Choosing a Camper: Switching from Tents to RV’s and Tow-behind Campers

You are a lover of the outdoors and camping and have been all of your life. Camping in tents is great but now you’ve gotten older you like your comforts a little more. Perhaps now is the time to consider switching to an RV for your camping adventures. Yes, a new motor home is expensive and so is a tow- behind camping trailer. But fortunately there are many used older model to choose from. By carefully looking around for these camping options you can acquire one at great savings.

Determining which type of camping vehicle you need is a personal preference. Motor homes are completely contained for the most part. All aspects of comfort are included in these wonderful vehicles. Most will have an independent power and water supply for those isolated camping spots without either. But realistically, these extras are seldom used. Power generators somehow destroy any sense of solitude you may be seeking in the great outdoors.

Unless you plan to use a motor home for this type of camping these are just not worth the maintenance. Besides, you will probably need another vehicle to travel around in unless you want to unhook everything when you want to go somewhere. But since many of these are bought by senior citizens for their retirement, there are always some on the market. Eventually they are sold by the children or other heirs at a great savings for the new buyers.

Tow- behind campers seem to be the best bet for the former tent camper. Although they aren’t as prestigious, they offer the most economical alternative to tent camping. Because these campers come in a variety of sizes and models there are usually more to choose from. It is recommended that you start with a smaller version of tow-behind camper to get an idea of what you are looking for. By carefully inspecting the floor, roof, electrical and plumbing system, and appliances, you can be assured of the soundness of your purchase. You may find one for a few hundred dollars if you are willing to modernize the old systems. Always take in consideration the vehicle you will be using to pull the camper.

Some of the advantages over tent camping are having everything ready to go when you are. One of the most stressing aspects of camping is getting everything to the camping site. Tent camping veterans are invariably exhausted after setting up camp. In either of the alternative methods you merely level the RV and hook up the water and electric connection. Another important distinction is safety. Riding out a storm in a tent can ruin a camping trip even if fright is the only disadvantage. Wet clothes and sleeping bags do not help either.

But the main advantage is comfort. Once you get accustomed to sleeping in your RV bed it will make no difference which way the camper is pointing or where it is. There are no damp sandy sheets to keep you from enjoying your slumber, the A/C and heating system will keep you comfortable in any weather. When you need something you know which drawer or closet to look in without wondering if you left it at home. It becomes like a second home to you and your family. Familiarity breeds comfort in this case.

If you are camping on a budget you will also have to figure out which type of camper will be the most expensive to own. This includes maintenance and storage of the unit in the off season. A tow-behind model will generally be the less costly of the two as far as expense is concerned. Motor home are notorious for getting low gas mileage compared to towing costs of a tow-behind model.

If you have never owned anything other than a tent to camp in you will be pleasantly surprised how convenient a camper is. Sure, there are many tent camping purists who frown on this type of camping, but they will be the ones with the wet, sandy clothing at the campsite. Do they really look that smug?


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