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Old 05-20-2021, 02:46 PM   #29
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Probably the most accurate ratings and comments I have seen in my first 2 years of traveling and camping.
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Old 05-20-2021, 02:49 PM   #30
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Yes, great sites are out there but you have to put in the work effort to find what “you consider” to be the exceptional campgrounds.
We found quite a few in our travels and put the work in to find them. Examples: Pandion Ridge, Orange Beach, AL & River Run, Granby, CO.
There are more, but those are MY selected sites.
The two mentioned are the TOPS in my book and offer so much nearby to make them “must stays!”
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:05 PM   #31
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Good Advice!

Originally Posted by SeeTheUSA View Post
Get out and about ... form your own opinions. Only you know if you’re satisfied. Each individual experience is unique. We’ve stayed at poorly rated place we enjoyed, we’ve stayed at highly rated places we didn’t much like.

You know what is said about opinions! They are like .... well, enough of that.
Great advice. People just need to get out there and see what they like - or not.
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:18 PM   #32
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There are lots of really nice RV parks out there - private, TT, state, National, and even BLM land and National Forests.

But there is also a huge variety. Many places offer few or no hookups - but yet are in the most scenic places you can imagine (such as Forest Service campgrounds). Many places which call themselves "Resorts" are typically high priced, yet usually (but not always) offer amenities such as pools, tennis courts, meeting rooms, etc.

We were TT members for several years - and love them. They have many really nice RV parks - with many also offering "resort" amenities. In all our years of full timing I think that some of the worst places we have stayed were some cheap private RV parks. I say "worst", but they were never bad enough that we would not go back to them if needed. Just that they were usually more congested and un-scenic.

Harvest Hosts can be nice, but you have to recognize that most require you to be boondocking, as few offer hookups. So having your rig well set up for dry camping will be a huge plus in enabling you to stay in so many other great places.

You just have to get out there and see what you like, etc.. Have fun!
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:28 PM   #33
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So, here's my theory regarding campgrounds; "The more you pay the closer your neighbor" It's been holding true. I try for the National Parks, State Parks, County Parks, BLM or anything that's out.....way out. I like the quiet, the solitude, the stars, the wildlife, the trees etc. I tow my Jeep (Wrangler) so when I want, I can go to town or see other places without packing up. So far so good, been doing this for over 40 years. I do use the private RV parks occasionally when I cross country and doing an overnighter and want a longer shower or need to dump the tanks, but not very often.
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:29 PM   #34
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I've been a tent camper at exclusively state and national parks for the past 40 years. Brand new to camping with an RV. Looking to camp more comfortably, and to enjoy the convenience of water, sewer, and electric. I've started to plan several trips, mostly in the northeast, but also spreading out a bit, mostly along the eastern coast. My husband and I are an older couple without children.

I've been using the excellent resources of RV Life to plan my trips and have noticed an over-proliferation of RV Parks with poor and negative reviews. I have come across very few campgrounds with ratings above a 3. Lots of "trashy seasonal campers", "poorly maintained roads," "nasty staff", "poor facilities and hookups."

After reading review after review complaining of conditions at RV Parks, I'm about ready to go back to the state and national parks and boondock.

In contrast, I am also a new member of Harvest Hosts, and have read glowing after glowing accounts of the experience RV owners have had.

I also received a complimentary membership to Thousand Trails when I purchased my RV, and I have yet to read a review that would entice me to try a "free" stay.

I'm not expecting the spaciousness and naturalness that a state campground provides. But I do want to feel safe and well cared for anywhere I go.

So my question is - what's the deal with RV "Resorts"? Are they all as awful, overpriced, crowded, noisy, and poorly staffed and maintained as the reviews seem to indicate? Or is it that only those with negative experiences take the time to leave a review?

It's worth noting that for every negative review, there are probably a dozen or more satisfied campers who just weren't motivated to write anything. Those who have a bad experience really want to tell others about it, often leaving out key bits of evidence that might make them look responsible for some of the trouble they had.

Check out I get the feeling that more satisfied campers post reviews there, and they are often more detailed than other sites. There is a significant portion of the RV population that considers ALL long-term campers to be "trashy." Others reveal themselves when you get to the details of their complaint. I cannot count how many times I've seen glowing reviews, with ONE person claiming the "staff was rude" or the like. It makes me wonder. It's also important to note the DATE of a review, which can show changes in management, renovations, or seasonal problems (floods, electrical problems, etc.)
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:33 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by 2cyber71 View Post
Well, in 21 yrs I’ve been to many High Quality Campgrounds.
1. Normandy Farms - MA
2. Trasverse Bay Rv Resort - MI
3. Crystal Lakes- Naples
4. Great Outdoors - Titusville
5. Rushmore Shadows- Rapid City
6 Association Island - NY
7. Turning Stone Casino - NY
8. Jellystone - Luray VA
9. Hilton Head Harbor - SC
10. Narrows Too- Bar Harbor

There is 10 of the top of my head, I can name about 20-30 more excellent RV resorts I stayed at.
None are free
None are Harvest Host.
None are state parks

Because original poster was looking for New England, I can speak to Normandy Farms and the Narrows II. Normandy Farms is about as slick an RV resort as you can get. When they are up and running to non-COVID specs they are quite something. The only reason we don’t go there for our first and last trips of the year any more are because they are so popular it is very difficult to book them now. They are open the longest of any other campground I know of in New England.

