Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-03-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Piedmont Triad Area, NC
Posts: 72
Permanent campsite - good or bad idea?

Hey folks. Looking for thoughts about permanent campsites and if you love it or regret it. Currently we have our A-frame and enjoy the ease of towing and it suits our purpose for camping 3 to 4 times a year. However, I have come across a lakefront permanent camping site with a 30 ft Sandpiper (Forest River) at a decent price. The campsite is a yearly lease at a decent rate. Trying to decide if I would be happy going to the same place and the "upkeep" of a permanent site. Upkeep would mainly be mowing yard/removing leaves. I almost hate to pass up the site as it is about 50 feet from the water with great views and deck and roofover already in place. Also, a little concerned as the camper is a 2000 yr model with a slide and has been on location since new. Any thoughts, things to look for with a camper that has been sitting this long?
__________________

__________________
2012 Rockwood A-128
2010 Ford F150 Supercab
gsocamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 9,510
"about 50 feet from the water with great views and deck and roofover already in place. " Here's my 2 cents. Sounds like a great site, picturesque and a deck & roofover already installed. Just a thought, what is the rest of the campground like? When we were looking for a seasonal site 5 years ago we looked at many in a 2 hour radius from home. Some campgrounds were real party places which we weren't interested in. Take your A-frame to that campground are rent a overnight site for a weekend and get the 'feel' of the place. Walk around and talk to other seasonal campers. The campground we're at is a 'family oriented' type of place. Now don't get me wrong, we do spend many nights with other seasonal campers enjoying a campfire and a cocktail or two, or three, or four. But nobody gets real loud and ruins the fun for everybody else. There are many pot luck dinners and that sort of thing too. We have met and enjoy the company of many other seasonal campers. We even get together with some in Feb to attend a local RV show and do dinner after just to see each other again and catch up during the off season.

We did our fair share of travelling and now enjoy the ease of arriving on Friday afternoon, unpacking the cooler, putting out the awning, and relaxing, real turnkey. It's not alot of maintaince mowing the lawn, about 20 minutes.

Before buying the 2000 yr model you might want to have a local RV service tech take a look at it. I'm sure the campground office will have contacts. Have the roof, all systems like fridge, furnace, water heater, AC etc checked out. Kinda like having a house inspected before you buy it.

It's a big decision that requires alot of thought for each individual. We're never sorry for going seasonal. I'm sure alot of others will chime in with theisr thoughts too. Good luck with your decision.
__________________

__________________
Wiscampsin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 2,381
Well, it does limit travel, and that is why we bought a camper, to go different places, else we would have bought a vacation home.

With that said, and the post above, try to rent THAT camper for a week-end. That gives you a chance to check out all the AC, fridge, furnace, plumbing, etc., and you don't have to pay a dealer to check it out. If it is covered, you won't get a check on the camper roof, but look at the roof covering the camper. As for being a 2000 model and never moving, well, it never will. Too much money for tires, brakes, bearings, just to get the wheels ready. Then slide seals, roof caulking, lights, etc. Tow able, on a dealer lot, would be hard pressed to get $2000 for it. As for mowing, now you have to carry a mower, or buy one, and gas for it, and a shed to keep it in. Lot of plusses and minuses, and you get to make the call. Good Luck.
__________________
LadyWindrider
2012 Ford F250 ext. Cab 4x4
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2008 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2008 Work and Play 18LT
LadyWindrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 11:40 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
mike54's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Crystal lake,IL
Posts: 248
keep the a frame for vacations and side trips and buy the seasonal for all other weekends
__________________
Mike & Marsha
2011 Signature Ultra Lite 8319SS
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9 cummins diesel

