It is simply a running thread of the experiences of Ara and Spirit who are on a sort of a unique rv vennture; tenting with a motorcycle over a period of several years. We just thought this 'alternative' approach may be of interest to the readers.
MNRon, I really enjoy taking my lathe with me at times. It is quiet, yet does cause a curiosity of many campers as they walk by and lends to some great conversations. I usually carry a few 'small blanks' I can turn and use as 'give aways' when people stop by, such as wine stoppers, pens/pencils, book marks, etc.
I am a bit older than you so I do have to watch at what angle I lift relatively heavy objects.
You didn't give your age, OP. I also have carried a lathe at times and really enjoyed it but it was for turning between centers and not a bowl lathe. Mine weighted a max of 75 lbs. I think it depends where you are going to store it. I found it quite a strain on my back to load and unload it from a storage compartment due to the angle I had to bend. I suggest you keep your weight to a minimum. I also spread a small tarp below the table when I was turning to be able to collect the shavings and not leave a mess in the campground.
As far as COE, Core of Engineers, campgrounds, please don't let getting a 5th wheeler, or even a smaller class A discourage you. We have a 40' class A and enjoy many COE parks in many states. Just check on line as to what size the campsites are and you will be fine. :)
It also depends if you are staying over a weekend or during the week; as well as if you are going into an area where rvers tend to go, ie; south for the winter and north in the summer. We do make reservations a few days ahead of time, and few places we have found charge you if you let them know sufficiently in advance you won't be able to make it. We prefer to not have to be concerned if a site is available. It is a matter of individual preference. :)