The Ultimate Debate: Tent vs RV Camping

Rv Camping or Tent Camping?

RV camping or Tent camping? Outdoor enthusiasts have been debating which gives a better experience since the Recreational Vehicle was invented.

If you’re debating which camping variation to try on your next vacation, we’ve rated both in a few categories that are essential to every good camping trip, to try and settle the debate.

Camping Comfort

RV Camping Interior

Does this look comfortable to you? – Source

In terms of comfort, tenting can’t hold a candle to RV camping, considering you may be holding a candle just to have a light source in your tent. RVing means real beds, indoor kitchen and dining room, electricity, private shower with hot water and most important of all, flush toilets.

While tenting may have you feeling closer to nature, you may be wishing you had an RV while trying to fall sleep with nothing but a sleeping bag between you and the cold, hard ground.

Winner: RVing


Tent camping is the ultimate frugal activity. Equipment is affordable, site fees are very low, and all you REALLY need to worry about bringing along is food and clean water. RVs obviously have a much higher starting cost (even the most basic motorhome will start at $50,000 minimum) not to mention fuel, propane, electricity, insurance, and significantly higher site fees.

When it comes to bang for your buck, the choice is simple.

Winner: Tenting

Packing for your Trip

The most frustrating part of any camping trip is packing. Forgetting one crucial item can make-or-break an otherwise awesome trip. So which is easier to pack for – RVing or tenting? Tenting’s simplicity is nice, but the amount of equipment required can cause headaches. Lost a tent-pole? Didn’t pack a grill? Forgot the air mattress? You’re out of luck. With an RV, pretty much everything is self-contained and ready to roll to the campground when you are. It’s very difficult to forget your grill when it’s packed in your RV storage compartment.

Winner: RVing

Tent Camping in the Great outdoors

Tent Camping in the Great outdoors – Source


The “Get-Away” Factor

Let’s face it – the goal of most camping trips is the feeling of “getting away from it all” that so many of us crave when the summer months roll around. So between an RV and a tent, which method of camping let’s you “get away” most effectively?

With an RV, you can roll away to just about any destination, but with electricity, TV, air conditioning and even WiFi, are you truly leaving the technological world behind? When you go camping in a tent, you can hear the the sounds of nature, cook with fire, and sleep under the stars. When it comes to leaving the rest of the world behind, tenting takes the cake.

Winner: Tenting

Camping Relaxation

Which form of camping is the most relaxing? That’s a tricky question. With RVing you have more amenities and, arguably, less to worry about. With tenting, you have less stresses of modern-day living and are more able to get in touch with nature. So the question is – how do you relax?

Does relaxing mean listening to your Spotify playlist beside the campfire? Or does it mean having nothing but the sound of the leaves rustling and the birds chirping to listen to? The answer is up to you.

Winner: No Contest

Yes, we know this seems like a cop out, but the truth is, you can’t go wrong with either tent camping or RVing. Both have their plusses and minuses, and the choice depends on your personal tastes.

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