Is RV Camping Fun? Is It Worth It?

You may have doubts about RV camping, especially after seeing the price tag. I am here to tell you about why I love camping in an RV.

So is RV camping fun and worth it? Having an RV really lets you experience camping at its best: without sacrificing comfort and ammenities. With the wide variety of RVs and trailers available today, you can find one that fits your needs and your wallet.

There are so many reasons why I love RV camping, and I am excited to tell you about them.

RV Camping Advantages

When people say the word “RV” they can mean a trailer or an actual vehicle with living space inside. For my response, I will use the word to refer to both.

Oh my goodness do I love Camping in a trailer. While sleeping in a tent can be fun, you really can’t even compare it to a nice and warm RV.

The fun that you have when camping is very dependent on your comfort level. What an RV brings to the table is comfort which makes the fun flow freely.

If you are wondering if having an RV is going to kill the fun of camping, you don’t have anything to worry about. IF you enjoy camping the normal way, you are going to really enjoy RV camping, unless you decide to spend all day in your RV.

Growing up, my father always had a pop-up trailer. Although it was never the nicest thing in the campground, it had the basic necessities. By basic necessities I mean the bed.

Having an actual bed is so nice. There is nothing like coming home after a day playing on a lake, hiking, or whatever you like to do in the great outdoors and then hitting a nice mattress that isn’t the ground. You really can’t go wrong with this.

I have always hated bugs. Bugs are the worst part about camping hands down. With a camper, you eliminate the need to hangout outside at night and therefore prevent a lot of the normal bug annoyance.

Although sitting by the campfire helps keep the bugs away, I really hate campfire smell. With a trailer, you can stay warm without a fire and stay away from the pesky critters.

One of the things people take for granted is the amount of storage that comes with any RV. You will be able to fit your entire families packing list with the added space.

I really hate trying to stuff more junk into an already overpacked car, and an RV is a perfect answer to that problem.

The absolute best part of an RV is the company that it encourages.

My mother, bless her soul, hates camping. She hates bugs, sleeping on the floor, cooking on a fire, not being able to shower, not having privacy, etc. I love my mother more than she knows, and I love having her come on campouts with my father and I.

The problem is that I hate hearing her whine. I hate being with someone who hates being in a place that I love so much. The beautiful thing about a trailer is that you can bring people on adventures with you that won’t normally come.

Camping becomes easier on everybody with an RV.

If you are the type that is going to buy a huge RV, you will see a different side of camping. Everybody seems to flock to these RV’s because it is like being a house guest.

People will come over to play card games late at night, or even choose to bring dinner over to share. Your big fat party bus will be a big invitation if you let it.

I have some great memories of spending time in somebody else’s huge RV. If you are a people person and love going camping because of the people you meet, then having a big RV will be great.

RV Camping Drawbacks

Really, RV camping has only 3 drawbacks. Cost, management, and less interaction with the great outdoors.

Cost

When asking the question “Is it worth it?”, the question of cost is important. RV’s can be really expensive if you want something that will last. My father for example, bought a pop-up trailer for several thousand dollars and was only able to use the thing for a few years because it fell to pieces.

The more money you spend, the longer your RV will last. You need to weigh the price of the trailer your buying with how many cabins you can rent. For example, if you want to buy an Airstream trailer for 50 thousand dollars, you need to think about how many times a year you are going to use it.

If you will only use it twice a year(which is not enough in my opinion but people are busy) then that means you could have rented a cabin costing $500 dollars a trip for 25 years! Is that trailer still worth it? That is up to you.

Management

This is something people don’t think about right away. A trailer is not a little 4×4 that you can hide away in your garage. Most RVs are quite large, and will require special parking.

If you live in the suburbs, chances are you can’t park it in your driveway. You need to answer the question of “Where am I going to park this thing?” before even thinking of buying an RV.

Do you have a Truck capable of towing your trailer? If you are opting to buy a trailer instead of an all in one RV unit, then this is something you really need to consider. You would be surprised at what can pull a tiny little pop-up, but you should have the power to do it.

If you already have a big truck, then you don’t even need to worry about this step.

Interaction With the Great Outdoors

This is for all those people out there that want to be part of nature when they camp. The entire point of a camper is to make you feel as comfortable as possible. You will cook inside, sleep inside, go to the bathroom inside, and do most of your little daily tasks inside.

When camping in a tent, you wake up earlier because the sun heats up your tent. In a camper you will end up sleeping in because the natural alarm that rises in the east probably wont touch you for a while.

I do think that spending time outside has value, but an RV is intended to make life on the road more enjoyable. If you go camping to enjoy nature, then getting a camper might be a bad decision.

If you go camping to see new places, then an RV is perfect for your needs.

Is Getting an RV Right for You?

Everybody has a different situation. You may only go camping once a year, and if that’s the case then you probably shouldn’t get an RV and rent a cabin. If you leave home for weeks at a time then a big 30-foot trailer might be what you need.

I really do believe most families would benefit from getting an RV, however small. Like I said before, my father always had a really cheap and old pop-up, but they served their purpose on our hunting trips.

If you are really unsure about getting an RV, rent one for a weekend and then decide. You might feel that you are not “roughing it” like you did when you were a kid, or you might find that you are a lot less irritable after having a full nights sleep on a bed.

When it is worth it:

An RV is perfect for people that go camping often, have the money/space for it, and want a home away from home experience

When it is not worth it:

You shouldn’t get an RV if you only go camping once or twice a year. If you are telling yourself you would go camping more often if you had a camper, you are probably wrong. RVs augment the camping experience but you shouldn’t go camping just because you feel the need to get your money’s worth.

If you don’t have a truck to pull your RV or don’t have a place to park it then you really need to have caution when making that big investment.

Related Questions

Is driving a motor home difficult? Not any harder than driving a large truck. If you have a trailer, it can be difficult to back-up. With a little bit of practice, driving an RV is no big deal.

How much does an RV cost? Used pop-ups could be as low as 2000, but your large motor homes can cost several hundred thousand. There is an RV for almost every price-point.

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