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Old 08-04-2016, 06:51 AM   #1
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"Camping" vs. "Traveling"

I thought about this topic the other day while pondering a pending trip, that we are now on. My daughter (13) and I are taking a little just-before-back-to-school trip. We are in the Scamp, and staying at a couple of State Park Campgrounds and a KOA, but I would not really call it "camping". More like traveling and using the Scamp as a mobile (less expensive) motel.

Last night we went into the local town for "Wacky Wednesday" Bowling. Later this morning we might rent a paddle boat here in the State Park and paddle around the lake. Tonight we plan on going back into town to see "The Secret Life of Pets" at the "Rockin 8" theater. In between we will hang out at the trailer and maybe scorch a hot dog over a fire, but that is about it for "roughing it".

After school starts we will go back to boondocking (camping) in the forest this Fall, Winter, and Spring when it is cooler. But for now we are "traveling", and dragging the Scamp along. I will say, the money saved staying in the Scamp vs. a motel mostly pays for the other activities. Wacky Wednesday bowling was pretty cheap.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:25 AM   #2
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It's all camping with a different purpose, whether for exploration of the continent, or relaxing off grid. Some folks would only do one or the other, I prefer to do both styles for different reasons, kinda like you do Tim.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:32 AM   #3
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It all depends on ones point of view. Those in the monster motor homes with A/C, running water and generators may be thinking you are "roughing it".
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:09 AM   #4
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I think each person has their own definition of camping based on their experience.
I have an entirely different definition than most people here. I just haven't figured out what to call staying in a trailer or RV in a campground. Oh, I guess I should mention my definition of camping. We'll start with where, the closest road is over 1 mile away. Your nearest neighbor is at least 200 yards away, preferably farther. All camping gear, water, and food are carried on your back. No trace camping is the norm, meaning that if somebody comes by the next they'll not see any sign that camped there. Of course there's no telephone, television, or internet. No electric lights except for small flashlight.
Now if we could just come up with a good name for staying in our small trailers.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:10 AM   #5
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Personally, we call it "camping" whether you are in a full-service campground, Walmart parking lot, COE, or "primitive" beside a creek/lake somewhere off the grid.

They still call them "Campgrounds", still call RV's "campers", and we still say we are going "camping". If I'm staying in a hotel, it's a hotel. I never consider my Scamp a traveling "hotel"...it's a camper/RV/travel trailer....

So it's all in the interpretation. Interesting topic though and bound to draw 2 million DIFFERENT opinions.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:13 AM   #6
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I've used the trailer for camping, and as a spare bedroom for visiting someone. I'm not that fond of it for traveling for a couple of reasons. It's slower. If the point is to get from A to B, the trailer slows the process down. And it encumbers getting around in cities. But this would depend on the kind of traveling. I can see using it to see an area, as a mobile base camp, or to camp outside friends' homes.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:30 AM   #7
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You must have been talking to my wife!! When we bought our Scamp, we took it everywhere and I nearly got burned out on the prep, the tension of towing on interstates through big cities..... on and on.

Finally, this year, we took a trip to Branson, MO via car. In June, we took the Scamp about 75 miles to Ala for a 3-4 day sit-n-do-nothing relaxation trip. We take the Natchez Trace- 50mph, hardly ANY traffic...and 2 redlights MAX. We can get there in no time so VERY little travel time and enjoy camping. If need be, we can be home in a couple of hours- shorter without the trailer.

So, basically, I'm agreeing 100% with you after 6+ years of ownership with my Scamp. "Full-timing" for me in the 13' is not even a REMOTE possibility with me or the wife. Good post.

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I've used the trailer for camping, and as a spare bedroom for visiting someone. I'm not that fond of it for traveling for a couple of reasons. It's slower. If the point is to get from A to B, the trailer slows the process down. And it encumbers getting around in cities. But this would depend on the kind of traveling. I can see using it to see an area, as a mobile base camp, or to camp outside friends' homes.
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This conversation is relevant to a decision we're making. So far pretty much all our outings have been go-someplace-not-too-far, stay-in-one-place-and-relax, no-hook-ups, campfires-and-s'mores camping trips.

We are in the early stages of planning to meet my mother in Florida in January-February 2017. So our conversation has been about flying or driving, with or without the Scamp. We are figuring 3 days driving each way without the Scamp, 4 with. We're probably going to end up taking the trailer because Mom will be camping in her Class B, and we want to be able to camp alongside.

