With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to take your family on a camping trip. One of the most important questions when planning a camping trip is whether to bring tents or gas up the RV. To answer this question, you should first weigh the pros and cons of tent camping versus RV camping.
One of the main benefits of camping in a tent is its mobility. Tents are specifically designed to disassemble into a compact and easily transportable package that can be stored in a car, on a bicycle, or carried by hand to your desired destination. Tents also give you the freedom to set up your camp and sleep in remote areas that aren’t easily accessible with larger sleeping arrangements, such as RVs.
While tents boast many benefits, they also possess drawbacks. Tents are built out of strong materials and are designed to withstand mild to moderate weather. Unfortunately, if a particularly bad weather system moves into your camping area, your tent may prove to be less than adequate at protecting you from strong winds, flooding, and hail.
If you’re one of the brave souls who decide to go camping or hiking during the winter months, your tent will be unable to provide you with complete cold weather protection. There are tents that have been created to be taken into cold and windy temperatures, but a tent is still a thin layer of fabric held together by rods and can only protect you so much against the force of a blizzard or snow storm.
Long believed to be the pinnacle of camping luxury, an RV is every outdoor lover’s dream come true. RVs are literally a home away from home. They allow you to bring the comforts and conveniences of your home life with you on the road and into the most remote and rugged of wildernesses. RVs can provide you and your family with electricity, comfortable seating, protective shelter from bad weather, protection from insects, a place to cook, and can even provide food storage so you can cook all of your favorite meals while at the campsite.
Although RVs are a beloved way to enjoy the great outdoors, they are not without their own drawbacks. First and foremost, RVs can be incredibly expensive. In addition to purchasing the RV, you will also need to purchase insurance, a license plate, have it inspected yearly, and purchase fuel. Fuel can be one of the most costly aspects of an RV since it’s such a large and elaborate machine that it uses fuel to an obscene degree. RVs are also large and aren’t able to be taken into remote areas that don’t have an access road.