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Old 03-23-2010, 07:47 AM   #29
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As we gradually moved from "newbie" to those who are fairly experienced 'Streamers' we sampled everything from five star RV parks to National Parks/Forest campsites. We even camped on pavement at the INDY 500 but we found they ALL served a purpose at some time during the ongoing experience and learning curve. We've graduated from staying in private RV parks while in transition on the road to prefering state parks. We can even imagine overnighting at Cracker Barrel or Walmart but have yet to try it. Our nation has some really fabulous state parks and those have become our favorites. The venues are wonderful, water and electric hookups are the norm and you'll have space and privacy for the most part based on our experience. As a "newbie" you may find that you too will find your niche and fall into it as you live the RV lifestyle. The destination will most likely determine your camping experience. Whatever you find to be your favorite campsite, enjoy your Airstream and get out there often.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:07 AM   #30
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Why on earth would anyone stay in a RV park?
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There are some nice RV parks but trees, water, and the sounds of nature is what we crave and enjoy with our bullet. Below is one of our favourite Provincial Park campsites. Algonquin Park Ontario Canada.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:33 AM   #31
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There are some nice RV parks but trees, water, and the sounds of nature is what we crave and enjoy with our bullet. Below is one of our favourite Provincial Park campsites. Algonquin Park Ontario Canada.
Hi Road Ruler - nice spot.

Can you share what park/site #??

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We like them all

For the past 3 years we have spent 8 months of the year traveling in our Airstream. We have stayed at a few resort RV parks, State Parks, City Parks, Bureau of Land Management property and everything in between and we enjoy them all. As a matter of fact some of our best adventures have occurred in city parks in large urban areas. The biggest issue is the increasing price of camp sites. The state parks are adding entry fees along with online reservation fees that make single night stays more costly than a resort rv park. Just yesterday I was looking at the 100 top rated Good Sam Club RV Parks and the average over night fee is around $50. This is not to say they are not worth this amount but simply for us folks that spend a lot of time on the road these prices are not sustainable.
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Shane,
The "highest and best" use for land is RARELY for RV parks, so they will ALL have some drawbacks. Remember those railroad tracks you crossed on the way in?....or that pig farm, just upwind from here?....or that airport traffic pattern (that you won't even notice until about 10:00 tonight)? My attitude is that RV parks are for PARKING while I do my thing in that area, so they perform a valuable service, and generally, they're worth it. For our nature fix, we visit state and national parks. Since our houses have wheels, we can enjoy it all!
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Oh, I sure hope to avoid ones that have a feedlot nearby! We stayed at a motel over at Clayton (north end of town) one time. At the time of check-in after dark, we didn't notice a thing, but the wind shifted overnight. Peeeeee-eeewww! First light revealed the large feedlot just a block away!

By the by, the last time we were through Clayton with the AS, we decided to try the state park near town, Clayton Lake SP. Very nice!


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Old 03-23-2010, 09:22 AM   #35
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.or that airport traffic pattern (that you won't even notice until about 10:00 tonight)? My attitude is that RV parks are for PARKING while I do my thing in that area, so they perform a valuable service, and generally, they're worth it.
For sure FMR.... It reminds me of our stay at the KOA in Virginia Beach....LOL
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My AS was purchased for convenience of travel and amenities it offers. RV parks can be the destination or the place to park for the night. We have tried the Coast to Coast system, Passport America, Good Sam, KOA, SP, NP, COE, BLM, Provencial Parks, FJ, Cracker Barrel, Walmart, prices vary usually matching amenities provided but none are home or we would be on the road fulltime, giving up mowing lawns, painting, fixing and paying property taxes.
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We've been full-timing since last June and I would still consider us newbies to the Airstream life. When we first started out on this adventure, we had a similar thought: why on earth would you pay that much for a parking spot in a private park when there are public parks?!?

But, in our almost 10 months of traveling, we've parked EVERYWHERE (Natl parks, State parks, city parks, ACOE, Wal-Marts, Flying Js, Cracker Barrels, and yes, even private parks). While we prefer public parks for the space, beauty, price, etc., there have been times where an RV park was necessary. In order to full-time, we need internet access and sometimes we just don't get internet/cell service in a public park. While we have stayed at some pretty bad RV parks, we've also stayed at some really, really nice parks. A few come to mind: Blue Lake RV Resort in Bonners Ferry, ID; Teton Valley Campground in Victor, ID; Bear Canyon Campground in Bozeman, MT and Sycamore RV Resort in Sycamore, IL. Sure, the spaces weren't as big as some public parks, but these parks offered us exactly what we needed when we were on the road. They were in good locations, had internet, nice facilities; and friendly staff. The nearest public parks were not an option either because of location, lack of hookups, or lack of internet access. And, a Wal-Mart comes in handy on a Saturday night during peak season when nothing else seems available and you fail to plan ahead (Yep, that's me!), or you don't want to pull into a park late at night only to leave early the next day.

