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Old 08-02-2015, 08:18 AM   #1
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Using a Class B van in a tent site

We're looking into a state park for labor day weekend. The rates are much better than local camp sites. However all the rv spots are booked for the state park. There are still plenty of dry tent spots. Anybody ever used a camper van in a tent spot? is it frowned upon, against the rules? I don't have a generator so I wont be running that for noise. But I have batteries and may run the tv and lights in the van at night

Its a small van, 17'. The park's website says that tent spots can accommodate 2 cars.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:53 AM   #2
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As DonDee said, call ahead. That said it probably works. We do it a lot in NY parks. There are two issues around here. Only some sites have power to the site so they could be tagged RV sites. The other is that some are park at the road and walk into the tent site through an obstructed path like a short up hill too narrow/steep for a wheeled vehicle. If your site handles 2 cars you can make it work as long as they do not care. ;-)
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Good advice has been given: call ahead. If the state park folks give you the go-ahead, than you can camp without concern that you will have to pick up and leave.
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As DonDee said, call ahead. That said it probably works. We do it a lot in NY parks. There are two issues around here. Only some sites have power to the site so they could be tagged RV sites. The other is that some are park at the road and walk into the tent site through an obstructed path like a short up hill too narrow/steep for a wheeled vehicle. If your site handles 2 cars you can make it work as long as they do not care. ;-)
I'll call ahead but since you mention NY parks, the one I'm talking about is Four Mile Creek Park near Niagara Falls. Do you have any experience with that park personally? The tent sites have no power. Not really an issue though because we had originally planned on stealth urban camping but we have a couple friends coming with us now and don't want to subject them to any possible trouble throughout the night.
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You need to call the park. Also, if you're having friends coming with you, where will they sleep? Make sure they can occupy the tent space and you can sleep in the RV. Different parks have different rules as to how many camping units are allowed on a site.
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I'll call ahead but since you mention NY parks, the one I'm talking about is Four Mile Creek Park near Niagara Falls. Do you have any experience with that park personally? The tent sites have no power. Not really an issue though because we had originally planned on stealth urban camping but we have a couple friends coming with us now and don't want to subject them to any possible trouble throughout the night.
I have not camped there. It looks like flat ground on the lake plain on Google. Makes sense from what I know of the area. I expect they will tell you no problem. You might want to make reservations at least a couple of days ahead as that park may be busy.
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