If you enjoy the great outdoors, there’s nothing better than camping. The problem is that some people find themselves in a situation where the only place they seem to be able to camp safely and pitch a tent is in an RV park. But can you do it and should you bother?
Pitching a Tent in an RV Spot
If you are in a situation where you need to use an RV spot to pitch your tent, you should always check with the site first. In fact, some RV sites will specifically state that there are no tents and no camps allowed on-site.
Other RV sites will have areas set aside where tent camping is allowed. In these cases, there is a difference between the RV area and the tent camping area.
It is always wise to check first before pitching your tent. Some RV sites don’t actually have room for safe tent pitching anyway, so these are best avoided.
Why You Shouldn’t Tent Camp in an RV Spot
Having said all of that, there are actually some good reasons why you might want to avoid tent camping in an RV spot, or an RV park:
1 – It Can Be Crowded
RVs are really popular and most RV parks will prioritize RVs. What this means is that you can be pitching your little tent in an area that’s either not made for tents, or is squished in between RVs.
RV parks like this can be pretty crowded places too. If you enjoy your peace and quiet, do you really want to be dealing with noisy neighbors on all sides?
2 – They Can Be Distracting
A lot of RV parks these days feature such niceties as huge outdoor TV screens for people. Lots of RVs also have big screens that flip out to the side and allow for people to sit outside and watch.
If you love camping, the question you really need to be asking yourself is this: why do I want to spoil the serenity of nature with all of those big screen TVs in an RV park? The fact is that if you’re camping, you probably deliberately left your TV behind at home.
3 – The Expense
RV parks these days feature a lot of extras, such as free internet, per site sewage, water, electricity, recreation facilities, and bathroom amenities. That all has to be paid for, and this is reflected in the entry fees.
Typically, proper campgrounds are much less expensive than RV parks. If you’re used to roughing it a little, why would you want the extra expense of an RV park?
4 – RV Parks Are not Relaxing
The big problem for many committed campers is that RV parks are not really quiet at all. In fact, modern RV parks are more like small towns than anything else. There are noisy TVs, people riding around on bikes and ATVs, and other consumer dreams. If you love camping, an RV park is not going to be your ideal serenity and peace on Earth.
While you can often pitch a tent in an RV spot, you might find it noisy, cramped, and not what you were looking for. But if you really have to do it, just do some research first and read the signs around the RV park.