What are you thoughts on camping?

@sunshine4 (8709)
United States
August 23, 2007 2:08pm CST
We use to camp when the kids were little. We owned a popup camper. I hated it! It seemed like so much work. Now that the kids are a bit older, they are asking to go camping again. WE go to the lake every weekend and others camp there, but we always come home. I broke down and decided to give camping a try again. Now we are looking at trailers. They have some really great ones and I am not going to settle for one that is too crowed. My husband is worried that we will buy this trailer and I will still hate camping! What do you think?
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• United States
23 Aug 07
I love it!!! The only part I don't like is squatting behind a tree to pee. So my family and I go to a place which offers a bathroom facility. Campers is kinda like cheating since it is like bringing your house so I prefer pitching a tent.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Oh my! I have to have a camper with a toilet and shower or it is no deal. We are looking at some that have a slide out so there is lots of room incase of rain. I tell you , I am not big on camping, but might enjoy it with cheating.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Lol. Well the lots do have water and an electrical outlet as well so I guess that is cheating too. But with a camper you are as out in nature. With a tent the sides billow if there is a strong wind. I like that.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
23 Aug 07
My friend, you are a true camper.
@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Hate it! I will camp if we are in an air conditioned cabin with a full bathroom! As you can see I am not the outdoor type, I am a creature of comfort. they have rental trailers now that you can rent for a week ofr for the whole summer, it wouldn't be bad to try them out before buying.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
23 Aug 07
That is a good idea to rent on and try it first. I don't care about the airconditioning, but I do need the bathroom and shower.
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
23 Aug 07
camping! - Clip art of some camping equipment
I love camping. In fact I hope to go another time or two before the summer is over. My Dad took me on some long camping trips when I was younger. We most often hiked and camped so you had to carry everything with you, That was hard work. but you got to eat lots of beef jerky and that was pretty fun, plus it was good excerise and you saw some beautiful scenery on the mountians and stuff. I also like "car camping" were you drive to a camp site and set up a tent next to your car. This is fun because you can bring better food and keep it in a cooler in your car. Also if it rains you can jump in the car. Many of thse places have bathroom facilities too, and that's always a plus.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I went car camping when I was 18 with my best friend. We went to virginia beach and camped right on the beach. It rained every night, so we slept in the car:) It was fun, but I would much rather have a camper.
5 Nov 08
I grew up camping and stopped when I left home. My son was about 4 when he asked to go camping. We camped every weekend that summer and it was the greatest. In June of this year we bought a trailer from my dad. It is 32 feet long with a big room attached. It's like a living room and it has a wood stove. We go up every chance we get. It is so peaceful and relaxing. I often go up alone with my dogs for weeks at a time. If it didn't have the room attached I wouldn't have bought it. I love open spaces and not anything cramped. It has everything I need to be comfortable.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
5 Nov 08
It is great to just get away isn't it. Last summer we went camping almost every weekend. It was such fun.
@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
25 Aug 07
love camping- So does my family- we are in the process of buying a pop-up camper- I can’t wait- I think it will be a lot of fun- right now we camp with tents- and sure it’s work- but I love it- It’s relaxing- no worries about anything at home- we go several times a year for long weekends- My daughter is 10 and we let her take a friend with us- Trailers are expensive if you don’t like to go- but why can’t they go without you? : )
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
25 Aug 07
No, they wouldn't go with out me. Who would cook for them? I think that I am getting more use to this idea. The camper is really nice and huge! Next weekend is the big camping trip...yikes.
@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 07
I love camping.I miss camping actually.We used to camp when we were kids too.We went with Mum n Dad and once,I went with the Team Building Camp kids and hated it.But I'd love to go camping again.Maybe with myLotters!
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
That would be a blast to go camping with all the mylotters friends.
@eemee468 (446)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
i think camping is an adventure that wouldn't come everyday, but that doesn't mean that all camping opportunies that will come is supposed to go on your schedule..heheh.. if nothing's on the way, why not?.. maybe you're looking at the work it'll demand, i don't know, but im kinda cheery and excited about these things.. maybe a change of perspective?
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I think you are right. I am thinking about all the work before we leave and when we come home. I should be thinking about the fun we will have.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I used to love camping as a kid but all I had to do was play and have fun. Now I don't think it would be near as much fun now. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I am hoping for it to be relaxing now that my kids are older and I dont really have to worry all about them.
@kaye0603 (48)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
whew!it's been a long time since i went camping! yes i really do agree it's tiring and i'm not used to sleeping outdoors. but i really like to camp though..hopefully i'll get over my fear of that soon!~_~
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I do like the feeling of sleeping with fresh air.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
24 Aug 07
A trailer? Your not even camping your mini-mobile homeing it. When my family goes we take tents & cook over a fire pit. Whats the point if your taking a mini HOUSE with you?
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I wouldn't even consider it if there wasn't a bathroom that I know is clean, a shower that isn't public, water to hook up to, stove, microwave and lots of room incase of rain. We will cook over a fire pit~ at least smores!
