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Old 09-13-2013, 01:15 PM   #15
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What Protagonist and Ridgerunner said...

Forest service parks and national parks are also beautiful and quiet.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:26 PM   #16
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Camping during the week is the best time for quiet. Most campgrounds that are a real zoo on weekends are mostly deserted during the week. 3 day weekends are the worst and nice weekends during the spring and fall when it is cool can be zoo like. I find that dogs are usually more of a disturbance than kids are. The more of both that there are the more noisy is gets.


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Thanks to all for the sound and very practical advice. Now I'm going to sound like the true novice that I am with a boondocking question, as that sounds like a natural fit for our situation: do national parks usually have dump stations or exactly what does the boondocking RVer do for that particular 'amenity' when you leave the back forty?
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Thanks to all for the sound and very practical advice. Now I'm going to sound like the true novice that I am with a boondocking question, as that sounds like a natural fit for our situation: do national parks usually have dump stations or exactly what does the boondocking RVer do for that particular 'amenity' when you leave the back forty?
Interstate highway rest areas often have one. Many truck stops do as well.

And if you've got a sewer cleanout plug in your yard, you can convert it to your own private dump station by digging it up, adding an extension pipe so it will reach aboveground, and putting a cap back on. When you need to dump the holding tanks, unscrew the cap, dump down the cleanout, and cap it up when you're done. That's really all a dump station is, a sewer cleanout with an easy-open cap. Oh, and a water hose nearby that you can use to rinse the discharge hose.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:53 PM   #19
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Most National Park campgrounds, at least the ones I've stayed at, have dump stations and water stations. I'm sure there are some that are off the grid and don't have any amenities, but I would not recommend those for camping with you MIL anyway. Campgrounds that don't have dump stations will usually have information flyers that tell you were nearby dump locations are situated.

You can find out what amenities the campgrounds you are considering have if you check them out online before you go.
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Thanks, after I asked, I let Google be my friend and found a website that has dump station info by state. Great forum; that AS itch is getting a little stronger!..
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:13 PM   #21
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Welcome Aboard....

We have had very good luck with the DEC Campgrounds in NYS.
DW & her Sister were the PCG's for their Mom under the same circumstances.
We tried to make it as much like home as we could, right down to the pets & Grandkids.
It seemed to help a lot and she enjoyed it every time we went, which was quite often, right up to the end several years ago.

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I avoid being near tenter. The voices carry, the warmer it is the longer they stay up where as those camping in trailers GO INSIDE. The all AS parks are very quiet to. I always run tbe stove fan or battery fan as a nice even noise. Works lime a charm.
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As a caregiver for my Father with dementia, I have found that he is the most comfortable and happy at home.

Be prepared for for her to not embrace the experience as much as you would like for her to.
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Remember too, that there are Airstream Only Parks - Highland Haven near Floyd, Va would not be too far from you. Might be worth exploring.
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After posting how quiet it is at Greenbelt Park I have actually been paying attention to the noise and realize that while the Park itself is quiet we really do get a lot of other noise: Highway noise, police sirens and lots of helicopters flying over head. So maybe this is not a good idea for your MIL
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In dealing with my mom and advancing dementia, there was a VERY small window where she enjoyed outings. Then I finally realized she was anxious because she never knew where she was, and when we came back she was anxious because she had forgotten that was where she lived. It was kindest to not take her out of familiar surroundings. Also, I would be concerned if your MIL were to get out of eyesight and have no way of finding her way back or even telling someone where she came from.
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