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Old 01-28-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Too Close!!

Ok, can someone tell me why some campgrounds and/or RV parks have to have their sites so darn close together? Other then the obvious of more spots equals more revenue$ It's not that we don't like camping next to someone but why, why, why...do we have to be so close??????? Let us know your views on this!!
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Trace and I just spent 7 nites at Camelot Rv park in Malibar Florida. We were in the KING site and could not put the awning out all the way. There was not anyone next to us, the view of the Intercoastal was great, but when the grands came to see us we had a 4 foot path between sites and could barely play the bean bag toss. I guess that since it is the SEASON in Florida we were lucky to get any site. But yes I believe it is all about the price of real estate...More spots, more dollars.
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Well, with the older campgrounds here in the east, they were constructed when RV's were much smaller & had no slides. When I camped as a kid, a 40x25 site was roomy when ya had a 10x12 tent or 16ft Coleman pop-up.

Unfortunately redesigning these campgrounds is out of the budget for the owners. With the state parks, we're just happy when we've got 50 amp.

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I've seen some cg's that are a real neighborly bunch. Your front door to their front doors are less than two arms length away. What I am saying is -if anyone of the units burn, the entire camp will burn with it. No Fire Dept can get there in time if it burns. It should be outlawed and definite measured out plots for each site. I'm surprised people pay for such closeness. Seasonal fishing camps are that way and some exhibitions require that you park your rig next to another one just like a supermarket parking lot.
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That is one of the reasons we stay 90% of the time at state parks.....I'll keep a database list of sites at state parks in OH, PA and VT that offer a large site, with space between sites....That reminds me of our IRV2 outing to Baylor Beach Campground. We had full service sites, but the w/e sites were so close together you were lucky to get your awning all the way out....

Examples of nice roomy SP sites:

Lake St. Catherines SP VT

Gifford SP VT

Half Moon SP VT.

Findley SP OH.

Hocking Hills SP OH.

Laurel Hill SP PA.
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Small sites = more sites = more campers = more $$$$$$.
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We also make heavy use of State, National and County Parks. COE parks usually have very roomy sites with electric and shared water. State parks vary, but usually have electric and water. National parks also vary, but I would rather be in an NP with no hookups than packed into a commercial park with them. I always check RVParkReviews.com first, that will tell you what you can expect and see what others have said. If we get packed in you can be sure it will be reflected in the review.

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KOA side-by-side hookups.

We avoid them as they are a misuse of our camping dollar no matter how wide the site.
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It simply boils down to return on investment
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One of the local (NE Ohio) campgrounds took one row of nice w/e sites with nice large trees in the rear of every other site and chopped the trees down and turned one street of sites into two streets of full service sites. The RV's now are back to back with maybe 5' in between. Up to a few years ago you could camp there in a w/e site for under $20 a night, now your pushing $40 a night....It's a big turn off....
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This is why we generally don't stay in RV parks unless it's a simple overnight quick stay.

Our destinations are normally state or national parks.
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Another vote for State Parks and public campgrounds. We gave up on private campgrounds last year for the very reason that I want the space. Too many private places squeeze 'em in for the $$. We just wintered at FL in a county park (Markham). Lots and lots of green space and breathing room for the camper. Just the way I like it. Can't abide being squeezed in.
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