I went GA in 07 and have been going VIP ever since. I love VIP, wouldn't do it any other way at this point. We've always had good neighbors and really enjoyed the vibe in VIP.
That said, after having zero problems camping in GA we had stuff stolen out of our tents in VIP camping in 08. It happened while we were at MGMT on Thursday night and although it was just a few cell phones it put a damper on our first night and we ended up heading to bed early before shaking it off the next day and having an awesome time. Just be on your guard no matter where you camp... I think generally speaking VIP is more secure but I would hate to see this happen to someone else, it really is an awful feeling to find that someone has ripped through your stuff.
I personally LOVED LOVED LOVED the GA vibes. There were ppl just coming in shmoking with us, others trying to sell us stuff that I didn't think I need until then I saw lots AND LOTS of people totally blitzed and I love it - GET WASTEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
so many people let their freak flag fly way high. I LOVE U BONNAROO
Next year GA RV
I've been GA twice, GA RV once and VIP (tent) once. I think the GA RV had the worst sense of community. It felt like everyone was already with their own group of 6-8 people and w/ people huddling inside the AC it felt much more "closed door". I didn't feel the same openness in the RV area where you could just sit down with a new group of folks and hang out for a while.