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Fewer People Camping In Tents These Days

This summer millions of Americans will leave their homes and go camping, but in this day and age, people are taking the comforts of home with them.

Most spaces at campgrounds are filled with motor homes and luxurious RV's, few people are outdoors camping the old fashioned way, with a tent.

The Telle family pulled into their spot early Friday afternoon. They're here to enjoy nature, and to escape from city life.

"I'm actually looking forward to it because I haven't been camping in a long time, and actually I quite miss it," camper Jacqueline Telle said.

They say camping is a family treat where their money goes a long way.

"We enjoy the out doors and we would probably have an RV if it was within our budget but raising a young family we're doing what we can, and we enjoy the outdoors at all," Alabama resident Mark Telle said.

For many of us, setting up a tent could take hours, this family did it in no time flat.

"I like my comfort, we don't go that often, maybe twice a year, we've had the tent a while, when we first got it, it took us longer than that. I like the screen for the south cause of the bugs and mosquitos, and so on, that helps us out," Mark Telle said.

Camping isn't everything it used to be. For instance, at the national seashore it costs $14 to rent a campsite, and for two dollars more you can use electricity, and some have done just that; they've hooked up their air conditioner to their tent to keep cool.

Air conditioners aren't the only comforts you'll find at the campground. Few people rough it in tents anymore. You mainly see motor homes, with everything, including television and satellite dishes.

But not everyone needs all those comforts from home. The Telle family says camping out isn't that big of an adjustment.

"Sleeping bags, they're a bit hot, but actually it seems like I'm sleeping on my bed back at the house," camper Christina Telle said.

I doubt many of us would agree with that statement, but can we even remember the last time we got in a sleeping bag?

A tent can cost anywhere from $50 to more than $1,000. Like any product, make sure to decide which amenities you need before making a purchase.

By Nathan Mihelich

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