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Old 11-29-2007, 06:10 AM   #43
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Brick- My wife and I have a place at Outdoor Resorts and I can tell you that people there are very conscientious about picking up after their dogs- and there are lots of dogs. By the way..I was noticing that you are from Fairbanks. The paper says it's going to be 11 degrees there today, and we were concerned that it was ONLY going to be in the high 60's in Indio this weekend! I'll look for your coach when walking my dog in the morning this weekend if you are still there.

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Old 11-29-2007, 06:52 AM   #44
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Hi Rick,
Well met! We're in site 317. We are leaving Saturday morning to Mesa. Man, this place is great. I am awed and extremely humbled. I'm lucky I can afford my MH!!

Oh yeah, we're gone from Fairbanks for a looooong time, and then only to visit. This is our life now, traveling around the country. See you around.

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:54 AM   #45
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We are at #97. Expect to get in mid-day today. I'll look for you.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:38 AM   #46
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Okie Dokie,
It's raining right now at 7:30 AM. Come and chase it away!!
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:09 AM   #47
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OK dog haters...here's your chance, as this post is for me, to vent. We're just about to give up on our RV; not because it isn't a super unit. But because of the lack of any class or enjoyability in most of the private parks in which we've stayed.

In deciding to get into RV'ing a few years ago, many friends told us about great places like Outdoor Resorts and other "luxury" parks. Well we just spent a week in one, and learned a whole new definition of "pet restricted". When our Cavalier wandered off the road to investigate a fire hydrant, as dogs are prone to do, we were chased down by "an official" in a golf cart who informed us this was simply not allowed... dogs must be kept on a 6' leash in the middle of the road and can never go on any grass areas !!! They are kind enough to provide a "pet area" consisting of probably an 8'x30' chain linked area fenced IN THIRDS (8'x10') in which pets are supposed to "run". What a crock! It was a park filled with negative, petulant, crotchety old _arts with way too much time on their hands, seemingly spoiling for a fight over niggly issues. When I pointed out that we carry pet bags (they're built into our leash!) and ALWAYS clean up after our dog, we're haughtily informed that... "yeah, we see people carrying bags, but they don't always use them. Geez people...get a life. I'll be the first one to say the 2% that don't get the word give all of us a bad name, and will gladly accept a fine or ejection if you ever see my pet not on a leash, or me not cleaning up after him.

But to punish us all ???? At that rate we should stop letting people drive cars or RV's because some of them speed or break the law.

We had first been most happy at the literature and opportunities at many of the "luxury" parks and thought about buying a lot in one. But now call us disillusioned and ready to give up our beautiful coach because of our inability to find quality, luxury, pet friendly parks not populated by grouchy people. We've found many parks at indian casino's that are OK for a night or two, but not what I'd call "destination resorts" ie: places like the Palm Springs or Scottsdale areas (a notable exception being the Ft. McDowell casino and golf complex), to call home for weeks or months at a time. I'd be delighted for any input or suggestions other owners have found that contradict our experiences. It's sad that far and away the majority of RV'ers we've seen have dearly loved pets, and are so ignored by the actions of a few who use the common areas for their own personal toilet.... it's simply not right or fair, but....

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Old 02-02-2008, 12:08 PM   #48
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:54 PM   #49
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This may not be the answer you want to hear (by the way, we have 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, a chocolate lab, and a lovely Coach)... but if you are looking for high end "gated" RV communities, I think you can probably bank on getting the high end RV community equivalent to the "HOA police" as well. Heaven forbid you want to add more dogs to your pack, you won't be able to get into any of the "swanky" places.

You get to have choices in life. If you choose to give up your beautiful coach because other people dictate where you can walk your dog, you may be missing the opportunity to just make a different choice. There are plenty of gorgeous places to stay without being dictated to. Unless your goal is to really "see and be seen". Then, you're going to have to play by the rules of those kind of parks.

Good luck, and stay where you are happy!

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Old 02-02-2008, 07:37 PM   #50
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Thanks Brenda,
Very well Said!
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:08 AM   #51
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We will sell our motorhome (dumb material possesion) when the time comes that RV parks don't allow us to walk our Maltese. (and we pick up after him)....after all, this is one of the main reason's we bought our motorhome. Otherwise, we would be going on cruises instead of motorhoming.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:56 PM   #52
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If you don't want to be saddled by extreme dog rules, I.E; carry to the walk area, and folks from the trailer park in the front of the property who seem to regulate the camper section, avoid Tuscon Meadows in Tucson ,AZ. We cut our visit short by a month, not a good feeling place, too much friction
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:31 AM   #53
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I've got a good one for you. Virginia rest stop on I 95, directs RV's, tractor trailers, and vehicle pulling trailers to the front lot, and cars only to the back lot. The ENTIRE AREA around the RV, Truck, Trailer parking is posted no pets allowed, take pets to pet area at rear, so you would either have to pick your dog up no matter the size, and carry them clear across the lot to the pet area, or take a quarter mile hike around the central area to get to the pet area. I think this is pretty stupid on the part of the State of Virginia. And needless to say, most people just ignored it, and took their pets into the posted areas anyway. I am sorry to tell the intelligent folks in the Virginia government, but pets can't read, and don't know they have to hold it until they get to another spot. After being cooped up for a couple hours, and let out to do their business, they are pretty much just going to look for the closest grassed area. Use some common sense here folks.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:16 PM   #54
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That would be a HUGE problem for us--our mastiffs weigh between 150 and 215 lbs!! No way we'd be carrying them

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I don't have a "dog in this fight" so to speak since I don't have a dog. But there is more to the issue than just picking up after Fido.

I've been to campgrounds where dogs are left tied outside (In my humble opinion, if you have to leave your dog tied - you don't need a dog.) in all kinds of weather with little or no food and water visible. I've had the pleasure of listening to someone's pooch or pooches howl and bark all day when left behind in the motorhome or trailer. I've seen dogs running loose and 60 lb kids being pulled down the road by 100 lb dog - now that's really having one "under control".

The bottom line is, I don't care how many dogs you have. But keep in mind, they are for your enjoyment, not mine. I don't mind seeing them walk by, I really enjoy a nice friendly pet as much as the next person. I don't want your pet inflicted upon me. I don't want hear it all day or night, I don't want to see it mistreated, I don't want it running all over the little spot that I'm paying for (unless I've invited you and your pet to join us) and I don't want to walk in or smell the residue. When's the last time you have heard of a complaint that someone had been out walking and stepped in cat doo or had a cat jump all over them? That's how it should be with dogs also.

Just to be fair, I don't do screaming kids in restaurants either.
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:49 PM   #56
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historyljc: excellent! I couldnt agree with you more; thanks for saying it.

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