I started camping in my early 30s, and now I'm 45, still young - at least I feel like i am lol - and still camping. I see a lot of 30 somethings and even 20 somethings at the CG"s.
I'm not sure where you are camping but I see tons of people in their 30s camping. That is the age when most start.
I will admit though, when I was in my 30s, although I still enjoyed camping, my jetski's were more fun to me so I usually spent more time on weekends racing my seadoos at the lake than settling down at the CG.
I kind of hate to admit it but I have now been on both ends. In my younger single years I spent my winters in Cabo San Lucas in first a tent, then a conversion van, and then a MH. Sometimes the getting there was quite the adventure as the roads and bridges were not so good. I met so many great "older" folks that I have never regretted all those experiences and it influenced me to have goals of following thier footsteps as I grow closer to retirement. Maybe not to cabo though as it has changed from a sleepy village to a mess. Glad I did it when I did. Then did the domestic thing, a couple of great kids, divorce and now moving on with the new DW that I have known for 40+ years. We are off to our new adventure with a great seasonal job in Wyoming next week in our 5th with the dogs. May get into snowbirding or may just come home. The adventure spirit is a grand one, I hope you find it..
My wife and I are the same way. We are both 31 and no kids. We are always the youngest at the campground. Everybody thinks we borrowed our parents camper for the weekend. We are tying to convince our friends to get an rv, but they are not interested.
Yay young people camping! We are 36 and 35 and 10, and notice the same. Why wait until "then" to camp when we can NOW!
We have thought it was the age groups focus in life.
The mid to late 20s are just getting settled after college figuring out the best clubs to get drunk at. Then late 20s to early 30s when the club scene calls them old people, they add a child into the mix, the wife becomes a stay at home mom, or reinforces her career after returning back from maternity leave, and/or has more children. By the mid to late 30s kids get older and start having after school sports and join programs that take up the weekend. All of those activities spill over into summer, reducing the time available, and dad still struggles to get more than 3 days off in a row due to upcoming promotions.
Theres also another generalization to figure out where they are. The mid 30s husband and wife are REALLY active families with 3 to 5 kids, but dad is really into dirt bikes, so they have the toy hauler that has the quads and cr125s and a 400 thumper for dad. They camp alot, but they are at Pismo beach or in the desert blazing the trails, not the national forests or nice scenic trips. You'll also see them triple towing their boats to the lakes or rivers.
We really like camping with the older generations however. A wealth of knowledge, a little lower key, so you can still sleep at night, nosy enough to help keep hooligans out of your site while were off on a day trip, friendly enough to share experiences and introduce new things to do in the area.
Its also nice not to have our age group heavy into camping because they would be filling up all the CGs from here to the Atlantic with their stupid superfast ONLINE reservation computing skills filling up 5 months worth of camping dates in the matter of a minute, removing any chance of an on the whim trip across country getting your reservation from a small booth up front when you get there. Oh wait, that happens now huh?
We're late 30's with an 11 YO son. Bought a used 5er, then downsized/upgraded to a light TT so we've been doing this for the last 4 years I believe. We don't get to go nearly as often as we'd like, with work, school, and other commitments, but go we do, Usually for a week of vacation, a few weekends to a river to paddle, and an annual Thanksgiving end of season trip. (Camping over Thanksgiving is kindof our own tradition, we like it!)
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