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Old 09-16-2013, 08:52 PM   #21
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we do both but more rv parks than state parks because we like to have the activities and amenities that rv parks provide, particularly fhu. I especially look for ones with nice playgrounds since my dd is little. We spend the day taking in what the park has to offer. if we re going somewhere that we will spend very little time at the CG then it doesn't matter about the amenities or size of site but we still want fhu. We camp at state parks for some short weekend trips. We do prefer spaces that are more spread out and will study pics and maps and reviews of CG to try to get what we want.

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Old 09-16-2013, 08:53 PM   #22
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We really do not like privatly run RV prak much.. (like KOA and such). The site are small, too many people, too many kids and rather pricey.

However we do like state parks or army corps campground. The only problem we have found is many restrict size of the rv (under 30 feet). Many were built back in the dark ages when people camped in tent and are small tight spaces to get into. Some the stae parks and army corps area have been upgraded to allow larger rv units...which I love!

Also the price is MUCH better and affordable... some are only 18.oo anight for water and electris... compared to the 42-48 dollars at a larger priave/corporate campground.

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Old 09-16-2013, 08:55 PM   #23
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:07 PM   #24
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Hey Rudysworld... what? you DON'T like smelling like a camp fire? bug spray? Having sticky fingers and face from smores? Dirt on your seat from sitting on the gound or old downed log?

I LOVE being outside, no tv, no computer, no cell phone, no video games.

Our nightly entertainment...watching the fire, listeneing to the crickets and caddie dids, watching fire flies. Life is far too short not to take in and enjoy what Mother Nature has given us.

If you dont like any of these things... why leave home?
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #25
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Well, We will pretty much do whatever is available, and the State Parks in Colo are frequently booked WELL in advance, as are the National Parks. We stay where we can, and usually are only in the CG morning and evening, Out here in the mountains level site are not easy to find always
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:17 PM   #26
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Check out to see what a resort looks like. You can entertain kids there for a week but it'll hurt the pocketbook. Lol.
Should you have some spare change, you can buy it for $38,000,000.00

And it is almost always full
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #27
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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.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:35 AM   #28
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For our family, it's a mixture of styles I love the mountains (too far away ), DH and I both love the beach, our camping buddies tend toward resorts and amenities and if the kids are tagging along we try to make sure they have lots of fun things to do. We live in a fairly suburban area although we could find more secluded digs if we tried. I guess it just depends on what you're in the mood for. I personally don't care for the parking lot either.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:54 PM   #29
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If the "campground" is the point of the trip we like more private sites.

If the "attraction" is the point of the trip we could care less. The trailer is our hotel room on those trips.

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