water heating done on coleman type stove outside. The cap is insulated and is wired for 12v accessories so i can run a fan or light. Slider windows, so open them up and put the fan on and voila, cool place to sleep.

Mar. 31, 2013, 02:54 PM
We use a tent (2 really) but we take a bunch of crap with us, sleeping bags, pots/pans, food/drink/foil/dishwashing soap, chairs, firewood, ground tarp, air mattresses, air pump, radio, drying racks for 5000 towels (need to just get rope & use less space), hatchet, forks for marshmallows, towels, clothes, boil coffeepot for DH, fishing rods, canopy, etc. Bathhouse required-I can pee outside but I dont wana do anymore than that, showers once a day required. Large camping spots a plus cause I hate having people breathing my air. Must figure out where to camp this summer. DS & I usually go alone now, DH & DDs usually say no, DH NEEDS his ac. Wimp. :winkgrin:

Mar. 31, 2013, 03:23 PM
I don't camp because I live in walking distance to woods/wildlife/streams/river.

Mar. 31, 2013, 03:40 PM
I voted for a bumper pull trailer but ours isn't really an RV. It's a tiny teardrop that is equipped with a bed and then a kitchen in the back nothing else. It was custom made to go off road so we're not exactly pulling into the nearest campsite-that trailer goes wherever it (and the FJ) can go.

I've also done backpacking (which I love!) and tent camping.

Mar. 31, 2013, 04:02 PM
Our property is bordered on two sides by Wilderness but we still want more! There's a lot to see out there!

Mar. 31, 2013, 05:01 PM
I'm in the non camping group. My idea of "roughing it" is the Waldorf Astoria without room service.

I did try camping once. Sorry, I really like my HOT morning shower, my feather pillows, my bed, no bugs and no hard ground.

Mar. 31, 2013, 06:14 PM
Absolutely every kid should camp in a tent - even if it is only in the back yard - and learn to do everything to survive....otherwise they are deprived!

Me - I'm past that - I need a gourmet meal, wine and a shower these days.

Daydream Believer
Mar. 31, 2013, 09:02 PM
I have two extremes when I camp. If I'm backpacking, it's my solo tarptent (under 2 lbs) and I carry everything I need for days in the forest on my back. Very empowering. Love it.

When we take the horses trail riding, we "camp" in our living quarters with a slide out, stove, sink, fridge, shower, toilet, etc.... That is fun too and not having to deal with tents and work hard to care for our own needs gives us more time to spend with the horses.

Mar. 31, 2013, 09:14 PM
Thanks to this thread I spent a good part of the day looking for a pickup camper.

Mar. 31, 2013, 10:28 PM
I have a tiny truck camper, so I voted pup-up as that was the closest thing. I love it because I can use it with, or without, the horse trailer (I have a bumper pull) and it takes 2 minutes to set-up or take down. I did the progression - tents, tent trailer or horse trailer (once horses were out and manure picked up!), now truck camper. Still don't have a built-in bathroom but I really do enjoy a warm (I have a tiny propane heater), dry place to eat (at a table!) and sleep, real sheets and pillows, and not having to deal with ice to keep food cold (tiny fridge/freezer runs on propane too).

Apr. 2, 2013, 12:50 PM
All my camping involves my horse,either competing or for pleasure. I started out camping in a tent with a Porta-potty in the bumbler pull. Lack of privacy is the main issue, camping alongside 60 other people isn't very private. My shower was using a sun shower in a bikini ,I felt like a exhibitionist! I graduated to a gooseneck,the ceiling on my first one was too low and I felt like I was in a coffin. Next gooseneck was gorgeous,but still uninsulated and too cold. Condensation would drip freezing rivulets of water down your face as you were sleeping! I now have a LQ glide out which is very nice, just like a small hotel room. I've used it for 5 years and am trying to sell it. I also have a bumper pull that I'm taking camping this weekend, I'm going to sleep in the horse part w/a tarp and air mattress. The park we are visiting has showers so we will be clean, pet peeve is to not be able to rinse off.
One issue that no one brought up is safety, I definitely sleep better at night knowing I'm locked in, lots of weirdos us Florida parks as a temporary home in the winter. In the Ocala forest there have been murders,recently a brother/sister tent camping. There are some meth dealers that set up in the forest as well as the homeless living out of vans. If I don't fell safe this weekend I'll keep my LQ. It ain't the 1950s anymore!!

Apr. 2, 2013, 02:19 PM
Our new truck is a short-box crew cab - are there campers to fit? Nevr actually seen one.

We sold our old camper, complete with the resident starlings that had found a way into the furnace chimney.

