Wednesday, September 28, 2022


Why do you “camp”?

There’s some question whether traveling in a comfy RV is “camping,” but a lot of us still call it that. Regardless, most of us like to get away with a recreational vehicle – or simply a tent, portable stove and sleeping bag.

Why do we do it? Or more to the point, “Why do you do it?”

The 2017 American Camper Report by the Outdoor Foundation stated that more than 40.5 million Americans, or 13.7 percent of the population over age 6, camped in 2016, totaling 587.2 million days. The report listed the words participants associated with camping as “escape,” “peace” and “happiness.”

Are those the words you would use? Or is it something else?

Would you please leave a comment with the one word you would use to describe your RV “camping?” Feel free to explain why you chose that word, but start off with the one single word you most associate with camping as you experience it.



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Diana Russell
3 years ago

It give my husband and I time to be close (literally we have a 19′ TT). We can bring our dog, sleep in our own, bed, fix meals our way (I’m gluten free), and take time for our favorite recreation of fishing.

3 years ago

Pets. We have three small dogs. Our first RV purchase was simply to provide us with a hurricane evacuation vehicle that would transport all the people and animals in our extended family. It has grown (literally since we now have a 45′ Class A) into a wonderful way to explore the country – and escape FL’s summer heat – for my husband and myself. And a really nice way to visit kids and grands.

3 years ago


3 years ago

Enjoyment. Traveling in North America and seeing the sites in comfort. (mmm.. that might be 4 words?)

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Rick

“4 words,” Rick? 😀 —Diane at

Karen Willis
3 years ago

Convenience. I hate carrying in, unpacking and repacking to spend a night in a motel. With my RV, everything I need is always at hand.

Marty Mapson
3 years ago


Doreen Brannan
3 years ago

Escape. Get away.

3 years ago


Renee from Idaho
3 years ago

It’s the Great Away!

3 years ago

Travel. Nice to pick up and go

Bob Godfrey
3 years ago

North America has so much beauty to see that’s why.

Rory R
3 years ago

Freedom, enjoy and make new friends and simply recharge….

Vanessa Simmons
3 years ago


Ron V
3 years ago

Friends. We go camping with a Good Sam chapter and enjoy time with friends. Before the 5th wheel we tent camped and enjoyed the outdoors and exploring.

3 years ago

It’s invigorating.

3 years ago

Freedom, pets, wife uncomfortable on long car rides, knowing when I plan to start a trip I can be sure we will start then and complete in a timely manner.

Kim VanSchoonhoven
3 years ago


Gerald Fuller
3 years ago

Fun – As the Cat in the Hat said “it’s fun to have fun but you have to know how.”

Ken Lailer
3 years ago

“Relaxation” – and the reason is the getting away part. Free from the stressors of home life. (the maintenance, upkeep, cleaning, and so on).

3 years ago


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