When you’re in Death Valley NP and you hear a mountain lion kill a wild donkey about 50 ft from your car as you’re about to set up the tent…you sleep in the car. : camping

This was last December. I had pulled up to the campsite at about 10-11pm. I heard every last gasp from that donkey. All my neighboring campers heard it as well. I’m usually not “scared” of anything when it comes to camping, however from being fatigued from driving and hearing that I wasn’t taking any chances.

Aside from that, car camping can be legit.