There is a certain portion of the camping population that will argue that RV travel is not ‘real’ camping. They will say that unless you are crawling into a tent and sleeping on the ground, you aren’t really spending time out with nature. These people often compare RV’s to rolling hotels, and they may dismiss the entire activity altogether. Of course, these people are wrong. RV camping is just as much of an outdoor activity as any other kind of travel, and you can spend plenty of time with nature while still enjoying some relaxing time indoors at the end of the day.
One of the things that makes RV travel fall squarely into the camping category is the kinds of destinations that are favored by the majority of RV owners. Most people look for outdoor-based activities to center their vacations around, such as hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, boating, and more. Rather than thinking about the trip in terms of your accommodations, you should think about it in terms of what you are going to be doing during your stay. If you are anything like the majority of RV owners, you will be taking part in activities that are very much in line with the camping lifestyle.
Time Spent Outside
Anyone who thinks that RV travel is an inside activity has probably never taken a trip in an RV. Although modern RV’s are highly comfortable inside, most of your time will still be spent outdoors around a picnic table, campfire, or in a lawn chair. There isn’t enough room in most RV’s to spend time with your family all day long, so it is only natural to head outside to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views. Most RV owners use the interior of their rig for functional purposes – sleep, bathroom, cooking, etc. – while they have their fun in the outdoors.
Lots to Do
Part of the camping ‘experience’ is the work that has to be done. Many campers take a measure of pride in how hard they work to prepare camp, making their surroundings as comfortable as possible for the duration of their stay. While it might not be as much work when you are staying in an RV, it is far from a hotel experience. There are still preparations to be made in order to set up your camp for the stay, and you will have plenty of things to do when it comes time to leave. If work is part of what qualifies a vacation as camping, RV travel definitely fits the bill.
In the end, it’s all semantics anyway. It doesn’t matter what some people consider camping, as long as you have fun with your family and friends. However, if you are going to compare activities and try to lump them into categories, RV camping definitely fits right in alongside the rest of the ways that people enjoy the outdoors.