@andrejuly84 (1047)
• Romania
24 Aug 07
i like camping although i haven't been camping for 6 years.i know is a littl bit ore work and less comfort but it worths.the feeling is uncomparable,you feel so close of nature that you feel a part of it.and there's such a big difference between the home atmosphere and the camp atmosphere.children love camping.is a wonderful experience for them so make a compromise for them.i can't wait my girl growing a little bit up so we can go camping.i am sure she will enjoy this
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
My 13 yr old is really into this. My 7 yr old is more like me. She was looking at the camper and couldnt figure out why she didn't have her own room. This should be interesting.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
24 Aug 07
We go camping every year, but never in a trailer. I wouldn't consider it camping if I wasn't in a tent.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I wouldn't even consider going if I had to be in a tent.
• Canada
24 Aug 07
I have never been camping and would love to take the children camping but my husband is convinced I won't like it so we have not gone as of yet . You may like it more now that the children are older as they will be able to help out more . I don't see any reason in not giving it a try again and if worse comes to worse and you don't like it then you could always sell the camper . A friend of ours has offered to give us a tent as he used to own a kayak buisness and he had tents as he used to take people out on the kayak's and they would camp the night and come home the next morning . He sold his buisness and now has all these tents and has told us we can have a pick of one we would like to have as he always enjoyed camping and does think this is something we would enjoy . We have given some thought to trying on the weekend before the children have to go back to school .
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I think that it will be much easier now that the kids are older. I was taking a 5 yr old, 2 yr old and new born last time I went camping. That was too much work to me. Also, we had a popup and I thought that was a lot of work too. Now we have a pull trailer..it will be set when we leave so all we do is park and we are all set up.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I miss camping! We used to go every summer growing up but now it's been 10 years since I've gone. I have my own pop-up now. It's a 27 footer so it's pretty roomy as far as campers go. The problem is, a tree fell on it before I ever got to use it. It's waiting to be repaired but my s/o has no interest so it just sits there waiting.... Since you're kind of iffy on the subject, I'd also suggest renting a camper to try it out before you buy. My parents' just bought a new 5th wheel camper with the big slide out. Their's isn't very long, smaller than mine is all I know for sure, but that slide out makes a huge difference. Plus it came with an entertainment center and microwave in addition to the usual appliances. Camping doesn't have to be all woodsy either if that's the part you don't care for. We used to go to amusement parks all the time. We preferred to be parked in the wooded area just because it was cooler but they usually have open sites too.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I am getting use to the idea now. We are buying a 31 foot camper with a slide out and bunkhouse. It really isn't roughing it that much. We will be camping at the lake, so I think I will be good.
@Daelin (683)
• Brazil
24 Aug 07
I love camping! I went to camp just a few times. It was great. I don't know if I would do it for a long time though. I think I stayed in the camping for 2 days each time.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I am thinking that a weekend will be long enough for me. My husband is talking about taking it to the beach next summer and camping right on the beach. I think that I will like this because I am a beach person.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
23 Aug 07
Hi there. We go camping every year, my husband, our children and I, love it... Every year we go camping at different beaches, we take our tent and camping gears, clothes, toiletries and right footwear and buy meats as we need it... Our car boot is always packed up, inside the car, we have our children sit on all the blankets, as they are layed out across the back seat... We love camping and roughing it, it also teaches our children to appreciate, what we have and to use what they can, when we're out camping...
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Aug 07
You are true campers. I know that my kids will love it too.
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Man I havent gone camping in a long time. I think the last time I went camping was when I was 13 or younger I remember going with my causins and we had a good time. But we dont go anymore because it takes to much work to plan out a weekend just for camping and where to busy we dont have time to camp because where usally doing stuff on the weekend anyway.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I agree that it takes a lot of energy planning out camping and getting ready for it. I am thinking with a full camper, I can at least have it stocked with essentials so I don't have to go threw all the packing every time.
@jackiew (915)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I use to hate camping when i was growing up-I would never go,i would stay with relatives while my family went camping.Now that i am older and with all the facilities the camp sites have to offer,I don't mind it at all.I think it was just the out houses and having to wash in the lake that got to me years ago.I love sitting around a camp fire at night and having a few drinks.Also when i was growing up,people basically used tents and i don't like sleeping in tents.Now everyone pretty well has a trailor of some kind.Camping is not too bad after all.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
29 Nov 07
I am now almost 50 years old so I have a lot of camping experiences. I grew up in a family that went camoing a lot. Like almost every wekend in the smmer. As a child we camped in a tent. It was not always a good fun experience. If it rained there we were, eight kids and two parents in a tent sometimes for the whole weekend. But we also had a lot of good times too. We had a boat and always went fishing. My father would take us out, in turns. He would take us three at a time, including my mom. So we all got to go fishing everyday for about 3 hours each trip. I still, to this day, love to fish. Then as an adult and mother we took our kids camping. We started out tent camping, too. But as the years went on we upgraded to a popup. This was much easier. Then we upgraded to a slide on camper and that was even easier. After about 10 years we upgraded to a motor home. Well, that takes the cats as?. But when the prices of gas started going through the roof we couldn't afford to do that anymore. So we sold the motor home and went back to camping in the slide on. We still had it, so we didn't have to buy another one. Now I am older and now I want to tent again. I think it is so much more romantic. We bought a tent last year and drove out to BC and camped in the tent. It is so much easier for traveling. We would only spend two nights at a camp site and then drive on to another one. We went for three weeks and it was the best camping experience in my life. Back to the basics. I will camp by tent as long as our health permits it. Then we may end up back in the slide on, but i don't think we will ever go back to using a motor home.