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Old 06-07-2016, 09:46 PM   #1
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Type of Camping You Do

Trying to understand and see what everyone does.

I have a year to year Thousand Trails membership and do 30 nights per year, but also do 10-14 nights at pay campgrounds between $45-$75 per night cost of stays?

Just curious as next year we are putting together a bigger budget for camping to do more at Non TT campgrounds.

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Old 06-07-2016, 09:58 PM   #2
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State Parks and COE Campgrounds near lakes.........with Sr. discount anywhere from $9 -$18 a night.

When traveling, stuck with having to pay for KOA's and Jellystone's and such. Packed in tight, and 5X-8X the cost.

Not enough experience to give much info past that.

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Old 06-08-2016, 12:11 AM   #3
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State, National and County parks 90% of the time.
We only stay in RV parks if we have to.
But now that we're retired, we hope to move to a bigger RV. Probably a 5th wheel, which will make RV parks more attractive.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:20 AM   #4
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We go out about 2-3 nights per month. Half boon docking, half state parks. Next weekend going out to Cottonwood Canyon State Park with only primitive sites.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:26 AM   #5
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We do mostly rv parks with some state campgrounds. We like the activities for our DD. We also like to make sure there is a playground where we go for her.

In the end, it boils down to personal preference. Do you like amrnities, if so what ones do you want? Do you care if your sites are closer together or do you prefer more private secluded sites? Activities for kids or prefer going on hikes etc? Then there is the size of the rig. Bigger rigs have more trouble getting around state parks as they may have smaller sites, narrower roads or lots more trees to maneuver around. I went to one beautiful state park in NC that had a wicked turn that I barely cleared with my 40' fiver. I learned, to camp there I need to stay somewhere before the cutover road that avoids the turn. Another county park we went to had an area that big rigs would never clear the turns. It turned out this,area was for pop ups and tent campers. This wasn't advertised before going into the wooded loop. I barely made it out of there with my 30' TT. At one point it was a tight turn and another the road was so unlevel i thought I was going to roll my TT over.

Point is, only you can decide what type of camping is right for you and your family. And only you can decide on the amount of time you want to camp and your budget for doing so.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:31 AM   #6
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We don't camp or even anything that rhymes with "camp" (aka glamp). We are travelers - always have been.

We split our time between Thousand Trails parks and anywhere else that will fit us and is convenient to where we want to go. I'm a slave to sewer and electrical hookups:
1) no sewer tote.
2) and our electric use seems to be astronomical based on the couple of single early overnights that we've attempted.

For Fulltiming, I budget $50/night for campground stays. We stay 1-2 weeks at non-TT parks and try to stay 3 weeks at TT parks (we upgraded to an Elite membership a short while back). The first 6 months, I averaged between $30-40. This year, I'm losing to my average due to Disney's campground and now I have a Key West reservation at Bluewater Key.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:40 AM   #7
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Since we're fishers, we stay at a lot of COE and other government parks. Since a lot if them are on nice impoundments (lakes) it fits our needs nicely. Also as B&J said, with the Senior Pass the fees are half price.

We have the setup listed in my sig and usually pull a 17' bass boat and have never had an issue finding a place in a COE park.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:42 AM   #8
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One general comment......and DW and I have discussed this at length.

We have 3 kids, scattered all over the US. Colorado Springs, Savannah, and Charlotte.......and one grandson temporarily in Clarksville, TN We travel a lot.

When we got a camper originally, we camped mostly here in the state (Arkansas). Then because we had a camper we started looking all over in the places we went. Bought the camping books, COE Campgrounds, all that. And we were/are sorely disappointed.

Asquared mentioned (and I've seen others say the same thing) that State Parks are smaller, crowded, etc. I sort of shake my head. Ours are far superior to anywhere I've been. HUGE sites. Trees. Easy access. State Parks here traditionally have W/S/E hookups. COE sites are numerous (maybe 50 in this one state? I'm guessing), because we have a ton of COE Lakes. Those sites are HUGE also, easy access, bathhouses, but rarely have sewer. Almost all have water and electricity.

With a Sr. Access Pass, COE campgrounds are about $10 a night. State Parks give Sr. Discounts of 25% on weekends and 50% on weekdays. Don't have to be a resident. I'm going to a SC State Park next week and only SC residents get discounts. That's normal. Such for promoting tourism!!!

As Bama guy says above, we fish. And wife pulls the boat with HER truck (a 1/2 ton gasser!! LOL), and we need a spot all that will fit, and my two outside cookers, and chairs, and all the accoutrements. Can't do that if traveling very far, or to a small site.

I finally told DW, though I'm not sure she was happy to hear this, that I think when the 'new' wears off this camper, that we'll end up camping in this state, or some other Southern states that are similar, pretty much all the time. The private campgrounds may have a water slide (so do most COE lakes, btw, most have great swimming areas), but packing in like a sardine and paying $50 is not very conducive to travel. Oh I'll do it, and maybe more often than I now think...........the Goshen trip is an example.......private campgrounds all the up and there and back.

The above is my two cents, but I've waited to throw all that out there, and this seems a good post to do it. I know it's different 'out west' or 'up north', but.......well, it is just VERY different!

This is my opinion only, and worth less than what you paid for it.

EDIT: One other thing I've noticed. Man, there is a LOT of us!!! Every campground everywhere is full, all the time. I see folks with 10 acres on side of the road making 'campgrounds', basically just out in their pasture. Yep, they're full too!!!!
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:53 AM   #9
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For about 30years or so we boondocked 95% of the time. We went where if you wanted it you had to bring it because there was nothing there but trees, animals and moral mushroom hunters in May. Last year it was decided by the powers that be to clear cut the forest just across the trail from where we camped for all those years. They didn't fix the trail going up to the camp site, so we have been up there since they clear cut. Having said that we also go to private campgrounds. This year, starting in a few weeks we will head out to western Canada. We'll camp for 2 weeks in southern Alberta then meet our oldest son and boondock for maybe 3 weeks and then head up to the Edmonton area for a month in a private campground. So we carry equipment for both ways of camping. Gennys, solar, large water bladders, etc. Actually going to get the 5er out of storage in about 10 minutes, bring it home and then prep it for a 3 month meander.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:55 AM   #10
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We tend to camp for a week at a time so FHU is the norm for us, which typically means staying in RV parks. When we camp for four or less days, we will stay at a state park. We can go four days without dumping. Virginia state parks are really nice and reasonably priced.

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