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Old 04-20-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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Camp ground Shanti towns?

I stayed in cape may KOA. First time for rv camp site. Have boondocked in Colorado before.

Do I do like the hookups and amennaties. But what is the deal with the year round sites? How do they work? Looks like a Shanti town and some looks really bad. Some look nice.

But how does this work at a RV campground?
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I stayed in cape may KOA. First time for rv camp site. Have boondocked in Colorado before.

Do I do like the hookups and amennaties. But what is the deal with the year round sites? How do they work? Looks like a Shanti town and some looks really bad. Some look nice.

But how does this work at a RV campground?
not sure what you mean by "How do they work?". many, maybe most, CGs and park offer seasonal or 12-month campsites. and just like homes in sticks n bricks neighborhoods some folks care about their campsites, others not so much. some can afford to keep things looking nice but choose not to and some do the best they can. some CG owners care, others do not.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:34 AM   #3
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Ok. But some of these are permanent. Like no wheels on a 5th wheel. Many have permanent porch and outside bars.
So it's not really a RV part of the park.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:58 AM   #4
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Ok. But some of these are permanent. Like no wheels on a 5th wheel. Many have permanent porch and outside bars.
So it's not really a RV part of the park.
park models are considered to be RVs.

What is a Park Model RV? | Cavco Park Models

https://www.nationallloydsinsurance....-space-living/

https://gorving.com/compare-rvs/park-model-rvs
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There are hundreds of thousands of folks living in their RVs permanently. Some because they are poor, and some because they like the nomadic lifestyle. There is a vast spectrum of RV parks as well. Some are strictly for vacationers, some allow both overnight stays or month to month/semi permanent. In both of those examples there are very nice parks with room between sites for grass, trees and privacy and other parks where it is simply a parking lot and you are within arms reach of the camper next door. Some have rules that state older, rundown RVs are not allowed and others will allow blue tarps across the roof and parts hanging off the side.

If you are really poor your surroundings are less important than survival. In the inner cities you will see drug addicts buy an RV for a few hundred dollars and park it permanently on the street, throwing their used needles on the ground and dumping the holding tanks down the storm drains. The flip side of that is Mega RV resorts that charge more than the price of a good hotel just to park for the night.
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There are hundreds of thousands of folks living in their RVs permanently. Some because they are poor, and some because they like the nomadic lifestyle. There is a vast spectrum of RV parks as well. Some are strictly for vacationers, some allow both overnight stays or month to month/semi permanent. In both of those examples there are very nice parks with room between sites for grass, trees and privacy and other parks where it is simply a parking lot and you are within arms reach of the camper next door. Some have rules that state older, rundown RVs are not allowed and others will allow blue tarps across the roof and parts hanging off the side.

If you are really poor your surroundings are less important than survival. In the inner cities you will see drug addicts buy an RV for a few hundred dollars and park it permanently on the street, throwing their used needles on the ground and dumping the holding tanks down the storm drains. The flip side of that is Mega RV resorts that charge more than the price of a good hotel just to park for the night.
Your last paragraph is quite true. Seeing more and more of this in SoCal.
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Got it. I'm not poor but I'd consider it. Just to make my finances go way further and be able to move to a new area or state when I want.
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I stayed in cape may KOA. First time for rv camp site. Have boondocked in Colorado before.

Do I do like the hookups and amennaties. But what is the deal with the year round sites? How do they work? Looks like a Shanti town and some looks really bad. Some look nice.

But how does this work at a RV campground?
A campground that we often stay at in the summer has quite a few seasonal campsites where the owners leave their RV year round, even though the CG is closed in the winter. It's an inexpensive way to have a weekend retreat on Cape Cod, but all of the units are well kept.

In Florida, there are now quite a few older RV's used as year round residences in parks around the state. Older RV's were being snapped up quickly, last year, largely due to the influx of people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

When we visit our son in IL, we find that many of the campgrounds are full with seasonal workers and do not accept transients at all. So there are lots of people that live in RV's for extended periods of time for a variety of reasons.
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Some will have a place up north to stay at during the summer, and then a second place in, say Texas, Florida or Arizona for the cooler months. And just drive their car between seasons. Some are as cheap as $1500-$2000 a season, or ones in Texas run $2500 or 3500 for the year for lot rent. Electric will always be extra.
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