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In this article I have compared tent camping VS RV camping. Some cons and pros of both. I’ve Started out in a tent and was in that for many years but was finally able to upgrade to an RV and it was the best decision I have ever made. Note… This is my personal opinion and I’m not here to convince you of one over the other. 

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Tent Camping vs. RV Camping: Comfort…. 

Have you ever woken up soaked from a rainstorm that came in that night? Ever have your back feel like it’s tied in knots? Well, I have and it’s not what I call comfort. Sleeping on the ground with an air mattress or on a hard cot or just sleeping straight on the ground with a sleeping bag or blankets. Our RV has a nice king bed that leaves plenty of room for my wife, dog, and me. No more lying on a hard ground hoping that you don’t lay on any small rocks. 

So, for comfort, I will vote for RV. 

Tent Camping vs. RV Camping:Climate Control… 

After being outside in the hot sun and you just need to cool down a little there’s nothing better in my opinion than opening the door to your RV and that cold air from the A/C hitting you. 

I’ve been in a tent on very hot days, and you want to lay down and take a nap and the only thing you’re doing is sweating. Not fun at all. Climate control, I vote RV 

Tent Camping vs. RV Camping: Set Up

I could set up a tent pretty quick from start to finish. But by the time you blow up your mattress, put everything in its place and get it like you want it, it could add some time.

Now the first time I set up our RV it did take a while but after doing it for a summer I had it down pretty quick. First, I will level the RV, put out the sides and make sure everything is secure on the outside. My wife will go inside and start putting things in their place while I’m hooking up electricity, water, and sewer. I will also pull out the lawn chairs and rug to make the outside homey. I also hook up the outside hanging lights and set up the BBQ grill. As far as set up it’s a close tie. About the same time to do both. I still prefer RV. 

Tent Camping vs. RV Camping: Safety

I’ve never not felt safe at any campground, my wife on the other hand hears a little noise and she’s freaking out. 

I will point out that in a tent the only thing keeping you safe from anything outside is a zipped door. 

In our RV we can lock the door and know that no one will be coming in. Also, when/if we leave, we can lock the door and know that all our contents will still be there when we get back. We can also lock up our storage doors and put anything in there that we want to protect. We don’t have them now, but we will eventually be getting security cameras to put on the outside. As far as safety I will vote for RV. 

Tent Camping vs. RV Camping: Traveling

I guess this one would be a no brainer. A tent you can throw in the back of your truck or car and off you go. 

RV you have to hook to your truck and know all your surroundings at all times. You sometimes have to back the camper and so on. So yes, it can be a little nerve wrecking at times. Especially when you have to pull into a gas station for gas and you don’t have a lot of space. Just might make you pucker a little. 

With all that being said when you pick tent you still have to pack your clothes, pack a cooler to keep your food cold and pending on how long you’re going to be away you have to pick up ice once and awhile. With an RV, you have cabinets that you can put your dry food in and a refrigerator to put all your cold stuff in. Your clothes you can put in the closet or

drawers. I like to keep some stuff in there already so when we’re ready to go we can hook up and go. 

As far as driving I would vote for tent. For the ease and comfort of everything else I would go RV. 

Tent Camping vs. RV Camping: Restrooms

For me this is a no brainer. When you wake up and need to take care of your business, there’s no waiting for someone else to finish up, or having someone in the next stall to you. For me that’s my personal time and I don’t want to share that with anyone. Taking a shower in your personal bathroom is much nicer too. No wearing water shoes and wondering when the last time was they cleaned these things. 

My vote is 100% RV. 

Tent Camping vs. RV Camping: Cooking

I’m not going to lie, it’s nice having a stove, oven and yes, a microwave. You can cook any time in an RV, even if it’s raining outside. There’s no starting fires or grills. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love cooking outdoors as well. In fact, I usually cook my bacon and eggs on the griddle outside every morning. The only time I cook breakfast inside is when I’m making biscuits and gravy

My pick: RV 

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Tent Camping vs. RV Camping: Price/Cost 

Remember, all these are my choice. I do love the comforts of home while enjoying the great outdoors. I think they call the Glamping. I would say the cost will be more to RV but once you pick your camper and set it up in your budget it’s not that expensive overall. You can find reasonably priced campgrounds. With memberships like Good Sam, KOA, and others.

Tent Camping VS. RV Camping: Wrapping it All Up

So, which is better for you-tent camping or RV camping? It really depends on what you’re looking for in a camping experience. If you want to be able to travel wherever you go and don’t mind roughing it a bit, then tent camping is definitely the way to go. But if you prefer more comfort and climate control while you camp, an RV might be a better option for you. No matter which type of camping you choose, make sure to do your research before hitting the open road (or forest). There are so many great places to camp in this country, so enjoy all the US has to offer while camping.

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