This is touring as opposed to destination camping. It's causing me to completely rethink how we will pack and use the trailer.
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This conversation is relevant to a decision we're making. So far pretty much all our outings have been go-someplace-not-too-far, stay-in-one-place-and-relax, no-hook-ups, campfires-and-s'mores camping trips.

We are in the early stages of planning to meet my mother in Florida in January-February 2017. So our conversation has been about flying or driving, with or without the Scamp. We are figuring 3 days driving each way without the Scamp, 4 with. We're probably going to end up taking the trailer because Mom will be camping in her Class B, and we want to be able to camp alongside.

Taking any kind of long trips, more than one night, I would prefer my trailer. I like sleeping in own bed.

This is touring as opposed to destination camping. It's causing me to completely rethink how we will pack and use the trailer.
Some thoughts on the difference between long distance touring and short term Scamping. When packing for trips lasting more 2 weeks, pack for two weeks, laundry mats will are used between 10 and 14 day. A trip to a grocery store will resupply for the next 14 days. Shorter trips pack for the number of days planned plus at some extra days. One our last short trip, was supposed to 4 days, but we extended it to a full week. We had packed for a week so it wasn't a problem.
Just my thoughts.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:43 AM   #10
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"...completely rethink how we pack and use the trailer."

Agreed. So far each trip requires some rethinking and repacking. So far I haven't come up with a single standardized checklist, as each trip is somewhat different. Area, climate, pupose, length of stay, side trips, outings, etc. Some things don't change--many do. Many didn't work, many seem like they'd be better next time...so it's evolving.



Some people call it "trailering." I, too, have a hard time calling it "camping" when we see those 65-foot motor homes with washers and dryers in them. Or like Rutger Hauer's huge semi-truck/trailer totally equipped for months-long stays at movie-making sites.

But as for the 1-mile to nearest road, no-trace walk-in camping, we've never done it. As for full-timing, we'll never do it. The most we may do is a 2 month loop trip to some US "wonders" like the Saguaro Desert, the cliff dwellings, Quartzite, the mesas, possibly points east of the western half-- and whatnot...but we have our two dogs and I can't go forever without my cabinet sewing machine. Our 16' amerigo has two "twin" beds (slightly smaller than twin) and that cannot change for us, so there is absolutely nowhere to put the big cabinet, let alone the supplies. Plus I get so terribly homesick, I'm in doubt I'd make two months.

Though the trailer IS a kind of little home for me and thus much better than motels, so who knows?

Right now we're still doing shake-down cruises. We went over 1000 miles to the Casita Gathering in Bandon, Oregon (southern coast) and came home with a to-do list we're still working, same as our first "camping" trip to a local National Forest.

I guess, maybe, to me, if you have a campfire next to where you sleep--on the ground or in your A/C + generator equipped RV--it's camping.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:07 AM   #11
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Everyone can define camping as they see fit.
For me camping is sleeping in a tent with no utilities , spending all day outdoors ,cooking outdoors on an open fire and braving the elements.
Being in a trailer even a FG trailer with lights , refrigerator , A/C
, bed ,furnace , running water etc does not fit the spirit of Camping in my book.
That being said , age has crept up on me and sleeping on the ground and cooking in the rain has lost some of its charm
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I call it making memories. Our kids will never forget tenting, hiking, midnight trips to the camp ground bathroom or outhouse, awed by a sky full of stars, HOT sand at the beach, struggling to get a pop up camper to, well, pop up! So many good family chats around the campfire, laughing, bug attacks...you get the idea!
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I call it making memories. Our kids will never forget tenting, hiking, midnight trips to the camp ground bathroom or outhouse, awed by a sky full of stars, HOT sand at the beach, struggling to get a pop up camper to, well, pop up! So many good family chats around the campfire, laughing, bug attacks...you get the idea!
Making memories is a lot of what it's about. We also learned the biggest memories are of the things we see and wildlife we watch along the way. The vistas, the meadows we walked across, the lakes we walked around just to move to the next. Our kids enjoyed everything and everything. Some 35 years later they're still backpacking, while mom and dad have had to change their ways a bit. But still have the fun or more is the travel.
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CAMPING

We normally have no water or electronic hookups, have what we take in closest person at least a city block away. We call it camping but key tags say 17' cottage ☺
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