Apr. 2, 2013, 02:41 PM
I voted “tent” or often times it was no tent! Just the great outdoors (okay we do not have many bugs in CA :winkgrin: ) but sleeping under the stars is always nice, and no hassle with a tent then.

But for the last 4 years I have lived on 90 acres, a mix of redwoods, a river, meadows and mountain – surrounded by state and county parks. I do not really have an urge to camp anymore! I have all of the open space, wild lands, and wild life I need just out my front door.

Was an avid backpacker when I was a teenager, and still enjoy road trips, but do not camp much anymore.

Apr. 2, 2013, 02:55 PM
It's a problem for loose dogs here in NW Montana. Traplines are set on public land and the wilderness and in the fall/winter people take a big risk having their dogs "off leash" or not by their side. In very populated areas the trappers keep their traps far off the trails but in less populated areas, like where I live, they can have the traps quite close to houses and trails. Although here, the wolves that they're trying to trap are as much a risk as the traps so any loose dog is in danger.

Apr. 2, 2013, 03:49 PM
I'm pretty much done with "real" camping (in a tent, in the wild- to me that's the only true camping). I am too stiff and creaky to sleep on a thin mat under a tent anymore. I enjoyed it, unless it rained or there were too many bugs. Mostly, I think camping is great in that it makes you appreciate "civilization" so much more (running water, hot shower, comfy bed, real toilets...)

Apr. 2, 2013, 05:38 PM
You can also gain that appreciation for running water, hot showers, fresh food and air conditioning by surviving a few hurricanes! Like camping but with all your relatives whose waterfront homes they have evacuated-ask me how I know!

Apr. 2, 2013, 05:43 PM
Camping (to me) = a hotel where you can't accumulate rewards points.

Apr. 2, 2013, 10:15 PM
Tent all the way. Usually after a nice long hike in with a heavy backpack. Admittedly, I don't always sleep very well when backpacking and I have a two night maximum (must shower routinely!) but there is something nice and primal about being an unsafe distance away from everything.

Although in Golden Gate park, I really want to try the yurts sometime! Those look like fun.

Apr. 2, 2013, 10:29 PM
I like cabins. I can take a tent, but I need a flush toilet somewhere.

I do usually go canoeing (no, seriously, not a euphemism) once a year with a group of friends, and that's roughing it. But I like this one campsite that has a stump with a toilet seat set in it. Really, I can take anything but having to use the wilderness as a latrine.

Another group of friends and I used to rent a cabin in Allegany every year for a week, which was great--there was a fridge for the beer and a bathhouse in a short walk. Though the last time we went, a few years ago before we were all getting married, we rented an actual really nice house, and it was only "camping" in that we played beer pong and flip cup on the porch.

Apr. 3, 2013, 07:25 AM
Tent or better yet a swag. Swag being an aussi sleeping bag complete with foam matteress all in canvas exterior. You can get ones with built in mosquito net too. So very comfy and cozy under the stars.

Done lots of tenting over the years and back packing. Everything from in the snow to boiling hot and everything in between. Have been known to sleep in my toque and a few layers of clothing. lol All good fun and memories.


Apr. 3, 2013, 09:05 AM
To me true camping involves a tent or sleeping under the stars. I must admit though when I opened this thread I secretly hoped camping was code for something else.. Like canoeing lol

Apr. 3, 2013, 10:07 AM
We like to rent cabins, too. I like them isolated, not next to another one.

Apr. 3, 2013, 10:52 AM
I really needed to be able to vote twice! We own a self contained bumper pull camping trailer, that we use to camp as a family. Once or twice a year, maybe. I tent camp 6 or 7 times a year at competitions. We have a group of friends who do the same thing, we all camp together and have a blast!

Heart's Journey
Apr. 3, 2013, 11:54 AM
I go on about 12-14 3 day to 10 day camping trips with my weekender trailer every season from Oct thru April and I certainly consider it camping. We ride everyday, sit around the campfire, hike in the woods as well, gather wood, etc

Apr. 3, 2013, 12:17 PM
We like to camp in our 40' motor home!! The only regret is that we cannot fit into some of the State Parks.............but we took a two week trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons and had a wonderful time :yes:

Apr. 3, 2013, 12:34 PM
DH and I love camping. We always tent it. We generally go about 5 times a year and would love to go more often. We almost always take both our dogs with us. This adds an extra layer of trouble, but it's worth it - they really love to hike and explore and climb with us.

Plus, there was that one time in the Shawnee National Forest when we heard the big cat in the woods next to our campsite. I was really glad to have the dog with us then - not that he could have protected us, but he certainly knew it was there long before we heard it yowrl!

I'll admit that as I get older, showers and real restroom facilities are becoming more of a "must have" than they were when we were younger.