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Old 06-30-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Year round vs. weekenders...

I don't want to flame anyone here but I am new to rv'ing and this is my 4th trip in my TT, and staying at these various campgrounds has got me wondering. This is solely at the discretion of the campground management, but why would year round campers not have their own section? The first CG I went to was seasonal, but the last three were year round CG's, and I have noticed that the year rounders were really negligent in the up keep around their spaces. My wife and I have been looking online at all the CG's in a 50 mile radius and looked for highly rated ones and these ones claim to be top award CG's, again I know it is at the discretion of the CG owners, but to me it looks like some of these tenants could be on the show HOARDERS. The wife and I did a fair amount of tenting before buying our TT, and maybe it's because we camped mostly in national parks that we have not seen this very much, but I am really surprised at what I've seen at these CG's. I have really become leery of online pics of these "award winning" CG's, perhaps the site had not been updated in some time. We went to one that showed a TT nestled in a shady forest beside a river and when we got there, we were directed to a large open field and the only sites next to the river and shaded were tents.
Maybe I should look at just seasonal CG's or national park CG's
All right, I'm getting off my soap box, let me know what you think, thanks.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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We use rvparkreviews.com to help us decide on a CG. The comments in the reviews almost always include some reference to "long term renters" if they are even allowed. Most parks have rules against storing most anything outside of the rig but as you've learned, not all enforce them.

I wouldn't give up on CGs, just find a good source of reviews that you come to trust.

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Old 06-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #3
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In the future you may want to look at RV Park Reviews :: Home before you commit to any particular CG.

I have been in a couple of CGs where the permanent residents are looking a little rundown. Some of this I attribute to the economy and the fact that in the last few years so many people have lost their homes. They all had to go somewhere.
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Although it won't help identify if there are messy camp sites, Google Earth is something we use a lot to check out a CG and surrounding area before arriving. You get a great bird's eye view and can zoom in to even see where the sites are located on the property and if there are RR tracks or airports nearby.

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Old 06-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #5
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I agree that this is a common happening. There are parks that will not allow this to happen. I have no doubt that it is quite easy to own more stuff than will comfortably fit inside the RV and to get a bit messy with how they are stored outside would be easy to do. Yes it is a management issue! I can understand their reluctance to place a lot of pressure on their customer to clean up their act. After all they willl still be there tomorrow paying and you will be down the road.
It is also quite common for a Park to only post the pictures on line that show them off the best. We pay a lot of attention to the ratings that accommodate the advertisement in the guides that we use. Many times that will be the only criticism available. A recommendation from those that use this forum is another.
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I don't want to flame anyone here but I am new to rv'ing and this is my 4th trip in my TT, and staying at these various campgrounds has got me wondering. This is solely at the discretion of the campground management, but why would year round campers not have their own section? The first CG I went to was seasonal, but the last three were year round CG's, and I have noticed that the year rounders were really negligent in the up keep around their spaces. My wife and I have been looking online at all the CG's in a 50 mile radius and looked for highly rated ones and these ones claim to be top award CG's, again I know it is at the discretion of the CG owners, but to me it looks like some of these tenants could be on the show HOARDERS. The wife and I did a fair amount of tenting before buying our TT, and maybe it's because we camped mostly in national parks that we have not seen this very much, but I am really surprised at what I've seen at these CG's. I have really become leery of online pics of these "award winning" CG's, perhaps the site had not been updated in some time. We went to one that showed a TT nestled in a shady forest beside a river and when we got there, we were directed to a large open field and the only sites next to the river and shaded were tents.
Maybe I should look at just seasonal CG's or national park CG's
All right, I'm getting off my soap box, let me know what you think, thanks.
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Unfortunately alot of campgrounds need the monthly income to survive. However, that is no excuse to let the renters live like Sanford and Sons. Some of the campgrounds like KOA put their seasonals in a separate section and they make their renters keep their place neat.
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We have been to a couple of private CG's and found that the permenant tenants are sometimes messy. We usually stay at State Parks and want to experience more nature then the resort settings. I spent the major part of my business career going to resorts and hotel settings and now I don't enjoy that experience. But then again I don't care where I park as long as it has a fire pit, a picnic table, and if I'm lucky here in the Pacific Northwest to see a blue sky. Good Luck in your travels.

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As we travel around the country we have encountered lots of "ordinary people" who happen to be living in their RVs on a "permanent basis" for a variety of reasons. Many of them appear to be doing it while they work at temporary jobs, but there are lots of others reasons also. In today's economic climate I don't think anyone can generalize about whether or not long term residents are messier than others because it's impossible to generalize about the kind of people who are the long term residents. The previous comments carry a condescending tone of "trailer trash" which I don't think is justified.
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I'd have to agree with post # 7. My wife and I are really new to the world of RVing. As this is all new to us and we were enthusiastic about getting out there and being part of this wonderful world that we have discovered we headed out to a CG not too far from us to check it out. I have to tell you it was not what I came to expect. It had run down trailers, torn tarps covering tires and trash strewn around the sites. Honestly, you couldn't pay me to stay there! So that little experience taught us delve into any CG that we hope to stay in by reading the reviews and hope for the best!
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As we travel around the country we have encountered lots of "ordinary people" who happen to be living in their RVs on a "permanent basis" for a variety of reasons. Many of them appear to be doing it while they work at temporary jobs, but there are lots of others reasons also. In today's economic climate I don't think anyone can generalize about whether or not long term residents are messier than others because it's impossible to generalize about the kind of people who are the long term residents. The previous comments carry a condescending tone of "trailer trash" which I don't think is justified.
If it didn't look like "trailer trash" there would be no problem. I am looking at a camper so dirty I can't tell what color it is. The fire pit is full of trash and beer cans. The patio has every assortment of junk you can imagine. I am not rich and I do not own a pretty new rig, but I can keep it clean where I live. Others can too if they are so inclined. I will also say there are several long term residents who keep their area clean and neat and I have no problem camping among them.
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We stayed in a small inexpensive CG not far from Quartzite, AZ a few months back. Most of the winter clientele had already left and we were only there for a couple of days while waiting for friends to catch up with us. The park had maybe 4 semi-permanent residents whose areas were pretty clean and neat but off to the side was this old GMC bus conversion that looked pretty rough. The day after we arrived I got to meet the man that owned it. He was a retired diesel mechanic from PA. He had done the conversion of the bus himself in preparation for retirement so that he and his wife could full-time and travel the country. He showed me pictures of the bus restoration and he had done a fantastic job. Unfortunately, they only made it through the first year before she passed away. The more I talked to him the more obvious it became that he had built the bus for her and now he was just totally lost. Without her, the bus had no meaning.

I guess my point is that when we see that type of thing in a campground there is usually a reason for it that we're are not aware of.

Ok, I'm probably babbling but I'm tired because the DW ran me across every beach she could find today.
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The one we go to frequently does have a section for full time residents. They have their own road off the main road in so we only see a few of them. Plus they are well kept up.
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