NEWBIE TENT CAMPING in the WOODS (SOLO!)



As a TENT CAMPING newbie, I overnight camp alone with my dog Princess in the dark, scary woods. Will I make it??? A tent vs RV camping experiment!

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I love RV camping in my small RV the Little Guy Max Trailer but I was wondering how to tent camp and if I’d like this camping style as much. So, I spend a SOLO overnight tent camping with my dog Princess at a campsite in the woods, located at Frontenac State Park in Minnesota to find which is better… tenting life or RV life.

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42 thoughts on “NEWBIE TENT CAMPING in the WOODS (SOLO!)

  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    🤩✨✴️🌠 ARE YOU TEAM RV CAMPING OR TEAM TENT CAMPING???? Cast your vote below! (This is going to be interesting!)

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Tent camping! Maybe an RV someday when pitching a tent gets old. It would be fun to retire and travel the country in an RV.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    I started in a tent, moved up to a SylvanSport tent trailer (still love it) and now have a T@b 320. Funny that you say tent camping is easier for a weekend. I found it much more time consuming to gather everything I would need plus set up camp vs. dropping my stabilizer jacks and cracking a beer! 🙂 My T@b also lets me get out in less than perfect weather and not have to come home and spread everything out to dry in the driveway. Definitely Team RV! 🙂

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Wait until you tent camp in a thunder and lightening storm for 3 hours and then wake up in the morning with slugs and daddy long legs all over the outside of your tent….good times. Last summer I started out tent camping then went to camping in my car. This summer I bought a T@b 320s…Heaven!!

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    We do both, mostly rv camping but each summer we camp 3 times off a sandbar on the Wisconsin river

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Charge your batteries, be prepared hehe🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Watch your step when exiting your tent!!!!! Purchase heavy tent stakes!!!!! Learn when there's concern ha ha ha !!!!!!

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    I would have moved ur cmpr out from under the oak tree dropping acorns on ur roof it could damage ur roof cool u tried tent cmpn' u did good with the tie dwn strings and in the wind u did right by staking them too however nxt to the knot on the end of string that loop is meant to tighten the sting so it won't be so long also use the bright neon orange marking tape / ribbon the kind used at construction sites to tie on to the string tie dwns make it like ribbon hanging every few inches apart so u don't trip over the tied dwn strings hope ur ok from falling cmpr trlr is best 4 me however tent is fun too that's my opinion tho keep walking tall prayers 4 u bless great healthy peaceful safe journeys travels and happy camping
    🚐🏕👍👍💪🙂👍👍

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    OMG Randi!!! Isn't that the same play that the Blair Witch Project took place? LOL!!!

    I've done a lot of tent camping and primitive back country horse camping. The best thing about the RV is that you don't have to pack up the kitchen, food and clothes. Well, just put the groceries away once and you're done. Honestly, I think I prefer the RV life. But I actually proposed to my wife on a tent camping trip. My wife, The Lovely Ms. Tina, convinced me soon thereafter that we needed an RV because she just wasn't going to go tent camping anymore. In retrospect I probably shouldn't have dragged her across Arizona and New Mexico in a truck and tent camping along the way when she was 7 months pregnant… That somewhat ended her fun. Anyway, I got conned into purchasing an old over-the-cab camper which I hated because it was build to be put on a one ton truck yet I had a 1/2 ton. I almost killed the whole family in a wind storm… So I got rid of that and I bought a small, very old, RV bumper pull trailer and it was heavy and scary to pull. But we did use it for a while then we got away from it. Then one day I decided to trade it in for an upgrade. I got a 24' bumper pull with bunk beds. It was great for a couple of years then the kids got too big for the bunkhouse beds and we didn't have enough room for them and the kids went outside in the tent… They loved it in the tent. We loved it in the RV 😉 … But we are eventually going to be full time living in our 5th wheel.
    I believe each type of camping has an advantage but I like the security of the RV, the comfort of the bed, and the ability to use the kitchen without having to pack up everything each time you use it. I also like that when we are full time we will be simply moving our house to a new location.
    By the way, those plastic clips are a way to tighten the ropes on the tent without having to pull up the tent steaks. They were all the way out but you can use them to slide up the rope to shorten the string and give you a bit more tension on the tent strings.
    Thanks again for such a great video…
    Pat

