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Around the Campfire: What makes for the best RV trip—the people or the place?

Think about your favorite RV trip. Have you ever wondered why that trip ranks as your favorite? Was it the place itself—the scenery, activities, food, etc.? Or does one trip top your list of favorites because of the folks traveling with you and the people you met along the way? We discussed this question recently around the campfire.

No right/wrong answer

Frank wondered, “Is this a trick question? I mean, will it reveal something negative about my character if I answer one way or the other?” No trick, just curiosity, Frank.

“Well, then,” he continued, “I’d say my favorite RV trip has to be the one we took in 2011 to the Rocky Mountains. I’d never seen mountains before and was blown away by the views. I’d definitely say the ‘place’ is what makes that trip my favorite.”

“Mine, too,” chimed in Frank’s wife. “But for me, it was because we went there together with another couple. I was so happy that we caravanned with experienced RVers—especially navigating the steep, mountain inclines and attempting to boondock for the first time in our RV! Yes, we saw amazing sights, but I knew our friends were constantly watching out for us and I really relaxed and enjoyed that trip.”

More favorites

Bonnie spoke up next. “I’d have to say the ‘place’ is what makes the RV trip to Chesapeake Bay my favorite. I haven’t eaten such marvelous seafood since. The ocean was magnificent, as was the weather. It was just perfect, in my mind.”

John commented, “Well, if you’re including ‘food’ in this discussion, then Texas BBQ is what made that trip my favorite. And we arrived in Texas at the perfect time of year. The weather was fantastic every single day we were there.”

How to choose?

“How do you choose a favorite?” someone wanted to know. “Even if it was possible to drive an RV to Paradise, if you’re traveling with complainers, worriers, or negative folks, it’ll soon feel like, well, not Paradise!” Everyone around the fire agreed.

Your favorite?

Do you have a favorite campground or RV trip that ranks number one on your list of favorites? What makes it the best in your mind—the “place” or the “people”? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Tom Gutzke
8 days ago

I usually say something like “My favorites are different places for different reasons.” The view, The history. Historical significance. A beautiful sunrise [or sunset]. Colorful boats moored in the harbors in New England. A dozen other reasons can be added to the list.

Gary
8 days ago

The place.

KellyR
8 days ago

We like to get away from people and it be just the two of us. Other than that, it is the trip itself. We take off with no destination in mind. If the roads have changed since our last map was published, we find another road and find the gems along the way.

Bill Fisher
8 days ago

Every trip is my favorite and primarily for the places and things we see, but some are memorable because we met wonderful people. For example, in 2017 we did 13,000 miles from Florida to Alaska and back. The sights and places were fantastic, but what made it even more memorable was the couple from Australia we met early on in Canada and kept bumping into and eventually traveled together with. We maintain contact with them still via phone and email. Special people that made a special trip even more special and memorable.

Matt Colie
8 days ago

We have owned this coach for 18 seasons (where we live, seasons are important) it was built shortly after we married and we have been married for 50 years. As to whether the place or the company is most important, I would have to say the company. We did a lot of camping (real camping) and other kinds of excursions, but having a companion that is amenable to doing this makes it all the more about precious memories. I don’t know how much longer I will be capable of keeping our coach going and how long we will be able to continue at all, but we have memories that are amazing.

Gary Yoder
9 days ago

For us all camping trips are special, with the current state of high gas prices, we’ve been staying closer to home. So to be special, it only takes being with friends around the campfire sharing in life’s adventures, being understanding when those bumps in the road come, and genuinely caring about each other. We are fortunate to have close friends like that to camp with here in SW PA. The camper of Chapter T. And thank God for each day we get to enjoy outdoors.

Tommy Molnar
9 days ago

In 2018 we took off on one of our favorite kinds of trips. No plans. Just drive. From NV (home) we went up to OR, then over to ID and then MT, boondocking as much as possible. Then back down through ID and on to NV. This adventure took about a month. We found two fabulous boondock sites that required multiple night stays (one for a week!). It didn’t take much discussion for wifey and I to pick this as our fave trip ever.

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