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Old 03-13-2008, 07:29 AM   #1
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Does any one know why state parks do not have full hookups?
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Does any one know why state parks do not have full hookups?
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SOme in Texas do have full hook ups....

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Old 03-13-2008, 02:07 PM   #4
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Numerous parks (state & federal) throughout the nation were originally built by the CCC after the depression era or by CORP of Engineers and hookups were unheard of in those days. Some later day parks do not have sewer hookups because of costs and possibly terain elevation changes. Sewer systems are very costly to install verses water at each site. 50 amp or 30 amp electric is also costly to install, but at least electricity runs uphill where sewer does not, without very costly lift pumps. Texas has at-site sewer in maybe 15% to 20% of their state parks. Even in some of their recent parks (i.e. Cedar Hill State Park opened in the late 1980's) there is no at-site sewer because of the very hilly land that the camping loops snake through. The sites there are also in close proximity to the lake which is a drinking water supply to the cities nearby. The park volunteer host site has sewer but is always near the restrooms. Of course most every park will have a dump station.
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Old 03-13-2008, 06:49 PM   #5
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<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">Michigan only has 3 state parks with full hook ups (Sterling, Holland Beach and Hartwick Pines). I've heard they are really nice and fill up quickly.

I think I've read that some in Ohio have FHU. </span>
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I would imagine it would be much to costly to install a septic system for campgrounds and much of the areas of the state parks might be too difficult to pipe.
I am happy with no hookups , and really happy with electricity and water. If I am careful ( with two people) I don't need a dump for around two weeks.
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Just about everyone one in Oregon has them, though sewer availabiliy varies. Some are old enough that the power availability is 15/20amp and maybe 30amp. Built back in the Truck camper heyday, my rig was wired for 20amp service from back in 1974, and that was when alot of those were finished off.
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Old 03-14-2008, 06:14 AM   #8
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The Parks are old and at the time they were built more people camped in tents and really didn't need a sewer. So they have a central located bath house with shower and rest rooms.

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Some of the state parks in New Mexico have full hookups.
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One of my favorites in Texas (Davis Mountains State Park) has full hookups and cable TV.

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Man I would love to go there but for now have to stick close to home I am a truck driver by trade but got hurt one to many times doing that so I am going back to school and I miss the open road with some else paying me to see the country
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Kiptopeke State Park in Virginia has very nice full hook-up sites and very inexpensive, too! Gorgeous white-sand beach and great fishing!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by amy5708:
Kiptopeke State Park in Virginia has very nice full hook-up sites and very inexpensive, too! Gorgeous white-sand beach and great fishing! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


wow cool I love that area but it is over 900 miles away and we have a problem with the kids going anything over 2 hours (they are not used to traveling) and I only get about 10mpg so that is about $700 just in gas not including food or stops or park fees
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There's quite a few here in Washington State that have full hook-ups, some even have 50 amp service. Popular state parks here with full hook-ups that we always (almost) camp in are Fort Worden, Belfair, Cape Disappointment and Wenatchee Confluence.
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