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    I'm 73 and using a tent for all my camping. People say how difficult it is to set up compared to an RV. Heck, I've seen people spend 20 minutes just trying to fit the RV on the site. How convenient is it to pay $$$ for an RV and something to haul it? How long do you wait in the dump station line when leaving? How about winter storage and all the upkeep? I see RVs in driveways that go from the garage to the road cluttering up the yardI. roll up my tent and put it on a shelf til next time. i might not mind a small RV but nothing too extravagant.

    To each his own but I like the simple things in life. When camping I spend very little time at the campsite because I'm on the go all the time. Pretty much just sleep at the site.

    I just don't want to do all the upkeep to an RV. Tent camping is way less time consuming IMO.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    We started with tent camping. Later a class A. Sold it. Looking for something smaller and noticed in your video you are using a jeep to pull with. Can you tell me what your jeep capacity has that can accommodate pulling a small trailer??!! We really want to get a larger jeep. We currently have the two door one that we toad with our class A.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Your ignorance is stunning. Your lack of basic outdoor skills is obvious. Parking your RV is not "camping". You can learn more. Take a class in outdoorsmanship…. you will learn a great deal.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    That was great, but I'm afraid I would not be able to walk not sleeping on our Froli sleep system. PS: Did you bring bear spray?

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Team tent for me , there are some beautiful places in this world an rv just cant get to , i just did my first solo wild camp in a tent and loved it , videos on my channel if anyones interested , keep up the good work , had to laugh at you falling over tent 😂

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    If I had an RV, I’d be team RV. Brad and I have gone tent camping in a tent designed to fit on the bed of his truck. Fun. But a little too small for us. Great video! Thanks for sharing your weekend with us!

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Bom linda princesa voce esta bem menina linda esta tenda e linda voce e uma magnifica menina beijos linda

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    We are team tiny camper. Our camper is not much bigger than your tent 🙂 another excellent video Randi

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Tent camper here, but would love to be able to afford an rv someday!

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Does anybody know what kind of grill she was using and where to get one if you can order it online please let me know and her chair was like a rockers in really know where to get that too just let me know thank you

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    we are camper shell people it has everything we need. glad you figured out to stake those ties.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Team rv for me mostly, but my favorite camping experience of all was tent camping in the mountains by a stream. I wouldn't have enjoyed being in our rv nearly as much but the weather was fantastic, no rain. We were with rv 'ers and I felt bad for them because I loved sleeping outside listening to the stream. However, most times aren't this idealic so the rv wins overall.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Tent camper for decades. Now fancy tents are my guest houses. But I always do tents you can stand in and raised airbeds. Aka glamping. Those are tie outs. They are for the wind. One rule on tent camping. You want a lot of insulation below you like twice as much as on top of you. The ground will such your warmth so you need lots of insulation under you. But I now love my little guy max. But when people stay in my guest house tents they are not roughing it. Looks like you had fun.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Wow Randi, what a fun video. I'm camp tent for now but still planning on RV camp. I wish I could move as good as you do, when I climb out of tent I know I'm almost 55. Pretty sure princess prefers the camper.
    You have totally up your game on the videos, keep up the good work.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    Silly girl! RV camping is for me! Sleeping until 8 am so I assume it went ok. Did Princess do OK all night? Cute video. Thanks for sharing.

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  • January 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm
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    We have done both and I am definitely team RV now. I remember many cold nights deliberating whether I really needed to go to the bathroom bad enough to get out of the sleeping bag.

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