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Old 05-02-2013, 10:08 AM   #31
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Ack, I loathe tent camping too. I mean, I like the part in the evening when you can see the stars and sit around the fire, but everything else stinks. My family used to camp every summer (dead of summer...in Texas) on an island at the lake. No bathrooms, no electricity, nada. I am positively terrified of bugs (I put a hole in the tent when I was 9 b/c I was trying to kill a spider with an ax). I hatehatehatehatehate the heat. Seriously, how does anyone sleep without A/C. It's insanity. At the lake it was always so hot, even the water was like bathtub water.

And I DO NOT use the bathroom outdoors. Not anymore, not gonna happen (when I was a kid, I made myself sick every time holding it in). And since as an adult I always have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, even if there is a nearby bathroom center, I'm not getting dressed, grabbing a flashlight and hauling myself alone all the way to some spooky Camp Crystal Lake scenario. Seriously, even those really nice campsite bathrooms always have some awful spider/scorpion/centipede lurking in the corner. BLAH! I also sleep lightly, so no matter how glam the camp, I will be up all night. So on the flip side, most campgrounds are so overrun nowadays, and people so clueless about camping etiquette, that you might as well be camping in a parking lot for all the peace, quiet and nature you get.

The only way I might go camping now is if it's not actual camping, like with a good RV or a nicely maintained cabin with a frequent relationship with an Exterminator. Though my idea of the latter is something like the Wilderness Lodge. That's about as close to roughing it as I like to get.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:12 AM   #32
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Don't go.
Amen to that!!

OP, my dh and sons loved camping and fishing. I loathe, hate and despise both of those. like you it seemed like every time I tried it, it rained the entire time.
Truthfully I think they had much more fun when I didn't go. So after a few times at it, I left the camping to them. They called it their "man" trip. I stayed home, ate chocolate cake, watched all my corny musicals and went window shopping by myself at antique stores.

they were happy, I was happy.

Ft. Wilderness is about as "wilderness" as I want to get.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:21 AM   #33
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I had no idea you could rent camping gear. (Although we don't have an REI to rent it from anyway.)
Oh, REI isn't the only option. Most outdoor-equipment specialty stores have rental programs set up; as it's rather common in that industry to want to try before you buy.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:35 AM   #34
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For me, it's comfort while sleeping. That means either a GOOD air mattress or a camp cot. I hate sleeping on the ground with just a sleeping bag. I also hate being hot while trying to sleep (well at any time but while trying to sleep it's unbearable to me) so I'd either only go camping while it's still cool at night and/or bring a fan (assuming I can get electricity to run it).

If you hate cooking over a fire, maybe invest in a camp stove that runs off of propane (the small mini tanks). They aren't that expensive and it's more like cooking over a gas stove. You could also try and plan a lot of meals that require little to no cooking.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #35
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:17 AM   #36
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Thank you all for the advice. I will have to look at what is available. I think I could do a camper. The tent was horrible. We do have the camp stove/grill and the lanterns and stuff. When a hurricane hits it is like camping in your own house.
I can't do the camping thing either but love the RVing thing.

Instead of a tent could you rent a camper or motorhome. Our motorhome has a great kitchen with 3 burners and an oven-4 door refrigerator-convection microwave-double sink and a combo washer/dryer all for me, a nice living area with a couch that opens to sleep 2, a dinette that converts to sleep 2 children, enough room left on the floor for 2 or 3 kids in sleeping bags on air mattresses, a half bath for that area and then our bedroom with a queen bed, closets and drawers, and a full bathroom with a huge shower.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:24 AM   #37
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I grew up camping. My family had a pop up camper that was permanently parked and set up on a property, we did take it on a few trips. I also camped regularly with my girl scout troop (6-8 times a year for about 6 years).

But now? No way. When I was a kid it was fun, but now I realize that if I were the Mom on the camping trip it would be too much work!

I could camp. IF:
-we were in a cabin that was already set up before we arrived and Ihad an actual bed to sleep in.
-there was a real bathroom and working shower
-I didn't have to sleep in the same space as my children
-I didn't have to cook and do the dishes
-there were no mosquitos, snakes or other critters

so yeah, I'm probably never going camping again.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:24 PM   #38
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I never went camping as a child, but DH and I camped a couple of nights on our honeymoon (we were gone a week, the other nights were in hotels). We had a van that the couch in back made into a bed, and we had a Coleman cookstove and lantern. We had a good time and I discovered I liked camping.

We had a tent for a couple of years, then when the kids were a bit older we "graduated" to a pop-up camper and did a lot of camping while the kids were growing up. They loved it too.

Then we moved up again to a 5th wheel camper, and we're on our second one of those. We have it parked at our property in Northern Michigan for the entire camping season. We have what I consider "the best of both worlds" because we're camping, enjoying the great outdoors, cooking (either over the open campfire or on the grill), enjoying the nature (deer, turkeys, bear, birds, black squirrels, chipmunks, etc.) but yet we climb into a real (queensize) bed at night, and have a full bathroom with running hot/cold water and shower, full kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, double sink, microwave, stovetop and oven, dinette for eating at if we don't want to sit at the picnic table, and a couch (hide-a-bed) and recliner in the "living room" along with TV and DVD player. It has electricity, sewer, air conditioning and furnace. We pretty much have all the comforts of home when we're camping.

We also have a truck camper that we use during the summer to go other places like an occasional state park, Nascar races, etc. It has a queen size bed, full bathroom, kitchen (no oven) and couch. Also electricity, furnace and air conditioner.

