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Camping - Tenting Vs. the RV Lifestyle

There's no denying it, for many people, camping is a great family activity and there are two popular ways to enjoy this type of adventure - a traditional tent or an RV. So, if you are planning a camping trip with your family what is the best choice for you? Should you plan to get close to nature by pitching a tent or are you more comfortable with a roof over your head? Exploring the pros and cons of tent and RV camping can help you make the best decision for your family.

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Tent Camping

For many, a big benefit to tent camping is affordability. A basic tent can be purchased for less than $100, so you can explore the fun of camping without spending too much. A tent can be set up nearly anywhere, even in your own backyard and a smaller tent can be carried in a backpack. Plus, some facilities offer tent camping even if they don't have RV hookups. However, there are downfalls. Tents can be blown down in bad weather and a tent doesn't provide much protection from rain or animals. Additionally, a tent does not provide refrigeration, restrooms and other amenities that you'll find in an RV. Tent camping can be a bit rougher, but it gives you a great chance to get close to nature and explore the outdoors. Many national parks offer tent camping sites, some even include electricity so you can recharge your cell phone, cook on an electric burner or utilize other extras that may not be found in other locations.

RV Camping

RV camping has pros and cons. A modern RV is almost like being in a house on wheels. It can be quite appealing even for those who are a little hesitant about camping. Additionally, most RVs are climate controlled. If you don't already have an RV, getting started can be quite expensive. However, there are companies that rent RVs to give you the opportunity to try out the experience before you commit to purchasing one. The gas or diesel and other maintenance expenses can be costly. Additionally, there are some remote camping locations that are inaccessible with a recreational vehicle. According to, the National Park system in the United States is one of the best places to find a good, consistent RV site wherever you may travel, often with little extras that make it a lot of fun for your entire family. Your best bet is to check ahead at any park you plan to travel and book a spot in advance, if possible, to make sure you don't get stuck with no place to stay!

Whether you decide on RV or tent camping make sure your insurance is up to par before you get out on the road. Contact your local independent insurance agent today for more information about how you can make sure you're protected.

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