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Old 06-13-2016, 10:39 AM   #15
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In a somewhat similar vein, I always love those RV commercials/ads that show the beautiful new RV parked out in the wilderness by a pristine lake with gorgeous mountains in the background and no one else around.

I always think (1) where is this spot and (2) how the heck did they get that big RV there through the one-lane gravel roads, off-road tracks, trees and hills?

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Agree. If no photos of sites I'll move on.
... if the only reason to not stay at a campground we've located on the internet is the absence of site pictures ... we've sometimes hedged our bets and made plans for a shorter stay. As long as we don't feel fearful for our physical safety (condition of the campground, surrounding neighborhoods, etc.) - our requirements are really pretty simple .... a patch of dirt large enough to fit in and an electrical outlet to plug into. While we'd certainly like a great site - we bring all the important stuff (bed, bathrooms, cooking facilities, entertainment (TVs, stereo, internet connectivity) with us.

Our trip to Florida this past winter (January - February) was booked late (didn't finalize my wife's retirement/travel availability until mid/late November) - and done exclusively based on internet searches and telephone calls. After being asked "You want a reservation for when?" followed by laughter from the first 30 or so parks I contacted - when I finally found a park that had space, my mind immediately went to wondering "what's wrong with this place - nobody else around has any openings!" We hedged our bets and moved every week simply to reduce our exposure to a bad campground just in case we ended up in one.

Fortunately, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised by pretty much everywhere we stayed .... obviously some were a little nicer than others ... but we never found in a "this place sucks!" situation.
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Old 06-13-2016, 10:48 AM   #17
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In a somewhat similar vein, I always love those RV commercials/ads that show the beautiful new RV parked out in the wilderness by a pristine lake with gorgeous mountains in the background and no one else around.

I always think (1) where is this spot and (2) how the heck did they get that big RV there through the one-lane gravel roads, off-road tracks, trees and hills?

The RV Dream vs the reality...
... not to mention wondering how the hell did they wash it when they finally got there!
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:07 PM   #18
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I wish campgrounds would be honest up front - especially if they don't have any sort of "affiliation" rating. If you're right next to a __ fill in the blank disturbance ___ then be honest and post it/mention it clearly. We found a really cute place, wonderful, until around 4pm. Well that was when the GUN CLUB next door fired up! at that time we had small kids and I was in total shock! Had I known, no way would we've stayed (not that my kids would be shot) but it's nerve racking hearing the Pop, pop of gun fire over and over....
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actually, that might be reassuring to me

certain individuals wouldn't THINK of it as a gun free zone !
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:06 AM   #20
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we stayed overnite and didnt think about the train tracks we crossed.
3am the train came by, whistle blowing.

i would have liked to have known before we reserved the site.
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No surprise.

There is always a train near any campground.
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The lack of site pictures in their advertising is usually a deal breaker. I don't want to see pictures of kids swimming. The one time I stayed at an RV park without pictures was a disaster. It was like a war zone. Huge potholes, very uneven sites and standing water.
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The lack of site pictures in their advertising is usually a deal breaker. I don't want to see pictures of kids swimming. The one time I stayed at an RV park without pictures was a disaster. It was like a war zone. Huge potholes, very uneven sites and standing water.
I'm the same way, if they aren't proud enough of their sites to show pictures then I'm not interested in going. And not just ONE site, several of them.
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One of my pet peeves are RV park web sites with a "photo gallery" that shows dozens of photos of people swimming, enjoying some party, the campground store, no photos of the actual RV park sites. I use the web site to try and determine if its a suitable place for us and our RV, not to see photos of people I don't know.
I avoid site that don't show the sites. Makes me feel they are not nice and are hiding them.
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I use Google Satellite view to look for - train tracks, highways, industrial areas, etc. Sometimes I luck out and get a quiet spot.
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We use Campsite Photos, Camping Pictures, and Campground Reviews - campsitephotos.com which shows all the sites in photos as well as tends to say which ones are the best. It doesn't have all the campgrounds or parks but it does have quite a few.
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When we went down to pick up our inTech stacker I called ahead to make sure the unit was ready and advise them of our arrival. I asked if it would be OK to park in their parking lot as we would be arriving fairly late.

No problem I was told. Just be warned that the crew starts working at 4 am so there might be some noise from the shop. What he did not tell us was just across the road were train tracks, double rain on a main line. Every 10 minutes a train would go flying by in one direction or the other. There were three crossings close by so each train blew the whistle numerous times.

Never did hear any noise from the shop!
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