Be careful not to accidentally book Mount Desert Narrows - they are owned by the same company. Narrows Two is the RV resort. MDN was a lovely place 18-20 years ago, but when we returned a few years ago after they were sold it was pretty awful. Run down, empty, few amenities, poorly cared for, understaffed.

We enjoyed Bayley’s campground in Scarborough, ME. It has several adult only sections. (Pools, bar, hot tubs) I cannot speak as to how obnoxious the seasonal folks get. We didn’t notice them at the time. This is located close to Old Orchard Beach.

Many places shut down in New England after Columbus Day weekend. Most of the state parks in NH and ME are too small for many RVs and/or don’t provide hookups.
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:56 PM   #36
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They're not all overpriced and crappy - we stayed at Catherine's Landing in Hot Springs, Arkansas a couple of weeks ago, and it was big, new, clean, spread out, had things to do like a zip line (though we only overnighted), a band shell with seating, boat launch ramp and canoe/kayak rentals, clean rest rooms with private showers/dressing rooms, and so on. Pricey, but that one was worth it, where many others aren't.

We'll be there again tomorrow night on our way to points north, in fact. Narrow, winding roads to get there, but not bad if you take it easy, especially in a big rig, of which there were plenty in the park (Entegras, Prevosts, some really big 5th wheels with bull horn shaped LED lights on the front all night). Nice people who run the place, and quiet, but it was mostly empty at the time.

Almost 5 stars on RV Parky, with one reviewer talking about "Prevost Week" and the live bands and noise and whatever, but almost all the other reviews were 5 stars.

I know you're looking for New England and NY, but I just wanted to mention one that I stumbled on that was on my route and that doesn't fit your experience. FWIW.
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:57 PM   #37
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We have stayed at a few very nice places, but they don't come cheap. Sun N Fun in Sarasota, FL. Reunion Lake in Poncahtoula, LA are just a couple. Both are $60-70 a night in season for nightly stays. Less for long term stay. Both are resorts that are well managed and have numerous amenitites. We have also stayed at Desert Palms in Palm Desert, CA. Same price range and also nice amenities.

We have stayed at 4 other private campgrounds which all were well kept and less expensive. That all being said, a lot of camping is what you make it. We have a motorcoach that is 15 years old and well kept. Already have a reservation at a 10 year or newer resort after sending pictures. They BETTER be top notch!

Heading to about 15 more locations over the next 2 months. We'll keep you updated on the good, the bad and the really ugly! LOL.
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Old 05-20-2021, 04:26 PM   #38
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Something I do when reading reviews is look at the date it was posted. We have stayed at parks who had negative reviews that were 4+ years old that turned out to be gems. (Not always true) That was because they had new owners. As one couple put it, "It takes 5 positive reviews to cancel a single bad one." Somethings that won't normally change is road noise, airplanes overhead, small sites, and sketchy neighborhoods.
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Old 05-20-2021, 04:54 PM   #39
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These might fit the bill for you.
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Old 05-20-2021, 04:57 PM   #40
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Depends on what you want.

As an experienced tent camper.........are you interested in destinations or the trips ?

I'm much older than you........and we mostly boondock.

When we want electric, we find the cheapest place to plug in.

We have NO interest in hosts, mowed lawns, "activities", or the other rest home crap most campgrounds have become.

WalMart on the road.......and seeing the sights.

What else could anyone want ?
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Basically, you get what you pay for. Outdoor Resorts in Palm Springs is about $80 a night, IF you can get in. Premium place. Expect to pay $50.00 ++ a night on either coast. $40 inland. Anything under $30 will be a slum. Ask fellow RV'eres for their recommendations.
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Thank you, Mike! That was awesome that you took the time to do that! Right in my backyard - when your backyard is the northeast!

I especially liked Grandview Resorts in Modus, CT and Fransted Family Campground in Franconia, NH. I've just added them to my list.

I just created an 8 night trip traveling north in New York to the Canadian border, then back down through VT and NH. I was finding one overpriced mediocre RV "park" after another. It was very disappointing. I've been a state campground camper for most of my life, and ended up choosing those, with a couple of private sites and Harvest Host properties added.

And the free membership I was given with Thousand Trails........... Sheesh! I didn't find one that I would want to stay in - even for free!
My comment is on your planned trip, not on your original Q: What we've found most enjoyable is not a string of "overnighters" going around some loop. We do the mid-point overnight CG to take a break in our drive time, to get to the next desired location that we'll spend at least several days at.

You'll learn this quickly if you are getting set-up, unpacking, spending a night and re-packing, taking down camp the next morning, just so you can get back on the road...

Pick spots that have interesting places to visit, and stay a bit. We have a TOAD with our Class A, but if you are doing a TT, you are also mobile for local adventures...

One of our best trips was the Oregon coast and we stayed a minimum of 3 nights at each stop. Some parks were asphalt lots but with clean facilities and great places to check out during the day. Others you could hike right from the park, or walk down to the river and enjoy the sunset...

When we dry camp, it usually isn't in the middle of nowhere, it's an established horse camp, but with little to no facilities...

We've had our worst experiences in State and National parks in CA - where the other "campers" are such that you don't sleep well at night. Not interested in that, thanks...
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