Pretend Campers …

Open the door and let me run.

A friend of mine “claims that he is a full timer*” in California.  A lot of people in this medium (BCM,BNO,BCI and around the net) claim they are full timers, but are they?  If you are hooked up to a pole somewhere in the nation or living out your dream in a WalMart parking lot, does this make you a full timer?

All of us need a base plate, insurance, medical needs, some own property in one location or another.  So how does this meet the criteria of being on the road “full time?”  To the casual observer, some of this appears to be a factual statement on the bus lifestyle.

Here is the rub, you sit in your house day after day, you are not a full timer.  Jerking a trailer around the states doing your thing, believe it or not, makes you commercial and subject to “big fines” when caught, full timing or not.  DOT will not recognize you as a full-timer by any stretch of the imagination.

My friend in Pismo Beach, California “has to move once a year,” he has set times to be in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at his membership campground.  Then after his mandatory annual stay he moves from there, to a free spot at the Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, Nevada near Henderson.

All the time boasting he is a “Full Timer” while sucking off the pole, just like a few name-less souls who haunt these boards and claim they are the same.  One thing about the Internet and America. 

We are really good at fooling everyone, and in some cases, ourselves. 

When someone inquires of our bus lifestyle, I try to be honest about it, and just say …. “We are Pretend Campers” and we just love it. 

Please excuse me for pin-pointing another absurdity of life, and then like the fool I am, posting about it.  Mondays are usually pretty slow, and hard on wanna-be bus board over-achievers such as myself.

But it does keep me outta the beer joints … and that works for me.

Watch those right-handers.


Full-timing is a term used among motorhome individuals and families who live “full-time” in their motorhome or RV. Such mobile individuals are often called full-timers. Full-timing is a world-wide activity, and there are many bloggers who record their day-to-day life on the road. The term has been discussed in publications since around 1993.  More information can be found here.

One thought on “Pretend Campers …

  1. So true Oakie. We consider ourselves fulltimers as we own no property. I’d say half the year we are sucking of the pole in various locales across the USA. The other half we are boondocking somewhere or staying with friends and family. We are definitely not “Campers”. We have been there and done that. I can’t say that camping is a whole lot of fun after a week or two and if you were camping for a month or more forget it. Thats a whole different type of person. We are pretend campers like yourself and enjoy all the benefits of a home. We just like the change of scenery :)

    Keep writing. I love it.

    Your only fan.

    Happy April Fools Day.

    Hey _____, thanks for the comment, it truly made my day. I have had a bad week of being raked over the coals by some a few of those Bus Toads, and your comment lifted me up.

    Pretend Campers was an off shoot of the Full Timer piece, which is also another dog that did not hunt over there. Real hard room to work as they say.

    As usual, they missed the mark completely, the article was about “a friend of mine who THINKS he is a full timer, when in reality, he is just fooling himself. He is well structured, has to be here and there, at certain times, and pretty much locked down with no provisions for outside travel. That is not full timing to me.

    Oh well, you win a few and you lose a few. The only important thing as I see it, is suiting up for the game. Thanks for the comment.

    Don Smith


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