Originally Posted by twogypsies
I don't know where the idea came from that full-timers need RV parks.
We rarely used them. We much prefer public campgrounds for beautiful surroundings. We don't need hookups. We're self-contained - like every other RV.
I agree full timers don't need full hookups. But where we are now... and it seems to happen fairly often - the no hook up places are Lowe's and Walmart. Visiting wife's parents who live in town, we're 25 miles away as it is. If we were to look for a no hookup, beautiful area lord knows where we would be.
We are headed to Amana Colonies next. Since our friends are working there, we are staying a week there.
We then need to take our badly hail damaged car to Sioux Falls for either repairs or trade for something else. They say it will take 2 weeks to a month to repair it. So we will be stuck with a rental car and no baseplate to tow it. Still haven't figured out what we will do but it's a likely we'll find a state park or campground nearby.
We just came from a club rally and needed a pavilion and hook ups for the group.
But we have other reasons for using CGs often as well. Our 50 gallon black tank needs to be emptied about every 4 days if we use the macerator toilet and the gravity fill. We can do about twice that if we only use the gravity toilet in the half bath. As an above the knee amputee, going to a dump station every 4 days isn't fun for me. It was no big deal for 20 years with the B Van - (25 gallom tanks) but it's more so now. Will do it but not as an everytime thing.
We have to go to Vegas for a family thing and folks will be in hotels on the strip - so we will be local in an RV park to be close. And it will be better than a hotel for us but not the Nevada pines...
We're meeting 8 to 12 more of our group at Bryce Canyon and we want to be close to each other and have the services at our finger tips, so we'll be at Ruby's. Other options exists I suppose but some of group - and not all full timers - want full hookups.
I also don't carry a shower with me so I can use a public shower. Same goes for the washer / dryer. Only have 50 gallons of grey water capacity and a few loads of laundry and showers and I'm dumping again. Prefer to leave it open and not worry about it.
I don't really think there is an idea that full-timers need full hook ups, just a personal preference and convienence for some, and probably as much or more than 1/2 of them as best I can tell.
But I also like hot tubs, pools and spas. I found out this winter I don't really like "clubby" activities much but sometimes they're nice. The wood shop was nice where we were and the stained glass classes seemed like something we might try down the road.
I know that if I were to buy another coach I would want bigger tanks, but I don't think I'd like to give up the bath and a half. So it would probably mean another water hog toilet.
Still - I have seen many nice - even beautiful places with full hook ups and 55 - 70 foot pull throughs. So the idea that all full hookup CGs are ugly and devoid of value or their own form of beauty is puzzling as well.
But as someone who grew up tent and van camping, boating, and B Van Camping with a tent guest house - I know camping pretty well. We are by no means glampers - and spend more time at a picnic table and cooking out than nearly everyone we meet on the road. But whether it's remote or full service - I'm going to shower every day, use all of appliance and house I bring with me and live like I did in the S&B most of the time. We try to keep the travel schedule loose and give ourselves time to explore an area and if we find a nice no frills place we'll schedule time in there before rolling along or note it for next time we visit.
So far in campgrounds no one has complained when I pull the smoker out and cook meat all day!
Wish we could have met ya when we were in the Valley. Take care and have fun!
Steve and Annie