Our group of paddler/hikers will be going to Florida in March for an annual outing. We are staying at a SP that has a campground and cabins. One of the couples in our group has a 32' Fifth-wheel, but have decided not to go since the cabins are all booked. They say camping is "just too much trouble". During the discussion, two other couples joined in saying they had RV's in the past but agreed that getting them packed and ready, towing them to a destination, etc. "wasn't worth it". What isit with these people? They are active adults, not couch potatoes. Why did they buy an RV in the first place? This Rant has been brought to you courtesy of lizzie.
WOW! If they think packing up & going RVing is work, try what we did for a weekend of boating.
Our boat was kept away from shore on a revolving mooring, not at a dock outside our house which would make it similar to packing up an RV.
For us it was pack 3 55qt coolers plus everything else needed into car. Drive to boat club where we had a 14' skiff (on a revolving mooring too.)
Unload car, walk stuff down 1 flt of stairs, get launch small dinghy to row out to skiff. Bring skiff to dock, load stuff into skiff, travel about 15 min to another bay where 'big' boat was kept. Transfer stuff from skiff to big boat, put it all away, do all the required engine checks etc before finally getting underway.
And so it was every Friday night May to end of Sep reversing the procedure Sun evening.
Time on the boat...priceless.
By comparison traveling by RV is no trouble at all.
Boat: 32' 1996 Albin 32+2, single Cummins 315hp
40+ night per year overnighter
Obviously, they've had some unfavorable experiences.
We are lucky to have an RV pad in our back yard...so we generally leave it stocked. We throw in the clothes, Food, Hitch-up, check the tire pressures, load the GPS and off we go. We don't have to winterize. We've got a nice routine down --- it makes it very easy, actually.
I don't know what their situation is... maybe the RV is difficult to get to, difficult to maneuver out of where they keep it, too close to other RV's to access the doorway, have maintenance issues that need tending to before they can use it again, haven't refilled the Propane...whatever --- for some reason it's a hassle.
ME, I HATE hotels. I would rather stay in my RV then just about anywhere while we travel. We use it every month to go somewhere...and I look forward to the next time almost every hour of every day.
You might say: RVing agrees with me and my wife...our two Samoyeds...
Sure wish their circumstances were different. I don't think they know what they're missing out on.
If I were them...I'd sell it so that someone that actually likes to go camping could put it to good use... Just sayin' --- it's not like it's going to be a good investement to sell at a latter date or anything.
You know, I think they really do want to go. They have gone everytime in the past when they could get cabins. I think they may be a little afraid of pulling their unit. They bought it big so their grandchildren could travel with them. GK's are now in their teens and not so interested. It is also stored about 20 miles from their house and I think the organizational task is overwhelming to them. We left our TT in south Alabama for the winter but we can load the "tupper totes" and be on the road in two hours. Maybe we should start an RV organizer service, we could call it Not Too Much Trouble. lizzie