Camping For People Who Don’t Camp: My Airstream Adventure
By Maria Niles on September 02, 2014
I slept long and hard and woke up the next morning saddened that I couldn’t stay another night. Suddenly the joy of camping made much more sense, especially when it was comprised of essentially staying in a hotel suite with a park outside your door. The beauty of it though was that I was in the great outdoors, even if not as ruggedly beautiful as spaces that require hiking deep into the back country. It was a wonderful, relaxing and restful change of pace from life in the city. I read a book, swung on a swing, slept soundly and could have had, with a tiny bit more preparation and know-how, S’mores with marshmallows roasted over an open fire.
Nothing is perfect however, and the Airstream is no exception. I had a couple of small quibbles such as the configuration of the toilet on a raised platform made it awkward to use and I think a tall person would have a hard, if not impossible time using it or the shower or fitting in the bed. At any height, the bed could likely be described as “cozy” for two if one were feeling charitable. I can’t imagine spending any extended time in the trailer with another person but then I’m not used to sharing my space.
The other considerations would be the need for both a vehicle to tow the trailer and a space to store it when you’re not on the road again. Right now, even if my car could tow the trailer (driver Abe thought perhaps it could handle the smaller 16 foot model), I live in a townhouse and don’t have a backyard, thus my fantasy office idea is moot for now. Another camping-for-the-non-camper option would be to rent an RV instead. However, either with an RV or trailer, heading to a campsite without a complete set of hookups would mean engaging in more of a true camping experience than I would want to contemplate.
Quibbles and personal logistics aside, I’d go on an Airstream adventure again any day. And even though purists (or most people, even) might not consider it the real thing, I’m thrilled I not only survived but thrived while camping. If you can, give it a try. I’ll bet you’ll love it, too.
Disclosure: I was provided use of an Airstream trailer and a KOA campsite for one night to facilitate this review. I was not compensated for my post. All opinions are my own.
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