http://www.facebook.com/WestAllisSunshiners
mike54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by gsocamper View Post
Hey folks. Looking for thoughts about permanent campsites and if you love it or regret it. Currently we have our A-frame and enjoy the ease of towing and it suits our purpose for camping 3 to 4 times a year. However, I have come across a lakefront permanent camping site with a 30 ft Sandpiper (Forest River) at a decent price. The campsite is a yearly lease at a decent rate. Trying to decide if I would be happy going to the same place and the "upkeep" of a permanent site. Upkeep would mainly be mowing yard/removing leaves. I almost hate to pass up the site as it is about 50 feet from the water with great views and deck and roofover already in place. Also, a little concerned as the camper is a 2000 yr model with a slide and has been on location since new. Any thoughts, things to look for with a camper that has been sitting this long?
Would look the camper over very closely for water leaks (internal & external), floors, sewer, electrical and the possibility of future removal of the trailer and just leasing the site. Also, why are the current owners leaving? Talk to neighbors about what trouble the owners were having with the trailer.
__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 12:15 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
caper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,973
I agree with keeping the Aframe for holidays and use the seasonal site as a cottage. we like the seasonal site because on long weekends you are not fighting to find a campsite. Today we are sitting in the lawn chairs watching the weekenders exodus from the CG.
__________________
Terry and Janet
2008 3001W Windjammer
2007 Ford F150
caper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 06:12 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Chatham, IL
Posts: 215
I agree with getting the seasonal site and use the A-frame for outings. It's so nice to be able just to packup some food and clothes and know that everything is setup and ready when we get there.You'll find you will camp more. We pull ours in and out for trips but you have an advantage with the A-frame.
__________________
jmswms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 07:00 PM   #8
cogito ergo moo
 
Cowracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Imperial (St. Louis) MO
Posts: 2,326
I am just now in the final throes of getting my new (to me) lake lot set up for camping. Initially, I will drag the 21ssl down there when I go there. Some time in the future, I can see getting a 'permanent' camper for that spot. I will keep the Roo for traveling, of course.

The big upside to owning a permanent spot is that you can go any weekend. Around here, if you don't have reservations 3-4 months in advance, you aint getting in for the weekend. There have been about 4 times I wanted to go camping at the last minutes, and I could not find any open campsites available.

I'll throw up pictures of my lake lot after its all done. So far, I have installed a 200amp service pole and 3-30 amp underground feeders to camper locations, installed a culvert and graded most of the lot. We also cut down a few trees too. I need to get about 4 tandem loads of dirt to finish up the grading, and maybe 20 ton of gravel for the drive. As if I really needed another project, but this one is coming together nicely.

Tim
__________________
FROG Member MO-0008-571 Since 20124444444444My Project Blog: https://cowracer.blogspot.com/
2016
Rockwood Signature Ultralite 8329ss44444444"And Cowracer is right..." - Bikendan
Rallies Attended:
Cowracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 10:57 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Splendora, Texas
Posts: 1,229
I have a site that I own in the UP of MI that we love. It is in such a beautyful place near the water, Lake Huron. I own it with a deed but it is run by a board of directors and each lot owner is a member of the board. The owners fees are $365 per year for every thing, water, sewer and you pay for elect service and cable TV if you want it. They cut the lawn etc. so there is nothing else to do. Because I own there are real estate taxes of just under $200 per year. It is only opened from May 1st thru October 15th each year as the weather is not all that good before or after those times. For us it works well because we love it there and the weather is just to hot were we live from mid May thru mid October, SE Texas near Houston.
Good luck.
__________________
whj77372 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2012, 07:31 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Carrollton
Posts: 182
we've been seasonal campers for 5 years now and we enjoy it thoroughly. If you get tired of it your camper does have wheels and can move out. What we like is we don't have to set up and tear down every time we get to the campground. We unlock the door and turn the water on and we're camping. Also at our campground we are allowed to hav e a shed on our lot to store extra stuff like lawn chairs and bikes. It also is on a lake and they have a small marina that I keep my boat in which makes it convenient to get up and go fishing every am.
__________________

__________________
brokenaxle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:02 AM.