Happy Campers Part III
The RV is what the pioneers wish they had. It is a home away from home and a way to enjoy the wilderness in a somewhat civilized fashion.
For the Lindemann family of Draper, RVing creates happy memories and close bonds with friends and family. Jerry and Collette started camping with a tent trailer when their kids were little. Later they graduated to a hard-side travel trailer, and then a motorhome. Now they go in style with a fifth wheeler, also called an all-season trailer, because it allows them to go off-road. Their 26-foot trailer is more durable than luxury RVs and a semi-hitch allows them to pull a boat or trailer full of four-wheelers behind the RV.
“It’s not fancy,” says Jerry Lindemann, but with a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, it’s the family’s rolling hotel room.
There are two kinds of RV camping, rough and hookups,” says Collette Lindemann. “We do ‘rough’ (or dry) camping.” They pack in their own water, use a generator for the lights, microwave
and television, and propane for the stove, fridge, heater, and water heater. “RV camping is comfortable and you have all your amenities,” she says.
Packing is easier, too. They can pack three-to-four days worth of food, which lasts longer in the fridge than a cooler. “After we get back I clean and repack and we’re ready to go for the next time,” says Colette. They can also bring their dog, Shelby.
Negatives include dumping sewage, gas mileage (12-13 mpg with just the trailer and 9 mpg with the boat or extra trailer), and it takes longer to drive. But according to Jerry, “You can’t put a price on a good time.”§