Here’s a scenario that many of us have faced: We have a choice between campgrounds—both are about the same price, but one is in a beautiful location with scenery to spare. But there is no way to get online—no WiFi, not even a cell signal.
The other choice is a standard RV park. Sites are packed together and there’s nothing particularly scenic about the location—there might even be a busy road or train tracks close by to spoil any sense of solitude. But on the plus side, the park has screaming fast internet. You can surf the web, even stream movies with ease.
Which one would you normally choose? We realize that we all stay in different types of places depending on our needs at the time. But in general, which one of these situations would you most often choose for your home for a night or two?
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Reading my book, listening to the soft breezes and the screaming twenty somethings that have no bars,,,
Didn’t vote. Primary decision point for us is usually location relative to a place we want to be, and cleanliness/appearance/friendliness of campground. If we need to drive to a coffee shop or a library for internet, so be it.
Scenery. Why did we drive all that way if we can’t escape the wired world for a while?
are we out for the winter, for a day or something in-between? a short stay…sure, the scenic park would be our choice. for a week, month or snowbird season we’d make the other choice.
For me camping doesn’t even start until there is no wifi, no internet and no cell service. I know being connected 24/7 will someday be unavoidable but until then I will seek out the “coldspots” to camp.
Since the question says No way to get online – see the setup not the actual question – I would take the scenic over the alternative proposed for up to 3 nights. I would never choose the nondescript park for more than one night.
Internet in your question above is ambiguous. Do you mean cell tower internet or wifi at a park? Two different animals.
Since I play MMORPG’s I’ll take a fast internet connection. That said, thanks to 5G expansion builds and the move to fiber optic networks from older copper based systems, you soon won’t have to make this choice.
I like to at least have cell service when camping to be able to stay in contact with family if needed. It’s also good to be able to check weather conditions.
Some of us sometimes need internet because we work on the road.
When I don’t need it, scenic, please.
Rving is about beauty not wifi. Beauty wins every time if cost is the same.
Maybe for you. I can drive to scenery but when I’m sitting in the RV on a dark winter’s evening I want my internet (the question doesn’t mention wifi)
I’d normally pick the nondescript campground, but not because of internet availability. It’s more a choice of cost. Nondescript campgrounds tend to be less expensive than the ones with the scenic views, and since we like to go out and site see, the campground becomes more of a place to rest and prep for the next day’s adventures. This is not saying, however, that we don’t sometimes stay in the scenic campgrounds.
What he said. It is almost always about cost.
Plus I never expect to use park internet. Is that really a thing?
Exactly. The correct answer is “it depends”.
They said the cost was the same.
Since we carry our internet with us (Verizon MIFI Jetpak) if we have cell service we have WiFi it really doesn’t matter.
Re-read the question….no cell service.
As usual with these surveys they are not well thought out, the question asks about ‘Internet’, it doesn’t say how you get it. I never use campground wifi but I almost always camp somewhere that my Verizon Internet service works and would usually choose that over scenery at camp.
In the first paragraph:
“But there is no way to get online—no WiFi, not even a cell signal.”
I don’t read the setups…just the questions. 😊
We experienced that visiting my brother in TX. He lives in a gated community along the Red River valley, the community has their own campground down next to the river without a cell tower in sight. NoTV, cell and naturally no WiFi, we were stranded with just each other and our dog, great!!
Scenic and open spaces win every time. Made this choice before, a no brainer. If I need my email that bad I will drive to McDonalds or a public library.
For me, the whole point of RVing is enjoying the world around us. If a beautifully scenic campground has internet, great. If not, my heart is happy getting what it came for. Even when we stay somewhere a month or more, as long as I can reasonably easily get to internet access for a while to pay bills or whatever, all is good.
Kind of like vanilla or chocolate. Both are excellent and you need to have a mix of both! At least we do.
Overnight, does not matter. Scenic is nicer. We carry a MiFi.
So you DO have Internet if you have a MiFi.
We go camping to relax and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Noise, internet, and cell phone interruption I can get at home. But then, so is everyone who wants something done or just calls to see if we are doing anything. These are the type of campgrounds I look for.
Definitely scenic for “a night or two” as you specified. However, for a month ….. no, nevermind, even for a month I wouldn’t take “sardine parking” over scenic. OK you may now resume your regularly scheduled view out the window. ☺️
Not saying how long you would stay, I choose scenic which of course would make a difference. Cell service is more important then internet.