Winter tenting has its benefits


Winter camping is an adventure and fun that not everyone takes advantage of. We bought a camper a few years ago and the first one we bought wasn’t a four season camper. Of course winter came and we had to winterize it and basically put it away until spring. When we traded it in and bought a four season motorhome from Parkland RV in Leadington we went to the dealer and told the owner what we were looking for and they set us up.

We bought a 32ft pull-along camper for year-round use. We fish it all over the state and even as far as Florida. It’s our second home. I can honestly say we made a great purchase. Buying an RV was one of the best ideas we’ve ever had. Not only can you camp in an RV, but we travel and work from there whenever we feel the need to be outdoors. I know it’s a big expense, but having an RV has brought us closer together and given us the opportunity to have adventures that don’t usually happen. Of course we work from home or wherever we are, it makes a big difference.

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We have many funny stories from the street. Some of them are that I forget or just don’t have important things with us. Little did I know that a standard wheel wrench would not fit my RV’s wheels. I found this out the hard way on a freeway in Missouri’s Bootheel at the bottom of a 12-hour drive from Florida. Another time, in February, we showed up at Montauk State Park while leaving my 50-30 amp adapter at home. An hour drive later we had a new one while everything and everyone was freezing – or at least thought they were.

During the colder months, you can go to pretty much any open campground across the state and get a spot. In the warmer months of the year you can sometimes struggle to find a vacancy if you don’t book months in advance. There’s something about waking up on a cold, crisp morning, lighting a fire and sipping a hot cup of coffee while watching the sunrise almost all to yourself at a campsite that’s usually packed. You can hike trails and visit places that are usually crowded and be almost the only person around.

If you look at attractions like Elephant Rocks or really any other state park in Missouri, you can see sides of it that you can’t see in the summer. Since the trees are leafless, bring a camera and/or binoculars and spot wildlife and the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozarks. So, long story to get my point across that winter and fall camping can be just as fun as summer camping as long as you are prepared. Thanks for reading and see you next week.