I got an email yesterday from someone who needed clarification on a couple of things and said he wanted to pick my brain. My first thought was, “that should only take half a minute or so.”
He said that he refers to his Jayco travel trailer, which he and his family use just about every weekend they can, weather permitting, as his camper. But he said a friend that they camp with a lot constantly corrects him and tells him it is a recreational vehicle, not a camper. According to this friend, campers are pop-up tent units and that anything with a bathroom, stove and refrigerator is a recreational vehicle.
He also said that when he told somebody he had a tow behind camper, the same friend insisted quite loudly that that was not the correct term, it is a towable. He said he didn’t want to sound dumb so he was hoping I could straighten him out on the correct terminology.
My first thought was, the only dumb thing you’re doing is hanging around that jerk. Call it whatever you like. I’m never sure where people like this come up with the rulebook. It’s kind of like the debate about boondocking versus dry camping. There are some people who will insist that boondocking is only done out in the middle of the desert or the forest, far from the nearest campground of any kind or any other modern convenience, and that dry camping is done in a friend’s driveway or a business parking lot without hookups. As far as I’m concerned they are one and the same, but then again, I don’t have the rulebook, so what do I know?
Folks, don’t get bogged down on terms. It doesn’t matter if you are in a camper, a recreational vehicle, or an RV, or if you’re dry camping, or boondocking, or if you’re in a campground or an RV park.
Are you having fun? If so, that’s all that matters.
And if you’ve got a “friend” who feels it’s very important to correct you on every little thing like that, maybe you need to find a new camping buddy.
Over 100 people have already entered our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small town in Ohio in 1951. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – People who live to be 90 years old have a greater chance of living to be 100 than people who die at age 80.