RVs are toxic trailers. People like artificial colors and smells and cheapness. Fossil fuels make them cheaper – carpets, paints, particle board, plywood — as bad as houses. RV’s roll in earthquakes may be as dangerous as a collapsing house. Rv’s become projectiles in tornadoes and hurricanes.
Tents can be safer and much less to take care of and haul. Frequently moving to follow the best weather and events you need to go to you need a tent in a small good mileage vehicle.
Sew / knit your own tents using natural wool, etc. Tents should double as balloons. If SHTF fill it with hydrogen gas and escape by air. Leave your vehicle with ticking time bomb. Equip vehicle to run on hydrogen gas and use solar panels to keep tank filled with liquid hydrogen. Balloon should be big enough to park on top of so it will not blow away in tornado or hurricane. Wrap tent/balloon around the vehicle to protect windshield from hail. Partly inflated is good insulation – the best insulator is a vacuum – hydrogen is the lightest gas closest to vacuum.
Get rid of all electronics. Mushroom forager: One thing he doesn’t bring on his treks: GPS devices. “I think they dumbify people,” Mr. Faber says. “Whenever you hear about someone getting lost in the woods, they almost always have a GPS with them.”
Believe it or not, many U.S. state governments and the government of Canada require the use of toxic chemicals in tents – all kinds of tents, from children’s play tents to camping tents to circus tents – even though the chemicals have been proven harmful and they often provide minimal benefit. The states with these laws are Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan, and California. (New Jersey also requires these chemicals in sleeping bags.)
I treat our tent a few times a year with a waterproofing spray because we love to go camping. I was very disturbed to read last month in the New York Times that waterproofing sprays can be very dangerous to the respiratory system. What do you suggest that we use instead? And for our boots in the winter? Lanolin, beeswax, and linseed oil are often used as natural waterproofers.
The Pros and Cons of RVing Solo
I took the smallest RV available, a 16-foot camper that sleeps three. It had a bathroom, fridge, stovetop, sink, table seating for four and a lounge chair at the side. With full hookup, it had electrical, water, and toilet facilities. Here is my pros and cons list.
Pros for RV Camping
• An RV is self-contained. With a fully equipped RV, at the right campground you have all the basics of home.
• In bad weather you are completely protected.
• You’re really mobile. Take down the curtains from the night, toss the bed back together, and you can be on the road in 10 minutes.
• It’s easy to experience several different landscapes or even towns and cities in the course of a week or two.
• Storing things, getting dressed… it’s all easy.
• You can lock the doors of the vehicle for safety.
Cons for RV Camping
• Most RV parks are more like parking lots than parks.
• Where you stay is determined by your vehicle, its size and the hookups you want.
• RV parks are expensive ranging from $30 to $60 per night.
• Because everything is in the RV and because the park is not appealing, I found myself not spending a lot of time outside.
• The maintenance of life includes cleaning counter tops, sweeping the floor, making beds and then unmaking them in the morning and storing the sheets…
• People are friendly but they retire inside their RV early at night. (But not always.)
• Traveling by RV is expensive. Even my small RV consumed a lot of gas.
The Pros and Cons of Tent Camping Solo
First, I need to be clear. I car camp. It’s not wilderness camping. In the Hardwood Hills section I couldn’t see my neighbors. So my car is nearby with a cooler, food box, and other supplies. In addition, I have a three-man tent and a fly over the table for protection from rain and things falling from the trees. It’s pretty simple. Here are the pros and cons.
Pros for Tent Camping
• The campgrounds are located in natural terrain whether they be forests or semi-arid vegetation.
• You’re outside all the time. The tent is really just for sleeping. I LOVE this.
• There are no beds to set up at night. You just crawl in the tent.
• Regular campsites for tents are inexpensive running about $23 per night in a provincial park in Canada.
• The maintenance of life involves cooking food, cleaning dishes and lighting a fire – that’s it.
• Traveling is cheap when you use your own car. (Mine is small and very fuel efficient.)
• Most campgrounds offer comfort stations with shower and laundry facilities.
• Any campsite will do in a pinch.
Cons for Tent Camping
• Rain can make tent camping less pleasant.
• Getting dressed can be a challenge in a small tent.
• With all the dirt around, you get dirtier.
• It takes more time and effort to get back on the road as you have to pack up the tent, etc.
• You may not feel as safe since there is only nylon between you and the rest of the world.