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Old 04-02-2015, 09:02 PM   #11
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Jz, you don't say what state parks you're talking about.
They can vary wildly, state to state.

In California, less than 1% of the state campsites, have water and electric.
and even less have sewer.
some states have the opposite.

Very few National Parks have hookups of any kind.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:14 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the replays, looking over the Michigan state park water and sewage is not common most seem to have electric

One thing I noticed was a lot had length limits I have a 371rebh it says 42 total length and very few take over 40 does that 2 feet kill me or can I go by the 371
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:44 AM   #13
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As most of these fine folks have mentioned, a couple of 7 gal. water jugs and a siphon hose make filling your fresh water tank easy.

This is what I use wonder pump ...

The wife and I mainly boondock or dry camp in the National Forests. We have outfitted ourselves with 3ea. 7gal. water jugs, a wonder pump, a solar panel to recharge our battery, and a lifan generator to use in emergencies.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:57 AM   #14
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we're experience dry campers, since we lived so long in California.
we have two 12v deep cycle batteries, a 15 gallon blue tote tank(ONLY for gray water), a 6 gallon water jug, a 400w inverter and a Honda 2000.

with all that we can camp without dumping for a couple of weeks.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:07 AM   #15
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with all that we can camp without dumping for a couple of weeks.
Is it b/c you're using the parks bathroom facilities that allows you to go 2 wks without dumping? Also, do you end up using paper plates and such to minimize water usage?
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:39 AM   #16
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Looked up my tank sizes
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:50 AM   #17
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PA and MD state parks are great. Most have electric, some have sewer, water. We live the quiet, nice amount of space at most if not all and outdoor recreation available. Lack of sewer isn't a big deal for us with a Pop up. We spend most of our time outdoors and facilities are usually very good. The prices are often very good as well.


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Old 04-03-2015, 08:10 AM   #18
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We typically camp at state parks with water and electric. Since we've been doing it for decades with our pop-up, we don't mind using the public showers and toilets if they're in good repair, and it's convenient.

If you get a portable waste tank to offload some during your stay, consider how much water you can pull up a slope. It may have wheels but it lacks an anti-gravity machine. Water is heavy; water in a 25 gallon gray tank seems heavier, when you're trying to get it to the car.

We have a 15 gallon tank on wheels that served as the gray tank on our pup. We've owned our hybrid for about a year and don't camp as much as I'd like. We have yet to need the portable tank.

This summer we'll be staying at a variety of places, some being state parks with full hookups. (As a Floridian, that's a treat.) I doubt we'll need the portable except in Cases Cove, where public showers aren't available and the bathrooms were plumbed by the CCC.

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Thanks for all the replays, looking over the Michigan state park water and sewage is not common most seem to have electric

One thing I noticed was a lot had length limits I have a 371rebh it says 42 total length and very few take over 40 does that 2 feet kill me or can I go by the 371
You can use the 37' for the RV as that's what they're referring to. Some CGs will give a total length and maximum length for RV.

I find that many parks don't know what it takes to get in and out of a spot and many will tell you the length given is a guide rather than a firm restriction. I've been given a site over a hundred feet long that didn't have enough width in the road to let me swing into it and I've taken sites that the documentation said was for up to 35' RVs with a 44' toy hauler, about twelve feet of it hanging off the back of the site.
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Thanks for all the replays, looking over the Michigan state park water and sewage is not common most seem to have electric

One thing I noticed was a lot had length limits I have a 371rebh it says 42 total length and very few take over 40 does that 2 feet kill me or can I go by the 371
We are from IL and do camp a lot in MI and WI but we usually stay in private parks in those two states. My DW insist on full hook-ups for any stay over three days in length. We also check out most of the state campgrounds for over head debris as the tree limbs might damage your roof on a tall camper. Most state parks do not tend to trim the overhanging limbs that will hit camper roof. The private parks insure that you can get in with out hitting the roof of your camper.

Now we have found some state parks in MI that you could fit-in such as Holland MI but not in Muskegon MI.
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