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Old 09-15-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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RV Parks - Where's the appeal?

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?

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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Hi,
Im not into the parking lot style parks either but I think its a little hit and miss if you are going somewhere new no matter what. Unless you know someone who has been there or can get very reliable pics online then its a crap shoot as to what the place looks like. I've said before, the campground maps online often look so spacious with some separation between the sites but when you get there its a different picture. Off course everyone wants some privacy and separation. That being said, our 'local' KOA, where we have a spring and fall seasonal site, has the best wooded separation between sites that we have ever had and we have camped coast to coast. I think if you look around and off course talk to other campers you will find valuable info on other campgrounds and maybe find the kind of sites you like. We've been to campgrounds also where we have been lined up like a parking lot. We wont be going back.Not my idea of a good site and when my slides almost touch the next persons chair it's a no no. The good ones are out there. just a matter of finding them. good luck!
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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I like to go camping, others like to go RVing
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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RV "Park" is a broad brush.

Example: the park I recommended in PF is not a "parking lot". It does have trees and shrubs between the spaces.

Now, there *are* absolute "parks" on Wears Valley Road....it looks like an RV Rally in a parking lot, with barely enough room for sliders and awnings without touching.

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Old 09-15-2013, 11:33 PM   #6
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Depends how you use your are. If you campground is your destination it needs to meet your needs for entertainment, activities, amenities, etc. But if your RV is your motel room as you travel, then a stopover campground is all you need. Elec, water and sewer. However, state parks are usually cheaper with larger lots. I have need for both at different times.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:35 PM   #7
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I haven't stayed in a place like you describe. With that said, I do like trees, brushes & grass too but I will opt for level paved sites instead.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:40 PM   #8
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I have said that if you go to a private campground you don't need to take tent pegs cause you can use your neighbors. I guess people like all the amenities the parking lot "parks" offer, video arcades, concessions, Laundromats, etc. Sometimes we have had to use these places as a last resort (no pun intended) and couldn't wait to leave. The closer the sites the more the profit. State and provincial parks aren't under that directive. (so far)
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I much prefer state parks, but I usually end up in RV parks because either location or I didn't plan ahead and state parks were already booked. Also, like dcheatwood said, sometimes it's just a motel room for the night so the setting matters less.
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Check out www.cajunpalms.com to see what a resort looks like. You can entertain kids there for a week but it'll hurt the pocketbook. Lol.
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