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Old 06-04-2011, 09:51 PM   #15
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I've been to some really weird motels, much scarier than anything we've seen in RV parks.

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Old 06-04-2011, 09:53 PM   #16
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wouldn't it be fun to organize an Airstream Swat Team, to visit these sicko RV manager's facilities en mass, with an agenda. take some infared video, file some charges....
I'd be onboard with this.
There are ways and means, for sure.
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We have spent almost 900 nights camped in Lucy, mostly in commercial campgrounds. What you have read about would definitely be the way out exception. Nearly all campgrounds, public or private, are safe and friendly places to spend the night. Most are very family oriented.

We have spent the night in a few campgrounds that we consider a little creepy, but not in the way that you read about. We have stayed in a few places that we consider "fugitive acres" where there are some rather suspicious characters who are probably evading the authorities, but won't do you any harm.

Get out there and camp, and just be cognizant of your surroundings.

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Old 06-04-2011, 11:04 PM   #18
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I've been to some really weird motels, much scarier than anything we've seen in RV parks.

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I hear what you're saying...like the Bates Motel in Vale Oregon, or the Clown Motel in Tonopah Nv. Very scarier places!!!!
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:45 PM   #19
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We were camping at new brighton beach in santa cruz last week. The rangers came by and told us to secure any camping gear at night as there were a few campers that showed up with no tents, sleeping bags, cooking items etc. Its a problem they have had in the past where these people show up, wait till you go to bed, then go thru the sites and take camping gear then head out. In our case, nothing was stolen, but it was a bummer to have to worry about it, since we had no bike locks or place to stow away some gear. I will carry some bike lock cables from now on to secure them while we are out roaming around town and at night.
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I'd be onboard with this.
There are ways and means, for sure.
absolutely. enticing a pervert to step over the line should be fairly easy. I would think a volunteer of the right shape in a short bathrobe might do it.
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Watch out for shower building built for plumber's easy access to plumbing byway of a room dividing men's from womens, was being used by personnel by drilled holes for viewing back in the 70's so I'm sure not worth mentioning name of state park.
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Boy, that kind of place gives me the heebie-jeebies. I'm glad that we haven't had the pleasure of that kind of experience. (The feces-covered place we had to endure near the Grand Canyon wasn't exactly a pleasure, either, but at least we had the opportunity to call the heath department.)

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I hear what you're saying...like the Bates Motel in Vale Oregon, or the Clown Motel in Tonopah Nv. Very scarier places!!!!
I think it was sometime back in the early '90's when we first pulled into Tonopah looking for a place to sleep. The Clown Motel was very enticing to me, but Barb didn't want to go there. Maybe she had seen: Killer Klowns from Outer Space - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So we looked in the travel books and selected the National 9. When we got in the room—sort of C- to D+ looking—we discovered the phones didn't work and hot water came out of the cold faucet. Super hot came out of the hot water faucet. So I went to the office and the woman there said something like the phones haven't worked for a while and they had someone fix the boiler and since then hot water comes out of the cold water faucet. She told me to run the hot water until it got cold. She looked tired of telling people that and somewhat challenged intellectually. After 2 hours the hot water got cold. Given the scarcity of water in much of Nevada and the cost of heating all that water, that motel must have cost a lot to run. We never had another chance to stay at the Clown Motel again and I feel my life is poorer for it.

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I think it was sometime back in the early '90's when we first pulled into Tonopah looking for a place to sleep. The Clown Motel was very enticing to me, but Barb didn't want to go there. Maybe she had seen: Killer Klowns from Outer Space - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So we looked in the travel books and selected the National 9. When we got in the room—sort of C- to D+ looking—we discovered the phones didn't work and hot water came out of the cold faucet. Super hot came out of the hot water faucet. So I went to the office and the woman there said something like the phones haven't worked for a while and they had someone fix the boiler and since then hot water comes out of the cold water faucet. She told me to run the hot water until it got cold. She looked tired of telling people that and somewhat challenged intellectually. After 2 hours the hot water got cold. Given the scarcity of water in much of Nevada and the cost of heating all that water, that motel must have cost a lot to run. We never had another chance to stay at the Clown Motel again and I feel my life is poorer for it.

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It's funny you should mention the Clown Motel. We stayed there a few years ago more on a lark than anything else. I mean how could you resist? It wasn't the Ritz but it was a clean, good sized room that showed the expected wear and tear from age. There was evidence of clowns in the room but the real clown show place was the office.

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LOL on the motels, I agree they can be very bad. Who knows what lurks in the carpet fibers and the bedding?! Or the exposed electrical wiring, bizarre plumbing, or strange melted old TV sets.

At least in the Creepy Hollow RV Park you're in your own trailer.
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Boy, that kind of place gives me the heebie-jeebies. I'm glad that we haven't had the pleasure of that kind of experience. (The feces-covered place we had to endure near the Grand Canyon wasn't exactly a pleasure, either, but at least we had the opportunity to call the heath department.)

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I went to the GC a couple of years ago and was appalled at the amount of trash around the campsites. A short walk in the wooded area around our camp made me sick. It was worse than an LA freeway shoulder! If I ever go back it won't be for camping at the main campgrounds.

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We were on the road on Memorial Day weekend (a stupid move, I know) and of course, had trouble finding a place to stay. So we followed signs to a campground that seemed to be only a little way off the beaten path. Well, ok, so it turned out to be a LOT off the beaten path, down a hilly curvey highway with no shoulders, then down a county road. Then, finally, a gravel driveway into the weirdest place.

If Ray and my grandson didn't remember it, too, I'd think I dreamed it.

There was plenty of room! Seemed to be about 50 campsites laid out in two long rows in a mowed meadow setting. All had nice newer looking electric hookups. But there were only two trailers there, and both of them had obviously been there for months if not years, and there were no cars or tvs of any type around. This after we had checked dozens of CGs and been told they were all full. But not this one. No sign of a single camper.

Now, you aren't going to believe this, but practically right on the property, there was a cemetery...with only 10 or so graves. Right there next to the handmade sign that said "dump here."

We were about to turn around and take off for a Walmart or anything, but a fella' on a tractor comes flying up from out of the woods. Honest, he had not a good tooth in his whole head and appeared to be slightly, uh, challenged. He said we could stay there, he had plenty of room! We asked if the other trailers were occupied and he said, (I promise, I am NOT making this up), "well, yeah, but they aren't around. Parked 'em here and went off gambling or something, I guess. Ain't seen 'em in a while."
Then he grins at us, big. Showing all his, uh, teeth, or what was left of them.
I was driving, and he had pulled his tractor up to my side of the tv. I stuttered around and said our grandson would need a playground or something to keep him occupied.

Whew...we took off out of there - and ended up staying in a very overcrowded state park. I would never have stayed out there in that deserted, secluded, out of the way place. Ew, still gives me the shudders. Where ARE those people who parked the fifth wheel and the travel trailer there anyway?
I figure we'll see photos of that strange CG on the news someday.
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I figure we'll see photos of that strange CG on the news someday.
Definitely sounds scary! I heard the banjos from Deliverance (I think that's the reference...I've never seen the movie) in my head while I was reading your description. Where is this place?
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