Originally Posted by vcarbona
I'm in the process of upgrading my F150 to a F250 (maybe F350) this year. I'm going to also upgrade my popup to a 30ft travel trailer next year. With the popup, our family enjoys going to state parks and having spots that are a bit more private. We appreciate having a bit of shrubbery between us and the next campsite. We're not antisocial just like a little space between us and the neighbors. I've noticed a lot of TTs inside parking lot style RV parks. It seems there is no privacy in that kind of setting. So what's the appeal? Can you actually spend a pleasant vacation in an RV park?
Maybe that last question is a bit forward but I'm really curious why people don't seem to mind the parking lot style camping. Are they better than the state parks? why? What's your choice?
Here's my perspective:
I live in the Mountain State, my horizon is mountains and trees. I have deer, brown bear, raccoons, rabbits, foxes, buzzards, and all kinds of critters in my yard. If I sit outside my house, I'm camping every bit as much as you are sitting outside your tent, TT, or MH. Perhaps even more. And, I simply don't understand why anyone would choose to live in neighborhoods where the neighbor's house is 8 to 15 feet away.
My bride really loves the ocean, so her favorite destination is Myrtle Beach (often called West Virginia Beach due to the great number of us that can be found there!). Our favorite park is Myrtle Beach Travel Park. It is very much ocean front with easy access. And while the campers/RV's are parked in rows, there is a relatively generous amount of space between units. There are others where units are parked back to back and very
close together. We don't go there.
At the end of the day we sit outside under the awning and enjoy the ocean breeze and maybe take a walk around the park to see what kinds of campers other folks own (it's a favorite past time for many people).
There is a really nice State Park just a little bit down the road that doesn't have many spots that I'd like to try. However, I have Morton's neuroma in both feet and walking is a painful activity, and the SP's sites appear to be a healthy distance away from the sand and surf.
Anyway, hopefully this inarticulate rambling has shed a bit of light on why we don't "head for the mountains" but instead "head for the RV park" every chance we get.