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Old 09-03-2016, 02:24 PM   #43
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When I was single, I always back packed and camped along the trail. I used to say that the yahoos with the coolers full of beer did not take the time to hike miles into the woods, so I camped with a better class of folks.

Then, I got married, and while I took the wife on a back pack trip or two, but she really was not into it.

Once we were able, I believe our first camp trip as a family had my son close to 6, my daughter 3 and wife and I and both big dogs (each over 120 pounds) went up that trail to an Adirondack shelter... (I had both my son's pack and my daughter riding on top of my pack before we got to the shelter 1.5 miles in)

That was the last family backpacking trip. I got a pop up camper. Short money, but fun. First couple trips were to a state park/forest in area of my home...

First trip was fun. 2nd trip had one minor incident, but mostly fun. 3rd trip, loud music next door, loud people, inconsiderate teens, worse parents, and eventually a loud and threatening drunk in my site, wanting to fight. Loud enough that when I flagged down the park truck going by, they convinced me that the state employees/park officials could not be bothered if he killed me, as long as I stopped complaining about this drunk coming into my site several times yelling and threatening...

I packed the wife and kids up in the car, left the canoe and camper and drove them home. Went back later that evening and got camper and boat with a state police escort and a friend. (local state police troop was not surprised I had a problem, and did not even consider my request for an escort unusual)

So, ask me if I go to private parks or state parks. Go ahead, I dare ya!

That was long ago. TT and Class C and now A later, I have not been back.

I also know that just because I live near one poorly managed park does not mean that all are bad. As I camp more with this MH, I will try all types of parks. But I have had not had a remotely similar event since I started going to private parks, or privately managed parks on public land...
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:48 PM   #44
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Because we travel with friends as well, we have learned to just ignore a lot of our differences. One couple prefers to drive only 60mph. One couple prefers to eat at exactly 7:30 am. We all have our quirks. We just have an understanding between all three couples that we each have the right to do our own thing and no one get their feelings hurt

We typically don't stay at State Parks only because our DP won't fit most of the time and we tend to prefer full hook ups. We've stayed at dingy parks and at high end resorts and have met nice people and sob's at both. We lock our bays. We've been in parks where the police have shown up due to thefts. It just what we do but we certainly don't judge those that choose not too.

I think the msin thing is to relax and enjoy the journey!!!
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Old 09-03-2016, 03:17 PM   #45
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As far as state parks, I guess it depends on the state. Most of our state parks here are resorts compared to the privates. If we can't get in a State, we settle for a private. The gambling windfall money was directed to the state parks, and they did a nice job.
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As a general rule, I don't bother with high-end and high-priced RV "resorts", except for one in Ventura that's $70/night. It's worth it to me as I use the facilities (pool, spa, etc.) there.

But usually, I'll stay at national forest, national and state parks or a KOA or mom & pop campground. Whatever's convenient at the time.
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Old 09-03-2016, 03:27 PM   #47
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If you have the infamous CH751 keys for your storage compartments I'm not sure it helps much since about everyone else in the campground has a set of keys. I still lock mine at night or when I'm not going to be around, though.
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Old 09-03-2016, 03:39 PM   #48
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no-no sorry - Colorado
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:57 PM   #49
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I do love the remote locks on the storage. Regards
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Lock up your stuff when away and camp where you feel safe...just common sense.

"Help to keep honest people, honest."

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Yep my thoughts as well! Thanks
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Old 09-04-2016, 07:55 AM   #51
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We love city/county/state/national parks, but since we've gone BIG, I rarely look at them when traveling unless we've been there before or I know someone that has. I've learned that even a published site size is no indication of access to that site (can I get to it?).

The percentage of public parks that can accommodate our size is very small. Add to that, many are impossible to get into if you haven't made reservations a year in advance (at least any site we'd fit on). I know this is true of at least our home state of Wisconsin as well as Florida and I suspect many others

We'd love to sit around the campfire with you at your favorite state park, but usually end up at a nearby RV "resort" that can accommodate us.
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We love city/county/state/national parks, but since we've gone BIG, I rarely look at them when traveling unless we've been there before or I know someone that has. I've learned that even a published site size is no indication of access to that site (can I get to it?).

The percentage of public parks that can accommodate our size is very small. Add to that, many are impossible to get into if you haven't made reservations a year in advance (at least any site we'd fit on). I know this is true of at least our home state of Wisconsin as well as Florida and I suspect many others

We'd love to sit around the campfire with you at your favorite state park, but usually end up at a nearby RV "resort" that can accommodate us.
I have a rather short list of FL State Parks that can actually accommodate a 45 ft coach (many others can do a 5-er). As you mentioned, many of the parks that have sites that are big enough don't have road radius' that are big enough. Some also can't handle 4 slides (and a full-wall is even worse).
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I say to each there own doesn't make you a snob.

This ^^^^^^
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We go out of our way to stay in parks (state, national or any other) rather than the RV resorts, which remind me of large parking lots. We find it quieter, the people much more friendly, maybe a bit younger crowd, and (a big and) it exposes you to some of the beauty of the local area. I hate stepping out of our front door into our neighbor's dump hose. We are traveling to "see" the country not an resort.


The RV resorts remind me of home (Dominican Republic) when folks come and stay in the "all inclusive" resorts, never leave the resort and say they have been to the Dom. Republic and have never set foot in the "real" Dom. Republic.


Nope...parks for us when possible.


As to locking coaches we lock our bays and door if leaving the park on an excursion. If walking around the park (with the dog) they stay open. We have never (knock on wood) had a problem with theft or "riff raff"


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We prefer to travel on our own. That way we are not expecting anyone to go with our schedule and we don't wind up doing things we don't want. Does that make me a snob?

I don't care!! At the same time if people want to lock their doors and stay at certain places they may have a good reason for it. Even if they don't they still have the right to do it their way and enjoy RVing as it is meant to bring enjoyment to people. If you are worried about what others are doing are you really enjoying what you are doing?
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Way back when we tent camped, we were with our friends at a KOA in Colorado. I almost fell over when he put a very small padlock on the zippers of his tent before we left for a sightseeing trip!

Some folks are just nuts!
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