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Which Is It To Be: Renting An RV Or Camping In Tents?

Aug 17, 2007
Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can choose a destination you've never been to and discover the sights and attractions around it or get back to nature for some real rest and relaxation. Choosing what type of camping you'd like to do is part of your holiday planning, and you may find yourself wondering if you should be outdoorsy and use tents or go for comfortable accommodations and rent an RV.

Kitting yourself out with some good-quality, solid camping equipment and tents can set you back a few hundred dollars. The advantage to camping with tents is that you'll be investing in long-term equipment that will serve you vacation after vacation and will last many years if well maintained.

Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses have come a long way and you'll find the equipment light, easily transportable and quick to set up. The disadvantage to camping with tents is that you're more at mercy of the elements, and a few days of rain can leave you slightly damp and humid. Space is also problematic, even though today's tents have expanded to fit eight to twelve people.

Camping with tents also means that you'll have to make arrangements for bathroom facilities and washing up. Most campgrounds offer public washrooms with toilets and showers, but many people consider the walk to the facilities an inconvenience. Also, the cleanliness of campground washrooms is important for personal hygiene.

With an RV rental, you'll have good solid shelter, leg- and head-room, and you'll have the comfort of tables, benches and proper sleeping accommodations. There's very little set up involved with an RV, as you're basically just parking the vehicle and hooking it up to the camping installation's amenities.

The added advantage of having the conveniences of a shower, a bathroom and hot water at your disposal is often appreciated. However, RV rentals can be pricey and you'll need to consider how you're going to haul the equipment around. You may end up having the extra cost of a truck rental added on to your budget, and you'll have twice as many worries about damages to equipment that you don't own. Also, you can't just set up an RV wherever you please and will have to find a campground with free space to accommodate your equipment.

It's up to you to decide if you're the kind of person that prefers all the creature comforts or that enjoys feeling as close to nature as possible. There's a style of camping for everyone and trying to force someone who likes space and conveniences into a tent won't work, the same way that taking someone who likes the outdoors and shuns modern life won't enjoy being contained in an RV. Think over what each option can offer you and try to determine what type of accommodations are best for you on your camping trip.
About the Author
John Edmond runs and writes regularly for Living And Camping Outdoors where you can find more articles on tents and outdoor activities. Also go to Well Spoken Audio for a range of entertaining audiobooks on camping in tents and much more.
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