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Old 11-23-2011, 07:16 AM   #1
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Hi all:
Thanks for the welcome to irv2 !!
We are just starting out our RVing experience. We have 37' Newmar and have some reservations about whether this is the right thing to do in this economy and what to expect for the costs of our decision, and the annual costs of our "fun" ahead. We expect to be on the road 30-40 days at time acouple of times a year, maybe more.
We like traveling by pavement and enjoying the sites on the way, so we have high expectations of enjoying our future trips. We have stayed in a number of State Parks over the years with a "pop-up" but don't know how that works out for 37' MH's ??
A couple of quick questions for your consideration:
1) Are state parks good locations for MH's ( generic state parks if
there is such a thing) ?
2) Are the State Parks a good bargain... cost per night compared Good Sam locations??

Those of you that have gas MH's ........ do you find any problems with the mountains?

What are some of the better toads to pull, four down, without stopping all day ??

Anyway....... we look forward to chatting with some you as we hit the road soon and meeting some of you face to face along the way.


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Old 11-23-2011, 07:28 AM   #2
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Welcome and Happy Thanksgiving! I've found some of the older state parks can be hostile to longer RV's...I had a 33' class A and was warned by a ranger in a park in WVA not to hurt his trees. My best experiences have been with Corp of Engineers parks...lots of space between rigs and great facilities.

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Old 11-23-2011, 08:11 AM   #3
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State parks vary from state to state. Here in Wisconsin many of our parks are older and don't accommodate large campers our size. In other states I have stayed in state parks that were great. On the issue of the cost for operation I try to not figure out how much it costs me. I enjoy what I am doing and I figure I am spending my kids' inheritance now. I told my family last Christmas that if there is any money left when I die it is do to poor financial planning on my part.

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Old 11-23-2011, 10:36 AM   #5
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I can feel your pain. Spending money in an economy as one that we're in now can give you heartburn for sure.

Try your best to get over that part and move on to enjoying your new adventures. The more you do and see the less you'll think about the cost of doing it. Life can be shorter than most would like to realize, making memories that last is a great thing in my book.

With regards to your question, I have stayed at a few state parks and they aren't setup quite as accommodating to a 40 foot land yacht as a real campground would be (although some campgrounds can get pretty tight) but my 37 footer fit well enough. One of our favorite weekend destinations is a county park. In NJ, they are the only ones that allow dogs.

Enjoy yourself and keep your eye on the ball, not the fee to play
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Welcome to the forum...and happy travels to you.....

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