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Old 01-08-2014, 11:37 AM   #11
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Really - South of the Border??!!? I would never stay or eat there. Just buy the .10 bumper stickers to annoy my friends. Lots of crime (at least a year or two back) in that area. As economy improves it may have changed but...
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:22 PM   #12
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Really - South of the Border??!!? I would never stay or eat there. Just buy the .10 bumper stickers to annoy my friends. Lots of crime (at least a year or two back) in that area. As economy improves it may have changed but...
We didn't stay overnight there, but we did eat there and spent a couple of hours midday a year ago in December (2012).

The food at their mexican restaurant was pretty subpar.

I'm planning on hitting their RV park this coming December if we go away for Christmas.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:30 PM   #13
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We have had our motorhome for a year now and have had a lot of fun. One thing I think is missing is a place to stay and plug into just for the night.
We visited Dauphine Island, Ala., and on the way south through Ala. noticed a couple of RV dealers hard by the interstate who had put in a "camp" adjacent to their lots. No landscaping, no picnic tables, just a gravel pad with hook ups.
How smart is that, having a place for travelers to camp next to your parts and service centers? I'm surprised more dealers don't do this.

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Old 01-08-2014, 03:17 PM   #15
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I agree with KMP44's numbers. We've all seen privately owned campgrounds that are only 25% - 50% occupied. The overhead is about the same whether full or 25% full. In 1972 I spent over a month traveling with a small pop-up and often paid $2 to $3 per night with no hookups but with hot showers. Many private campgrounds gave me less than the basic rate since I was solo. The Consumer Price Index shows that $2 to $3 in 1972 is equal to $11.16 to $16.74 today. I’ve often paid $20 per night for water and electric hookups, so the adjusted price isn’t much different, and you can bet that today’s operators have taxes and other overhead costs that didn’t exist in 1972.
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I have often thought about Walmart putting electric spots along their parking lots with meters were you could swipe a credit card and they could charge per hour or by usage. We also often stop at walmarts especially if it just for a quick over night stop and generally I will fire generator up which a can run for a few bucks per hour even with ac running.
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In my random notes, I have that a Camping World in Pooler, GA has 5 spots with electric and water for overnight parking:
GA exit 102 off I-95 at Pooler, GA to Camping World.

5-parking lot sites with electric and water (first come, first served).
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We visited Dauphine Island, Ala., and on the way south through Ala. noticed a couple of RV dealers hard by the interstate who had put in a "camp" adjacent to their lots. No landscaping, no picnic tables, just a gravel pad with hook ups.

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We'll be traveling through Alabama in about 3 weeks and plan to spend a night around Birmingham. What interstate were you referring and can you remember what town it was near or any other information. Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:15 AM   #19
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I use South of the Border all the time. Its cheap, full hookup and away from all the touristy crap. Since beyond laundry I have never used the facilities at a campground that is all I need is cheap and level. I have found other places just like that, consistent power, level, full hookup and cheap which is all I need for 6-8 hours of sleep and a shower. My destination campgrounds are held to a higher standard.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:03 AM   #20
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Yeah! Right!

I personally do not care where we spend the night. Sometimes it's a reasonably priced campground or an RV park, or even a Walmart. It all averages out over time. $35000 for a trailer and $45000 for a truck to pull it at 10 miles a gallon. I am not worried about the extra ten bucks it might cost me to stay somewhere nice. i will just to leave less for the kids to inherit.
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