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Old 05-25-2004, 01:17 PM   #1
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Cool Campground sticker shock!

I'm still getting sticker shock as I look at some campground websites! Just got a newslatter today informing me the rates are now $46 per night! Wow! And that's for two adults! Yup, they offer lots of things, two pools, tennis, gawd knows what else..... more than I want for sure.
Maybe I don't 'get' it...... when we park for the night or a few days, my needs are pretty basic; my dogs are welcome, large enough spot for our 31+ feet Airstream and 20 foot long van (and it's okay by us if they have to separated if more than an overnite) 30 amp service, and a dump station. Ideally, for more than an overnight, there would also be some sort of hard surface patio area, some grass, some shade, nobody warped out of shape when we put up the dog enclosures, water and sewer.
Maybe my problem is I see our Airstream as more of a mobile hotel room with the comforts of home....... not to say we don't enjoy spending a few days here or there and just relaxing! But we're for the most part, pretty self sufficient and travel with dogs, not kids so don't need lots of activities. We enjoy sitting around and visiting more than an organized trail hike. Although we're still young enough to wander off into the woods and..... study nature!
Good grief! And some people wonder why so many folks overnight at truck stops, Wal Marts, etc. Yup, I do wonder why so few places offer just the basics...... for a reduced fee, of course!
Wow! Any of you willing to pony up and pay $46 for an overnight? What do you do to get around that kind of thing?
And for whatever it's worth, for an overnight at a campground, we do not put up our dog pens... we might pull out the awning, toss the chairs outside, even have a fire on occasion, just sit back and enjoy! For a typical overnight, we pull in, level, lower the stab jacks, put the awning out, fix dinner, exercise the dogs always (and I mean ALWAYS!) picking up after them, and just sorta enjoy the evening, chatting with anyone who comes by....

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Old 05-25-2004, 01:25 PM   #2
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Wow ... $46 a night? Where is this palace?

No ... I would not pay that much. Currently we are paying $130 for a week in Mount Shasta ... we have found prices hitting $25 to $30 per night in California at some very nice places ... and we consider that very expensive.

Weekly is the way to go if you have the time to slow down. We have noticed that California seems to be more expensive than most states. Right now we are looking at places in Oregon ... and see lower rates overall than the Golden State.
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Old 05-25-2004, 01:32 PM   #3
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The campground owners also need to look at gas prices. I can see plans changing, shorter tips, fewer trips, state or national park destinations if families (especially) are looking at big jumps in both expenses. NO WAY would I pay $46 to stay overnight, that is cheap motels pricing, and they have to vacuum, clean and wash linens. I will stay at one of them and let the motel worry about the mess or at a truck stop/Walmart first.

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Old 05-25-2004, 01:35 PM   #4
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Ahhhh. Now I see..... I went back to the site http://www.campusa.com/ny/evergree/
and noticed that 'magic' word......
RESORT
!!!!!!!!
Don't have a clue how I ended up on their email lists.....

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Old 05-25-2004, 01:40 PM   #5
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They must think the place is awesome, $28 a night to pitch a tent there, that looks like no water or electric, must be a maid to turn down the sleeping bag.

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Old 05-25-2004, 02:13 PM   #6
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I just made reservations yesterday at the Grand Canyon for the following:
2 nights at Phantom Ranch via muleback, and 6 nights at the Park's RV Park. We will drive up one day, rest one day, do the mule thing, rest one day, do the mule thing in reverse, rest one day, and go home. That means the trailer will sit empty for 3 days. The total for the trailer park for 6 nights is $154 (which I ound very reasonable con$idering the location). That may sound crazy since we won't even use the trailer 2 nights, but the room rates at the lodges are from $120 on up per night. Sounds like a bargain to me, and the trailer will be in a relatively secure location while we're gone.

There may be some inexpensive places to stay in CA, but they wouldn't be in areas I'd want to be. Sounds snobbish, huh? What I mean is that we like to stay in places like Panamint Springs - off the beaten path places that are expensive because it is expensive for the owners to live and play host out beyond the boonies.
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Old 05-25-2004, 02:44 PM   #7
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state parks

I prefer to stay in the State and County Parks here in northern Calif. They are almost always in beautiful locations with lots of hiking trails and views. This past weekend we were on the coast north of Bodega Bay in a county park Fri nite for $17 and then Saturday at a state park in the redwoods on 128 for $14. Both had dump stations but no hookups, which is how I like it. Mostly smaller trailers, a few pickup campers and lots of people tent camping.

