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Old 03-22-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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Is it just me???? RV PARKS

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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It's not just you. Private places usually try to get the most out of their real estate, so sites are more cramped and there is less privacy. Many are nothing but glorified trailer parks ...or trailer parks who call themselves RV parks so they can get the travel traffic in addition to long term residents. We much prefer public parks and campgrounds and boondocking where there is more privacy with rigs not stacked in, etc. Having said that, there are some very nice private RV parks/resorts with lots of amenities, however— usually high-end ... it just depends on what you are looking for.
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Well not all of us are into Boondocking....I am a RV park fan and happen to like some of the RV park/resorts that are out there. Don;t need to spend the weekend in nature to relax....you can have fun in an RV park too! But again that is just MY opinion! I happen to like pulling in and pulling into a nice power point turning on my a/c and hooking up my water. But to each their own.
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Boondocker, nice answer!!!!
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It's just a matter or preference. Lucy prefers RV parks. Most of our 600 nights in Lucy have been spent in various RV parks throughout the country We like the comforts of home. We like having five point hook-ups. That's why we have an Airstream in the first place. We really appreciate all of the RVers who stay in the woods or along side of the road because that leaves a spot for us in the RV park.. To each their own.

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Well not all of us are into Boondocking....I am a RV park fan and happen to like some of the RV park/resorts that are out there. Don;t need to spend the weekend in nature to relax....you can have fun in an RV park too! But again that is just MY opinion! I happen to like pulling in and pulling into a nice power point turning on my a/c and hooking up my water. But to each their own.
Well, I can get all the above at a state park. Nat'L Park for 18-20 dollars a night. With electric and water hookups.


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Well Shane I have to go with moosetags, enjoy your spot in Nature/state parks while I am chillin by the pool at my RV park. Remember each person has their own AS for different reasons. If I loved nature that much I would be a backpacker!
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Well, I can get all the above at a state park. Nat'L Park for 18-20 dollars a night. With electric and water hookups.


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Like Fishing Bridge at Yellowstone where the sites are so close together you can't put out the awning, and you can't cook outdoors. We stayed there two nights and it was awful. We went to an RV park in West Yellowstone.

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We've been to both rv parks and state parks so far. We have been to some rv parks that are more like state parks. But also were at one where it was like a parking lot, but the park put us in a place outside a very busy city that we did not want to drive aroung with the trailer. Keep an open mind. One of the best places we stayed was right on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, OR. Backed right upn to the beautiful river and felt like we were alone, although we were in a rv park.
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1) Some RV parks are better than others, and in particular some are more spacious.

2) Travel is about change. My stick home is half a mile from the nearest neighbor, and so isolation is not something I seek out while traveling to the extent that it was when I lived in the cheap part of Atlanta (I was younger and tended then to disappear into the Big Frog wilderness for days at a time with a backpack and a sleeping bag).

3) Much of the purpose of RV parks is to provide amenities. I have kids. It is more relaxing for the adults if the kids have a swimming pool and maybe a playground, at least some of the time, on some trips.

4) Much of the purpose of RV parks is to provide destination services of one kind or another. For example, I have a fishing trip planned to a resort/campground where they provide a boat, dock, and guide services.

5) With longer trips and more people the availability of 3 point hookups becomes a more important consideration.

6) With summer weather the availability of air conditioning is sometimes a big deal.

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Campgrounds differ and their character changes over the course of the seasons. With travel and experience people develop their favorites for different kinds of trips. There are some places that book up months in advance. There are some places that really mostly cater to seasonal campers. There are some where it's all about a beachfront location and everything else is secondary. There are some that are nothing fancy but they're in the middle of nowhere and you get lots of room.
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Dang, so much to learn.

What I'm getting at is, it just seems safer to take a chance on a state park than a rv park you've never been to.

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I think it boils down to hookups (and amenities in some cases).

-Electrical hookups are relatively easy to install, though somewhat expensive nowadays (thanks the cost of copper). The holes don't need to be that deep, and variations in level don't make a difference. The electrical stands can be a bit costly to maintain because folks tend to muck with them.

-Water systems can be pretty expensive. Up here, for example, everything has to be six feet down (a very long, very deep hole), and freezing is a major issue.

-Sewer is also quite costly, depending on the lay of the land. On very flat ground, you have to start really, really deep and end pretty shallow, depending on distance. Undulating land can be a major, expensive headache.

These pretty much explain why state parks don't have many hookups, especially water and sewer.

Do we like to live with hookups? Yes, I guess so. It depends on where we're going and why we're there. If it's to be smack in the middle of nature, you can't beat a place like Deadhorse Point State Park, for instance. But if we're basically there so that we can tour the broader area in the truck, then I'd prefer hookups, especially if we're going to be there for a week or so. A good example of this kind is the hookups park at the Grand Canyon.


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