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Old 06-24-2016, 11:36 PM   #15
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We find older parks can be comfortable. The heavy traffic often has moved to a bypass Interstate route. The park has grown trees and often a bit of renovation has spruced things up after the original plant was paid off or sold. The key is to find one that is not near the trains or maybe is in a location where train horns are not required. Also helps when management has made an effort to maintain the plant. But then, we don't swim and are more interested in a level and quiet site than fancy resort features.

Travel safe. Pat
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I agree with PKI. Quiet, trees, not crowded on top of each other, etc. have started a list after seeing campsites from the thread "what do you see outside your AS door today".
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You might try branching out from full-hookups to water/electric like we find in our state parks here in Texas. The sites are large and wonderful, and the "amenities" are provided by Mother Nature herself. Even in my old Airstream with no gray tank (and a large blue boy alongside), I can camp comfortably there for a day or so before I have to dump.

That one difference in hookups opens up many state and COE campgrounds that are in quiet, wonderful places. Sure, the cable TV and WiFi may be missing, but that's what I go camping to get away from.

When you are packed into an RV park like a sardine alongside other rigs, just remember that those strangers are farther away than they would be in a motel room.
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You might try branching out from full-hookups to water/electric like we find in our state parks here in Texas. -- snip --
When you are packed into an RV park like a sardine alongside other rigs, just remember that those strangers are farther away than they would be in a motel room.
Yes, the elect/water solution works in many parks. The reduction in cost makes some KOAs viable. Unfortunately those sites can double as tent sites and may be smaller. We have had it both ways. The state park distributed site solution is good if that is the way it works. We find the dry camps are distributed and the water/elect are packed in close. The two sections of the San Simeon Park are a good example. We also have an issue with CA state parks in that they are as pricey as commercial parks. Our first Delta camp was $42 for water and elect service. The price includes an $8 charge for reservations, which we do not use, and a $2 discount for being seniors. The sites were not very distributed. What does help is if the camp is not crowded, the empty sites provide separation. Good managers separate folks by assigning every other site until they have more business and need to fill in. Really good layouts have the sites configured on the diagonal, which opens up the space a bit. It's really nice when the big SOBs are on your back side and the little Mercedes RVs are on the front side. That is, until you have a noisy road or playground that needs blocking with the Giant SOB.

Thanks for bringing up the partial service solution. Good to keep in the park hunt inventory. Pat
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We are full hook up users, like a family environment, and prefer a view of grass, trees and an organized landscape. We like a cool breeze, water and laughter rather that screams.

So, how do you investigate potential RV parks and chose your nightly stay-cation site? How do you find parks far enough away from train tracks, highways, and similar noise pollution? How do you avoid site pack intrusion? How do you optimize services you use and minimize services that are of no value to you?
Corps of Engineers campgrounds are all located alongside a lake/reservoir or river, and are typically half the price of commercial campgrounds in the same area. And if you qualify for the National Park Service Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport) or Access Pass, then camping is half of that, with no entrance or day use fees.

CoE Campsites tend to be spread out within the campground, with green space between you and your neighbors. Campsite density seldom exceeds four campsites per acre.

Most CoE campgrounds are water/electric with a dump station conveniently located on the way out of the campground. Some only have boondocking. I haven't been to any CoE campgrounds that have sewer hookups, but I have been to one that allowed you to direct-discharge gray water onto the ground, and in fact they insisted on it (they were experiencing a drought at the time, and direct-discharge of gray water is one way to irrigate).

There are CoE campgrounds in 44 of the 50 states, and you can find every one of them here:
http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/visitors.cfm
The website allows you to search by state, and by the type of activity such as camping (duh, select this to eliminate day-use-only recreation areas), hiking, boating, swimming, etc.

The site also lists State Parks and commercial campgrounds that are located alongside a Corps of Engineers waterway, so there's some crossover.
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:23 PM   #20
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Corps of Engineers campgrounds -- snip -- you can find every one of them here:
http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/visitors.cfm -- snip --
The site also lists State Parks and commercial campgrounds that are located alongside a Corps of Engineers waterway, so there's some crossover.
Pro - thanks for the suggestion. You have posted it before and I have made a cursory investigation, but was never quite as motivated as now. Will give it another look. Really sounds like a solution. Appreciate the input. Pat

After an initial failure to access the site, was able to open it. Yes, there are some campgrounds available in our travel areas. Worth considering when planning the trip. Thanks a bunch. This is a resource that we were not considering. Pat
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