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Old 01-09-2013, 07:57 PM   #15
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We like the state parks. Electricity and water are nice so is a little privacy. I really dislike campgrounds and campers that leave lights on all night.
Silence solitude and darkness are the three rarest commodities.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:20 PM   #16
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Maybe not the perfect campground, but a great site, I am not looking at another trailer, especially their plumbing when I walk out my door. Most are set up like this

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:37 AM   #17
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The perfect campsite depends on the weather, local attractions and activities, and our mood that day. What is perfect in the summer, may not be practical in the winter; and vice versa. That's why there's a trailer hitch and wheels on our Bambi.

The variety of camping sites on the road is what makes travel exciting. Otherwise, we'd just buy a timeshare.

While we occasionally get burned on a less-than-desirable overnight stay, it just makes for another travel story around the campfire. Besides, how will you know the perfect site when you see it, if you don't kiss a few frogs along the way?
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:28 AM   #18

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.I guess so.

The Airstream is self contained, we tend to use it that way.
Complete service amenities are not that important for us.
Location, location, location.
Sandra and I love to fish together, Fado too, so a nice Lake is important!!!

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AF #1

"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:31 AM   #19
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Oh, man. There isn't one perfect campground. There really isn't. We've been at a number of places we've loved, from no-hookups national parks (Shenandoah/Big Meadows) to full hookup private campground resorts with things like pools, hot tubs, mini golf, and more (Camp Hatteras on the Outer Banks, Fort Wilderness at Disney).

Part of what makes any campground great is how well it's taken care of. That's rule number one.

A few campgrounds are great "sitters" - that is, you go and you just sit and relax for the weekend. As eubank pointed out, that's not going to work for winter campers, and I think even in summer it's hard. Most campgrounds will have to have something nearby - attractions, trails, a beach, a large internationally-known amusement park featuring a large mouse with giant ears, scenery, and so on... or be a very good destination itself.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:06 AM   #20
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Skater - would you care to elaborate on your good finds, especially for a 30', in/around the Shenandoah National Park. I'm in central Virginia, so once I have TV/RV locked in, that location would be out my back door.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:44 AM   #21
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We live in the land of variety and choice. For a potential owner/operator, RV park design would depend upon where YOU would want to live and what type of service/community YOU would want to provide and nurture. Overnighters near a major highway? Full service in a more remote and natural setting? Long-termers near an urban area? We've experienced great examples of the first and second. We've only used RV parks for one night stays while in transit, and value easy access and cleanliness with no unused amenities that increase the cost (unlike most KOA's and 'destination resorts'). Others have different needs.

Should I want to own/operate a park it would be the second category, and one fine example of this was Lone Mountain RV Park in O'Brian OR. Another lucky find in this category was Fernview Park in Quanah, TX.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:13 AM   #22
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Full Service in a Natural Setting...

...As JamuJoe describes.
When I fantasize about owning an RV park, it has all the wide open space and scenic beauty of a state park far from the highway.
But this is a fantasy.
Most private RV park owners simply can't afford the land to spread out.
Economies drive design, with everyone clustered together to lower the costs of installing electric power and water lines.
The Triangle T Ranch in Dragoon, AZ manages to incorporate an RV park into a fantasy setting far from the interstate.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #23
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As others have mentioned I also like spacious sites, some privacy and decent bathrooms. My dream list includes sites that have no mud or dirt patches, that turn to mud and I reckon this is hard to accomplish when spaces are heavily used. I love camping on grass!

While bathrooms are lower on the priority list, nice showers are worth paying for (changing areas that are clean, large enough to turn around in and have a dry floor)
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:38 AM   #24
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To my thinking, building a new RV park/campground (or buying an existing park) is an 'iffy' proposition to earn back the investment and turn a real profit, these days...

Unless you own a 'grandfathered' business of this type, it's really difficult to pay todays prices to someone else and make a go of it...

