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Lame Excuse #1004: I Can’t Do Burning Man without an RV

August 30, 2009

Lame excuse why you can’t go to Burning Man #1004: I don’t have an RV and can’t afford to rent one/they’re all rented.

Personally? Honestly? I wish they’d ban all RVs/trailers/etc over say 18′. Seriously.

You will have a totally different, more primal and wild experience if you’re NOT in an RV, if  you’re out there in the elements, going for a week without a shower.

Yes, an RV protects you, but it also shields you from the full impact, the full brunt of the event. Inside an RV, you can’t interact with your neighbors, only watch them, turning you into an spectator instead of a participant.

Back in the days before so many people rented RVs, Black Rock City, home to Burning Man, had more of a “front-porch” environment where people interacted with their neighbors. Now people “circle the wagons” and they interact with each other inside the circle of RVs rather than making new friends.

Sure, I’d love (LOVE!!) the quiet that the enclosed, insulated shelter provides, an escape from the heat and the mayhem.

But, ahem, well, hmmn. Guess I’ll leave the rest of my opinions on this to myself and repeat the point:

You can survive AND enjoy Burning Man without an RV.

You do need a tent or a teepee or the back of a pickup or a van or a trailer or to camp with a group of people who have a shade structure where you can sleep, but you don’t need an RV.

If I get some time between madly rushing around getting ready to go to Burning Man without an RV, I’ll post some tips!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2009 2:32 pm

    Hey, I had an RV, and I still wouldn’t go…. :-)

  2. September 1, 2009 2:54 pm

    Yes but Jeff you never said you wanted to go BUT you couldn’t because you didn’t have an RV…

    How are you?? Are you back from Europe? I should go visit your blog and see what’s up!

  3. September 1, 2009 7:52 pm

    Still here, just got to Amsterdam day, will be here for the next three weeks….artists residency at: http://steim.org/ an awesome place…

    Have fun at Burning Man, aren’t YOU staying in an RV of sorts…. ;-)

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