Where do they put you at the "RV Parks"

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Postby tearhead » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:55 pm

Glad you posted this question. We've thus far only parked in one non-state park and it wasn't an RV park since it didn't have electric. The responses are confirming my fears about trying it.
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Postby oz97tj » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:44 pm

I've camped out in the boonies (I built it for offroad use), in various public parking lots, and in numerous campgrounds. I've never been treated poorly. I've only ever been asked if I want electricity and how big of a unit I have so it'll fit. Generally, I'm also shown a map with options available and I've never been turned away when I've asked to go scout a spot out.

There has been quite a few times I've pulled into campgrounds after a long day on the road and took whatever spot was available. I always felt a bit odd pulling into a spot next to a big motorhome that was larger than both my tow vehicle and my tear, but it's kind of fun too sticking out like that. Not to mention those pull through sites are great for getting back on the road in the morning.

Lastly, once settled in a campground, EVERY time I've had at least one person come up to ask about it. Generally it's from the old guy in the super luxo motor home too.
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Postby hoytedow » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:31 am

Other than the state parks I have been impressed with the Corps of Engineers parks. They are laid out very nicely and trailer friendly. They are usually found near scenic reservoirs or other such COE projects. The ones around Lake Allatoona in N Georgia are good examples. Comfort stations are very good.
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Postby Visionsbydarrah » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:32 pm

I have never stayed in a Rv park but plan on doing so this coming year.

Was just wondering, how many people do longer then a few days at them?

And if you unhook your TD from your TV?
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Postby hoytedow » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:37 pm

I never stay long at any one spot. I do occasionally disconnect TD from Tow Vehicle for short errands. I put a big padlock on the hitch but it only helps against honest thieves. ;)
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Postby TheresaD » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:28 am

I've never stayed at an RV park but I've stayed at lots of private campgrounds that offer sites for all types of camping. I usually book ahead so I can't answer too much to how things would go if I was just arriving and looking for a spot. Most of the regular private campgrounds and state parks simply want to know what the length of the trailer is. If I was to show up at a campground to look for a reservation I would ask to see a site map and find out what was available based on my needs. I don't need cable and sewer. Electricity is a benefit but not a total necessity. From the map I would choose a site that would be desireable to me and see if it was available. I personally would prefer to be on a site with fewer amenities if it meant I'd be away from the huge motor homes and towable homes. There's less likelyhood of having to listening to generators droning for hours on end when I'm trying to relax.
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Postby Shadow Catcher » Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:02 am

I contacted an RV park in San Jose California a couple of months ago near where my sister and brother in law will be celebrating their anniversary next June. I was informed there was an age restriction (age of RV) and that you have to be completely self contained, so no we will not be staying there.
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Postby firemaniac » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:42 am

Most of the "RV Parks" I am willing to stay at (mostly KOA to this point) only ask "what kind of site do you want, how many nights, and will that be cash or credit?"
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Postby dmb90260 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:20 pm

RV parks are usually fine, if it is called a resort , club, estates or something else fancy, you might have to move on down the road.
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Postby Oldragbaggers » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:22 pm

I have read some articles recently about the campgrounds that cater more to the big RV's having age (of trailer) restrictions and requiring that you be "self-contained". I would imagine that self-contained could have different definitions. One person said that self-contained at the park she was referencing just meant you had to have your own potty because they locked the restrooms at night. But some parks take the requirements for "self-contained" further.

One article I read, written by the manager of an RV park, says they need some way to keep the "undesirables" out (that's my word, she was much more descriptive of the people they were trying to keep out, but I don't remember exactly what her words were and I don't want to try and fudge it). They can't really just say "eeeewww, not you......." so they need an actual rule or policy that they can apply without question.

But then there are some parks that are clearly looking for something else as I read an article written by a person who was pulling a vintage trailer on which they had spent megabucks on professional restoration. According to the writer it looked like a mint, and were still turned away because of the trailers age.

We'll probably stick more to the KOA and family type campgrounds.
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Postby GerryS » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:24 pm

Verna wrote:Now, I can only speak for Indiana in recent years, but our state parks here seem to be providing more security than in past years, so I feel very safe in our state parks.

Just my viewpoint

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Agreed. And frankly turkey run, clifty falls, and potatoe creek have decent facilities and don't cast an arm and a leg. Id much rather go to any of those places before a KOA off of US 70....

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Postby logman7777 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:55 pm

When I had my 69 Scotty Sportsman (nice but unrestored outside) was for the most part accepted everywhere I went without question. Did have to ask to scout the park since I was usually stuck in a less than desirable spot if I didnt.

Most of the Prevost / Mobile Mansion set would give a nod of approval and only the wannabe Mansion (5th wheel)/ Big Box set would talk in a disparaging way. :thumbdown:
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Postby GerryS » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:33 pm

logman7777 wrote:When I had my 69 Scotty Sportsman (nice but unrestored outside) was for the most part accepted everywhere I went without question. Did have to ask to scout the park since I was usually stuck in a less than desirable spot if I didnt.

Most of the Prevost / Mobile Mansion set would give a nod of approval and only the wannabe Mansion (5th wheel)/ Big Box set would talk in a disparaging way. :thumbdown:


I've never had a problem with that...my 76 scotty is OK, but a little rough outside. ALthough, I tend to avoid going when the mobile mansions are running. We tend to go out before and after schools are out, so the camp grounds are pretty empty.

Hopefully we'll get more time with the 'drop. The scotty is just too hard to jerk around from the storage facility to home...you know what I mean. I'm SURE we'll sneak in quite a few more weekend excursions.
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Postby logman7777 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:50 pm

Yup Yup ..It seems the older campers get a bit of leeway..My 76 Scotty Sportsman was rejected from being placed in a 3 season campground due to age. They wanted me to buy a craptastic mid 80's number from their "approved" lot for "only" $4000 to be accepted into the park.

Needless to say the 76 Scotty went with my divorce along with any desire to have a camper placed in a campground.

But this is a bit off the OP's post so I digress..
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Re: Where do they put you at the "RV Parks"

Postby Visionsbydarrah » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:04 am

I was wondering about RV Parks myself.
What do you guys and gals think are good or bad RV Parks?
High end or low end parks?
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