I get a lot of email from RVers as well as from campers. And I get a lot of emails from people who believe they are one and the same. They’re not. At least not by my definition, for what that’s worth.
In my mind, RVers are people who live or travel in an RV fulltime or for several months at a time. For all intents and purposes, when they are in it, the RV is their home. Campers, on the other hand, spend less time in their RVs. Quite often they are weekend warriors who head for a favorite campground every weekend during the summer, and maybe even occasionally take a trip out of state before returning back home. They may do this in anything from a 40 foot diesel pusher motorhome, to a small tent camper, or a pickup with a camper on the back.
Either way is fine with me, whatever floats your boat. But people can get into trouble when they confuse recreational camping with fulltime RVing. They are very different lifestyles. I tried to explain that to somebody yesterday who wrote to tell me that they had borrowed a relative’s pop-up tent camper and spent 10 glorious days on the Oregon coast in it. She said that by the time they were headed back home, neither she, her husband, or their three kids ever wanted it to end. So they offered to buy the tent camper from their relatives so they could go fulltiming in it. She said they couldn’t wait to see every corner of America and introduce their children to places they might not otherwise ever see.
That’s cool. We know a lot of families who fulltime with children. The problem is, these folks want to do it in a tent camper. I’m sorry, that’s just not going to work. I tried to explain to her that there’s a big difference between roughing it in a tent camper for a few days and living that lifestyle 24/7. Her kids might have thought it was a great adventure while they were on vacation, but it would get old really fast if that was the only home they had to come back to at the end of the day. The sheer logistics of five people trying to live in a tent camper are impossible. Her response was that they would make it work one way or another. Well, good luck with that. Let me know how it works out.
I got a nice surprise in the mail yesterday. Wayne McKinney is the Sheriff of Stephens County, Oklahoma, and a fan of my mystery books. I have picked his brain a time or two about things in my books and he has always been very helpful. When he saw my blog about my police badge collection, he sent me one of his department’s old badges and a shoulder patch. Thank you so much, Wayne!
Thought For The Day – Approach a woman in a crowded bar and whisper “Hey, wanna get out of here?” If she says yes, you can sit where she was sitting.