Marinas, and Agricultural/Ranch lands come to mind as other enterprises that are almost impossible to operate at a profit if you have to buy out an existing operation - sure there are exceptions, but not many that I've seen (at least in California!)

One of those exceptions is the new (5 years old) 100 space RV park built on Indian Casino property near Jackson, CA - and therefore being subsidized to some degree by the gaming operation...It's a nice park, with all the perks, and reasonable prices (unless you challenge the one-armed-banditos)...
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:54 PM   #25
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Well I know there is no such thing as the perfect campground, even for most individuals, may be perfect for one purpose but not so good for another.

One feature I would like to see in more campgrounds (especially smaller ones) that I have only seen in one campground is several individual bathrooms instead of a men's and women's. That campground had 10 (IIRC) separate bathrooms each with a shower or tub, toilet, sink and a bench. With this setup when they close 1 for cleaning you had 9 to choose from, not they close the men's room and the men had to wait or they closed the women's room and the women had to wait.

Also you had much more privacy in the bathrooms. In other words, you actually had a private bathroom. I'm sure this can seem even more important to women late at night so they can lock the door.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #26
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One place we particularly like is called Sequoia RV Ranch in Three Rivers, Ca. It is a stone's throw away from the Kaweah River and has a swimming hole. There are full hook up sites and plenty of extra space for dry camping.
Spacious sites are necessary. Generally, you go camping to 'get away'. Who wants another camper right on top of you? Plus, I need a buffer zone so I can holler at my kid and dog.
Shade tree are another must. I also agree with another poster about darkness and no street lights. We attended the rally in October at Rivernook in Kernville, Ca and one thing we really appreciated was looking at the Milky Way Galaxy. My husband had never seen it until then. That was another campground that we are looking forward to visiting again.
Full hookups are ideal, but not always possible depending on how close you may be to a river or creek. A mobile 'honey wagon' would be a great option. We're dry camping next week for the first time. I'm not looking forward to reminding Mr. Mod that he needs to bring the extra holding tank and walk it to the dump site.

Another note: It should be the responsiblity of us all to write campground reviews here on the forum.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:44 AM   #27
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Wooded campsites with large trees are a must, especially in the summer when the temps are in the 90's. Thats why we tend to go to state parks rather then commercial camp grounds.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:03 PM   #28
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I figure the location is either on our way somewhere, or near enough to where we wanted to be, so location cancels itself out as obvious.

My priorities are simple:

1. Grass. I despise camping on dirt. I look at how much grass is in the RV pad, and how much is in common area. The more the better on all counts. We hate the concrete jungles, and the mud swamps.

2. A really sweet pool is a BIG bonus. I like swimming for exercise and relaxation. A clean, useable pool is a big hit with me. The pool at 7 Feathers is the #1 reason I go there.

3. CLEAN laundry facility. Boogered up machines and grungy room make me nuts. There's no reason for it. Laundry is a profit center, not a cost. So, if you can't keep the machines nice, you are just ripping off your customers. Period.

4. Small store with a few basics. Bread, milk, water, juice and a few snacks, plus RV toilet Juice, water filters, maybe some fuses, bulbs and so on. C'mon, this is a money maker, put some effort into it.

5. Cable TV - 'nuff said.

The rest is variable. I don't expect to get an acre parking spot. I really don't care if I am 10 feet or 15 feet from the Moho next to me. If there are 50 rigs or 500 I can't see the difference and I don't care. I won't like driving 12 miles off the highway to get there unless there is a corresponding value to doing so. We drove 12 miles once off I-10 to find a tiny dirt lot. Man, was I ticked off.

I don't like Bossy Sounding Owners - who write long nasty "instructions" for what you can and can't do. Man, I have seen some real beauts. If you hate people that much, do something other than starting an TV park!

I also hate grossly false advertising. We stopped at a joint claiming to be an RV resort, and it was a mini-storage facility! I was parked next to those orange door mini lockers! Had it not been 5PM, I would have bailed, of course.

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