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Old 08-10-2015, 11:56 AM   #1
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Casino Camping!

We had a fun little adventure this weekend - Friday evening after work we decided to take a very spontaneous trip to the beach. Unfortunately, the beach is super popular in the middle of summer, and so there was not much hope of finding a hotel room, or a campsite, but we hooked up the trailer anyway and hit the road.

We ended up at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, OR, which has a nice large parking area for RVs (there is also a park up the road with hookups), and the parking lot is free! The parking area is on a hill above the regular parking lot, so the RVs are not all visible from the road, which made me feel safer about leaving the trailer there all day unattended. This worked out great for us, and served as home base while we explored the coast on Saturday.

By Saturday night my hubby wanted to get out of town before the crowds on Sunday morning, so we relocated inland to the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde, OR. Again, nice big parking lot patrolled by security. Again, free. Hubby enjoyed losing a bit of money to their slots and we rolled out on Sunday morning ahead of the crowds.

So, totally free camping, nothing scenic but provided a safe place to leave the trailer while we explored, and a good night's sleep. Lots of other Airstreams in both parking lots too, including a nice polished vintage AS in Lincoln City, and we were a couple spots down from a vintage silver Moho in Grand Ronde. We will probably do this again!


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Old 08-10-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
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Funny, but nothing is free at casinos. They expect you to give them some of your money before you leave. Sounds like you did. I am from a casino area and there seems to always be a few RVs and trailers parking in their trailer parking areas. Most are basic with no hookups. We do have a couple with electric and one with full hookups (for reasonable charge).


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Old 08-10-2015, 03:22 PM   #3
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My husband is always happy to give them a little bit - he would have done it anyway even if we didn't stay there, so it was all good

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Old 08-10-2015, 03:55 PM   #4
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We are pretty dedicated users of lakeside campsites in National, Provincial or State Parks - but once a year (or so) we abandon that purist approach and do a "Casino Run" - we have a few favourites - all with their own campgrounds - we can easily hit a bunch of them over a week long loop. Love it - not that we are big spenders - very much the opposite - we give ourselves a limit of $40 each (or so) at each Casino - have a few good meals - chill in the campgrounds when we're not aimlessly staring at slot machines - and just basically enjoy a really relaxed week (not that any other week in the Bambi isn't relaxing) ..... just different I guess .....

One very consistent observation on every Casino Run - my wife comes away with money in her pocket - every time ...... I come away broke - every time ......

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:34 PM   #5
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In California, near Jackson in the Sierra Foothills, you'll find Jackson Rancheria. It's outstanding, full hookups, large level sites, grass and beautiful views. Free shuttle to casino and food. Not free. We've stayed there a couple times.
As far as I know, this is the oldest I've ever been.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:12 AM   #6
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Moheghan Sun Casino

We have gone to Moheghn Sun Casino with our FC for an overnight stay a couple of times now & plan to go back in Oct.
It was surprisingly super fun! We aren't big gamblers, but do like to play the slots once in a while.
The first trip was considered kind of a shake down trip for us - as it was only the second time taking out the unit. So we wanted to go somewhere close to home to try a few of trailer's bells & whistles. We took my sister as a guest and off we went. We had a great view of the river from the upper RV parking lot. It was quite spectacular. We had a great picnic dinner with our water view. We were the smallest trailer in the lot! Next to a few Prevosts and itascas etc we looked puney.
Our second stay was an impromptu one that we made on our way home from our big 2 week road trip. We had a great time touring VA but towards the end of the trip grew tired of the busy DC area. So we decided to head home a day early but then decided on the spur of the moment to stay one night at the casino. We didn't really want to go home!
It was a great way to end the trip. This time we were in the lower parking lot - not very scenic but still had the shuttle to the casino running and security patrolling. We were still the smallest unit!
Each visit we spent about the same amount of $ that we would have spent to stay in a premium campground. For us - it was something different and a bit of an adventure!
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:31 AM   #7
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I think the Turning Stone campground near Syracuse is my favorite casino camping spot (though it is not free). We have also enjoyed spots in Tunica, MS, Bay St Louis, MS, Wheeling WVA, Charlestown WVA, and others.

I like to roll dem bones.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 08-11-2015, 03:30 PM   #8
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Something about bringing an Airstream to a Casino seems like it could be a bad idea...
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Old 08-11-2015, 03:36 PM   #9
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Well, I don't let my husband hold the title

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Old 08-11-2015, 04:30 PM   #10
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Has anyone here seen "Lost in America" with Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty? 😳
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Old 08-11-2015, 04:32 PM   #11
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In Nevada, the RV parks are often associated with casinos. They range from grim gravelly parking lots to luxurious resort-style parks.

We don't gamble, but one we've stayed at a few times in northwestern Montana, at Haugan on I-90 is called 50,000 Silver Dollars. There is free camping behind the casino, and a few of the sites even have free electricity. We usually spend some money there, though, on gas or food.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:14 PM   #12
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Has anyone here seen "Lost in America" with Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty? ��
yup... many jokes about gambling away the nest egg have ensued at our house since seeing that. Fortunately, we both find gambling very depressing, and I have had way too many semesters of math.

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