So, like others have said, each person has their own reason for staying where they do. But, there are some really nice private parks out there and we've been pleasantly surprised by them and thoroughly enjoyed our stays.

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Sure we love state and national parks. But they are not always where we are going. When they are not, we enjoy RV parks. We don't spend that much time in camp - we are usually hiking, biking, kayaking or touring. I can say with certainty that we have always been glad to find an RV park available when we wanted or needed one.

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It occurred to me that the best thing to do in order to avoid staying in an RV park that is a "surprise", or conversely, miss out on a great camp that might have just been a few miles up or down the road, is to GET A GOOD GUIDEBOOK.

The only one I've ever bought is Woodall's, but that's not to say there aren't other good ones out there.

Woodall's is a book (with a CD) arranged by area. It gives a comparative rating and a description of every site that is fast to find, and easy to understand. Plus, it gives last year's rates.

The CD allows you to search by town, and adds the dimension of proximity. You can choose to look at sites that are in the town, 25 miles away, or anywhere nearbye. You can also select other characteristics, such as level of electrical service, pets, swimming, and so on. The added links are a plus to see their own ads.

Well worth the money; I think I paid ~$20 for it.
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Hi Road Ruler - nice spot.

Can you share what park/site #??

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LOL, sure thing Macfrodge. Lake of Two Rivers site #78. It is the "Gem of the Park" IMHO. enjoy
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It's an adventure. We love to boondock. We love to have power, water, sewer, jacuzzi spas, swimming pools, paved sites, nice landscaping. We love getting into a rural state sites with large open areas and things you don't see anywhere else. We stayed in or close to 8 National Parks this year, loved everyone of them. We like staying at a WalMart buying a roasted chicken and Artisan bread a little wine and eating in the parking lot watching everyone else go about their business. We like staying in nice RV Parks and have met wonderful people there from all over the world and the USA. Maybe you like solitude or have a little hermit in you. Thats fine and sometimes we want that too. But we like to meet peope and hear about their version of life, maybe learn something new or about a place we haven't traveled before. It's an adventure that little silver tube just kind of pulls you into
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[QUOTE=THEPILL;827816]Why on earth would anyone stay in a RV park? All bunched up next to each other. No Privacy. I understand an overnighter to get to a destination or a Rally,<well not even a Rally> but my gosh most that I have seen are just an open lot. Not something I'd be into. Are there people who actually leave their home and load up stay at these places? I have stayed at NAt'L parks and State Parks even a city owned Park<looks more like a state park> and just can't fathom Rv parks being a getaway.

Opinions, or is it just me? Or I haven't seen the "good ones, yet.

Don't beat me up, Still a newbie.

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Shane, you can make the drive up the road to Grapevine and see The Vineyard. That's a nice example of a park. And, if you fulltime in Texas (as we did for seven months) I'd imagine you'll want A/C May-November. Preferably, you'll be in a place that cools off in the evening (as DFW has not done since about 1980; too much sprawl), since that is a quite pleasant time to meet and enjoy other people who are equally pleased to be out on the road . . . some for pleasure, and some for business.

A private park is generally the best place to make repairs, do major cleaning (trailer, person, tow vehicle), perform maintenance or have it performed, acquire/toss supplies, tools, etc. It's also nice to get away from the trailer. Or, for someone to fly in and visit you. Etcetera. Not all RV'ng has anything to do with nature . . as there are plenty of diversions in cities where the trailer, and a friendly park, beat hotels for sightseeing and TV-only trips. One can usually arrange for reduced rates on extended stays. At which point the security of the TT is peace-of-mind.

And, Shane, should you continue to full-time in winter in Texas, I promise you'll want delivery of propane. Electric heaters have their place, but the furnace is your best friend and hot showers a close second. When it's quite hot or cold (worse: windy, rainy and cold) an RV park is your port in a storm.

I can about promise we'll all see you skedaddle out of a state park with no hookups to an RV park after a blue norther whips in . . . .

They're energy-hungry little beasties. And the "adventure" of weather has a whole other meaning in extended travel . . . . better, IMO, to think of them as two-season (when a Texan), as neither summer nor winter offer respite from uncomfortable temperatures. I recommend a back-up private park selection when traveling. In short, however well prepared you, the TT and the TV may be, always have a back door. You might change your mind . . . or have it "changed" for you.

The experience of private RV parks will allow better selections over time. I agree that many to be seen from roadways appear unappealing. But, there are thousands and thousands of them from which to choose. (And some good threads here, specifically and generally).

(There . . feel "better" now you've had your tail twisted?)
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