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Old 05-31-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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What's the difference? Is it how long you stay in one location or is it how many different places you visit in the same amount of time?

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Old 05-31-2014, 04:21 PM   #2
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a tourer is someone who stays a max of 2 days(to me) in one place. a camper is some one who parks at a campsite andy stays(?).

now you can be partially both. say you tow a trailer/5'er/or big motorhome and tow a car. you set in one place and go on day trips with your tow vehicle/big rv.

In my opinion(just mine) b's are for touring. if i was a camper i would not go with a b.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:55 PM   #3
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gerrym51 is right. Touring is traveling and stopping long enough to take in an area's amenities and then moving on. It's possible it could be longer than 2 days. We were a week in Galveston, TX this spring taking in things that were on our itinerary. Camping is a destination to go to and then go home. Maybe a weekend "camping" is fine for a B but if it is habitual akin to a lake cabin alternative or snow birding, maybe a larger, more comfortable RV solution would be better.

I say all that but am contemplating our next B will afford us longer stays in place. Another question, is, are you a tourer or camper if you drive to Alaska on the Alaska Highway and back? Our experience is every type of RV under the sun was doing that.

But really, the bottom line is a B can generally assumed to be the most convenient RV if traveling every day or every few days and going everywhere possible. A B is linear in travel with little backtracking. A 5th wheel, trailer, or toad is a travel and spoke touring around a radius of out and return in a day. That is not touring to me considering we get down the road someplace and pickup and move on further.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:05 PM   #4
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One more thing. Touring can be confusing. I mentioned the Alaska thing and I came across this couple with two dogs traveling in a Class A and a toad two years ago and have been following their blog ever since. I met them in Talkeetna, AK. I consider them tourers for the most part.

http://ourroadlife.blogspot.com/
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:01 AM   #5
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We fit the definition for a tourer. We seldom state at a campsite for more than a couple of days before moving on to the next National Park, state park, forest, or some cute little town. On a recent trip, we moved to a different state park about 10 miles away after two nights, but stayed in the same area. The first was in a redwood forest and the second overlooked the ocean.

I would say that one of the philosophical differences is that when touring, the journey is part of the destination.
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Here is another thought from our experiences. When we visit our son's house in La Crosse, WI on an inner city street we parallel park in front of the house on a semi busy street. I don't think that is something I would attempt with a Class C or even so called boxy B+ and definitely nothing with a slide. When we visit my daughter's house in Virginia, a townhouse with standard parking stalls in front we fit easily but again would be too wide if a B+ or a slide. When we visit my sisters house in Carmel, IN they have a hoity toity homeowners association that frowns on RVs but we've gotten away with it with our B. If we can find a parking spot we are usually home free. Those are examples of touring. We just are not restricted to the usual RV destinations. If we had a trailer, 5th wheeler or Class A with a toad we would have to seek a campground and then go visit. That's the spoke approach. I guess if we had anything larger than a van like a B+ (C) we would be SOL in those family locations or it would be a major pain in the A.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:39 AM   #7
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I know a guy who takes his family to Lake Tahoe every year to the same CG and they sit there in a tent for a week. They live in Victorville California and take the 395 up and back and have never stopped anywhere along the way. No interest what so ever. What do you call that besides boring? We have used all our motor homes as tourers.from out toyota class Cs to our current 33' Bounder. We have been all over except the southern states because our trips are in summer and we don't do hot and muggy. We never tow because we're almost always moving. When we go.We go. The camper van is only for short local trips with maybe one kid along. I'm slowly grooming my wife for the class B lifestyle in our future. When we retire we will really do some touring and we will want compact and comfortable.
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We do both. With our B being van size and not wide we use if for day trips up Island or even to a shopping centre where my wife shops for grand-kids and the pooch and I relax in PW. We also Camp too from a couple of days to as long as 10 days or even 2 weeks last year. Dont find it cramped as we are outside most of the time including cooking. We also use our B as a second vehicle for hauling boxes and stuff for our various charities we work with ie for underprivileged kids overseas.
Better than using the BMW and risking scratches etc. And, we tour in the BMW too.
On long trips we usually go to commercial rv parks or to Provincial campgrounds. Dont use places like Walmart or side of the road. We also stay at the odd Resort for a week or two but still use our B for day trips and for shopping.

A, B & C Rvs tour or camp but the B is, of course, easier to negotiate those tight turns and small parking lots.
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We tour in our B, but have stayed a week or longer in the Keys during winter months. We usually head out for one to two month trips, and pack in a lot of sightseeing.

What some RVers actually don't get, based on some forum comments I've seen, is how fast you can set up and tear down your "camp" in a B, possibly because big RVs seem to require an hour or longer. So nimble mobility is a major plus.

I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but a class B is ideal for touring everywhere - and really shines in a place like Newfoundland. Easy to explore and turn around on roads that dead-end in scenic fishing outports. Long stretches between places, so the fuel economy was welcome. Much cheaper fare on the ferry, too.
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I haven't had a B for long, but I can already tell this will be the happiest experience with an RV that I've ever had.

My time is in short supply, as is my patience. I don't have time to deal with problematic RV's. The bigger is better midset forgets that bigger and more complicated equals less reliable and needing more maintenance. Love the automotive quality of the exterior. No worries about fiberglass blistering. No worries about leaks. I like that a weekend outing is $50 in gas and not $300.

I like not having to be restricted to campgrounds and can take my B virtually anywhere, often not having to make plans or reservations to enjoy an area.

I like the flexibility to driveway camp at friends or relatives homes as mentioned above.

I like being able to turn around if I took a wrong turn. I like popping into a grocery store. parking in a regular space and getting supplies on my way out of town (ever try to take your RV to Costco?). I like being able to pop in to just about any gas station and not have to worry if there is a "way out" that doesn't involve backing up, or checking if I'll hit the canopy.

I like setting the cruise on the highway, at the posted speed limit, and not having to watch out for approaching 18 wheelers that will blow me off the road.

Setup is basically setting out my folding chair and extending the awning.

I camp, I tour. Both are a breeze!
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