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Old 05-15-2006, 02:58 PM   #15
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That was one of our first trips with the trailer, and I had never heard of age limits then, so we didn't even think about it. But the folks who ran the place were delighted to see our old trailer, and welcomed us in It was quite an experience being towered over by those behemoths! That one is just off I-5 in Centralia, WA.
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:00 PM   #16
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Our favorite Missouri state park continues to be Bennett Spring SP near Lebanon, MO-just off I 44. This trout fishing park has sites ranging from full service in the spring branch valley near the water (easy walk) to wooded partial service to primitive sites higher in the park grounds in heavily wooded areas. Non-campers also can choose from small 4-plex units to newer duplex or more rustic cabins for lodging. Even in the lower Full S section, you'll find good shade, tall trees. For more privacy of sites if you have the blue totes, you'd probably prefer the upper areas. This park has beautiful grounds, picnic areas, hiking, AND a pool for the kids and grownups. You'll find a camp store to take care of fishing/camp needs and a fine restaurant located in the original CCC-built lodge. Everyone enjoys the fish hatchery that is right in the park. Kids can feed the trout which creates quite a stir! This is a campground where I grew up vacationing, so you can see my prejudice in my recommendation for anyone staying in or passing through mid-Missouri. ~G PS, I think this would be a great site for a forum rally of some type.
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:30 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Janet: Never advertised, hard to find, CHEAP and almost always under used. We have found county parks with full facilities in the most scenic places. Usually County parks have good clean facilities and a small but dedicated staff. Here in the NW where state park stays are 20 - 25 dollars a night, county parks run (typically) half that. We recently stayed at one that came with a free bundle of firewood for every night registered!
We love State and National Parks, and recently discovered a fantastic County Park south of Tucson. Everything that Janet said is true. Check my campground reviews for more info.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:38 PM   #18
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National Forest Service campgrounds are great... no hookups, but the surroundings are beautiful, and that's what we go camping for. They have limitations on RV length that vary by campground. Detailed information and reservations at: http://www.reserveusa.com/

The commercial places are too often crowded, dirty, ugly, and expensive. It amazes me that someone would buy a $250,000 diesel motorhome and stay in what amounts to a trailer park.
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Well we always look to State and National Parks first off. But over many trips we have done it all. We have some private camprgrounds that may not be pretty but serve their purpose. We have been planning a 3 week trip to AZ a place we go often enough to have done just about every way down and back up. That said we plan on staying at just about every imaginable option. After several days at scenic campgrounds to make up time we will overnight at a Casino, Yes it's a big parking lot. But it's Hot in the desert so full hook ups, a movie theater and daycare at the Casino make a quick one night stay there easier.
That said our worst campground was Circus Circus in Las Vegas, huge hot parking lot. Our favorite Lone Pine, CA dirt roads, middle of nowhere, quiet. They collect cans to plant trees, Boondocking at it's best.
If I have one complaint about National and State Parks is size limit we have a big trailer and it limits us.
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Old 05-16-2006, 01:47 AM   #20
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Along these lines....

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LOVE THIS THREAD!!!

Want to go to the Grand Canyon/ North Rim, Hoover Dam, S. Cal from ALBQ NM. Any recommendations for SP's, county parks or other along that route???

Thanks to a super group even if I don't get replies!

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Old 05-16-2006, 02:47 AM   #21
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If I have one complaint about National and State Parks is size limit we have a big trailer and it limits us.
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We were lucky to read up on that before we bought our trailer, and realized there were a lot of neat national and state campgrounds around us with 20' limits, so I looked for a tiny trailer on purpose. Obviously you guys just need to add a second trailer - a little one for those trips
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:10 AM   #22
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If you check your book stores, you may find some great travel books put out by Falcon and others that feature FS campgrounds in WY or whatever state. These are excellent, rated and well described, including road conditions in to the camp and trailer size as well as kinds of nearby activity, scenic quality and so on. Like above, we too are limited on trailer length and look forward to the time we get a smaller trailer for boondocking in these gems. ~G
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:50 AM   #23
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Hey Axel,
If you go to North Rim of the Grand Canyon, be sure to enjoy a night or two at Lee's Ferry on the way in. Check out my review under Campgounds on this forum.

Give me a shout when you come to town. I could meet you at Einstein's at the first Albuquerque exit.

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The commercial places are too often crowded, dirty, ugly, and expensive. It amazes me that someone would buy a $250,000 diesel motorhome and stay in what amounts to a trailer park.
That's RV Resort!!! My mother worked for a while in Florida at an "RV Resort". You were to NEVER call it a "trailer park", EVER.
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We have membership in private parks and we like them as well as the different state , federal and county parks. Each has its own special +s. We full-time and so at membership parks , you get to see some of the same friends as you travel ..and after the initial payment ,you can stay in these parks all over the country for a small yearly fee. But the beauty of the park systems (state , fed. etc ) speaks for itself.
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We love the State Parks, we only get out once a year for a vacation and most of the other times camp here in our State at the parks. We have been to 2 Florida State parks and they were great. Ft Wilderness at Disney was good to. Last weekend we were at a RV Resort and it was great. I would have to say though we perfer the State Parks.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:43 PM   #27
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We like the government-owned (Federal, state, and county) parks for the reasons stated here. If we don't know much about an area, we will probably get a reservation at a KOA. KOA is kind of like the McDonald's of campgrounds, not all that great, but uniformly not all that great everywhere you go, you know what you are going to see when you pull in.
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I was mentioning this discussion to a friend who has an SOB and he said they have had wonderful camping experiences at small municipal campgrounds. Clean, often they are one of two or three camping there, rates are very cheap or by donation, and depending on the size of town they find many people guess they are the folks camped out in town. Invites for coffee, a plate of cookies dropped off, some of the older folks stopping past to ask where they've been and where they are going and offering suggestions about local things to see and do appears to be frequent occurences and they say that they now look for tiny towns with a campground. Most are by the local creek or lake/pond and come with a history. He restores antique cars and is always looking for "the next" car and has had a lot of success asking what's about in the various barns from these camping experiences. Often an overnight stay turns into a few days as the locals are so welcoming and they find that there's a lot of things to partake of before moving on.
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