I’m the daughter of RV’ers. In fact most of my immediate family and extended family own RVs. Margie and I have always been tent campers. We’ve car camped and backpacked a great deal in the 10 years we’ve been together. We did a fair amount before we met, as well.
We are now considering buying a pop-up tent trailer. I’m quite torn about this.
Margie and the kids spent the weekend camping with my family in Bodega Bay. I went for one day but had to return to teach a yoga class (and enjoy 36 hours to myself at home!!). The plan was for Margie, my mom, and the kids to camp in two of our tents while my dad, step-mom, sister and her family, and a few other friends camped in their RVs. Margie and the kids had a great time, but ended up sleeping in my dad and step-mom’s trailer both nights. Margie returned from the trip suggesting we buy a used tent trailer.
I really like the idea of buying a tent trailer, but I’m not sure I like the idea of going through with it. Here are a few of my concerns:
- I want to raise tent campers. I want my kids to be comfortable in a tent.
- The cost. Yes, we can buy a good, used tent trailer for under $2,000, but then there is the added fuel costs of driving the SUV and towing; registration; maintenance; propane; and higher campground costs (it generally doesn’t cost anything to pitch a tent in someone else’s spot).
- RVs are another example of American excess. Yes, they help get more people out of their homes and into more natural areas, but at what cost?
- The fights that inevitably come with trying to back a trailer into a campsite.
- A trailer sitting in our driveway or garage.
- It’s $2,000 that could be spent some other way or not spent at all!
On the upside:
- We would go camping more often. I know we would.
- We wouldn’t have to spray bug spray all over us or retire to our tents at 6pm when camping in the mountains in June and early July.
- We’d stop being the moochers my family now thinks we are.
- We have the money to buy the tent trailer and cover the other expenses.
I could go on, but my son is up from quiet time and I’m tired of thinking about this.
What are your thoughts? To RV or not to RV?