Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-21-2007, 05:53 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: St. Clair Shores
Posts: 12
My wife and I just recently bought a class A motorhome. Neither of us has ever camped in an established park before. Usually I just camp with my buddies in the middle of nowhere.

As new to park-type camping, what should we avoid to keep from A. ticking anyone off and B. keep from looking like newbies.

How full do campgrounds get? We have traveled for years by picking a direction and just seeing what there is to see. At night we would just pull in to a hotel and find a room. We have never not found a place to stay. Are campgrounds kind of like this or is a reservation needed ahead of time instead of just showing up? I'm not talking about holiday weekends. I mean just a normal weekday or weekend.

Is it acceptale to show up to a campground at night, say 11 PM and back in but not set up?

Is there a common proceedure at the dump station that will keep others from getting ticked at you?

I'm just trying to avoid being one of THOSE kind of people that go against the camping norms.

Thanks everyone.
__________________

__________________
Thanks for all the help
jreyno11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-21-2007, 05:53 AM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: St. Clair Shores
Posts: 12
My wife and I just recently bought a class A motorhome. Neither of us has ever camped in an established park before. Usually I just camp with my buddies in the middle of nowhere.

As new to park-type camping, what should we avoid to keep from A. ticking anyone off and B. keep from looking like newbies.

How full do campgrounds get? We have traveled for years by picking a direction and just seeing what there is to see. At night we would just pull in to a hotel and find a room. We have never not found a place to stay. Are campgrounds kind of like this or is a reservation needed ahead of time instead of just showing up? I'm not talking about holiday weekends. I mean just a normal weekday or weekend.

Is it acceptale to show up to a campground at night, say 11 PM and back in but not set up?

Is there a common proceedure at the dump station that will keep others from getting ticked at you?

I'm just trying to avoid being one of THOSE kind of people that go against the camping norms.

Thanks everyone.
__________________

__________________
Thanks for all the help
jreyno11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 06:29 AM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Camarillo, CA
Posts: 601
You've got a lot of valid questions, and I'm sure you'll get some good suggestions. But as for A: Just be a good neighbor. And B: Don't be afraid to look like a newbie. We all were once. RVers are known for their willingness to help a newcomer learn the ropes. Don't be afraid to ask. And welcome.
__________________
Bill Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 07:06 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,096
We seldom make campground reservations when we travel but we also stop by 4 pm when the latecomers haven't filled in the available slots yet. It is also wise to make reservations (even if just call ahead a few hours before arriving) on holiday weekends and at popular tourist destinations (major National Parks, Disney area, etc.). And in college towns on football weekends!

Arriving at 11 pm is not going to win you friends, but anything you do to reduce noise will be appreciated by other campers. Nobody cares if you don't hook up and one of the nice things about a motorhome is that you usually can just park and do little or nothing until the next morning.

Dump station procedures are just common courtesy - do your job as quickly as you can but everybody understands it takes time. Just be ready when your turn comes and don't dally, walk the dog or play games with the kids when you are supposed to be dumping. Don't leave a mess for the next guy (wash down any spills). If you need to coil hoses and stow gear when there is a waiting line, pull forward if there is room so the next guy can start dumping while you stow gear.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 09:56 AM   #5
Moderator Emeritus
 
K-Star's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Mid Atlantic Campers
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Fulltime - Currently somewhere in the lower 48
Posts: 2,215
I can mimic what Bill and Gary stated related to questions A and B.

When on the road, I usually try to judge where we will be around 3-4 in the afternoon. As my wife usually does the driving after our lunch stop, I then look thru the Campground books to find a CG where we SHOULD be and call ahead. Sometimes we get there early, other times we get stuck and get there later than planned. either way, we are at least assured of having a campsite.
__________________
John, Joyce & Zoie the Terrier. - Fulltime since `08

2017 Solitude by Grand Design
2012 Ford F-450 Lariat
K-Star is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 10:45 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
jperry29's Avatar
 
New Horizons Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 225
Like Bill said, don't be afraid to look like a newbie. It may actually get you a little extra slack cut and other campers are almost always willing to help when you ask for it.

Welcome to RV'ing, it is a whole different world from wilderness camping. My wife and I did the same as you. We stomped around backcountry trails, up and down mountains and just pitched a tent where ever we were when it was time to stop. We eased into RV'ing when the kids came along; first it was just taking our ultra-light gear, throwing it in the trunk of the car, babies in the back seat and finding the nearest state park for a couple nights of car camping. Then we progressed to a "family" tent, repleate with a shelter over the picnic table, comfortable camping chairs and so on. Then it was a pop-up with an A/C and heat, we more than doubled our season. Currently it is a 5th wheel and we take trips all year long now.

The question about whether you need reservations or not is answered with "it depends". If you really need to be in a specific location or have specific services, then it makes sense to go to the trouble of making a reservation. On the other hand, if you are flexible and willing to stay maybe even the next town over or you are rigged for boondocking, then don't worry about it.

Your question about getting in at 11pm perhaps adds another level of complexity to using a campground. There are quite a few private and public campgrounds that have gates that are either manually or automatically closed and locked at 10pm. If you are coming in late, and have a reservation, then you may be given a code to unlock the gate. The point is, if you think your going to be running late, you may want to call ahead and get a reservation or just plan on boondocking. Boondocking is pretty easy in the West, a little more difficult to come by in the East. Not sure about the Midwest.

The only thing I have to say about the dump station is: please use a hose! Pulling up alongside the drain and opening your valve is just the worst.

It is not the same as wilderness camping but RV'ing is a form of camping that opens a lot of doors to a great lifestyle. Have a great time.
__________________
'06 F-550 PSD Tow Boss
2012 37' Majestic by New Horizons
BLOG: www.CuRVWander.blogspot.com
jperry29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 03:30 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Latitude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Gilford,Ontario
Posts: 1,050
Good on Ya JP Well said!!!!
Rick
__________________

__________________
'05 Kountry Star 3910 ISC 330 Cummins '08 Jeep Wrangler Four Door Blue Ox
Latitude is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A couple of questions mamaloya Expandables, Hybrids, & Lightweights Discussion 6 02-12-2008 05:47 AM
Couple of questions, some rambling... 4gone Damon 10 01-15-2008 11:35 AM
newbie with a couple questions sikz3 Pop Up, Tent Trailer and Teardrop Topics 4 03-10-2007 09:04 AM
A couple of Questions on our new Horizon BigTrace Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 27 06-05-2006 10:03 AM
Couple of questions C Driver iRV2.com International Rally 10 04-14-2006 10:53 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.