Unfortunately it is getting to be the time of year when reservations will be required, especially on the coast and on weekends. Even at that, if one has flexibility in their schedule and can leave in the middle of the week or early Friday, you can still find spots without too much hassle at campgrounds and parks that do not take reservations for all of their sites. And of course the Eastern side of the state and Oregon have more availability.

I can't imagine paying more than $20 and being in an RV park where people are parked close together and you hear generators running.
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Old 05-25-2004, 02:53 PM   #8
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Here's a link to a wealth of good camping information~Some are free, others are cheaper than 46$ per night~!
Say hi to my buddy Dutch, if you see him`
http://www.desertdutch.org/
In addition, here's a list of BLM out West~!
BLM listing out West
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Old 05-25-2004, 03:51 PM   #9
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On our trip through the redwoods a couple weeks ago, it was getting late and we hadn't picked a spot yet. We aimed for Humbolt SP only to find it was closed. We continued on, passing by RV parks that were full of live-ins that didn't look very good to us. Finally it was dark and we pulled into Redcrest Resort, only to find it was $36 a night - the most I've EVER paid to stay anywhere! But it was dark and we hadn't seen a Walmart in miles, so we paid it. All we did was cook some soup and go to sleep, and hit the road early the next morning. We had a good laugh - saying the prices probably go up the later it gets!
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Old 05-25-2004, 04:27 PM   #10
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MTPalms,

I have reservations at Panamint Springs for Christmas time! Can't wait to be in the desert again! It's so unbelieveably beautiful in the morning. No light pollution, no noise pollution- just relief for the senses!
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Old 05-25-2004, 04:32 PM   #11
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The prices on the coast around here are simply terrible. And it is pretty universal, even for county parks. The KOA Monterey Bay is a beautiful campground in a perfect location but it is......$55 a night! No kidding. Other RV parks are similar price. Even the county park of Laguna Seca charges $30 a night and it's only water/electric sites. But than again, a cheap motel on the coast costs over $200 a night. Only the rich can afford to stay on the coast.
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Old 05-25-2004, 04:36 PM   #12
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Was that?

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On our trip through the redwoods a couple weeks ago, it was getting late and we hadn't picked a spot yet. We aimed for Humbolt SP only to find it was closed. We continued on, passing by RV parks that were full of live-ins that didn't look very good to us. Finally it was dark and we pulled into Redcrest Resort, only to find it was $36 a night - the most I've EVER paid to stay anywhere! But it was dark and we hadn't seen a Walmart in miles, so we paid it. All we did was cook some soup and go to sleep, and hit the road early the next morning. We had a good laugh - saying the prices probably go up the later it gets!
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Was Humbolt SP closed, or just for the night?
The reason I asked is, several years back while visiting some friends in Eureka, we flew over the Humbolt SP location while flying in a Beech Baron, and the view was simply out of this world~! We flew into SteelHead Lodge for dinner..If you ever get a chance, I HIGHLY recommand the the "1/2 Rack of lamb"..
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The prices on the coast around here are simply terrible. And it is pretty universal, even for county parks. The KOA Monterey Bay is a beautiful campground in a perfect location but it is......$55 a night! No kidding. Other RV parks are similar price. Even the county park of Laguna Seca charges $30 a night and it's only water/electric sites. But than again, a cheap motel on the coast costs over $200 a night. Only the rich can afford to stay on the coast.
You hit it right on, Dee. Supply and demand. If they can get $55/nite and are still full, they'll charge $55/nite. They just won't charge ME $55/nite. After living in CA for nearly 25 years, I'm at the point where I won't step foot in the state any more. We pay $15/nite at state parks in IA, and between $7.50 and $10/nite at most county parks with electric and water. I just reserved a site at Adventureland in Des Moines for mid-June to attend a wedding and I think it was $27/nite.

Since the older I get, the more aversion I have to packed tourist traps, I end up looking for out-of-the way, unpopulated campgrounds. I may not get the majestic scenery, or have the pool with the waterslides, but I'm beginning to cherish the ability to 'get away' to somewhere quiet. As much as I love Santa Barbara, Monterey, Morro Bay, the Mendocino coastline, Humboldt Bay, Ukiah, Eureka, the Redwoods, and a host of other places up and down the CA coast, I'll probably not return as long as the state's as crowded as it is. I guess quiet and space are more important to me.
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Now you make me worried. One of our trips in the future was going to be that drive up the California, Oregon, and Washington coast, camping in the AS, and taking our time. Your post makes it seem not as inviting as we thought it would be. What is a best time of year to make such a trip, when weather is good but crowds are down--or is there such a combination? We land locked Missourians think it sounds like a great trip, but you who are out there or have lived there, know the scoop. Please advise-tips, warnings, and so on. Maybe others are interested too. Thanks.
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