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Old 04-25-2015, 08:51 PM   #15
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We are discovering that a lot of the BLM areas now offer great camping, and you cannot beat the price.

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Please explain to me a noob what BLM is?
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If I don't have "cell service" I know I'm in the right spot camping.

We tend to prefer the more remote state parks that might be 15 to 60 minutes off a freeway. Most couldn't accommodate any RV over 35'.
You go to the wrong State's we find plenty of room to park 40 1/2 footer.
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BLM - Bureau of Land Management - The department of the government that administers government owned land not otherwise administered. Mostly or all out west. Here is a link:

BLM - The Bureau of Land Management

Among other things they do campgrounds. So does the Corps Of Engineers.
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BLM - Bureau of Land Management - The department of the government that administers government owned land not otherwise administered. Mostly or all out west. Here is a link:

BLM - The Bureau of Land Management

Among other things they do campgrounds. So does the Corps Of Engineers.

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Old 04-25-2015, 09:15 PM   #19
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Please explain to me a noob what BLM is?
Bowl Movement
Or Buero or Land Managment.

I got an RV to get outdoors, not to pay $100+ per night and get room service. There are plenty of resorts that are much nicer than $3MM rigs for that. Especially parked in herring bone format across a field 15 feet from the next guy.
I appreciate both plush and camp, but don't see where their paths cross in my world.
... to each, their own.
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:51 PM   #20
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One thing you have to sort out in a thread like this is are the posts being made by full-timer RVers or "vacationers/weekenders"? The latter type of folks often like to use their RVs to "get away from it all" while those of us who full-time do both that as well as use our RVs as traveling hotels to get us from one place to another. We also may have washer/dryers and residential refrigerators which need power, water and sewers. Furthermore, if one wants to spend more than 2 weeks in one location that is usually not something you can do in a national or state park.

We've done plenty of camping in national and state parks and have had full hookup sites in both; they do exist. But I also caution that a busy state park on a summer weekend may not be quiet nor offer much privacy. Furthermore, the average price of a state park these days is >$30 in most states, especially if reservation fees and daily access fees are included. That's really not much different from the average cost of private RV parks which is between $35-40/night, not the $100 which was bandied about.
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If you prefer to "camp" or you are RV'n on a budget then check some of these websites to help you find cheap or free places to park and camp.

http://www.bandofboondockers.com/
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
http://www.forestcamping.com/index.htm
http://freecampgrounds.com/
http://freecampsites.net/usa/
http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/
http://www.fs.fed.us/
http://www.harvesthosts.com/invitation.htm
http://hasbeenthere.com/
http://www.overnightrvparking.com/
http://www.recreation.gov/
http://rvthereyetdirectory.com/
http://www.uscampgrounds.info/
http://www.gypsyjournal.net/Unfriendly.html


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Funny, I always thought a campground had places to pitch tents with a fire ring. If you were lucky, you got a bath house with that.

Everything else is just RVing.

Like already said, different strokes.

Judging from the number of resort/RV campgrounds, they are doing OK at offering that service.

Us, we do a couple/few "camp out" trips in the MH per year. You know, break out the pie irons, marshmallow sticks and have a campfire, hike and all that.

The rest of the time, we are just using our motel on wheels. It is kinda nice to have the amenities when traveling, not "camping."
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Funny, I always thought a campground had places to pitch tents with a fire ring. If you were lucky, you got a bath house with that.

Everything else is just RVing.

Like already said, different strokes.

Judging from the number of resort/RV campgrounds, they are doing OK at offering that service.

Us, we do a couple/few "camp out" trips in the MH per year. You know, break out the pie irons, marshmallow sticks and have a campfire, hike and all that.
Yes, that is the way we see RVing / Camping. We live in the city: I hate the traffic, litter, crime, noise.....I view our 26' tt as our "condo on wheels" / "escape in life". Have no problem if we have no TV connection. My favorite thing is relaxing by the fire, good book, brew and a bowl of snacks close by. Life is good.....

Work is way over rated...

Retire as soon as one can....
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As constantly traveling full-timers for 16+ years and having a 40' motorhome our first choice was always a campground and public park - national, state, national forest, COE, BLM, boondocking in the wilds, county and city parks.


We enjoy scenery and nature not a row of RVs in a RV park. Of course, we don't watch T.V., don't have a washer/dryer or a residential refrigerator and don't care if we don't have cell service. We definitely don't need electric as we have solar. Everyone's different, for sure - and that's good.
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Among "RV places" with hook-ups, I don't think there is any consistency in the names. I know places with "Campground" in their name that are densely packed, and places with "Park" or "Resort" in their name that are heavily treed and well separated. I also know of state & federal "campgrounds" that pack 'em in with nary a tree near a site. It's just catering to differing wants and needs.

I have a buddy who won't go anywhere his satellite tv won't work, but that doesn't make him a bad person. For myself, some kind of internet access is important and I'm willing to sacrifice some of our other wants to get it.
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Docj brought up the different view point between full timers and vacationers. When I hear someone has an RV, I think camping... woods, campfires, bugs, trees, wildlife, etc, because that's what we do for the most part but I suppose the correct term for us would be "Glamping". We do enjoy the res. fridge, TV if we can get it, our own shower and the other amenities that go along with our rig.

There is no right or wrong. It's a personal preference and there are plenty of choices so everyone can enjoy their idea of the perfect place to stay.

Isn't that great?!?
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If I can put a tent on it, its a campground.

went to Disneyworld FW and was able to have a tent on the site with my RV.

that was camping!!!!
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I've been a backpacker all my life ... and have trekked all over the Rockies, Ontario and Michigan. To me, that was camping. Now, I'm an RV'er - I drive up in a 43' long apartment on wheels that has all the amenities.

While I may be parking my apartment in some semi-rustic settings - I just can't bring myself to call it camping. I say "semi-rustic" because as far as I'm concerned - if you simply followed roads and drove up to it - "semi-rustic" is the best you can be. "Rustic" means you had to hoof it to get there!

For me - camping means roughing it in some sense. I'm not roughing it in way, shape or form.
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