There are many different kinds of camping styles. Tom and I have seen most of them during our six years on the road full-time. We thought that living in an RV full-time meant that we took everything we owned with us. Consequently our behemoth of a 5th wheel and our giant truck.
But having everything with us also limited us. There are lots of places we couldn’t go. We met people who were living in their RVs full-time but had a lot less stuff than we did. One couple was living in a truck camper full-time! Now that is a TINY home! We met people living in camper vans, travel trailers, and motorhomes.
Of course, lots of people camp without living in their RVs full-time. Some people take an RV to a campground and leave it there year after year. It becomes a second home. Other people pack up and move every day. Tom and I often say, “There are lots of different ways of doing this.” Lots of different camping styles. No one right way to camp.
A lot of people are choosing camping as a safe way to travel during the Covid pandemic. In general, I think this is true. When you have an RV, you have your own bedroom and restroom and kitchen that you take with you wherever you go. You can be completely isolated. Because there are so many people choosing to buy an RV right now, there is actually an RV shortage. Plenty of used RVs for sale, but finding just the right new one is harder.
After six years of being full-time in our huge and heavy 5th wheel, Tom and I decided to choose one of the other camping styles. You already know that we bought a house, so we will only be in the RV part-time. We don’t have to carry everything we own with us.
We decided, instead, that we would be a lean, mean camping machine. Able to travel quickly and nimbly wherever we want to go. We still, however, want to have something that will be comfortable for longer stays as we continue to volunteer in the National Parks. We also wanted something with two distinct sleeping areas so we can have friends and family travel with us on shorter trips.
So, what is the result of these decisions? How will the change in camping styles affect our RV? That is the subject of this week’s blogs, so stay tuned!