Not sure I'd want to go tent camping anymore, even if we had air mattresses. I'm pretty used to the 5th wheel and truck camper ammenities.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:11 PM   #39
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In my university days I adored camping and we went frequently - happily sleeping even without air mattresses sometimes.

Now I'm older, wiser, and more spoiled. DH and I rarely camp with just our family anymore - too much work. We tent camped for a weekend last year with just the 4 of us. UGH. DH was super grumpy setting up and it was 2 scorching hot mousquito infested hours setting up with him grumbling and complaining about everything. I spent a ton of energy being patient with him. Our kids were not hugely helpful and eventually we just sent them to sit in the van out of our way. Afterwards, DH said no more camping by ourselves. Plus he really, really hates having to walk to the bathroom.

Now if we tent camp, we go with a group of friends. They have most of the supplies...and it doesn't seem as much work setting up and tearing down with a group.

Some stuff that makes me more comfortable in a tent:

- When I have the space (and usually I do), I bring large rugs. I have a couple of dirt cheap fairly large area rugs. Because they are cheap, they are very thin. Those cover the floor of the tent and make it much more comfortable to walk on. I love it (but they sure make my friends crack up!). Before I started bringing those rugs, I had large rattan area mats.

- I have the cheap roll up rattan beach mats (from the dollar store) and use them as door mats. One inside the tent and one outside the tent. LOVE them.

- I bring a foam mattress topper, which becomes my bed. It's bulky and takes up a ton of room, but a world more comfortable than an air mattress.

- I use real bedsheets, pillows, and comforters. Bedsheets take up no space (I tuck them inside the pillow) - I use the for my mattress topper and also on my kids air mattresses. My son is comfortable on a sleeping bag on the ground so I set up the sleeping bag to make a pad and spread the bedsheet over top. Much nicer sleeping surface. Real pillows are just so much better than crappy cushions and also make the car much more comfortable. Comforters take up barely more space than sleeping bags. (I do also use sleeping bags when necessary).

- Hubby sometimes brings a small fan if there is access to electricity. One trip where our site had no electricity, he brought it along anyway. Hooked it up to our van and let it run for 10 mins or so to help cool down the tent interior. He also bought battery operated mini fans that we use at night when necessary. Made a BIG difference on a hot night.

- we'll eat out when necessary if we don't want to cook.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:22 PM   #40
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I hate camping. My parents used to take us camping as kids. Sometimes in a cabin. Sometimes an RV. Sometimes in a tent. I hated it. Still hate it. I read it here once and it sums it up perfectly: The value resorts is as close to camping as I get.

My husband likes camping. Specifically tent camping. We tried once. It rained the whole time. Miserable experience. I want to go to some caverns here in Florida and they have a campground. I was thinking of asking DH if he would like to camp for the weekend. I am not sure though.

If I decide to bring this up, how do I make it bearable for me? And before anyone asks, I pretty much dislike the whole experience. I don't like sleeping in a tent, cooking on a fire, etc. This place does have showers and a bathroom though.
....camp. in. a. hotel. room.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:42 PM   #41
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A three day tent camping trip years ago ended any thought of ever camping that way again - rain, rain, rain Thankfully DH felt the same way.

Since then, its been RV trailers, or else! We both love to 'rough it gently'. LOL
The last 10 years have been in a MH and that's our speed - like to be self contained with own bed & bath, and a lock on my door! Love to cook outside in the mountains with a coleman stove though!
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #42
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I do not understand camping in a tent. I have done it, and I hate it....tons!

I still have trouble with all the things that you need to be comfortable being piled in your car, just so you can just go have an outdoor adventure. Packing for a hotel is easier, takes up less room, and has air conditioning.

For us we need:

our huge tent
sleeping bags
air matresses
clothing
cooking gear for fire
cooking gear for camp stove
lanterns
flashlights
extra shoes for everyone
small broom to sweep out tent


I have 4 kids and my Dh to have equipment for, plus myself.

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suitcase with clothing and swimming things included


See my point?
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:27 PM   #43
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I hate camping. My parents used to take us camping as kids. Sometimes in a cabin. Sometimes an RV. Sometimes in a tent. I hated it. Still hate it. I read it here once and it sums it up perfectly: The value resorts is as close to camping as I get.

My husband likes camping. Specifically tent camping. We tried once. It rained the whole time. Miserable experience. I want to go to some caverns here in Florida and they have a campground. I was thinking of asking DH if he would like to camp for the weekend. I am not sure though.

If I decide to bring this up, how do I make it bearable for me? And before anyone asks, I pretty much dislike the whole experience. I don't like sleeping in a tent, cooking on a fire, etc. This place does have showers and a bathroom though.
Rent an RV-type camper.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:46 PM   #44
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Buy/rent a really nice motorhome. 35+ feet. Hot showers, Comfortable Bed, TV w/Blu Ray & Surround Sound, Outside TV, Large Refrigerator, Etc.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:09 PM   #45
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I do not understand camping in a tent. I have done it, and I hate it....tons!

I still have trouble with all the things that you need to be comfortable being piled in your car, just so you can just go have an outdoor adventure. Packing for a hotel is easier, takes up less room, and has air conditioning.

For us we need:

our huge tent
sleeping bags
air matresses
clothing
cooking gear for fire
cooking gear for camp stove
lanterns
flashlights
extra shoes for everyone
small broom to sweep out tent


I have 4 kids and my Dh to have equipment for, plus myself.

Hotel needs:

suitcase with clothing and swimming things included


See my point?
I take a full sized broom these days Used to take me 10-15 mins with the tiny brush. Now 2 mins and my tent is all swept out!
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