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Old 03-22-2014, 03:06 PM   #15
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That is why we like state parks, especially the more remote ones. PA. has a bunch in the NE. section that have been updated with new electric and showerhouses, but offer locations that are very spacious, heavily wooded, on a river/ lake, tons of hiking, berry picking, possible bears...peace and quiet. That is what I call "camping"...So I'll call them campgrounds...

On the other hand, we have stayed at RV parks / resorts such as in Myrtle Beach. 1200 sites, load and loads of people. But, to be close to the ocean and the strip, that is the only choice. I think that is why my DW hates MB...I do hate the traffic there.
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We only camp in State or National parks (or Forests, as the case may be - non-commercial locations I suppose you could say.) We don't care for the level of activity, the density, or the size of commercial locations, and since we spend almost all of our time hiking, canoeing, cycling, etc. outdoors, the public park locations make the most sense to us.

We don't want Internet or T.V. (or to even hear their use to be honest), and we can easily get by without water or even power hookups when camping with little to no discomfort (old tent campers.) Plus, we are not often welcome at commercial sites when we use our vintage camper since many seem to only want fairly modern RVs (which is understandable, all things considered.)

I would say that if you don't care for commercial RV parks (or whatever name you prefer, no slight intended) than you should not care if it make you seem odd to others.

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My site I look for would be a state park, with electric service. Like a shady site, preferably backing up to a wooded area such as this one at Cook Forest in NW. PA. Plenty of space between the sites, no TV service, Verizon service. Good hiking in every direction, River near by for kayaking, small country store for simple supplies if needed, restaurants within 15 minutes for a dinner out (Farmers Inn or Vinny's). At this park (Cook Forest) we'll do a week here, and then move 10 miles up river to the next state park (Clear Creek) for another week.
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Bad neighbors

Some of the worst temporary neighbors we've had have been in state and county campgrounds. We've packed up and moved more than once. We've had better luck in RV resorts. Note that I said better not perfect.
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Some of the worst temporary neighbors we've had have been in state and county campgrounds. We've packed up and moved more than once. We've had better luck in RV resorts. Note that I said better not perfect.
Another big difference I've found in Campgrounds vs Rv parks. If you are leaving the campground for a few hours or the day, you better lock up anything that you want there when it you get back. An RV park, no too much to worry about.
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Absolutely yes! Would not have them any other way.
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We too like both, or rather all three: rv parks, developed campgrounds, and boondocking. Have had great and less than great experiences at each.
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Just names to me, we stay in a camping resort that has everythng from pop-ups to big DPs and everyone gets along great.
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Another big difference I've found in Campgrounds vs Rv parks. If you are leaving the campground for a few hours or the day, you better lock up anything that you want there when it you get back. An RV park, no too much to worry about.
I'm sorry to hear that you've had bad experiences with theft. In almost 40 years of camping in state and national parks we've never had a single thing stolen (knock on wood!) and we are away from the site most of the day doing things out and about. We do lock bicycles and batteries, but other than that we just leave everything where it is when we leave to do something...

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I'm sorry to hear that you've had bad experiences with theft. In almost 40 years of camping in state and national parks we've never had a single thing stolen (knock on wood!) and we are away from the site most of the day doing things out and about. We do lock bicycles and batteries, but other than that we just leave everything where it is when we leave to do something...

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Never had a bad experience. I've been in CGs where people forgot to lock bikes and were up telling the manager or ranger. In parks where you snowbird or fulltime, you don't have to lock anything. I and everyone else leave out golf clubs, chairs, portable satellite dishes, coolers, etc. Rv parks and resorts are safer than your sticks and bricks.

Its more a sense of community than any place I've ever know. I will agree, its not someplace to go "get away from it all". If you want to camp, you need a campground. If you want to just travel or live, go for a RV park or resort.
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That's why they make chocolate and vanilla. Some do and some don't. Neither is odd IMO. Personal choice is a freedom we all enjoy.
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Same here never had anything messed with in 25 years staying at State and National parks.

Do 95% of our stays at state parks with electric service. Besides camping only on the weekends in the spring and fall, most of our summer stays are for 7 nights. That was one reason the RV trailer we have has a 53 gallon fresh to last 7 days. We usually do two 7 night stays per trip in the summer. So in in June, July and August we'll take two weeks each. We might only move 10 to 50 miles between state parks.
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We like them all for various reasons. If thru traveling with an overnight stop, an RV park near (not on) the interstate fits the bill. If we are staying in one place for awhile, we really enjoy COE or state parks. We have stayed in locations like Las Vegas and San Francisco where we were parked check to jowl but it didn't matter because we were tourists there.

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We too enjoy State parks/COE parks usually with only Water and Electric. I had all the boon docking I wanted during my military service. We have never had a theft problem and we never lock grill, dish, chairs, etc or the basement doors.
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