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Old 04-26-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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National Park ratings?

We are already planning some trips for our new 27FB. Of course. I had a 26 ft Class C years ago, and remember how crowded a lot of the commercial campgrounds were, up in the Northeast where I lived two lifetimes ago. Now, I rarely hit land in the US east of the Mississippi, and we are planning all our trips fromHouston driving north and west. Are the national and state parks good places to stay? is there a central review or listing that all y'all airstreamians use to determine which parks are best for hookups etc?
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new purchase! I highly recommend Big Bend NP. Lots of space and varying things to do. Davis Mountains SP was a very nice place too, however I'm not sure how it fared with the wild fires. There are many threads here on different parks throughout the states. Happy travels!
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There's a lot to like about state parks in my experience. They may not measure up to nice commercial parks for some amenities but you usually can get an electrical site and your neighbor isn't just 10' away. Every state's online presence and reservation system is different, but usually they give you a fair idea about site length, electrical site, location of dump station, etc.

National parks may have higher profile attractions, but don't bet against some state parks being just as fantastic. National parks tend not to have electrical sites and can be quite variable about whether a given park takes reservations. The individual park website is always a good resource.

Don't overlook national monuments or Corps of Engineers campgrounds. National forest campgrounds tend to have ample parking lanes and pit toilets; a few have shower houses and electrical sites to reserve. Heck, sometimes a city or county campground can be convenient to things you want to do. Around here at least, state forest campgrounds are real spartan and have many sites only a popup would fit into.

Campground guides like Woodall's or Trailer Life are not necessarily real thorough on public campgrounds but pick up one anyway -- you'll use it as you make last minute plans or need to get in someplace when weekends are filling up in the parks.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:42 PM   #5
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Thats pretty funny about the 'artist formerly known as'. We just found out that Prince just bought a house on our road.

Provo fit for Prince - Legendary singer buys $12m home in Turtle Tail

we're hoping he throws some fun parties.
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Thats pretty funny about the 'artist formerly known as'. We just found out that Prince just bought a house on our road.

Provo fit for Prince - Legendary singer buys $12m home in Turtle Tail

we're hoping he throws some fun parties.
Gringo, maybe he will catch the AS bug, what do you think an Airstream decked out in purple would look like? Alumipurpleooza?
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Alumipurpleooza? ha ha. Good one.

he won't see our Airstream down here. It's staying in the USA. We live on a small island. Import duty is 40%. ouch.
Only way that new AS would ever come here would be if we put a mast on it and sailed it down through the Bahamas.

From what I am reading about our new 'neighbor', not much would surprise me. We returned home from a trip to Texas last week to some literature stuck in the door, which is way unusual. and then I read he's a Jehovah's Witness who sometimes knocks on doors. I have to wonder....
we're kinda remote out here.
I sure hope I don't have to sic my dog on our new neighbor..
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Campground guides like Woodall's or Trailer Life are not necessarily real thorough on public campgrounds but pick up one anyway -- you'll use it as you make last minute plans or need to get in someplace when weekends are filling up in the parks.
I second Bob's recommendation of Woodall's guide. You can buy a version with a CD quite cheaply, and the search capabilities, although simple, add a LOT to the information.

You can search on things that are important to you, like electrical service (50Amp anyone?), swimming, camp store, size, and so on. Plus there are little write-ups on most of the camps and parks, and we found them dead on in terms of accuracy.

If you like to just drive till you feel like stopping, or if you a the type that likes to plan out each and every stop on your way, either way this will be an invaluable tool.

And no, I have no connection at all to them, just a very satisfied user.
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Alumipurpleooza? ha ha. Good one.

he won't see our Airstream down here. It's staying in the USA. We live on a small island. Import duty is 40%. ouch.
Only way that new AS would ever come here would be if we put a mast on it and sailed it down through the Bahamas.

From what I am reading about our new 'neighbor', not much would surprise me. We returned home from a trip to Texas last week to some literature stuck in the door, which is way unusual. and then I read he's a Jehovah's Witness who sometimes knocks on doors. I have to wonder....
we're kinda remote out here.
I sure hope I don't have to sic my dog on our new neighbor..
Wel at least you wont have to buy him a Christmas gift! Haha
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I'm kinda thinking I might pull a Randy Quaid on him and hope he buys us out.
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I'm kinda thinking I might pull a Randy Quaid on him and hope he buys us out.
That would be nice, but how would he sign the check? Ya think the bank would accept that funky symbol he uses as a legit signature? You'd better ask for cash.
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As a Fly Fishing Guide in Alaska over 18 summers and having travel to all 211 National Parks except 19 of them... It's safe to say Katmai National Parks Is by far my favorite! It has no RV camping... and I hope it will forever remain that way! So... Yosemite Vally, and Glacier will have to do!

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I'm biased, as Glacier National Park is my neighbor, but it is definately one of the most beautiful parks we've visited, especially the west side. Visit in late July or August, when the weather is more predictable. Fish Creek campground accepts reservations.
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and the interior road from polebridge to fish camp is beyond a great trip
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