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Old 07-18-2012, 10:57 PM   #11
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We primarily stay at Thousand Trails campgrounds which is about 1/2 way in between an rv park and a sp. Lots are much larger and some are out in the woods depending on the campgrounds. Otherwise we only use KOA type cg's going to or from FL. Being old folks, we like full hookups. While on the highway go to or from FL, we never unhook as it is just for the night.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #12
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I have stay at some private parks that were nicer than state or national parks. Stayed at Yellowstone a few weeks ago. Spots where so close to eat other it was not funny.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:49 PM   #13
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I'd only stayed in state parks as a kid until last year when we bought our own rig and took it from SD to TN for a the BBQ World Championships. We stayed overnight in a place that we never saw in the light and that's ok with me. The other one was near St. Joe and it was alright although it was dark there as well. We try to stay in state parks whenever possible. Having all the space is really nice.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:07 PM   #14
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RV parks/KOA's just line 'em up and pack 'em in. We have an upcoming trip to South Dakota and we have reservations at two different KOA's for one night each. Basically just using them as a break from driving. Won't even unhitch the TV from the trailer. They serve their purpose but I would not call it camping.
I agree with Randy. RVing and camping can be two different things. When we want to relax, we much prefer SP's. But when we traveling across country, with no scheduled stops it is often more convenient to stay at RV parks. Public land, SP, BLM, Army Corp and SF often require reservations.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:20 AM   #15
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If Iím going ďcampingĒ my first choice is a COE park, second choice is a state park, I donít do NFS in my area because trees donít always get trimmed and fifth wheels are tall.

When we travel around the country I always look for an RV park that is close to the highway we are using when we stop for the night. I donít want to add more miles than I have to on an already long distance trip. When choosing a destination park I do a lot of research and try to find one that offers the best spacing between the sites.

On our recent trip to Colorado we stayed at Mountaindale RV park near Colorado Springs for one week. We had stayed at this campground in 2007 and thought it was the best of the RV parks in the area. We were surprised to find that the owners had actually taken out some of the sites to make the others more spacious. Not thatís rare.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:58 AM   #16
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If Iím going ďcampingĒ my first choice is a COE park, second choice is a state park, I donít do NFS in my area because trees donít always get trimmed and fifth wheels are tall.
Don't be bashful now...you've already told us of your tree trimming skills!

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Old 07-27-2012, 01:26 PM   #17
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Don't be bashful now...you've already told us of your tree trimming skills!

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Oops, Iíve been called out. You really did make me laugh out loud on that one.

Trimming trees with my trusty backpacking bow saw is just one of the services I provide to campgrounds that have allowed their trees to grow wild, bushy, and untamed over a campsite. I actually carry three different types of hand saws for trimming foliage.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:02 PM   #18
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We stay at the RV parks because none of the State Parks in VA have full hookups. :-(
I prefer the State Parks because they are so much nicer (and cheaper), but I prefer my full hookups to having to stress out with the dump station and the crowd there all trying to get out at the same time.
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We stay at the RV parks because none of the State Parks in VA have full hookups. :-(
Check out Kiptopeke State Park....that has some full hookups.
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State Parks for our family. We love the campier feeling!
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