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Old 08-02-2015, 06:44 PM   #1
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don't believe what you read about some camping places

My wife and I read about this fabulous place in Lake George NY. Trip advisor had bad reviews but we decided because it hit the rivot, we would give it a shot. 1000 campers here and we are the only airstream. Sardine city, 84 dollars to park in a spot that barely held the camper. Manager was nice when I complained and told me it was a top ten spot. it may be, but not for airstreamers.''

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What was the campground name?
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:53 PM   #3
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Bad reviews

I look carefully at reviews.....if several folks say it is bad, I will not waste my money. Also, reviews must be in the past six months....

My experience has been very good using reviews from the past six months and looking at them carefully.

Another tool is Google maps, or Google Earth, looking at the actual site. One can see how crowded the overall campground is in many case.
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I always read reviews but I try to determine if the person writing the review is like me. For example when I was looking for a resort in Mexico, one review said the place was full of hot girls and it was a 24hr party and that the reviewer would be back again next spring break. The next review complained about the loud music, the drunk college girls and the number of stairs. That reviewer was not returning. So if your a college student on spring break 5 stars, if your a senior looking for a quiet week at the beach no stars. I was neither so I went someplace else.

I hate what I call parking lot campgrounds because we like to sit outside, cook outside and have a campfire in the evening. State and provincial parks are some of our favourites. Others want to sit inside away from the bugs and only want a spot that's flat and long enough for their pusher or 5er. A highly rated campground might be one we want to avoid if it's highly rated for the wrong reasons.
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I never read reviews for campgrounds. What I will do is find the campground on Google Earth and get a satellite view of it.

For me, camping mostly in the Gulf Coast states where beating the heat is a full-time job, the ideal satellite view shows so much tree cover that it's hard to even tell where the campsites are. Some Corps of Engineers campgrounds are like that, and some State Parks, but no commercial campgrounds have that kind of tree cover. Commercial campgrounds need to turn a profit, and so will have as many spaces as the law and the terrain permit.

That said, I attend a lot of WBCCI rallies with my Unit, and rally organizers tend to like all of the attendees close together, and generally in campgrounds without much tree cover for an elderly camper to back into by mistake. So I end up spending a lot of my camping time in campgrounds without a tree to be seen. But even then the satellite view is useful, because it will tell me if the campsites are far enough apart to deploy an awning or if the rigs are crammed in cheek by jowl.

So far the worst campsite for me was the KOA just outside Lafayette, LA. The sites had full hookups, but they were so close together that my neighbor's sewer hookup was under my awning!
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Thanks for the site https://www.campendium.com.
Another great resource.
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My wife and I read about this fabulous place in Lake George NY. Trip advisor had bad reviews but we decided because it hit the rivot, we would give it a shot. 1000 campers here and we are the only airstream. Sardine city, 84 dollars to park in a spot that barely held the camper. Manager was nice when I complained and told me it was a top ten spot. it may be, but not for airstreamers.''

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Heading to lake george soon. What campsite should I avoid?
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:09 PM   #9
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There is a website that shows actual pictures of every campsite in an RV campground.
That, Google maps satellite view, and reviews are helpful.
I try to stay at 5 star rated places and generally have good luck.
Also, ask on Airforums. I have received helpful hints on campgrounds from fellow 'Forums members.
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:27 PM   #10
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Great thread as I was also wondering how one picks a campground and a site. Thanks for the idea of goggle earth.

"Also, ask on Airforums. I have received helpful hints on campgrounds from fellow 'Forums members."

Totally agree the folks on the forum are a wealth of info regarding places to stay. I recently asked about the Finger Lake region in NY and also for places in PA. The responses were great. Now I just have to make a decision
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I often use Google earth views as well. In addition I do a Google image search for the name of the campground. Mostly I trust my friends or other Airstreamers who have actually been to a spot! If desperate... we will use a parking lot campground, but it is always the very last choice (other than a Walmart parking lot, that is the lowest of the low in my book...)
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:55 PM   #13
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Some airstreamers prefer parks like that. It's best not to generalize. Most airstreamers I've met would rather be in a Koa than a state park. Just my experience.
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Next time stay at Roger's Rock Campground (a state park) on the west side of the lake pretty close to Ticonderoga but an easy drive to Lake George if you want to do things in the city.
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